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    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 5th Jan 18, 3:24 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 3:24 PM
    Family Safety 5th Jan 18 at 3:24 PM
    Afternoon all,
    I was looking for some free web filtering software to install on a laptop that i intend my daughter to use.
    (She is 7)


    I was looking for Microsoft family Safety but this has been discontinued and any links for it that i can find dont work.


    Does anyone use something similar they could recommend ?
    Im aware i could set this up on my router but the laptop will be used elsewhere also


    TIA
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    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 5th Jan 18, 4:59 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 4:59 PM
    When my girls were younger I used to use K9 Web Protect on their laptops. It worked well, had an Admin function and (as I remember) you could remote login over the network to check the logs and change configs. No idea if it's still available.
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    • verybigchris
    • By verybigchris 5th Jan 18, 5:09 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 5:09 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 5:09 PM
    Norton have their own DNS servers that are free to use. There are three options: one that just blocks security threats, one that adds xxx content and one that also adds anything adult (eg gambling).

    Really easy to set up, and no software to install.

    Norton ConnectSafe
    • CardinalWolsey
    • By CardinalWolsey 5th Jan 18, 6:30 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 6:30 PM
    Highly recommend OpenDNS - for at home use. Is your daughter likely to use the laptop away from home (and for you to want the same settings applied)? If so, you would need a local application installed. Certin AV packages offer this feature.
    • toshi
    • By toshi 5th Jan 18, 8:07 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:07 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:07 PM
    Highly recommend OpenDNS - for at home use. Is your daughter likely to use the laptop away from home (and for you to want the same settings applied)? If so, you would need a local application installed. Certin AV packages offer this feature.
    Originally posted by CardinalWolsey
    I was going to mention about OPENDNS as well. Well, it is possible for your smart daughter to hack the dns setting easily...

    https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/
    • debitcardmayhem
    • By debitcardmayhem 5th Jan 18, 8:17 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:17 PM
    Andy cannot you set the wifi adaptor to use dhcp only for ip address and set a DNS of your choice as stated above, and make sure that her user is just a general user ? However DNS is not the be all and end all, and install a restricted HOSTs file, but then as I said DNS is not the be all
    Last edited by debitcardmayhem; 05-01-2018 at 8:19 PM. Reason: Hosts file
    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 5th Jan 18, 8:19 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:19 PM
    Thanks for the replies guys


    The laptop will be used in different locals so DNS isn't an option
    I have installed K9 (Thanks Doam) and it's just what I was looking for


    Thanks again everyone


    yes Toshi - she is already a little hacker in the making
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    • debitcardmayhem
    • By debitcardmayhem 5th Jan 18, 8:28 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:28 PM
    Thanks for the replies guys


    The laptop will be used in different locals so DNS isn't an option
    I have installed K9 (Thanks Doam) and it's just what I was looking for


    Thanks again everyone



    yes Toshi - she is already a little hacker in the making
    Originally posted by AndyPix
    Yes it is read mine again set the adaptor unless I am wrong
    e.g. https://www.windowscentral.com/how-change-your-pcs-dns-settings-windows-10
    Last edited by debitcardmayhem; 05-01-2018 at 8:31 PM.
    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 5th Jan 18, 10:14 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 10:14 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 10:14 PM
    ^^ Yes of course I'm sorry, I was posting as I was leaving work and thinking of DNS at router level !! (rushing AGAIN )


    I wanted a software application solution and the K9 one was EXACTLY what I was looking for.
    To anyone from the future reading this thread, I highly recommend it for your adult content restricting needs


    And in true spirit of this site - its free
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    • toshi
    • By toshi 5th Jan 18, 11:07 PM
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    yes Toshi - she is already a little hacker in the making
    Originally posted by AndyPix
    Then you may want to have K9/OpenDNS multiple protection.
    Sorry, I didn't mention about dynamic IP address application. (Also, Android /iOS apps as well.)

    https://support.opendns.com/hc/en-us/articles/227987867-What-is-the-OpenDNS-Dynamic-IP-updater-client-

    Happy Hacking!
    • Debbie Savard
    • By Debbie Savard 6th Jan 18, 9:44 AM
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    You could still give the child their own limited-rights login to Windows and link this to Microsoft Family - https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/12413/microsoft-account-what-is-family
    Last edited by Debbie Savard; 06-01-2018 at 9:48 AM.
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 6th Jan 18, 12:31 PM
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    I have installed K9 (Thanks Doam) and it's just what I was looking for
    Originally posted by AndyPix
    You're welcome.

    I wasn't sure if it was still around (I stopped using it about 5 or so years ago - my youngest turns 20 next month!) but I knew it seemed to tick all the boxes you mentioned.
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