Pr0n Filter Software

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  • Blerk Moderator 18 Jun 2003 17:50:11 48,222 posts
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    My dad's mate has just bought a PC for his family. He has three kids and doesn't want them looking at smut, etc. so he wants to install some kind of 'nanny' software to block naughty piccies, pop-ups, etc. Must be free, 'cos he's a cheapskate. :-)

    Anyone got any recommendations? I'm at a loss, I've been searching for ages for a piece of software that removes the boring content and only allows the pr0n through. :-)
  • FWB 18 Jun 2003 17:51:12 56,367 posts
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    AOL.
  • CerealKey 18 Jun 2003 17:52:48 2,860 posts
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    Throw the computer out the window?
  • Blerk Moderator 18 Jun 2003 17:53:04 48,222 posts
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    AOL.

    Aiiieee!

    /runs screaming
  • Bod 18 Jun 2003 17:56:57 391 posts
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    Blerk wrote:
    My dad's mate has just bought a PC for his family. He has three kids and doesn't want them looking at smut, etc. so he wants to install some kind of 'nanny' software to block naughty piccies, pop-ups, etc. Must be free, 'cos he's a cheapskate. :-)

    Anyone got any recommendations? I'm at a loss, I've been searching for ages for a piece of software that removes the boring content and only allows the pr0n through. :-)

    Tell him he shouldn't be a cheapskate when it comes to the wellbeing of his family. Surely it can't cost much compared to how much he's spent on the computer.
  • pistol 18 Jun 2003 18:01:41 13,018 posts
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    Blerk wrote:
    My dad's mate has just bought a PC for his family. He has three kids and doesn't want them looking at smut, etc. so he wants to install some kind of 'nanny' software to block naughty piccies, pop-ups, etc. Must be free, 'cos he's a cheapskate. :-)

    Anyone got any recommendations? I'm at a loss, I've been searching for ages for a piece of software that removes the boring content and only allows the pr0n through. :-)

    Kazaa man..Kazaa!!
  • Shivoa 18 Jun 2003 18:36:31 6,314 posts
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    Impossible. Even the best expensive software must miss a lot what with all the new pages beign created everyday. And I can't say I'm convinced software can recognise porn yet, at least not without either missing a lot or blocking a hell of a lot of other content.

    Best way is to setup a list of allowed pages for the kinds and if they want to go somewhere else they have to ask you. Only way you can be sure.
  • eviltobz 18 Jun 2003 18:43:26 2,511 posts
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    grayson wrote:
    theres a program that reconises skin tones in pictures and if its higher than the % allowed, it doesnt show the pic.
    last thing i heard about those sort of blockers they were blocking out pics of beaches and deserts and stuff like that too. maybe better than nothing tho.
  • Segata-Sanshiro 18 Jun 2003 18:44:24 18 posts
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    Leave the PC in the living room or even better right next to the TV where he'll be perched.
  • Machiavel 18 Jun 2003 18:44:49 5,964 posts
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    Go back to the Puritan age - turn off pictures in Internet Options. Let his kids get kinkily addicted to ASCII porn.
  • Machiavel 18 Jun 2003 18:45:45 5,964 posts
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    Oh, and reduce the colour depth to 2 colours.
  • terminalterror 18 Jun 2003 18:48:42 18,931 posts
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    Its not just picture though is it? I doubt that Blerk's dad's mate wants his kids reading the kind of smutty talk that surrounds the pictures.
  • lost_soul 18 Jun 2003 19:02:41 9,372 posts
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    TT: what do they use to protect the innocent eyes of the pupils at your school from porn? Do they just block certain sites/keywords, or is it something cleverer than that?

    Shit, that makes me feel old, the WWW had only been in existence for a couple of months when I left school!
  • terminalterror 18 Jun 2003 19:05:05 18,931 posts
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    The school's NTL filters block out anything that contains certain keywords, so there aren't too many sites it lets us see. It blocks out most humour sites. I haven't used the school computers in about 6 months since my accound was disabled (I have no idea why) and I couldn't be arsed to reenable it.
  • Deleted user 18 June 2003 19:49:04
    The computers in my school are like Nazis they won't even let FHM through. But for some reason Robbs Celebs works???
  • Marcus 19 Jun 2003 00:53:27 1,646 posts
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    The filtering software used by many schools is pretty poor- it seems to be scanning for keywords, backed up by a blacklist of sites (java games were normally usable for about a week or so before being spotted).
    However, this doesn't help, as most schools buy their access as a package (through companies like RM), and the filtering is done from further upline (as the teachers had no more access to games than the kids :( ).
    So, sorry blerk, no help from this end... (I'd suggest he splashes out for content filtering software though - anything free is unlikely to be updated often enough, or be secure enough).
  • Pirotic Moderator 19 Jun 2003 01:10:00 20,642 posts
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    well, in terms of automatic blocking of porn - impossible, you can stop them going to www.playboy.com but stopping banners displaying nudity is difficult as there are way to many to simply be filtered out automatically.

    his best bet is simply making another login for the kids, and using the IE feature which basically means you can specify which domains are allowed, and stop them visting others.

    so say, only allow bbc.co.uk. nintendo.com, and so forth. it means the kids will come nagging every time they want to look up a new site but thats the price i suppose.

    either that or just freak them out saying it tracks exactly where they go and he'll check it.. kids are gullible like that
  • Harry  19 Jun 2003 01:58:01 1,120 posts
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    I just don't think kids should be allowed to use the internet without a parent watching them. One of my jobs, as well as getting paid to write about games, is to occasionally monitor my company's kids chat room. Very few of the 9-14 year olds that go in the room are sat with their parents.

    It seems many parents have handed over baby sitting duties from the TV to the PC.
  • rare_uk 19 Jun 2003 07:42:01 3,627 posts
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    grayson wrote:
    theres a program that reconises skin tones in pictures and if its higher than the % allowed, it doesnt show the pic.

    however if the kids are into interracial ebony porn it'll be pointless...
    LMAO mate, great comment!!
  • Nemesis 19 Jun 2003 09:14:47 19,957 posts
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    Basically disconnect them from the 'net, 'cos it ain't gonna happen!

    Also, and this is MOST important, don't get them a hotmail account. Microsoft are complete cunts and everything gets through.

    Sorry, filter out the swearing from me post!
  • rare_uk 19 Jun 2003 09:57:13 3,627 posts
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    Nemesis wrote:
    Also, and this is MOST important, don't get them a hotmail account. Microsoft are complete c**ts and everything gets through.

    Supposedly Microsoft are sorting this out. Linkage
  • Steven-Huckle 19 Jun 2003 10:09:44 852 posts
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    You could try this Linkage
    They had it on the server at core to stop people surfing porn etc....
    I dont know anything about it (if you have to buy it etc..), I think that all it does if do a word search filter i.e. it has a list of words if one of those words appears you can't view the site. I presume it's the same with urls.

    Edit, here's some more, again haven't got a clue what they're like

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    Edited by Steven Huckle at 09:18:59 19-06-2003
  • theheadcharge 19 Jun 2003 15:29:25 471 posts
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    Just tell the dad that its damn near impossible to find the good stuff nowadays anyway, too many damn adverts and paysites.
    Seriously though, couldnt the dad just check the history files? And if for no reason the history keeps getting completely deleted he knows he's fathered a pervert (but one with limited computer knowledge to delete history).

    How old are this guys kids anyway? If they are young it is pretty doubtful they would just stumble across a porn site (hotmale.com discounted, god im ALWAYS 'accidentally' going on that one. If his kids are male and in their teens just tell him its a fact that his kids will look at porn one way or another and just to forget about it, and not touch the mouse after one of his kids has decided to stay up late one night to surf.
  • Blerk Moderator 19 Jun 2003 15:31:29 48,222 posts
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    Thanks for the links, Steve - I'll pass them on.
  • Nemesis 19 Jun 2003 15:38:07 19,957 posts
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    Supposedly Microsoft are sorting this out. Linkage

    When I see it I'll believe it. I get about 30 emails a DAY to that Hotmail account.

    Create a new account it's default is to be on distribution lists. Hmmmmm. Maybe they need to rectify that policy and give new accounts a little privacy.
  • FWB 19 Jun 2003 15:42:22 56,367 posts
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    I blame it on the assholes who actually answer those ads, because if they didn't then no one would be sending them. Chumps.
  • Nemesis 19 Jun 2003 15:47:14 19,957 posts
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    I blame it on Microsoft.

    I hate all junk. Any credit card application put through my letterbox gets torn up and sent back in the pre-paid envelope. Sharks, the lot of 'em.



    Edited by Nemesis at 14:47:53 19-06-2003
  • Blerk Moderator 19 Jun 2003 15:50:01 48,222 posts
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    Any credit card application put through my letterbox gets torn up and sent back in the pre-paid envelope. Sharks, the lot of 'em.

    What a brilliant idea! I get about four or five a week. :-)
  • Steven-Huckle 19 Jun 2003 15:53:58 852 posts
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    Blerk wrote:
    Thanks for the links, Steve - I'll pass them on.

    No probs, not sure how good they are or if they'll be of any use, but it's good place to start.
  • FWB 19 Jun 2003 15:58:29 56,367 posts
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    Blerk wrote:
    Any credit card application put through my letterbox gets torn up and sent back in the pre-paid envelope. Sharks, the lot of 'em.

    What a brilliant idea! I get about four or five a week. :-)

    I picked that idea up from Bill Bryson (no comments on how you hate him, please). The idea is that a) the company has to pay for receiving the mail and b) when the guy/gal opens it the pieces go everywhere (since they're probably working on a "production line" I doubt they open them carefully. Make sure the paper sections are very small.
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