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internet parental control softwareProtecting your children from all of the explicit content that’s floating around the Internet these days can be a hard task, especially if you don’t have a pop-up blocker. Even though your children or younger relatives are swimming in a pool of adult content every time they surf the net, it isn’t impossible to set your own standards for parental control.

Children are prone to learning inappropriate things whether in school or the outside world, however you have the control over what they may learn in your home. Explore the following two preventative Firefox applications to add Internet parental control to your favorite browser. Choose the one that can aid you and your family the best.

FoxFilter

This first app is a powerful filter that blocks access to inappropriate content because of its pre-defined set of rules that are instantly triggered when an individual visits a site that may contain explicit groups of keywords (i.e. Adult Content, 18+, erotic, etc…)

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Configuration & Options

As you’ll note the resemblance in its name, FoxFilter is a Firefox add-on that’s compatible with Mac, Linux and Windows operating systems. In order to modify your version of FoxFilter and edit whitelist/blacklist preferences you’ll need to login to your account settings.

You can do this by double-clicking the FoxFilter icon at the bottom of your Firefox browser. If a URL is whitelisted it’s because it has been previously blocked and believed to be a legitimate site by you. Whitelisting is easy, all you have to do is access your account settings.

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Suricate

This Firefox add-on collaborates with a global group of sites that have been flagged by previous Suricate users. Not only does it use this list to deny access to users on your PC, but it also blocks the sites you select as well.

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How it Works

The way it works is if you come across a site that Suricate didn’t initially block then you can click the site banning button at the top left hand corner of your browser and it will immediately block the site, add it to your blacklist and notify the Suricate central site that the URL you’ve just banned isn’t appropriate for children in general.

With these options you have the control to customize Suricate by banning the sites you want and allowing whichever ones you prefer.

This is a shot of me configuring Suricate:

FoxFilter vs. Suricate

When it comes to deciding which of these two applications best suit your parental control needs you should take into account the simplicity and basic uses of the apps. FoxFilter is easy to use, however it is a bit more difficult to configure when compared to Suricate due to the extra settings.

Although in order to access your account all you need to do is click on the FoxFilter button, some detest the idea of having to travel to another site, while with Suricate you can just configure it by selecting the options button in the add-ons window.

In regards to effectiveness, both applications are fast as they work to immediately blacklist or ban a URL and instantly make it seem as though it’s been wiped off the face of the Internet.

Thus with this being said, FoxFilter and Suricate are both similar applications and either one will aid you on your quest to successful parental control.

Which app do you use to restrict your child’s access to the internet? Please let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

  1. Netwwalker
    February 7, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I also tested a very good product from BlueCoat called : K9 I think you have to give it a try : www1.k9webprotection.com/

  2. Scott
    February 6, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Here's a second to K9 Web Protection. We use it on all the computers in our home and it can be password protected so that the little ones (and not so little ones...lol) can't bypass it. Doesn't work when booting from LiveCD's though.

  3. didier
    February 6, 2009 at 7:41 am

    We are living in an unprecedented social experiment.

    Never so much technology has been available to everyone.
    From a very young age, children start with a computer connected to the Internet then graduate very quickly in the name of parent security with mobile phones, they are the new generation of connected kids.
    For these kids social interactivity is happening through emails, SMS and of course what it is called “Social” sites with the likes of Facebook and others.

  4. Alexander van Elsas
    February 6, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Joel,

    Glubble for families is a Firefox addon that lets parents support their children discover the web and social networking without getting them into potential harmful situations.

    In our experience parents should not focus on closing the entire computer down, instead it is much better to teach children responsible behavior from early ages on. Glubble provides families the tools to do just that (plus a whole lot more family activities).

    @Chris. We have always chosen specifically for Firefox as it simply is the fastest and safest web browser there is. A perfect fit for our goal to protect and support families on the web.

    Bets regards,

    Alexander

    • Chris
      February 6, 2009 at 7:14 am

      Alexander,
      Given the fact that you are here i would like to say Glubble is fantastic. I always look for ways for my daughters to surf the web and be safe and your product does that. I do like getting new ideas for items but nothing (so far to be fair) meets what glubble offers. We have even got a few other families using it now. Thanks!

  5. Alexander van Elsas
    February 6, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Chris, thank you!

    If interested you can join us on our community forum as well to discuss ideas and improvements for the service:

    glubbleparents.ning.com

    Best regards,

    Alexander

  6. moklet
    February 6, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Also check out the following

    www1.k9webprotection.com/

    I am using it succesfully at home

  7. Chris
    February 5, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Chuck i would agree with you up until 5 months ago when i discovered glubble. AS far as i know it works as a plugin for firefox but i hear they were doing something for IE.
    I will look at the 2 listed here (thanks) and even look into your idea also Chuck.
    thanks

    • Jeremy
      February 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm

      Don’t underestimate the innovation of a persistent young boy in search for porn. Browser plugins or local services are no match. This will work when they are young…but when they are young teenagers they know as well as we do how to find ways around stuff…you Google it…There’s just countless ways around something installed locally. A separate browser can run from a USB drive…Ever herd of a live Linux CD like Knoppix? Most know how to just re-install Windows…etc.

      Also, keep in mind we have so many ways’ to access the Internet..PS3, Wii, etc

      Chuck hit the nail on the head. You have to move the filter to a device they physically can’t access.

  8. Chuck Summers
    February 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    You might consider opendns, because it is set up on your router and doesn't run on a computer. Anything that runs on a computer can be disabled by the user, so if you have a knowledgable teenager in your house anything you put on can and will be defeated.

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