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    Internet Filtering Software (to protect Children)

    Can any suggest a good filtering package to block adult content. This is to go on a PC that 2 young children will use. I have downloaded Net Nanny trial, which certainly seems to work well and does a lot more than we need at the moment. Only thing is they charge an annual subscription to keep the database of blocked sites up to date. Their website seems a bit vague on the cost of this, but seems pretty much the price of the software package itself (£19.99 from Amazon.)

    Anybody any experience of other software, with a one off payment for the package and no subscription?

    As far as I know Net Nanny will still work if you don't pay the subscription, but the database of blocked sites won't update, but I guess other packages don't necessarily have an automatic update and still work ok, so maybe it's not totally necessary, don't know. Any thoughts ?

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    If its £19.99 a year, then isnt it worth it for a software package that works well in allowing your kids the enjoyment of using the PC online and providing that protection against unsuitable or unwanted content?....

    I understand that free would be the preference, but its still a small price to pay if its annually.....

    alternatively, try [url]www.download.com[/url] and search on content filtering software and look for the freeware packages.

    Do you have an Internet Security Suite (Firewall + Antivirus) that has a parental control feature built-in?

    Or if you have vista, there is a parental controls option in the Control Panel.

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    StevenA2000_uk;6336620

    If its £19.99 a year, then isnt it worth it for a software package that … If its £19.99 a year, then isnt it worth it for a software package that works well in allowing your kids the enjoyment of using the PC online and providing that protection against unsuitable or unwanted content?....I understand that free would be the preference, but its still a small price to pay if its annually.....alternatively, try [url]www.download.com[/url] and search on content filtering software and look for the freeware packages.



    I agree that £19.99 isn't a great deal for the protection it gives, and if there is nothing else i'm sure I will go for this. I just wanted opinions on other software that might also happen to be cheaper. Having just looked for some reviews it seems Net Nanny seems to keep coming out top.

    It's running on XP, and as for firewall/antivirus it's running the free version of comodo. Not actually looked to see if that offers anything, so will double check.

    Have to say Net Nanny does have a lot of features, from site blocking (flexable in the way that works) to instant message logging, facebook logging, remote management, game blocking and so on and setting times that net can be used.
    I'm thinking it's worth paying for Net Nanny.

    Thanks for the input though.

    I have been looking for something like this for my 7yo daughter,

    She likes to search things on Google but I am worried about the odd inappropriate picture or site that may come on from searching on Google, would Net Nanny help with this?

    Thanks

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    I'm with BT and they offer this,maybe your ISP have some parental control program,and then you set up their own email account etc and select the age restrictions also.

    I looked in to these a while back, can't remember why but this seemed the best:
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    Just use OpenDNS, no software required (if you have a static IP) - and if you don't you just need a little prog to update your IP with them.

    Filters according to your preferences, and it can't be bypassed if the kids a bit savvy (as long as you keep the router password safe).

    + It's free...

    adambaz;6337958

    Just use OpenDNS, no software required (if you have a static IP) - and if … Just use OpenDNS, no software required (if you have a static IP) - and if you don't you just need a little prog to update your IP with them.Filters according to your preferences, and it can't be bypassed if the kids a bit savvy (as long as you keep the router password safe).+ It's free...



    +1

    OpenDNS is definitely not the best, and it's easily bypassed but it does offer a good degree of flexibility - ease of use and it's free so you can't really complain.

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    bassman_uk;6337120

    http://www1.k9webprotection.com/this is free. Worth a look



    I have installed this one and so far seems fine for what I need. Blocks all the sites I tested on it, easy to setup. If the system was going to be used by myself as well, then something like Net Nanny with user profiles would be better, but this should be fine for now.

    Thanks again for all that have inputted :thumbsup:
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