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Re: Family protection - proxy?
From: James Fryman <jfryman () gmail com>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2006 12:24:53 -0500

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Paul,

You might check if your ISP upstream could do content filtering for you.

There are a number of good tools out there that you can utilize without
breaking your pocketbook, and without having to do administration on
each computer.

If you are adventurous, and have some spare equipment around... setting
up a proxy using Squid and Dansguardian could work out very well for you.

http://dansguardian.org/

This proxy could be transparent to prevent tampering on the client side
by said children... the proxy would be enforced at all times.

This solution would require extra hardware, but if your userbase is
rather small (5-10 users/children), a spare machine could work very easily.

There are plugins for the IPCop firewall that allow for easy
configuration of these options (squid/dansguardian). This will probably
be the path of least resistance. Check out:

http://www.ipcop.org
http://www.dageek.co.uk/ipcop/addonz/dansguardian.htm

There are a number of hardware solutions, but they usually fall in the
business/enterprise range.

I hope you find what you are looking for.

Good luck,
- -James



Paul Simons wrote:
I am looking for advice on how I can best protect my family from the
'horrors' on the Internet.
We have a small ADSL/wireless network at home (with a firewall and AV on
all systems) on which my kids have their PCs/Macs. My wife and I use it
via our laptops.

What is the best way of stopping access to porn/violence/etc.?

I was looking at setting up a system with a proxy. Or maybe paying for
some sort of service?
I don't really want to have to install a package on every system
(expensive and unmanageable)
Any other suggestions gratefully considered

Paul


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