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Re: Family protection - proxy?
From: Anthony J Placilla <anthony_placilla () suth com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 08:03:59 -0500

On Thu, 2006-03-30 at 04:36 -0500, 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
all systems) on which my kids have their PCs/Macs. My wife and I use
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


I've done exactly this for several friends and non-profits I volunteer

Obviously nothing is 100% perfect but what seems to work the best is
getting and older box like a PII with a decent amount of RAM (256 or
better) and a 20Gb disk. You can find these for the taking all over the
place. Stick 2 NICs in it

Install IPCop (http://ipcop.org/) 

Then install the add-on component

Once that is on the box install the Cop+ add-on

Dan's Guardian with a very easy front end, automatic black-list
downloads & very granular configuration tools. Showing the "offender" a
log entry of a block works every time if you need to concern yourself
with behavior modification.

The nice feature is that the add-on server will allow you add or remove
different modules that will enhance the firewall (time based allow/deny
access, spam & virus mail proxy, etc.) 

Tony Placilla, RHCT
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