I've been using it for a while, and really like it. I use it on the network IP, so all of the computers on it have the restrictions. So my son can't just move to another pc to gain access to innapropriate content. I can see at a glance what domains it blocked, and what ones it allowed through.
I haven't found the restrictions too much of a trouble. It did block the national lottery site because it's gambling, but that's easy enough to whitelist. My daughter and wife haven't even noticed I use it. They would have complained if their content was blocked. The only one affected is my son who is at the age to go looking for innapropriate content, and that's exactly why I use it
Yes, it's easy to see what is / isn't blocked. You have a stats page whereby you can select all url's requested. Blocked ones show in red and state if it was blocked as a result of one of the categories you want blocked, or a domain on your blacklist. You can get it to show blocked only if you prefer. There are a couple more options, but those are the ones I use. You can also select a day, a week or specific dates. The free version keeps your stats for 2 weeks, the $10 fee keeps the stats for a year and gives you a bigger personal filter list.
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Oh, the thing to watch is if your teenage son decides to log on to your computer when you are out and request a new password and it goes to your outlook and he reads it he can reset the filters. Make sure the forgotten password email goes to one only you know about and isn't downloaded automatically. Crafty little bugger.
My son rather resents having a computer savvy dad. I understand that most of his classmates parents have managed to purchase and set up routers, but not a clue about security. He can take his laptop round their houses and log on without password in many cases, and in some they have a simple password so the kids can remember it. Conrent seems unrestriced on their networks simply because the parents are clueless, and the kids aren't going to help them exactly. So the fact that I can restrict his hours on the internet, restrict and monitor content somehow means he regards himself as underpriveleged in some way!
He can take his laptop round their houses and log on without password ...
My view is that if kids want to access restricted material, then they can and will without too much difficulty irrespective of any measures I take. So long as they don't stumble into anything unintentionally then I blieve I have to trust them - that's what it must always come down to in the end.
So far, my three seem to have turned out alright (although I'm not sure if any of them will ever provide a return on the investment and fund my retirement in the manner to which I would like to become accustomed.)
Problem's slightly deeper than just viewing certain content - he borrowed my credit card and managed to subscribe to the sum of £190 per month!
I know he can access content elsewhere, and I don't want to police him, but I still feel that at age 13 (just) I need to do what I can to make access as difficult as possible for the moment. I've had a long conversation about it, and he has been told when he is older I will turn a blind eye, and come 18 (or when I think is sensible) he will have adult priveleges and responsibilites that go with it. But for now I think it's right to make access difficult.