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    Keeping the family Safe

    Hi,

    We have recently joined the modern world and enabled a broadband connection via a wireless router in the family home. Can the forum please suggest the best mechanisms for managing the different aged users (kids, teenagers, and parents ) and devices (windows 7 computer, ipods, ipad and cellphones with wifi access) that can be used to access the internet at home ?

    Initial research has suggested products like onlinefamily.norton may be able to help, but I would appreciate your valued input.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Msquare View Post
    Hi,

    We have recently joined the modern world and enabled a broadband connection via a wireless router in the family home. Can the forum please suggest the best mechanisms for managing the different aged users (kids, teenagers, and parents ) and devices (windows 7 computer, ipods, ipad and cellphones with wifi access) that can be used to access the internet at home ?

    Initial research has suggested products like onlinefamily.norton may be able to help, but I would appreciate your valued input.

    Thanks
    I highly recommend American Family Online (http://afo.net/). They offer internet filtering of porn and other objectionable stuff for your computers and for your mobile devices. I have the router filter at home, which means that AFO is listed as a proxy in my router. Therefore, everyone connecting via my internet connection gets filtered.

    Although no filtering is perfect, AFO does a very good job. There's no way that you can keep up with everything out there; with AFO, you don't have to, because THEY do all of the research and the work.

    A residual benefit is that many of the sites that they block are also the places where you pick up malware, so you get some malware protection as well. (I'm not recommending AFO as malware protection!)

    You sound like the kind of person who would want what AFO has to offer. I have had them for years, and I have no regrets.

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    There is no way to keep teenagers away from the bad stuff. Accept that they will be curious and ingenious and talk to them about surfing safely and not installing things without being very careful and checking them. Also they should not post their entire lives on social networking sites. Keep your personal information private.

    Here is a quick guide to the basics of internet security.

    cheers, Paul

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    Oh how I pine for the good old days when nailing my sons pants leg to the floor kept him safe and I always knew what he was doing.. Walking in circles!
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    To add to this I would recommend that you set you and you alone as the administrator and all others as limited users. That way you have better control over what the other users can do.

    Good Luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    There is no way to keep teenagers away from the bad stuff. Accept that they will be curious and ingenious and talk to them about surfing safely and not installing things without being very careful and checking them. Also they should not post their entire lives on social networking sites. Keep your personal information private.

    Here is a quick guide to the basics of internet security.

    cheers, Paul
    You might also search from time to time for their Facebook / Twitter / MySpace accounts, just to see what they are doing. You can learn a lot by simply checking those things out, without letting them know you are checking them out.

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    You might also take a look at K9 Web Protection and/or Open DNS. Both have free and paid products that offer excellent protection.
    Chuck

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