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Blocking websites on XP?


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#1 kitkin15

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 03:57 PM

my dad wants me to block some websites on his whole IP (he has wifi, and he has cable internet)
we want sites like myspace, facebook, P2P, porn, and anything like that blocked.
ive heard of and used openDNS but that blocks other stuff, it also clasifies websites wrongly.

i would like to know how to set the limitations myself, my dads desktop is XP and the laptops that will be on it are, vista, and than 2 windows 7.

i think it might be different for all of them
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Posted 28 February 2010 - 07:26 PM

That is funny, because usually parents block sites for kids. :thumbsup:

I suggest you to use OpenDNS. If OpenDNS cannot block a site, then block it in HOSTS file.

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 07:51 PM

well what im worried about with open DNS is that it will block sites that i dont want blocked, is there a way i can do that? i didnt set it up before, a friend did lol. i know that youtube is clasified as many things that it isnt, like porn, gambeling, P2P, and sooooo much more that is totally untrue, so im kind of woundering if there is a way to still allow youtube?

and my dad dont really get on the computer, its my little brother and sisters and my aunt that get on, and my siblings have been doing stuff thats not good.....

and do i download openDNS? im not 100% sure on that one lol
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Posted 28 February 2010 - 09:03 PM

What type of wifi router do you have because my linksys one i can log into it by typing into a web browser 192.168.1.1 and then it will ask you for your routers SSID or name and then your router password they are diffrent for every router so let me know and i can find out what the default is to access your router. and then i can go to a tab labled "Access restrictions" and then from there i can block by URL or keyword

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 09:13 PM

You can read about OpenDNS here. The whole process is discussed there. You can choose categories in custom section.
You have to download OpenDNS client if you have dynamic ip address (changes every time you connect to internet)

Many schools and even churches use OpenDNS for their internet networks. So you can trust it.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 01:02 PM

ok, and i think its a linksys G router (boosted or extended, something like that.)

ill look at openDNS when i get home =) thanks,

@matt3, i would like to hear more about what you were talking about, that sounds like a good backup plan =)
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Posted 01 March 2010 - 05:04 PM

@matt3, i would like to hear more about what you were talking about, that sounds like a good backup plan =)

I will try to explain this as best i can...
1. Open a web browser on a computer connected to the router best way would be by wire but wireless works also
2. Type in to the URL box 192.168.1.1
3. Hopefully a box will appear and will ask you to enter authenication (For mine atleast it is the name of my router (SSID) and my router password)
4. after some loading you shuld get a page that says Linksys on top
5. go to the tab labled access and restrictions
6. scroll down and on the left side there should be something labled "Website Blocking by URL Address" and "Website Blocking by Keyword"
7. type what you want and that should work jst click save settings at the bottom when you are done

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 06:53 PM

ok i will try this when i go to my dads =) thanks.

when you say password do you mean the WEP'WPA key? we dont have one (believe it or not but it IS safer to leave your internet open)
and isnt the SSID just the name of the wifi internet? like "linksys" is the name of my dads router?
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Posted 01 March 2010 - 08:52 PM

It is not safe to leave your WiFI open expesially for what i do over my network sharing files if i didnt password lock it people would be stealing my internet and files. If you never setup your router then the setting when you first type 192.168.1.1 in might be admin (username) no password (leave blank). Try that if typing linksys and no password doesnt work.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 10:08 PM

How many sites can you block in the router ? There are millions of porn sites. Good luck blocking using router.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 11:56 AM

lol im only going to use the router to block websites that openDNS didnt get (like newer sites that i think are unsafe)

and ill also try to use it to unblock sites that i think are safe.

and WEP is VERY easy to crack, and WPA isnt that hard eaither (takes experence though) so if someone cracks my internet and they do illegal stuff (P2P) and other stuff, the cops will think i did it, and think i erased the history, program, and everything else. or if thatperson looks up something illegal on the internet (underage porn, how to make a bomb, anything like that) i have heard of stuff like that happening and the person who owns the internet goes to prison even though they are innocent. this is why i think its safer to leave it open. if someone knows how to steal your files than they most likley know how to crack your internet.
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Posted 02 March 2010 - 04:28 PM

How many sites can you block in the router ? There are millions of porn sites. Good luck blocking using router.

You can block by key word. I dont know how many site you can block i have not tried

this is why i think its safer to leave it open. if someone knows how to steal your files than they most likley know how to crack your internet.

It is not safer though but it will if you lock it prevent say some kid next door will a ipod touch from using it becuase most likly they wont waste their time hacking your router if it has a password. but i will agree that if someone can steal my files they can crack the internet also but i feel safer that is just me.

Edited by matt3, 02 March 2010 - 04:28 PM.


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Posted 03 March 2010 - 12:36 PM

lol ok, thanks for the help guys =)
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