Q&A: Internet Filter

Posted by Kevin Rush | 11:14 AM | , | 9 comments »

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Question:

Kevin,

I remember you mentioning something about an Internet Filter.... Do you remember what service it was? We'll be talking about pornography during our next series and want to offer resources.

Thanks!
Tim B.
Answer:
Tim,

The only 'free filters' that I know of are OpenDNS and ScrubIT. OpenDNS is installed at a router/switch level. ScrubIT is installed at the server level. Both are slightly detailed when installing, but work great when installed.

Free accountability software is available from xXxchurch.com.

Integrity Online is probably the best internet filtering company out there at a reasonable price for home or business use. It just depends on what you're looking for.

The Porn Talk is a site that guides parents through the awkward topic of talking to kids about porn.

Those are the products and resources that I recommend.
What would you add to the list?

9 comments

  1. Anonymous // January 16, 2008 at 6:35 AM  

    the xxchurch.com is actually www.xxxchurch.com (three x's)

  2. -=Kez=- // January 16, 2008 at 6:42 AM  

    My apologizes... thanks!

  3. Luke Gilkerson // January 16, 2008 at 10:18 AM  

    I work for a company called Covenant Eyes. We have accountability software and filtering software. Because we are constantly updating our servers and editing how we score web pages, it is a very robust program. I highly recommend it.

    Luke Gilkerson

  4. bamed // January 16, 2008 at 1:25 PM  

    Dansguardian is another Free Filter that works great. It actually gives you more flexibility than the others mentioned, but is much more complicated to setup. It requires a computer dedicated as the router/firewall.

  5. Anonymous // January 17, 2008 at 6:39 AM  

    Thank you for talking about this subject. Any filter is better than no filter. We are honored to be mentioned. www.integrity.com

    Skip Mathews
    President, Integrity Online

  6. Tim // January 18, 2008 at 6:58 AM  

    There is some good software called K9 that is also quite effective. It is more flexible that ScrubIT, who I also use, as it is possible to override the settings temporarily if needed.
    Find out more at http://www.k9webprotection.com/
    Be careful to set up users properly if using it to stop other users on the computer. I heard of one situation where, because the computer only had one login that was used for email, the children were able to request a new password and lock the parent out of the software!

  7. -=Kez=- // January 18, 2008 at 7:38 AM  

    Tim,

    It just goes to show how advanced our children are when it comes to technology and how slow we [for the most part] are. Thank you for your comment.

  8. Anonymous // June 10, 2008 at 12:14 PM  

    Earlier Integrity Online was mentioned. From what I've found it's the best, most reliable filter around for a very fairprice.

    DK

  9. Anonymous // March 4, 2009 at 8:22 AM  

    Not to be too negative, but i would not recommend one that we have had trouble with at our church. We used cyberpatrol for 2 years and were very unhappy with it. The software was limited and the tech support is nearly non-existant. This year i am moving on to a new provider.