A few quick easy ways to Get around internet filters (parents watch out for these)

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Ok, most of you parents have internet filters on you computers and think that it blocks you children from looking a porn. Well for the most part you are correct it blocks porn on internet websites, but they do have huge holes where you child can still acsess porn or anything they want. One of the biggest ways to acsess porn around the filter is file sharring networks. You can download movies pictures, games stories, anything, about anything and you would be surprised about how quickly it can be on your computer and how easily it can be erased. Ok so here are some common programs to watch out for.

IMESH
Edonkey
Kazzaa
DC++ (direct connect)

Those are the most widely used ones, on some you can set the family filer with a pass word but, even that is risky, all they have to do is find a file that is named something normal like a picture called 1 and it will pass no matter if its porn or not. If you think that you have porn on your computer sometimes the easiest way to find it is just to search for it with the search option with in windows. Search for things like girls, sex and and other like terms. Then you can delete them and have a talk with your respective child.

Any other programs fiters or other ways to get around them that parents should watch out for feel free to private message or e-mail me for my own infromation and post away!
 
One more thing, the best offense is a good defense, if your child knows that porn is wrong and doesn’t want to see those types of things you won’t need a filter. Give them some good formation in that are, explain how degrading that is to the female dignity, and tell them about how that is going against the church’s social teaching before this becomes an issue. Call it a preemptive strike.
 
Those programs listed can also be used to download pirated music, and movies, so not only that, you could have a lawsuit from the RIAA on your hands as well.
 
File-sharing in the hands of a youngster is a bad idea. These programs can give other computers a way into your computer and who know what they could do. I agree with Bob above. I would stay away from all file-sharing programs. You don’t want your teen indicted for distribution of copyrighted material!
 
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Ham1:
File-sharing in the hands of a youngster is a bad idea. These programs can give other computers a way into your computer and who know what they could do. I agree with Bob above. I would stay away from all file-sharing programs. You don’t want your teen indicted for distribution of copyrighted material!
Not only that, many of these distributed files have viruses in them, so you download something and then get infected and your computer is busted, so reformat your hard drive, lose all your data, reinstall windows, lots of work.
 
Tyler Smedley:
IMESH
Edonkey
Kazzaa
DC++ (direct connect)
Forgive my nerdiness 🤓 in this reply, but I have a couple suggestions. First, do you have a router, that piece of equipment that lets you share your Internet connection among several machines? It would be sitting between your cable/DSL modem and the rest of your computer equipment. Many of these devices have software (called a “firewall”) built-in that can perform “port blocking”. The idea is this. Think of each program like those you mentioned as having a PO box and your computer as the post office. All communication between your home network and the Internet takes place through that PO box. If you lock that PO box (“block the port”), that program loses the ability to communicate. Most of the programs you mentioned utilize several ports or a range of ports, so you would have to block several.

There is also a software solution you can purchase called ZoneAlarm that does something similar. In fact, it’s probably easier for most folks to setup and will work if you don’t have a router. What it does is very clever. It runs in the background and watches which programs try to connect to the Internet. When it sees that a program is trying to connect to the Internet for the first time, it explicitly asks your permission if this is OK. Now I don’t know if you can setup ZA such that a password is required to give permission to connect. If that’s the case, then your problem is solved since your children will need you to type in the password for them!

Note that ZA is really meant to block intruders going IN to your machine (which is what firewalls do), but I think it might also serve the purpose you are trying to fulfill. Head over to www.zonelabs.com and get the trial edition and see if it does what you need. It’s also the case that the four programs you mentioned are just that – only four. There are lots more out there that do similar things or allow people to exchange and post files in other manners. Good luck!
 
You can also install cookiewall, which shows you what sites are trying to leave cookies in your computer. This is an easy way to see where your kids are surfing.
 
Tyler Smedley:
Ok so here are some common programs to watch out for.

IMESH
Edonkey
Kazzaa
DC++ (direct connect)
We use CYBERSitter at home.(cybersitter.com) I’ve been very happy with it. They have a lot of nice features:* blocking access to objectionable websites
  • stripping objectionable words from a web page for all websites, including unlisted sites
  • recording and logging all attempts to access blacklisted sites
  • logging search terms in search engines
  • recording and logging Instant Messenger chat conversations (or optionally block chat if preferred)
  • blocking file sharing programs
  • parents select topics to block. Default includes sex, drugs, hate, and violence but you can also block a couple of dozen other categories like cults, hacking, black magic/occult, etc.
  • optionally blocks newsgroups, ftp sites
  • optionally screens POP email for objectionable words.
  • can set daily or weekly computer time limits.
    We used it for about 3 months, and have been happy with it so far. I have no commercial interest in this company. Please note that this program it for parental control. I still recommend that every computer connected to the internet has anti-virus software and a firewall.
I didn’t really think we needed this. I had confidence in my children. It was misplaced. Thankfully, I checked my Internet Explorer history one evening. My 10 year-old son had searched for (and found) a lot of content that I had assumed he was not yet interested in. CYBERSitter went up the same day.

Needless to say, he and I had a little talk. And he was quite SHOCKED when I simply walked into the room, sat down, and asked him, “Is there anything you are feeling guilty about that you would like to talk over with Dad?”

When he realized I knew, oh my goodness…
 
Good tips. Thanks.

I searched my pc just now and didn’t find anything–but I didn’t expect to. We’ve been THROUGH all of that. I recommend:
  1. Talk to your kids (and spouse) about what you expect in terms of online behavior.
  2. Keep the online computer in a public area. Misbehavior is less likely when others can see it.
  3. Install a good filter. We have cybersitter too. I like the re-direct feature, I like the way it records IM conversations, I like how it LISTS every single web site accessed.
  4. Know your way around a computer!! Check it out every now and then–just to be sure.
Thanks–good topic.
 
Here is the **best ** way to know what sites your children are seeing:

**Only let them use the computer when you are in the room! ** That’s what I do. Sometimes I have to drop what I am doing if they need to research something for school, but the kids are so smart with computer stuff…we take no chances. My children do not play indoors at other children’s homes unless I know the parents and the following topics have been discussed:

Music & video game limits(ratings & specific games)
Smoke alarms
Computer rules & restrictions
Guns and/or alcohol in the home?

If I think for one minute that other parents are not as vigilant as mine, then they will not go.
 
We don’t let are children play in other’s homes unless we know the parents…well.

By the way, I sincerely hope that guns and alcohol are disqualifiers! If that’s the case, your kids could never play at my house 😦

Many of the good Catholics that I know have alcohol and firearms, although they are usually not stored or used together. 😉
 
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Ham1:
Many of the good Catholics that I know have alcohol and firearms, although they are usually not stored or used together. 😉
Ham, I am not one of the anti-gun folks. I was taught to use a gun by my daddy. I was also taught never to point the thing unless I meant to shoot something or somebody. That just isn’t true for many people.

Where we live there’s a lot of folks with guns & there have been more than a few instances of adolescent boys shooting their friends. So as long as we feel that people are responsible gun owners - OK!

Same w/alcohol issue. We aren’t teetotalers. I love my red wine & dh his beer, but i know there are parents who *will * serve alcohol to their kid’s friends…i am related to some people who have done this. No joke!

I don’t feel bad asking questions. We moved to a new area about 2 years ago & don’t know many people REAL WELL. Even mothers that seem to be simpatico, on closer inspection really are not. Kids with computers in their rooms & cd’s w/nasty lyrics,etc. I have found it’s just easier to lay my cards on the table right upfront. I do try to be charitable about it. If people think I’m crazy - oh, well. I am constantly amazed at the stupid things that happen in what seem like nice, smart families & don’t plan on going to identify my child’s body.
 
I’m sorry to say but just telling your children that porn is evil won’t stop them. Don’t tell your daughters, porn doesn’t interest them. Porn is appealing to men because we are visual. Eventually curiousity will get the better of him when he’s alone online. You need filters (cybernanny works well in the posts above).

And don’t forget GOOGLE, their image area is the easiest way to find porn on the internet. Just type in a “veronica” and you’ll probably get nude pics.

Check the temporary internet folder (under your control panel on internet options) for any sites that may be adult (they are very obvious when you see “xxx” etc).

Take it from a teenage guy who knows.
 
While younger children may be easier to catch, a crafty teenager will be much more difficult (if not impossible) to catch.

Here are a few clues that someone is covering their tracks:
-The “history” of your web browser has been cleared
-All cookies have been cleared
-“Recent Documents” have been cleared

Search your computer for common media file extensions, using a wildcard:
*.jpg
*.gif
*.mpg
*.rm
and so forth. These searches will bring up ALL media files with those extensions. The search may take a few minutes depending upon the speed of the computer, and you’ll probably find lots of harmless files. However, a quick skim down the file list will immediately reveal any porn saved on the computer.

I’d like to emphasize the point made above: put the computer in a public place. AND - don’t allow ANY internet use after you go to bed.

When I was a teenager, our computer was in a totally private den and the screen faced away from the door (so files could be closed before someone entering could see them). I was allowed to use the computer late at night for hours after my parents went to sleep. I knew computers much better than my parents did (as most teens do). Suffice to say, though the guilt was mine, my parents certainly left the door to temptation WIDE open.
 
I use Covenant Eyes (www.covenanteyes.com) and recommend it for adults who don’t want to use a filter.

The truth is that adults need help with the internet as much as kids. There are several surveys floating around that claim 60%-80% of Christian men (Catholics and Protestants) look at internet pornography regularly.

The bad thing about filters, however, is that they often block out legitimate sites. The idea behind CE is that you partner with someone who will hold you accountable for the things you look at online. You can go to any website you want, but wherever you go is recorded and your partner can look at a list of the places you have visited (sorted by how “questionable” they are). So if you read a news story about the AIDS outbreak in the Los Angeles porno industry, your partner can easily see that there was noting wrong with that. If, however, you are actually viewing the products of the Los Angeles porno industry…

… your partner can then encourage you to go to confession.

I have found that the simple idea that someone else knows what sites I go to is enough to keep me on the straight and narrow! The bad thing about CE, however, is that you actually have to admit to someone else (gasp) that you have temptations in this area…

The service is worth checking out.

-C
 
I assume that the paranoid parents here also don’t let their kids use school or library computers?

Oh, might also want to block translation sites like Babelfish. All you have to do is put the url to the site (or a neutral site like yahoo) into it and you can get around a good many blockers (such as the ones at my school; some idiot got caught looking at porn that way in the library if I remember correctly).

Also minclips.com. If you get the password for Boom Boom Volleyball, the females go topless. The sufficiently desperate may go for that 😛
 
Oh and “newgrounds.com” is a very popular site for teenage boys. It still has some non nude porn ads, and some of the flash movies submitted have nudity.
 
I’m not Catholic, but I AM a computer student in college. There is a problem none of you have realised yet, that many people use to get around filters, even with all the precautions ya’ll would have taken here. It’s called “Using a Proxy Server”. Basically, Proxy Servers are computers out there on the internet designed solely for the purpose of allowing themselves to transfer data to bypass filters at work or school by sending the data through the communication of that computer instead of a direct connection to the internet. There are more sinister abilities as well, such as being able to surf anonymously on the web. A proxy server allows you to hide your IP Address from Admins on the site you’re on, allowing you to send all sorts of stuff without it being able to be traced! Check your filter options. If it has an option to block something named “Proxy Avoidance” check the check box or however you need to set the filter to block it. This will block access to proxy servers and thereby prevent yet another major, and the most common, method of bypassing filters.

Here is a link to the download page of the filter I use to keep my best friend’s siblings off questionable sites on my computer. I don’t know if it will work in IE, as I use Firefox.

www1.k9webprotection.com/getk9/download-software.php

This filter has a check box to block Proxy Servers.
 
another easy way to get around is to boot some live Linux distribution either from cd or usb key as an operating system, so Windows and all the filters won’t even start up and you can surf all you want.
 
I’m sorry to say but just telling your children that porn is evil won’t stop them. Don’t tell your daughters, porn doesn’t interest them.
Please tell me you’re kidding. Yes, it does. Girls are certainly interested in finding out about sex and how it works, and porn often seems to them like an easy and private way to find out - especially since nobody is expecting them to be using it.
 
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