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jrsc109
September 15th, 2008, 02:19 PM
As I continue my Ubuntu journey (8.04), the next stop is to block certain websites from my children.

I could do this with an app on Firefox (Glubble!) but I would prefer to use something else.

I am used to using the parental controls on Norton on WXP, and as I don't have any Antivirus installed now, that option is no longer available to me. (BTW - Should I have antivirus installed??)

Can anyone please suggest a way I can manage website access. I have read about iptables, but that seems a bit beyond me at the moment.

Help much appreciated.

oilchangeguy
September 15th, 2008, 02:24 PM
As I continue my Ubuntu journey (8.04), the next stop is to block certain websites from my children.

I could do this with an app on Firefox (Glubble!) but I would prefer to use something else.

I am used to using the parental controls on Norton on WXP, and as I don't have any Antivirus installed now, that option is no longer available to me. (BTW - Should I have antivirus installed??)

Can anyone please suggest a way I can manage website access. I have read about iptables, but that seems a bit beyond me at the moment.

Help much appreciated.

you don't need anti-virus software with linux. iptables is ubuntu's built in firewall. and i found this by simply typing parental controls in the search box at the upper right of this page, you can also use this feature. it helps stop repeated threads on the same subject.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=914683&highlight=parental+controls

k33bz
September 15th, 2008, 02:26 PM
There is a parental control program you can use, I will go look it up for you and give you the link to the how-to for it.

As far when you were trying to fix the graphix on your laptop. as a virus scanner. You dont necessarily need one. but a common courtesy to your family and friends would be to have one. Although your computer isnt vulnerable to the nasty viruses. If you get an infected file, and you send it to someone else. You would infect them.

So overall you dont need one, but it would be courteous if you did. I dont use one

tuxxy
September 15th, 2008, 02:27 PM
To block sites you could use dans guardian package which seems to perform well for the christian linux users.

http://packages.ubuntu.com/hardy/dansguardian

Also you will only need an anti-virus if you are regularly sharing or accessing files form a windows drive, it will be used as a preventative measure to stop you spreading the infections around your windows drive

k33bz
September 15th, 2008, 02:27 PM
Here you go, parental controls with a GUI

Parental Controls (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=226298&highlight=parental+controls)

gjoellee
September 15th, 2008, 02:32 PM
As far I know you may get Windows viruses if you have WINE installed, and that will make you come a little in to the "danger zone". There is therefore no need for antivirus is either Mac or Linux because there are not many of them, and if I am right you have to launch them manually in Linux to make them work.

For blocking websites I would recommend Glubble, but you might want to try this add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3145

dew5
September 15th, 2008, 02:52 PM
Hello

You can down load and enable parent controllers from Mozilla.

check out

http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Parental+controls

good luck.

dew5

nowshining
September 15th, 2008, 07:50 PM
you can also use a hosts file - i have a big one at my site - i don't remove any p0rn sites - you can use diff. methods.

I haven't updated the hosts file in a bit as I've added a few sites and marked some out. :) ie: good ones.. see wiki.ubuntu.org/Nowshining for my sites - i can't edit them so some sites may be re-hosted but the ol' freewebs page should still be there to direct one to the new url manually or automatically - mainly manually and if/when I update the hosts file and freewebs screws me on the ol' format :/ i'll move it to my new hosting site...

:)

PocketDog
September 15th, 2008, 09:34 PM
If you have any sites in mind you can get your router - if you use one - to block specific sites. It's a better method if you have several PCs on the network, and it's also OS independent.

KrazyPenguin
November 21st, 2008, 03:27 AM
The easiest tool I found is OpenDNS.com.

It is Free and there is no software to install.

I signed up, the site walked me through a couple of changes to my router, and I customized my account.

The cool thing is that it doesn't matter if I install another o/s on this computer, or dual boot, those sites are still blocked.

Even switching browsers doesn't matter, because those sites are blocked at the router.

And the admin can see what sites were blocked, so you will know if somebody is trying to go on those sites.

Good luck!!!

:guitar: