I know this is not what you want to hear, but I thought I remembered reading somewhere that the best parental control software. Anyone sufficiently determined to bypass parental control software/settings could/would do so. (Off course now when I go out looking for it, I can't find it - and I can't remember where... I thought it was an issue Wired - but I can't seem to find the article).
Anyways... a lot of things to comment on there:
A friend told me to access the default Host files in Windows and add the sites there to be blocked and redirected back to 127.0.0.1. Would that work?
I've seen that suggestion before. Wouldn't be such a popular suggestion if it didn't work... however... bad way to try to implement a parental control policy, as these will effect the computer globally (across all accounts - i.e. you wouldn't be able to visit those sites either).
also have Firefox installed for her use but the Parental Controls are of no use with Firefox.
If that's the case, if you're determined on enforcing why leave Firefox available when you know its completely unrestricted access.
A limited acct. has also been suggested as well. But she may need access to downloads from school.
I don't see how this would help prevent access to Youtube/Facebook. Also - as you'd soon discover if you tried to implement this approach, a limited account, as implemented in XP, often proves to be a bit too
I've heard of OpenDNS, but don't actually know anything about it, so can't say anything on that.
No firewall presently installed.
Tsk-tsk-tsk. From one GeekU student to another, how did you ever get passed PL2?
Think of your computer as your house. Would you leave all your doors and windows unlocked, open, or as just a hole in the wall, at all times? Allowing everybody and there nieghbour full access to everything you own? I would hope not. Even in the safest of nieghbourhoods, everyone needs a little privacy.
Essentially, this is what you're doing to your computer - leaving it completely exposed to everyone on the internet.
Taken straight from my no firewall can.
Edited by MS-Free, 28 November 2010 - 11:28 AM.