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John Bull

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Is Safe Search necessary in our browsing activities ?

We all know why it is there - to protect children and the mentally naive from all the evils of this nasty world. But putting a Safe Search into globally popular search engines like Google and Bing is rather futile. Like placing a heavy duty, tamper-proof high security Chub padlock on a door and leaving the side window wide open.

Anybody with a grain of PC and Internet sense can easily select another search engine from the many available and the self appointed Guardian Angel cannot lock them all up. Whilst Granny may not be able to get beyond the single mouse click needed to logon, a high proportion of our children know more about computers and the web than we do.

In any case, a factor which I have found in common with other users on the web, is that the "Preferences" offered by these search engines, where you can screw down the inflow of illicit and explicit search content down to zero, only returns to the standard setting of "Moderate" at each browser closure. You the have to re-invent the wheel.

If it was a nice world, I would not be writing this post, but it is not.

Edited by John Bull, 03 December 2013 - 02:51 PM.

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I think it's less there as a way to protect children and more of a way to make it so that when I look for Pokemon X I don't get pictures of characters from the series in certain positions not intended by the game manufacturers ;)
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