Free Child Internet Protection with DansGuardian
First thing first.
If you are looking for a free child protection software for your children, and your are running a Windows system, then this post is not for you.
Here we are talking about a net content filter, which is useful for a system administrator, managing a network on something like linux and wants to protect the computers connected from this network from objectionable content available on Internet.
DansGuardian – Content Filter for Children
DansGuardian is a Open Source website filtering application, which is useful for networks running on a Unix or Linux servers for the purpose of Internet content filtering. Although it runs on a Unix or Linux platform, the security and filtering options provided are available to all computers controlled by the server, whether they are running Windows, Mac or any other platform. Now this facility has also been extended to all servers running on Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Mac OS X, HP-UX, and Solaris.
DansGuardian is highly flexible Internet content filtering utility and provides you lots of options for controlling the content. is designed to be completely flexible and allows you to tailor the filtering to your exact needs. It can be as draconian or as unobstructive as you want. The default settings are geared towards what a primary school might want but DansGuardian puts you in control of what you want to block.
It filters using multiple methods. These methods include URL and domain filtering, content phrase filtering, PICS filtering, MIME filtering, file extension filtering, POST limiting.
The content phrase filtering will check for pages that contain profanities and phrases often associated with pornography and other undesirable content. The POST filtering allows you to block or limit web upload. The URL and domain filtering is able to handle huge lists and is significantly faster than squidGuard.
The filtering has configurable domain, user and source ip exception lists. SSL Tunneling is supported.
The configurable logging produces a log in an easy to read forhttp://thepcsecurity.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpmat which has the option to only log the text-based pages, thus significantly reducing redundant information such as every image on a page.
Pretty much all parts of DansGuardian are configurable thus giving the end administrator user total control over what is filtered and not some third-party company.
DansGuardian is free for all non-commercial uses.
Overall, a nice utility for your PC Security.