Making Chrome and Firefox Safe for Your Family

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Though Internet Explorer is still the market leader when it comes to web browsers, its steady decline shows that more and more people are leaning towards Chrome or Firefox as their go-to browser.

When it comes to using content filtering tools as a way to create a safe, age-appropriate browsing experience, I always recommend Internet Explorer for its built-in Content Advisor. However, there are “plug-ins” and “add-ons” that match, if not exceed the effectiveness of IE’s Content Advisor. No need to be intimidated by the terms. These tools are very straightforward and easy to set up!

The most popular and best rated add-on/plug-in is a tool called WebFilter Pro.

You can download it here for Chrome. And here for Firefox.

In a nutshell, WebFilter Pro can make web browsing safer by restricting access to:

  • pornography
  • adult social networks
  • violent content
  • online gaming websites
  • gambling websites
  • drug related websites
  • any site that threatens your computer’s security (scams, malware, spyware, viruses, etc)

Chrome Set Up Process:

Once you’ve installed WebFilter Pro from this link, simply click on the icon in the top right corner of your browser.

Choose “Settings” and click the box called “Enable Password Protection”.

On the drop down, click “Sign Up” and follow the steps to register your email address. The whole point of this process is to password protect your settings so you and only you can change them in the future.


After you’ve checked your email and clicked the activation link, go back to the Settings page and begin adding a check mark to anything you want blocked on your Chrome browser.


From my experience, the restrictions do a very good job of blocking exactly what they need to block. On top of these settings, you also have the option of blocking (or allowing) specific websites as you or your child come across them. All you have to do is click the little icon in the top right corner and make your selection.

When you’re done, the last thing you need to do is switch WebFilter Pro to “Kids” mode under Settings. Doing this will password protect all the changes you’ve made to the block list, as well as the basic settings.


Firefox Set Up Process:

Firefox’s version of WebFilter Pro has all the good parts that come with the Chrome version, except the password protection, which is a pretty big flaw. Once you’ve installed WebFilter Pro from this link, all you have to do is click the little icon and select “Change Security Policy”.

Change Security Policy will bring you to the same Settings page that you encountered on Chrome. Again, the only thing missing here is the ability to password protect your settings.


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  • I installed WebFilter for FireFox, and soon found that it was blocking facebook & weather underground, even when there wasn’t any unacceptable content on the pages. I just removed WebFilter… Now I need to figure out how to block sites like Stickam without using WebFilter, since it didn’t seem to be working for me.

  • It is important that we parents monitor our children especially now that internet is widely used by children. Filtering adult sites is the best thing to do. We should protect our children from these negative effect of internet.

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