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