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Bolstering Vista's parental controls

Question : Whatever other people might say about Windows Vista, I love its parental controls. But my son has found a proxy-server site that lets him by pass any site blocks I've placed. I can block this one site, but there must be others like it. Is there an answer to this dilemma ?

Answer : There really isn't. You could completely lock down the machine -- allowing browsing only to a designated set of sites but Vista's "Allow List" is blank, so you'd have to fill it out yourself.

Vista can import a  "WebAllowBlockList" compiled by somebody else, but good luck finding one to download; this feature seems to have been ignored in practice.

You can deny access to sites on Vista's Block List. But by typing a blocked site's address into a proxy-server site, a user can drive around Vista's roadblocks.

These sites themselves can be restricted, but there are quite a few around; that whole exercise will degenerate into a game of Whack-a-Mole.

Finally, a child can always go online on somebody else's computer.

This may be an upsetting realization. If you want to feel better about it, consider what this suggests about the odds of the Chinese government keeping a billion or so Internet users away from parts of the Internet.


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