Bolstering Vista's parental controls
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
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