A parent’s guide – Part 2

Asus EEE Box PC In part one, I described the creation of a Proxy Server/Content Blocking solution.

It worked.  Just.  But it was slow.

Back in part one, I said I’d review SquidGuard, but never got around to it.

Why? Mainly time pressures with work.  But as the man said, distance lends perspective.  I don’t think SquidGuard is for me, as it doesn’t inspect page content, whereas Dansguardian does.

This weeks exercise was updating the NSLU2 to an ASUS EEE Box PC.

And it works really well with Squid & Dansguardian.  If you don’t mind not having a GUI frontend, as there’s not video driver available under Debian Lenny.

If anything, too well.  It identified a Wotif search as being Japanese Porn.  This is the downside of inspecting page content.  Sometimes it’s wrong.

dansguardian-japanese

And the Squid Proxy saved me 20% of my bandwidth in the first week:

cache_hits

In weeks 2 & 3, it dropped down to 5%.

I’m happy with what I’ve got now BUT I’m not sure for a 2 computer household, that it was worth it.

Other options I’d consider would be:

K9 Web Protection
is BlueCoat’s content web filtering solution for the home user.  It has good functionality now and promises more in future releases.  From their website:

"Blue Coat® K9 Web Protection is a content filtering solution for your home computer. Its job is to provide you with a family-safe Internet experience, where YOU control the Internet content that enters your home. K9 Web Protection implements the same enterprise-class Web filtering technology used by Blue Coat’s Fortune 500 customers around the world, wrapped in simple, friendly, and reliable software for your Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Vista computer."

They also state the following:

"The function that K9 provides is not antivirus, anti-spam, or firewall functionality. K9 is a Web filter; it determines where the computer user can go inside your Web browser. (In our upcoming release, we’ll also be offering Instant Message/Chat controls, and Peer-to-Peer controls.)"

OpenDNS
provides a FREE web filtering service.  You can do this by pointing your network router at OpenDNS, and OpenDNS does the rest.

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