Filter by device or router?

There are many ways to filter inappropriate websites and information, from configuring network-wide controls on your router to enabling and using parental controls built into Windows, Android, iOS and other third party software.

One of the easiest ways to setup filtering is to configure them on your router.  Your router functions as the only point where all of your internet traffic flows through.  Setting up filtering here allows you to perform web filtering for all devices on your network — computers, smartphones and tablets.

Device filtering is dependent on the type of device being used and can be more complicated to setup.  Here are instructions on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.  The advantage of device filtering is that this filter is applied regardless of which network is being used so you are not only protected at home, but also at the office, on a cell network or on any other network.

The Importance of a Good Filter

Below is a list of internet and network filters that have been used with great results. Performance obviously depends on personal circumstances and network needs. Please share your experiences by using the contact form on this website.


Covenant Eyes

There’s no need to try to figure oudownloadt who in your family accessed which website. When each person in your family has a unique Covenant Eyes username, his or her Internet activity will show up on a separate report, as long as they sign in on a computer, smartphone, or tablet with Covenant Eyes installed.

DNS Thingy

DNS Thingy logo_circles-01control over your Internet connection. You have complete control over which sites are visited. Blocking unwanted sites, speeds up your network and provides additional security. We know that one size fits all doesn’t always work, so you can assign each device to a different rule set.

Net Nanny

Net Nanny is a world leader in Internet filtering. Net Nanny checks each web page you visit, in real time, and will allow or block a webpage based on your preferences. Net Nanny provides monitoring features that are pre-set, which can be changed to suit the unique needs of each member of the family. You have the flexibility to determine the type of content you feel is appropriate for each Net Nanny user.

OpenDNS

The easiest way to make your Internet safer, faster and more reliable.  OpenDNS protects every device in your home, instantly. OpenDNS settings apply to every device — laptops, smartphones, tablets, DVRs, game consoles, literally anything that connects to the internet. We’re the world’s leading DNS service, meaning you’ll see noticeably faster internet speeds as well.

Qustodio

qustodioQustodio is parental control designed for today’s busy, web-savvy parents. No
hardware, no complicated setup—just a simple, web-based dashboard that gives you the info you need at a glance. Whether your kids use the family computer, personal laptop, tablet, or mobile phone, Qustodio is there to set healthy limits, block questionable sites, and keep kids safe. You’ll see the apps your kids use, the searches they conduct, the social sites they visit, and the people they hang out with online.

K9 Web Protection

BlueCoat_K9_Horizontal_325With Blue Coat K9 Web Protection, you don’t have to wait for the latest security patch or upgrade, which can leave your computer vulnerable to new and evolving Web threats. K9 delivers the comprehensive protection you need automatically