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March 02, 2007

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I commented on this at Brian Glass's blog http://brianglass.wordpress.com/2007/03/01/scrubit/ so I won't repeat what I wrote there.

However, whitehouse.com does illustrate a problem with this filtering. When I visit whitehouse.com I see
"Search from Over 100 Million Listings in our White Pages and Yellow Pages"

The guy who set up a porn site there had a change of heart a few years ago (it had to do with realizing that pornography could be a bad influence on his own child) and sold it with the requirement that it not have any bad content.

Awesome! I've been looking for something like this to use at home. Thanks, man...

At the church, we recently setup a couple of Linux virtual machines running Squid/DansGuardian to filter Internet content. This has been working pretty well for us (and cost us nothing...gotta love open source).

Donnie

Thanks for posting this, man. Just what I needed for the home network. I've posted it on my blog as well.

In light of the "drive-by pharming" alert from Symantec and Indiana University, about the ability to update a home router's DNS servers to a nasty one...how do you "trust" ScrubIT? I mean really, how do you truly trust that they will not get hacked themselves, or anything else? Tough one...you have to weigh the fear of possibly getting to a clone of PayPal or a bank and losing money, against the fear of unfiltered internet content (at the router level at least).

DNS can be manually configured on your PC bypassing the DNS configured on your router. The ScrubIT filter is a poor network "trick". Better to use a true filter service.

@Eric: True, but many firewalls can be configured to force DNS traffic to a particular IP address. Also, your average work desktop *should* have its network settings locked down.

OpenDNS is definitely the way forward not only because of its powerful filtering abilities (which means your users don't accidentally reach the seedier sites) but also because it has powerful shortcut tools, protects against DNS spoofing and other features.

http://www.sciencetext.com/switch-on-to-opendns-really-take-back-the-internet.html

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