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Re: host file
« Reply #30 on: July 26, 2011, 07:16:15 PM »
IE8 also has the blacklist although not quite as comprehensive as IE9

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Re: host file
« Reply #31 on: July 26, 2011, 11:47:00 PM »
Thanks for the tips.

Can you lock down the host file in Shiternet Explorer 8?
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Re: host file
« Reply #32 on: July 27, 2011, 12:22:24 AM »
Yeah OpenDNS is great, i've used it for years before i switched to ClearCloud(discontinued now) for added security and now more recently i switched to Norton DNS.

Norton DNS sure has come a long way, it's actually as fast or slightly faster for me than OpenDNS(wasn't always like that). It is also much more configurable than it used to be. ;)

Here are a few screenshots: :)






I've switched over to NortonDNS, I've configured it in my router.

It would be nice if NortonDNS had a "Family Shield" like OpenDNS to configure in my sister's router to protect her kids.

http://www.opendns.com/home/familyshield/

Here is Family Shield's router configuration: 208.67.222.123, 208.67.220.123
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Re: host file
« Reply #33 on: July 27, 2011, 10:02:01 AM »
Thanks for the tips.

Can you lock down the host file in Shiternet Explorer 8?

You don't do it through Internet Explorer. You need to navigate to this folder c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\, right click on the hosts file, select properties and under the section attributes put a tick next to read only(like in  essexboy's screenshot). That's it. :)

EDIT: It is pointless to do that in XP though. You are running an admin account and if a malware gets on your pc, it can easily change that attribute back. Better use something like WinPatrol to monitor changes in the the hosts file. 
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Re: host file
« Reply #34 on: July 27, 2011, 10:10:20 AM »
@rdmaloyjr: So this would not do the trick ?



If you go to http://nortondns.com/ and in the right top corner you have the button sign in, click on it and register over there(it's free), then you can set all those content filtering options for your ip(assuming you've already set Norton's DNS servers in your router).

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Re: host file
« Reply #35 on: July 27, 2011, 07:45:47 PM »
IE8 also has the blacklist although not quite as comprehensive as IE9
Is this referring to smartscreen filter, or some other function of IE?
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Re: host file
« Reply #36 on: July 27, 2011, 08:08:12 PM »
I don't see to what else he could be referring to.

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Re: host file
« Reply #37 on: July 27, 2011, 08:19:26 PM »
Yep smart screen  ;D

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Re: host file
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Re: host file
« Reply #39 on: July 27, 2011, 11:34:47 PM »
@rdmaloyjr: So this would not do the trick ?



If you go to http://nortondns.com/ and in the right top corner you have the button sign in, click on it and register over there(it's free), then you can set all those content filtering options for your ip(assuming you've already set Norton's DNS servers in your router).

Darth.Mikey,

No.  ScrubIT has a similar service to OpenDNS's Family Shield.    http://www.scrubit.com/
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Re: host file
« Reply #40 on: July 27, 2011, 11:54:05 PM »
Sorry rdmaloyjr but i really don't see what you want here. All i see at both those sites is exactly the same service as Norton DNS offers, content filtering. Want to block porn sites or what do you want ? Explain it to me cause i honestly don't understand what you want.

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Re: host file
« Reply #41 on: July 28, 2011, 12:35:50 AM »
Darth.Mikey,

I don't see where NortonDNS has anything like Family Shield.

With Family Shield from OpenDNS all you have to do is put 208.67.222.123 and

208.67.220.123 in your router or computer and you have instant content filtering. ;)

It would be great if NortonDNS did.

http://www.opendns.com/home/familyshield/

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What's the difference between FamilyShield and OpenDNS Basic?
 
Choose FamilyShield if you're looking for a quick, no-fuss way to protect your children from adult content online for free. Choose OpenDNS Basic if you'd like a more customizable alternative — you can block or unblock lots of other types of sites, see reports on how your family uses your Internet connection, and more. OpenDNS Basic offers everything FamilyShield does, and it's also free, but it requires a few extra setup and customization steps.
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Re: host file
« Reply #42 on: July 28, 2011, 01:03:54 AM »
OK i get it now, it automatically has content filtering for kids pre-selected. With Norton DNS you need to configure it yourself to achieve the same thing. :)