There’s no magic bullet to keep your kids from visiting the darkest corners of the web, however, with a simple tool such as OpenDNS, you can limit a good portion of what your kids can see while surfing on your family Macintosh.
OpenDNS is a free service (with paid upgrades for more options) to limit which sites your kids can surf while on the Internet. It basically involves the following:
- Setting up a free account at http://www.opendns.com/
- Configuring your Macintosh computer (or router) with the proper DNS numbers
- Configuring which types of sites can or will not be blocked on the OpenDNS website
Upon completion of these steps, anytime your children try to access a site that is deemed inappropriate, they will simply see a blocked page load on your Mac. You can disallow entire groups of sites, such as gambling or adult sites, or, chat and social media sites. By choosing these broad types of sites, OpenDNS will apply their growing database of inappropriate sites to your block list. The good news is that you don’t have to go in and input thousands of potentially harmful sites–OpenDNS takes care of all of this on their end. Your Mac simply looks at this remote list first before delivering the site to your computer. Even better, you can log in and add or subtract sites that you may find should or shouldn’t be on the list, such as Facebook.
Capital Mac Service would be more than happy to consult you on this service and potentially get your network setup correctly for the DNS number changes. Contact us today for more information on this important service.