Free parental control software for Windows, MAC and iPhone

The most popular article on this blog is about the time restriction parental control method in Windows. That article explains how you can restrict the login time for a user under Windows. The hot topic being parental control, I have decided to write about a software that is easy to use, allows you to block websites based on content and restrict the time people can use the internet! The best part is it is FREE and is available for Windows, Mac OSX as well as iOS.

K9 webprotection on iOS
K9 web protection screenshot from iPod

K9 web protection is an easy to use parental control internet restriction software from Blue Coat. It is free for personal use but you need to provide an email address to get the license key. I have used K9 for testing purposes and found it to be very impressive. You get to block web sites based on Categories, keywords, URLs or even URL keywords. The time that a user can browse the net can also be set.

I have tries only the Windows version. The iOS version is available from iTunes. More tips on using k9 as well as other tools to secure your computer will be updated on to my blog. Please subscribe to the RSS feed to keep updated.

K9 website | Download Page | FAQ

Protecting your childs online prescence

Children today are far more ‘exposed’ to technology than once their parents were. Along with the benefits of the internet, more and more websites pop up each minute that could get them in trouble. Pornography, contact with strangers, Social networking addiction and games are just a few of them. With the curiosity of a kid he likes to know ‘what it is?’. So I am starting a series of posts on parental control and internet security.

Sometime back I did a post on how to control the time users can log in to Windows XP. Since I added “Parental Control” to the title, there had been many visits to the article. This actually made me feel like I was cheating all those visitors. These people were coming here,expecting to find a way to prevent their children go the wrong way on the internet. And what was I giving them? A rather geeky and crappy way of controlling the log in times. That’s why after a long long time I decided to write some real and not so geeky ways of implementing a parental control.

In this article I am going to tell you some good points to note before you setup a full parental control.

  • Educate your children about the bad of getting addicted to internet, games,porn etc
  • Put the PC with internet access in a common area, so that you can always have a look
  • Make the modem setup such that it connects to the internet only on request rather than always on.
  • Its better if you can put a router in between the computer and modem.
  • Be strict about ‘when’ kids can use the computer

There are some plug-ins available for almost all browsers that will make surfing rather safe. One such plug-in is the Web Of Trust Plug-in. It is available for FireFox, Internet Explorer as well as Chrome. But the problem with all these plug-ins are that they can be overcome by some way. although the procedures can be complex, they can still be overcome. That’s why we need a much stronger method for parental control. From the third article in this series onwards I will be discussing methods by which parents can actually implement strong website filtering on their computers.

Quix – ultimate BookMarklet

Name

: Quix

What is it?

: Quix is a JavaScript BookMarklet which allows you to add functionality to your browser

Details

Quix is a simple BookMarklet that you can add to you browser toolbar by drag and drop. It is more like the “Latest Headline” in your FireFox toolbar. When clicked, it opens a prompt that accepts short commands and behaves accordingly. Commands include whois lookups, social bookmarkings, webmaster tools, URL shortening etc.

When you click on the Bookmarklet, a prompt appears.
You can type in your command to this prompt : Quix

An example is here. You are on a particular website and you need to know the whois informations of the site, What do you do? You can copy the web address, go to a domain tools site and type in the address to get the details. OR you can click on the Quix button on your toolbar, and just enter ‘whois’ to see all the required information then and there. You can also use Quix for web searches as “g Simple Informations” will search on Google for Simple Informations. Try “dict amazing” for a word meaning or “map LOCATION_NAME” for google map of the Location. These are just a few of the commands available in Quix. YOu can see the full list of commands at Quix Help.

An introduction to Quix : Video

Do I need Quix

If you haven’t yet added it to your toolbar, probably you are confused as to why you need it. Well it makes searches handy, access to other information and sharing on social networks including Twitter and FaceBook easy. If not using this button, you might end up using a single bookmarklet for each of the social networks and one bookmark each for a search. Another advantage is that you can add custom commands to Quix easily. so hurry and get yours now itself.

Pros

Does NOT slow down browser like other plug-ins. Can be used with every browser that supports JavaScript. I don’t think I can list its goods. You just need to prefix each command with a space and it will result in a new tab. All of it is just great. You can extend it with command files (see links below). Can disable the default commands – you should need some crazy reason to do so.

Cons

Haven’t seen one yet.

Verdict

This is one tool every one who uses Internet must have. The SEO and WP tools make life easier for web Admins and Bloggers. Yoast has done a wonderful job by creating the plugin.

Links

Quiz | Quix commands | Extend commands | How to add commands | Joost de Valk