can I prevent parental control override?

September 15, 2010 at 16:10:05
Specs: Windows Vista
My teen has proved he can easily override parental controls on my computer. and claims hes able tobeat any software out there. any suggestions. Hes smart but no computer wiz. please help

randy

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#1
September 15, 2010 at 16:31:19
Let him try this one on for size

http://www.webwatcherkids.com/fea_i...


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#2
September 15, 2010 at 17:00:46
thanks waderer this looks like it might be what i need will let you know

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#3
September 15, 2010 at 19:30:02
I may mis-understand that product.

A live cd can get past that. Any physical access to any device in your home may be impossible to control.

It might be that you could purchase an ISP that controls the content.

Otherwise you may have to configure a higher end router or internet appliance that controls all access.

If you could build an untangle.com linux box that they can't access it would work.


Not sure why every ISP isn't forced to proved controls. Seems simple enough.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#4
September 16, 2010 at 13:56:27
Hi jefro.
Unfurtunalty I am far from a comp wiz also , and dont understand most of what you told me. please explian



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#5
September 16, 2010 at 15:00:45
Laran what Jefro is referring to is if you have physical access to the hardware you can override software controls. This is true for any system including servers.

Though a booting a live cd would bypass windows the easy solution is three fold

Set a bios system [not user] password
Set boot cd rom after hard drive.
Put a suitcase padlock on the back of the case if it has a place for one so the case can't be opened.

You son would have to open the pc and disconnect the drive before he could boot the linux cd. Most kids are just glorified users not computer geeks that would know this advanced stuff.


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#6
September 16, 2010 at 15:31:17
It is sometimes difficult to prevent a dedicated individual. Most kids know how to by-pass anything you can do. They have time, energy and are motivated.


Choice #1 would be to find a place that offers internet service that they control the content. I doubt your current source for internet would but you can ask them.

Choice #2 would be to secure your systems. The router and or modem and or computer all would need to have controls on them that only you know.

Any kid could install qemu and run any OS they wanted to bypass any windows security.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#7
September 17, 2010 at 09:58:55
Gee number #1 is a option? ISP controlling content? I have never seen such an animal. This is why content filtering software like the link I gave exists.

If the kid is a limited user he's not going to be able to install software.

But this is all beyond what most kids are about or do. Running parental control software is no big deal and happens on millions of computers without issue.


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#8
September 17, 2010 at 15:13:58
Qemu doesn't need to be installed. It can simply run from an executable. Virtual PC and others do need to be installed under a user with privileges.

I agree, it may work to use software and is a good choice to try. It is better than nothing, which some parents do.


Kids have access to not only the bad kids at school but everyone on the web.A young child may not but a teenager is likely to have enough skills to bypass any control I'd think. Unless I give them more credit than they deserve.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#9
September 25, 2010 at 13:45:12
Hi wander and jefro.
considering all that you both are talking about . What my teen did was went to a site , I beleive it was call concealme.com wich seems to have hid his activity on the computer. and doing some reseach there seems to be plenty of site to do the same thing. I could block them as I detect them (I THINK) but it seem all he has to do is a search for a new one

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#10
March 12, 2011 at 04:15:54
hi you can try use actymac. com ActyMac DutyWatch .It's prog can monitor websites visited.

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#11
March 12, 2011 at 08:08:46
What I see in the above, is that it could be the kid requesting this info, you are all thinking it is the parent...kids are real smart anymore, all they do is google this and find the answers only to reverse the adjustments made...just food for thought...good luck

Why not just make a limited user account for the person in question, kind've makes sense to me.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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#12
April 14, 2011 at 03:13:35
yeah, I heard a lot of positive feedbacks about ActyMac DutyWatch ...

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