Any apps that protect my mac/ eyes from porn sites?

Discussion in 'Mac Applications and Mac App Store' started by macswitcha2, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. macrumors 65816

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    I mean, block porn sites?
     
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    You could go to Sytem Preferences>Accounts and set up Parental Controls.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    But i have to create another user correct?
     
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    No, you can use Parental Controls on any user account.
     
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    I got this message:

    You cannot enable parental controls for an administrator account. Create a new user account, and then enable parental controls for the new account.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    I should have been more clear. I meant any "user" account, as opposed to "administrator" account.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    1) Move to somewhere like China
    2) Have porn and other sites blocked automatically by the government
    3) ???
    4) Profit!
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Still don't get it...

    I go to system preference>Parental Control> unlock to make changes> open account preferences> its automatically is on my administration account> enable parental control> MESSAGE: You cannot enable parental controls for an administrator account. Create a new user account, and then enable parental controls for the new account.

    So I go to my other account> all it has is two bars (one for my full name) and the other for my (MobileMe user name) which is empty.


    Soooo? how does this parental control works?
     
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    you could use peer guardian, though that'd take some configuration....
     
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    Why not just not visit those sites ... ? :confused:
     
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    Parental Controls
     
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    If you're mostly worried about accidently coming across porn sites in Google searches, the Google search settings can help. From the Google search page, if you're logged in there will be a Settings link in the upper-right of the screen. From there scroll down to SafeSearch Filtering and set it higher up.

    If you're worried more about a child or other person using your computer and accessing those pages, then create a separate account for them and set the parental controls on that account.
     
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    The proper terminology would be "standard" and "administrator." An administrator is still a user.

    As stated you cannot enable Parental Controls on an administrator, since you could effectively remove administrative ability from that user. Parental Controls must be applied to a standard user.

    As far as your other account, you need to make that a standard account if you want to apply Parental Controls. You can do this from any administrator account as long as you have *at least* one admin account on the machine.

    Pick any account you want, but one has to be standard to have controls applied and there has to be *one* admin account.

    As far as how Parental Controls works? It uses Managed Preferences to control what a user has access to.
     
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    Poor self control?
     
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    There is no need to add emphasis. The people here who understand Macs understand your point very well. A couple of points:
    • Administrator accounts are recommended to be used only for administering your system. For your day-to-day operations, you should use a standard account.
    • Oh, yes. Why can't you just not visit these sites?
     
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    Create a new administrator account on your Mac. Then using the padlock in System Prefs log onto the Accounts panel as your new admin account and remove the administrator rights from your usual account.

    You will now be able to set up Parental Controls on your existing account. This does mean that you will need to enter the credentials of the new admin account when installing software and the like, but it will solve your issue as well as sightly increasing your security level*



    * Unfortunately it's not perfect security-wise as existing software will already have installed with the old user account as the owner. This can only be helped by changing the ownership on the application packages etc.
     
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    Some people just don't want to see it and they don't have to initiate it to come across it.

    It does not matter who owns the application, it cannot make administrative changes unless authorized.
     
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    However, the application's supporting files can still be altered under the credentials of a standard everyday user account. It's unlikely to be a problem, but something to be aware of.
     
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    That isn't quite correct, but I don't want to go into that here.

    They could delete the contents of an app bundle, but not an application due to the permissions on the applications folder. So if the standard user knew that hey could right click the bundle and "show contents" they could then delete whatever is inside if they owned the application.
     
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    I have never accidentally stumbled across a porn site. Even when searching, you get an idea of what the site is before clicking any links.
     
  21. macrumors 6502

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    Open DNS anybody? Excellent filtering and makes the internet faster. www.opendns.com
     
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    Looking on torrent sites can get you to places you didn't plan to go to.
     

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