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How to Use Google and Yahoo! as an Internet Security Wall for Kids Buying a software that filters the sites allowed to be accessed from your computer may not be a good solution to keep your kids from visiting porn sites and webpages with graphic contents. However, this isn't the only way. Believe it or not, the ones you always use to search for your desired webpage has the capacity to filter unwanted sites, which gives you a peace of mind and makes it safer for kids to surf while you are away. Yes, Google and Yahoo! can do it for you. Here’s how: Google. 1. Go the Google homepage (www.google.com). 2. Click the Preferences link on the right side of the dialog box. 3. Just at the bottom of your screen, you will see the "SafeSearch Filtering". 4. Then click on this: Use strict filtering (Filter both explicit text and explicit images) 5. Click "Save Preferences". Note: The Google preferences are saved on the "Cookie". If the Cookies are erased, the settings will be lost. Yahoo! 1. Go to Yahoo! homepage (www.yahoo.com). 2. On the search tab on top of the page, click "more" (located beside "shopping"). 3. Click the "All Search Services". A new page will appear. 4. Click web search. The address would show: http://search.yahoo.com 5. Click the "Search Preferences" link. That’s right before the last line at the bottom of the page beside "Search Services". 6. Then click the "Edit" button on the Safe Search menu. Choose, " Filter out adult Web, video, and image search results - SafeSearch On". 7. Then save. 8. Click Finish. You can also go directly on the Yahoo! search page and follow the procedures from 5 to 8. Note: If the changes on the search preferences are made when a Yahoo! account is logged-in, the changes only affect the user of the account. If you want these changes to take effect to the computer, make sure that there is no one logged on before making any changes. Or, if you want to apply these changes to your kids' personal account, log-in to their account first and do the procedure. Google and Yahoo! preferences settings only take effect if your kids use any of these 2 search engines and will be useless of your kids type-in the URL on the address. Therefore, if your kids don't rely on their web navigation through these two search engines, use other types of security tools.
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