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					How to Block Bad Sites

Protecting your kids' safety from the violent and malicious contents of
the internet should be your first priority. And there are several ways to
do it. One of which is to block access of bad sites. How? Here are the 4
popular and easiest ways:

1.   Use effective web browsers

Web browsers have the capacity to block unwanted popups, banners, and
advertisements but their effectiveness still depends on the settings
you've made. For example, the Microsoft Internet Explorer can be set in
such a way that the sites containing violence, sex, nudity, and explicit
language are blocked. The Mozilla Firefox, another web browser, is very
effective in neutralizing popups and other annoying sites. Other web
browsers like Netscape, Opera, etc. have their own way of keeping bad
sites or popups off your computer. Again, they should be set first.

2.   Add entries to Windows' "Hosts" file

Adding entries to Windows' "Hosts" file ensures that the bad sites that
you don’t want to access are filtered and blocked. To do this, open the
"host" files located on the C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc folder of
your My Computer. Then, choose Notepad as program you want to open it
with. You will see these texts:

=====
Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows…
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host

127.0.0.1        localhost
=====

Add the list of websites you want to block below this field: 127.0.0.1
localhost

It will look like this:

127.0.0.1   localhost
127.0.0.1   www.unwantedwebpage1.com
127.0.0.1   www.unwantedwebpage2.com
127.0.0.1   www.unwantedwebpage3.com

Once you have listed all the unwanted files, click "save" from the "file"
menu.
All the websites you have listed are now inaccessible.

3.   Use site-blocking software or third-party website-blocking software

There are several site-blocking softwares available online. Some are
downloadable for free and some come with a price. These softwares work by
blocking the list of websites you've entered, just like Windows' "Hosts"
file or by blocking addresses that contain objectionable words and
images.

4.   Use Proxy Auto Configuration file

Proxy Auto Configuration file or PAC file lets the browser determine the
sites that shouldn't be accessed through the built in list of "bad"
words. So if the URL contains a word that is considered "bad", then the
browser won't recognize it and won't make a connection. What about the
URLs that don't contain bad words but with pornographic contents? If the
website is passed through a search engine, then the access is still
impossible.

However, some companies that hold proxy servers charge fees in order to
use their service.

				
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