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#1 +bman

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 03:59

Alright,

So I am looking to block a few websites from myself. The issue is how.

I need to block these sites, with a password I can give to another person (sister). Though, I can not be locked out of any of my things. Such as, I tried an app for Chrome, which also blocked the uninstall, which is great, but this blocks the extension page, which I need access too. I added websites to my router, but if I give a password that only my sister knows, I lose access to the router as well.

 

So I need my access to these things, but still be 100% blocked from websites. Also, I need to do this for all my computers and devices on my network. I need to also block these sites from my 4G Data mobile connection.

 

I can't seem to find a solution that allows all of this to work?



Best Answer Nick H. , 05 August 2014 - 17:53

See I understand this isn't exactly possible, so thank you for the information.
But saying have some self control is so bloody annoying. If I had self control over certain things, then I wouldn't have a problem would I? Just because your able to control yourself and be awesome, does not mean everyone has that ability. Or if they do, its extremely hard for them. Yes, I understand this is the solution, self control, but I need help, which is why I asked.

I think you've misunderstood why we're saying "self control" as an answer. You might think that it's an annoying answer to hear, but if someone asks "what is 2+2?" you're not going to tell them that the answer is 5 just because they don't want to hear "4."
Simply put, there doesn't appear to be anything available that will definitely keep you away from the websites you want to block. The solutions that have been offered will either cause issues for other people/devices, or you will be able to defeat them if you can't stop yourself from trying to access the websites. Go to the full post



#2 shozilla

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:11

If you both share same computer, then use parent control app that has website block.

 

have you tried opendns? that you can add the websites to the block list ...  and other features you may be interested in.



#3 OP +bman

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:30

Share? No, the only thing my sister has to do with this is that she will be keeping the password.

 

I need the websites to be blocked on 2 Windows systems, 1 OSX system, and 1 Android Phone (possibly many more devices later on).

 

Does OpenDNS allow me to block access to it with a password, that does not block me from anything else? And what about my mobile connectioN?



#4 shozilla

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:43

Share? No, the only thing my sister has to do with this is that she will be keeping the password.

 

I need the websites to be blocked on 2 Windows systems, 1 OSX system, and 1 Android Phone (possibly many more devices later on).

 

Does OpenDNS allow me to block access to it with a password, that does not block me from anything else? And what about my mobile connectioN?

 

Yes OpenDNS allows you to create an account with password so you can block/unblock the websites anytime. Filters included.

 

For mobile connection, check these apps. Or you go to your mobile provider website and block the websites in the mobile settings..



#5 OP +bman

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:45

Nice,

My only concern with that is the speed. Over the years when ever I did tests to see the best DNS for me, OpenDNS was never on the top spot. Though I suppose we are talking very minor differences.



#6 shozilla

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:48

Nice,

My only concern with that is the speed. Over the years when ever I did tests to see the best DNS for me, OpenDNS was never on the top spot. Though I suppose we are talking very minor differences.

 

You might try GoogleDNS... but not sure they have filter/block settings like OpenDNS does. 

 

I have no problem with OpenDNS on my end.  I have been using this service since they started this service.



#7 Shiranui

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 05:56

:whistle: Alternatively, you could exercise some self restraint.....



#8 OP +bman

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 16:14

Just realized that OpenDNS requires me to enter the IP address within the router, which I could just turn off :(

 

I have none, why else would I do this lol



#9 shozilla

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 16:43

Just realized that OpenDNS requires me to enter the IP address within the router, which I could just turn off :(

 

I have none, why else would I do this lol

 

IP address is required for network filtering/blocking ... so you can block whatever the sites you want and everyone on the PCs can not visit the sites you provided in the settings...  that way you don't have to make some changes each device each time.

 

For example:

 

Parental control app on each PC that you will have to make some changes on each PC based on your family member.

 

or

 

OpenDNS: you make some changes at once, the websites are blocked on all devices available that are connected to same network based on the IP address.

 

And if you do not have static IP address, then you will need the updater client which sits in the tray... once you get a new IP address, the updater will send the new IP address to the server on your account for you (automatically or manually).

 

 

Get the idea?



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 17:02

I know how it works lol

I am just saying, now I can go into the router and clear those IPs, and then I can access those sites. So it does not really help. Now do I have that little of self control,I dunno.



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 17:12

I know how it works lol

I am just saying, now I can go into the router and clear those IPs, and then I can access those sites. So it does not really help. Now do I have that little of self control,I dunno.

 

So change the password on your router and ensure that only your sister has the new password, not yourself? Additionally change the internet access password that you set in the router (the one for authentication with your isp), and ensure that only your sister has that. Thus, you can not login to the router and change the DNS settings, and similarly if you try to reset the router config by using the reset button (presuming it has one) allowing you to completely reconfigure it from scratch through the default router password, you won;t be able to get it to connect to your ISP.



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 17:14

So you want a way to blocking you from going to say domainx.com, not only on your pc but your phone.. And you want this method also to prevent any sort of circumvention on your part while maintaining your admin status on all your devices?

Yeah that doesn't exist - other than simple self control.. Its real freaking simple - don't go to domainx.com

edit: changing router password, he could just reset it. Don't forget you would also have to block all access to other dns at the router, or he could just change his machine to use other than opendns or his router.

you won;t be able to get it to connect to your ISP - why is that.. That would be the case if he was on PPPoE sort of connection. But my router requires no auth to the isp, just on cable.

Man up and use some self control for gosh sake..

What keeps him from slapping his sister up side the head and saying I don't care what I said before, give me the password ;)

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 17:15

block from yourself well, k9.  put in a password that you generate from https://identitysafe...sword-generator and then print that password on a piece of paper and give it to whomever to store.



#14 Nick H.

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 17:17

So change the password on your router and ensure that only your sister has the new password, not yourself?

That won't work though because he still wants to be able to access the router.

The problem that you have, bman, is that you know more than the average user about technology and you still want access to various areas. By having access to those areas, you have the ability to disable anything that is offered as a solution.

Your only real option without locking yourself out of the areas that you still want to access will be to exercise some self restraint, from what I can see.

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 17:24

Here is the thing, all that will happen is vs spending time on domainx.com, he will not just devote his time to circumvention of the controls put in place. There is no way to solve this sort of issue while you have access or control over the devices that provide you the access other than self control.

Lets say you put in perfect no way to access - what keeps you from using non controlled device or internet access.