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Hakhel Email Community Awareness Bulletin

INTERNET FILTERS

 

1.  JNET http://www.thejnet.com

A filter for one's computer, Blackberry® and other mobile devices

 

2.  Eblaster: http://www.eblaster.com/

 

3.  Open DNS   http://www.opendns.com

 

4.  Netnanny

https://www.netnanny.com/products/home

Filtration software that can be purchased for $40-50 per year. You can download a free trial.

 

5.  WebChaver

http://www.webchaver.org

WebChaver has received the endorsement of leading Rabbonim and utilizes the cutting-edge Covenant Eyes software, which logs all web activity and sends a weekly report to the head of the household or another designated partner (Shomer) for monitoring.  WebChaver offers this service for a steeply discounted price, by assisting groups and allowing individuals to sign up at a group rate.  This organization is not-for-profit.

 

6.  Accountable2You  http://www.accountable2you.com

Free software

 

7. Websense

http://www.websense.com/content/home.aspx

This is an enterprise level product if you run a medium-size business or larger and need something more robust.

 

8.  Watchguard

http://www.watchguard.com

This product is generally more suitable for small businesses and offices than Websense as the device costs around $1,000 initially to buy.  Annual maintenance for the filter to work is around $150, but it filters the entire network that it is attached to-including all computers and wireless devices.

 

9.   K9 Web Protection

It is available from http://www.k9webprotection.com/ as a free download.  It has great functionality allowing complete blocking of Internet with the exclusion of email.  Or, specific types of blocking with a password override.  It also have very good tracking with the admin can use to see what was browsed

 

10.  Yeshivanet

Yeshivanet provides a selected service of email only or email with a select list of customized websites.  Connection to yeshivanet is by dialup or DSL.  For more information, one can visit www.yeshivanet.com, or call at 718-YESHIVA (937-4482).

 

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Internet Filter Review

For a rundown on many of these and other filter programs, see this chart
http://internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com/

 

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It is crucial to have both filtration and accountability.  The accountability reports can go to more than one person.

 

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Tracking Program for the BlackBerry SmartPhone:

 

SpectorSoft eBlaster Mobile - http://www.spectorsoft.com/   888-598-2788  

 

Internet filter for iPhone:

www.inetsafetybubble.com