A quick guide to free home internet filtering

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There are a number of ways to help control the websites users of your home network visit.
It must be kept in mind though that none of them are fool proof and must be used in conjunction with parental supervision.
It is strongly recommended that when at home iPads and computers in general are not used in locations which are not “public”. For example parents may opt to forbid students from using internet connected devices in their bedrooms or may institute an open bedroom door policy for older children. Ultimately the decisions are up to parents.
Internet filtering – the software option
A common method of filtering the internet content available is to use a software application on each device connected to the internet. This will require each device to be configured and that configuration password protected. There is also a cost to this software that varies according to the product selected.
Here are the most common applications used;
Net Nanny
McAfee Family Protection
Norton Family
Internet filtering – the free name server option
All sites on the internet are identified by a series of numbers called an IP Address. For example www.google.com.au is 216.58.220.142. A service called a Name Server (known as a DNS)  translates the address in words (i.e. google.com.au) to an IP address and directs your web browser there. Think of it like a telephone book for the internet that you would rarely, if ever, be aware of. However, your router – that’s the box connected to the telephone line that has aerials and flashing lights – has a setting for a DNS provided by your ISP which you can change. Norton Securities provide a free DNS service that filters out sites that are deemed inappropriate, depending on the type of protection you want. They have three options:

A – Protection against malware, phishing sites and scam sites
B – A and pornography
C – A and pornography and other (highest level protection)

The address for the DNS for each level of filtering is provided in this table (two DNS IP addresses are used by your router in case one fails for any reason)

Option A 199.85.126.10 and 199.85.127.10
Option B 199.85.126.20 and 199.85.127.20
Option C 199.85.126.30 and 199.85.127.30

Changing the DNS is different on every model of router but is generally not very difficult. Our tech staff can assist you by phone or remote access.

Please email support@melba.vic.edu.au if you need help