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Internet Filtering Software Shootout

Internet Filtering Software Shootout - PCSTATS
Abstract: On one side we have the advocates for Internet control and monitoring, and on the other side we have those who do not want to regulate or monitor the content on the Internet.
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External Mfg. Website: none Feb 28 2001   D. Dee  
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How We Tested

In order to test the effectiveness of each of the software, we compiled a list of ten really explicit pornographic sites and a list of ten regular sites. Then, we simply attempted to visit each site with the each of the software running in the background at the highest filtering settings. You may be wondering why we bothered visiting "appropriate" sites not just pornographic sites. The reason for that is that we noticed that when we set some of the software at the highest possible filtering settings we were not able to visit even appropriate sites.

That's definitely not a good thing, since we only want to block inappropriate material not the rest of the Internet. In order to give each software a fair chance, we downloaded the most current block lists where it was applicable. Our test machine was connected to the Internet via a 56K dial-up account.

Here's a list of the appropriate sites we visited:


You didn't really think we were going to give a list of the porn sites did you?

Let's take a look at the specific software one by one:

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Contents of Article: none
 Pg 1.  Internet Filtering Software Shootout
 Pg 2.  — How We Tested
 Pg 3.  Cyber Patrol 4.0
 Pg 4.  BAIR 3.2.1
 Pg 5.  NetNanny 3.1
 Pg 6.  ClickSafe 1.0
 Pg 7.  Conclusion

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