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Blocking MySpace & Facebook?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by BassKozz, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. BassKozz

    BassKozz Network Guru Member

    What do I need to do to block MySpace and Facebook in tomato?
    I assume I need to create an access restriction, and place myspace and facebook in the HTTP Request portion, but what do I put there?
  2. m007

    m007 LI Guru Member

    I would use OpenDNS to do it.
  3. BassKozz

    BassKozz Network Guru Member

    nm, I got it to work, I simply placed the following in the HTTP Request portion of the Access Restriction
    And it worked :)
    Why use OpenDNS and not what I did above?
  4. Mastec

    Mastec Network Guru Member

    I tried OpenDNS but it blocked too much so i just made a few rules like you did. Works perfect.
  5. BassKozz

    BassKozz Network Guru Member

    Would you mind elaborating on that... too much?
  6. jon124

    jon124 LI Guru Member

    yes, thats odd. I use opendns and it doesn't block anything. (except for known fake sites and sites containing viruses and all that)
  7. Mastec

    Mastec Network Guru Member

    No... Just that what I need to block is taken care of with access restrictions
  8. Macskeeball

    Macskeeball LI Guru Member

    I'm guessing that what Mastec is referring to is OpenDNS' optional parental controls. They have some kind of deal with a human powered content filtering (porn, etc.) company, and based on that, they let those with optional OpenDNS accounts tick some checkboxes to block various categories of sites.

    I think Mastec was referring to the above parental controls, but m007 was referring to the ability to add your own list of specific domains to block, which is a separate feature altogether.

    As for blocking with your router vs blocking with OpenDNS, they're about the same. The difference is that OpenDNS gives the person trying to go to the site a little more information ("This site has been blocked by your network administrator") than the generic message from your browser ("This document contains no data.") you'd get from blocking on the router itself. Also, if you want to block these sites in multiple locations, doing it with OpenDNS would give you one central location to manage the blocking. Personally, I'd do it on the router, but that's up to you.
  9. Mastec

    Mastec Network Guru Member

    You are correct... :thumbup: Some sites I don't want the kids to view I visit. One example is OpenDNS blocks LiveLeak which I am a contributor to.
  10. Macskeeball

    Macskeeball LI Guru Member

    I just checked, and OpenDNS does have a whitelist. So, you could whitelist it on OpenDNS, but use your router to block it from the kids' computer. Thus, you would get the parental controls of OpenDNS in general, but with a few exceptions that you could still block access to for your kids.

    Also, you might want to check to see if maybe you had OpenDNS set to block adult-themed sites. That category has the following note: "Note: This category should only be turned on if you want to be very restrictive on your network." If you were blocking that, maybe that was why you thought OpenDNS blocked too much.

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