Using Tomato to assist with parental control

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by ithrowpicks, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. ithrowpicks

    ithrowpicks Networkin' Nut Member

    I am looking for a method to force safe search on search engines (Google, Bing, etc) OR at the very least modify the Tomato 'Access Restrictions' to limit inappropriate material for my children (Google cache pages, adult thumbnails).

    My situation is we have 3 PCs at our home in the same room that are used by whomever needs it (every PC has all accounts and a NAS device for file sharing). Only parents have admin. I prefer not to install software on each PC because;
    1. I don't want to because they are not all Windows (i.e. 1 PC has Linux Mint 11)
    2. Cost is a concern
    3. Don't want a call from the wife if something isn't working for her when I am at work.

    I have OpenDNS set at the router. My kids aren't old enough to know about host files and such so I am not worried about that yet but I just want a reliable way to remove the really bad stuff.

    Any creative suggestions using Tomato firmware would be greatly appreciated.
  2. peyton

    peyton Network Guru Member

    How did you block the google images ?
  3. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    Access restrictions does not yet have a white page option to limit the sites you CAN visit. Right now it only has the option to set what you CAN'T visit.

    OpenDNS is going to be yout best bet to filter content. There is a content filter associated with your DNS account that should stop most of the bad stuff.

    If you had window on all the machines you can turn on parental control in IE and set the content advisor to limit PG+ material. You also set up the browser to clear all cache when closed.

    With Linux, I am not sure what content control you have in the browser. It has been a while since I have used to for everyday tasks.

    One thing that WILL help greatly is a hosts file block. Search the threads here and you will find directions on how to set it up. The problem is, it will block just about ALL ads and things like CBS news amd such will not play any video if they are ad blocked. There is no easy way to turn it on and off.
  4. peyton

    peyton Network Guru Member

    I used opendns to do the same but the google cache and google image was the problem i had never resolv. Google changed the url with a dynamic one.
  5. jochen

    jochen Network Guru Member

    I use OpenDNS for parental control, but I know that this can be bypassed with Tor.
    Is it possible to block Tor in Tomato?
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