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    "If you love your children; Install this program NOW!"

    November 17, 2011  |   By victor-bailey

    Pros

    It's free and easy to use, and it is as effective as anything else out their.

    Cons

    Web history can only be access from the computer it is installed on.

    Summary

    Ok, there are many filtering programs out there that help prevent children from accessing undesirable content on the internet. I have tried several, including some that cost more then $100 a year for the service. I found that none of them, even the expensive paid ones, lived up to their all hype. I am not going to go into great detail about them because, what it all boils down to, is protecting our children. And when it comes to protecting our children, K-9 does it as good as the most expensive program out their. K-9 installs easy. The only difficult thing about the installation is the registration for a unique password. And you must never forget your password! I will explain why later.

    K-9 gives you tons of control and filtering options. There are two main functions of the program. The first function is to keep your kids from accessing undesirable content on the web. The second function is to keep your kid, or anyone else using their computer, from uninstalling the K-9 program. In order to fulfill this second function, the programmers needed to make K-9 almost impossible to uninstall. This is why it is so important that you never forget your password. Because without it, you cannot modify the filter settings or uninstall the program. If you forget your password and want to uninstall it later, completely formatting your hard drive and re-installing windows is about the only way you can completely get rid of the program. But this is what we want right? What good would a parental control program be, if our children could just turn it off? But unfortunately, nothing is impossible when it comes to computers and that is what I will talk about next.

    There are two areas that this program needs to improve. One, is it needs an invisible install mode. What I mean is this. When you install K-9 it creates a desktop icon and if your child ever accesses a restricted site a K-9 restricted access page comes up. Now this seems fine, but it also tells the person using the computer exactly what program is restricting them. If they are determined to go ahead, a quick search on the internet will give them access to a whole network of people who have dedicated their lives to subverting parental control programs like K-9. With these vial peoples help, your child will be surfing the web unrestricted in minutes.

    I have always said, "The best locking system is one that the thieves don't know about." I once worked for a construction company that had a tool trailer that was getting broke into frequently. The supervisor ask me to devise thief proof locking system. So I welded a small chain to the inside of the vertical sliding door and drilled a hole through the floor of the trailer just big enough for the chain to fit through. I then put a little padlock that would not fit through the hole on the end of the chain. I then bought the biggest padlock on the market and put it on the front of the door through the normal locking system. In a few months time, that big lock had been cut off six times, but the thieves never got into the trailer. They finally stopped trying because they could not figure out how to get in. Little did they know that, a little $5 pad lock was all they needed to cut in order to get in.

    My point is this, you cannot subvert a locking system that you don't know is there. I wish that the K-9 programmers would give us the option to install the program where it would be invisible, or at least the option of making it so.


    The second area I wish K-9 would improve is account access. Currently you have to be setting in front of the computer that K-9 is installed on to access the account, view browsing logs etc. But K-9 is a free program and for them to offer online access and storage would be expensive, so I understand the limitation. But there is a solution. Just go over to www.logmein.com and create an account and install logMeIn Free on the same computer that K-9 is installed on. Now you will be able to control that computer from anywhere in the world just like your were sitting in front of it. Problem solved.

    In summation. K-9 appears to be made by people who genuinely care about protecting kids. The other programs I have used, especially the paid ones, give you the feeling that they were created by Master Guard fire alarm sales men, that try to make you feel that you are personally setting the fire that will burn your kids alive if you don't pay for their outrageously over priced fire alarms.

    Bottom line. Just install K-9 if you care about your kids.

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