Cannot add https: to blocked websites under Vista parental control

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Jen, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Jen

    Jen Guest

    I am trying to block https://vtunnel.com as a blocked website under parental
    controls. My children have discovered at school that you can bypass filters
    and visit sites you want by first using this https://vtunnel.com site and it
    will take you where you want to go. I can add it to a restricted site in
    internet explorer but it can only be added to IE under each user account ID
    and then they can edit it. With parental controls, when I try to block it
    using Parental Controls, User Controls, Windows Vista Web Filter, Block a
    Specific Website, I get an error message stating: "only websites starting
    with http:// can be added to the allow or block lists".
     
    Jen, Mar 11, 2009
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  2. Jen

    Victek Guest

    I am trying to block https://vtunnel.com as a blocked website under
    Do you know about the free OpenDNS service? By changing the DNS server
    settings in TCP/IP properties on the PC (or adding the DNS server addresses
    in the static DNS server settings in your router) all site address requests
    are routed through the OpenDNS servers which offer free content filtering.
    Go to www.opendns.com, note the DNS server addresses, create an account and
    configure the content filtering to your liking. In particular there's an
    option to add specific addresses to a "blocked" site list. If you decide to
    try this and need help setting it up post back.
     
    Victek, Mar 11, 2009
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  3. Jen

    Jen Guest

    I have just discovered that I can add an https: website through internet
    explorer by going to tools, internet options, content tab, click settings
    under content advisor, approved sites tab, type website under allowed
    websites, and then click "NEVER".

    This is the only way I can add this site. I cannot add it throught parental
    controls under the user account in the list of blocked websites and if I add
    it just to restricted sites under the security tab in internet explorer I
    would have to do this by logging in to their user account and then they would
    be able to edit it. Very confusing - a round about way to try to accomplish
    something. I hope they fix this! Ideally, you should be able to do this
    when you set up parental controls and not have to go to internet explorer.
     
    Jen, Mar 11, 2009
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  4. Jen

    Sam Hobbs Guest


    Ideally, yes; but the world is not ideal. There are too many temptations and
    other influences from organizations that insist they have a right to free
    speech and such.

    Realistically speaking, anyone getting advice here about how to control
    children might be outsmarted again by children with their own network of
    support for how to outsmart adults.
     
    Sam Hobbs, Mar 11, 2009
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  5. Jen

    MBUnit Guest

    What firewall on the machine are you using? If you find out what the IP
    for that site is, you can block the IP with a firewall rule.

    You can do this. You can download and install CurrPort which is free,
    start CurrPort, go to the Web site in question using IE and look for the
    connection using CurrPort to see what IP is being used, the *Remote IP*.

    If you can do that, get the IP, then you can set a rule with Vista's
    firewall to block the IP the remote site is using.
     
    MBUnit, Mar 12, 2009
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  6. Jen

    Sam Hobbs Guest


    Since we are far off-topic I won't continue but I still see the world quite
    differently.
     
    Sam Hobbs, Mar 12, 2009
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