Sunday, 21 October 2012

What Every Adult Should Know: How to Block Keywords and Websites on your Home Internet

Every so often I'm going to upload a blog post about what I think every adult should know, today we have 'How to block keywords and website on your home internet.' 

Everyone's always looking up ways to block websites and keywords to prevent children coming across questionable sites and you'd never know it's this simple!

*This will affect any device (computer or smartphone) in your home.* 


(I don't know how this will work on a Mac so give it a go if you like, although the steps may differ.)

First of all you'll need to know your IP Address, you can find this by clicking Start>Run and typing 'cmd'.
(On Windows 7 click 'Start' then type 'cmd' in the search box at the bottom.)
You should get a scary looking black window with some white text.
Type 'ipconfig', a list of numbers and stuff should come up.
You're looking for 'Default Gateway', mine is '192.162.0.1'

Type that number into your browser and press enter. You'll be asked for a username and password, if you've not set one before it'll still be at default. Take a look at this list to find out what yours is: Default usernames and passwords. Once you've done that, you'll be faced with a page similar to this:


Now, since you're trying to create some parental controls you'll want to change your password, so scroll down the panel on the left hand side and click 'Set Password' to do that.

Now, on with the blocking!
So on the same left hand panel, click 'Block Sites' and you'll get a page similar to the one below.
Say we wanted to block cute pictures of cats, you'll need to type 'cats' into the box titled 'Type Keyword or Domain Name Here'.


Click 'Add Keyword' and it should appear in the box below. Now click 'Apply' at the bottom of the page and you're done.


If someone tries to find pictures of cats on any computer in your house they'll be faced with a page like this:


Happy blocking!

If you have any problems, feel free to comment or contact me and I'll do my best to help you out.

Padlock Image courtesy of: Stuart Miles and freedigitalphotos.net

1 comment:

  1. Very useful to know, especially when you've left home and I can't get you on the phone! Please put all your tips here...so I know where to look! :)

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