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5 of the Best Free Linux Content Control Software

5 of the Best Free Linux Content Control Software

Content control software, also commonly known as web filtering software, is software which is designed and optimised to determine what content can be viewed by the user. This software is particularly relevant to information supplied by a web browser.

In many respects, censorship of the internet is deemed to be harmful. Governments with oppressive regimes may use content control software to prevent their citizens from viewing material they consider objectionable. This can mean the censorship of perfectly legitimate websites including organisations advocating human rights, or even search engines such as Google. Even where a government has not directly enforced internet censorship they may apply pressure to internet providers to filter sites.

However, like any city, the web has neighbourhoods, some safer and some very dangerous. The web hosts sites with pornographic material. Clearly, parents will want to make every effort to ensure that their children are not exposed to such material. Whilst content control software does not replace the need for parental supervision it adds an additional layer of protection. Furthermore, the internet can have profound effects on an individual's social and mental life. Whilst the internet has enormous educational benefits, it can encourage excessive computer use that interferes with daily life. Let control software dictate how long a computer can be used.

These are two areas where parental control software plays an important role in enabling parents to protect their family from undesirable content, and to make sure that the internet does not become an addiction. Whilst there is not currently a huge range of Linux parental content control solutions, the situation is improving.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 5 high quality content control software. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to filter the web. SafeSquid and timekpr are also worthy of a mention. SafeSquid is excellent software but is released under a proprietary license, although it is a no charge download. Timekpr looks very promising but is in an early stage of development.

Now, let's explore the 5 content control applications at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Web Content Control Software
DansGuardian True web content filtering for everyone
WebContentControl A parental control graphical user interface
Privoxy Privacy Enhancing Proxy
WebCleaner Filtering HTTP proxy
Gnome Nanny Parental control system

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