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
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
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
resources and reviews.
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Last Updated Saturday, June 16 2012 @ 05:38 AM EDT