Why children really AREN’T safe from internet porn: Tests reveal 80% of parental controls FAIL to filter out all explicit content

 


 

Technology magazine PC Pro tested 15 of the most popular web filters It discovered that only three of the sites tested blocked 100% of porn sites The worst performing filters included OpenDNS Basic and MetaCert While Norton Family was the best performing filter of the lot  Pro-anorexia, pro-suicide, gore sites and gambling links were also tested
Technology magazine PC Pro tested 15 of the most popular web filters
It discovered that only three of the sites tested blocked 100% of porn sites
The worst performing filters included OpenDNS Basic and MetaCert
While Norton Family was the best performing filter of the lot
Pro-anorexia, pro-suicide, gore sites and gambling links were also tested

Even if you have parental controls set up on your computer, your children might still be at risk from porn and other adult content, an investigation has revealed.

Extensive tests, carried out by technology magazine PC Pro, have revealed that only three of the 15 most popular web filtering services – both free and paid-for – actually blocked 100 per cent of porn sites the testers tried to visit.

This means 80 per cent of packages are leaving children potentially at risk of viewing adult material while they browse the web.

As well as sites considered to be pornographic, PC Pro additionally tested each filter against sites classified as containing gore, gambling, pro-anorexia and pro-suicide, hate and tasteless humour.

More than 150 sites were tested, yet not a single package blocked every instance of explicit, adult or inappropriate content.
Norton Family was the best performing package of the lot and was the PC Pro Labs Winner.

PC Pro also recommended Blue Coat’s K9 Web Protection kit.

The worst performing sites in tests were MetaCert and OpenDNS Basic.

They blocked a total of 88 per cent and 60 per cent of porn sites respectively – all other sites scored above 90 per cent.

MetaCert failed to block a single gambling, gore, pro-anorexia or hate site.

AVG Family Safety and Windows Live Family Safety also didn’t block any gambling sites.

In tests, each product’s percentage score represents the proportion of sites of each type it blocked.

In all but the false-positives category, a higher score indicated better protection. False-positives are when a service believes a site is inappropriate when it isn’t and blocks it anyway.

Net Nanny fared slightly better against offensive sites than the winner Norton Family, but its very high false-positive rate knocked it down the table.

At the bottom of the rankings, OpenDNS and MetaCert delivered ‘flawless performance’ in the false-positives test, but were branded ‘useless overall’ by the testers because of ‘their repeated failures to block non-family-friendly sites.’

PC Pro’s Technical Editor Darien Graham-Smith said: ‘The results of this month’s web-filter tests aren’t exactly reassuring. Time and again we saw graphic pornography sail through supposedly strict filters, while harmless news and reference pages were blocked.

‘Such failures shouldn’t be a surprise. No doubt some human intelligence feeds into the filtering process, but with more than 600 million websites in existence, and an estimated 100,000 new ones
springing up every day, it simply isn’t possible to inspect every site manually.’

He continued that it’s important to approach web filtering as only one aspect of a home internet strategy and that parents should also communicate with their children and warn them how to handle inappropriate content if they find it.

‘It’s a good idea to have this conversation even if you do enforce a whitelist: kids are inquisitive, and while they may not run into transgressive material at home, they will experience it through friends and via personal mobile devices.’

The PC Pro tests concentrated on PC-based filters but web filters can also be added to mobile devices.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2430691/Why-children-really-ARENT-safe-internet-porn-Tests-reveal-80-parental-controls-FAIL-filter-explicit-content.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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