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Internet Access Filtering Software

What does this software do?
Is it guaranteed to work?
What other facilities are available?
Which software does BTinternet recommend?
Where do I get more product information?

What does this software do?
Internet Access Filtering (IAF) software intercepts the stream of data entering a computer and vets that data against a previously determined set of rules to decide whether to allow the data to be presented on the screen. The software can be set up to prevent data from known objectionable Websites, newsgroups or chat channels being accessed. If a site is known to contain objectionable images, for example, the address and name of that site is registered in a database so that any data which comes from that site will be filtered out and a suitable warning displayed. As new sites are discovered, the database is updated, although a subscription fee needs to be paid for this facility.

As an alternative, customers using version 3.0 and above of the Internet Explorer browser can take advantage of a built-in Ratings Service, which allows the selective blocking of Websites according to their content.

Is it guaranteed to work?
The nature of the Internet means it is not possible to guarantee the success of these products. The filtering process can only filter out sites that were known about when the last database update file was created. If a site was created after that update, or not known of at the time, then it will not have been included. The success of this type of software is also governed by how diligent the user is in obtaining the updated data for their PC. Although difficult to do, it is possible for a determined individual to deinstall or disable the filtering software, thus removing all the protection afforded by it.

What other facilities are available?
Some IAFs offer addditional searches for key words, which help to filter out undesirable sites. Some even allow you to specify your own set of objectionable words, or to remove words from the objectionable list. Time parameters can be specified in some products, which allow a greater level of control over what type of data may be retrieved, and during which hours.

Which software does BTinternet recommend?
We recommend you take advantage of our special Cyber Patrol offer. Cyber Patrol is FREE to all BTinternet customers, including 1 year of FREE updates!

We have also found the following packages to be compatible with the BTinternet software:

Cyber Patrol allows you to screen Internet sites against a database, screen incoming content against a key word list and restrict access to different applications by time of day as well as against the site list. It also allows you to restrict access to non-Internet applications on your computer by time of day. You can, for example, restrict the playing of certain games to a defined period of the day.

SurfWatch screens sites against a database to prevent access to those sites.

Please remember the following when making your selection: No filtering software is totally effective in screening out all objectionable content. The software can be defeated or bypassed by the determined user, and should not be seen as a substitute for parental control over children's use of the Internet.

Where do I get more product information?
Go to the Websites for these products for more info:

Cyber Patrol | SurfWatch | CYBERsitter | NetNanny

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