Filtering Software

By Jeff Collazo

Let me explain what filtering software is:
(Editor’s note: hot links to popular filtering software sites are
included in this article)

Even though both Windows and Mac OS have internet filtering systems built within the software, most people choose not to activate it.   Filtering software allows the individual to go online with the added protection of being blocked from going onto websites that are deemed “inappropriate.” It takes your perceived need for control out of your hands (and that’s good). Even though filtering software is never 100% “foolproof”, a good filtering software will be maintained by companies that update their “baddies” list.  In order to go online, the filter needs to be on. It acts as a fail safe system.

We know that porn, bikini and modeling sites are inappropriate. However due to the fallen nature of man, certain websites such as CNN, ESPN, etc.,  will sometimes have material that is viewable and problematic for or individuals like  ourselves. Customizing and blocking websites (even if by the world’s standards they are ‘innocent’) will help men/women maintain purity and integrity. A good filter will also “block out” inappropriate banner ads.

Extra features that you want to look for:

Custom filtering:

Having a filter that can be tailored to “block” problem websites is key to help you maintain purity. If you venture too often onto a questionable website, your admin can block it. Additionally, good filtering software allows for software programs that are being misused to also be blocked.  Some websites and searches are legit (example: research on breast or testicular cancer). These can be allowed. Also, see if the software gives the administrator the ability to customize filtering remotely without having to be physically at the computer.

Online activity (a list all websites ventured and time online):

The more time a person spends online (unless he/she is doing research), the more vulnerable they are to temptation. The “hit list” report provided by the filtering software also measures intentionality.

Frequent online updates:

Make sure that whoever you buy your internet filter from has the reputation of updating their software and database.

Smartphone filtering:

As more mobile online usage is frequent, the need for smartphone filtering is necessary.

Multiple users:

Most filtering software allow up to three installations on Mac, PC and smartphones. This will save you $ in the end.

Most filters require a yearly subscription ($50-70 a year). I know that for some of you reading this, you’re thinking, “I really don’t want to pay for a filter”. I thought that too until I was convicted that to have true freedom, I needed to narrow my ability to “troll” around the internet. The yearly subscription gives me peace of mind and no regret.

Here is a current list of the most widely used internet filters:

For PC: (formerly BSafe online)

For PC and MAC: (Content Barrier) (Safe Eyes)

For smartphones: (Safe Eyes)

I highly recommend that you use the filters listed above. These filters have 24/7 support and they will update their database.

I would only use these if you were strapped for cash.

Free Filtering Software: (Naomi) (Blue Coat)

This is not a filter. This is software that tracks your internet usage.

Accountability Software:

As for the three highly recommended filters, ranked on updating software & database, support, wide use availability, and content blocking they are:

1. Covenant Eyes

2. Intego (Content Barrier)

3. Safe Eyes

Jeff Collazo makes his living “on-line” as a graphic artist.
He is also an accomplished fine artists (oils, murals,
graphite, and portraits) and a child of God, freed from
the bonds of sexual sin and now serving as a leader in the
FOCiS ministry at Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows.

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