HOW TO STOP PORNO WEBSITES REACHING YOUR COMPUTER
Although this section is going to explain how to prevent (block/stop) pornographic/porno/pornography websites from being viewed on computers/devices connected to your local network the actual blocker of these websites, Norton ConnectSafe, also prevents known malware/virus websites from being viewed on computers/devices connected to your local network. Your broadbnd provider (i.e. TalkTalk) may have contacted you recently about their similar service, explaining how to easily switch it on (activate it) via your online account. This is fine but in this section I'm going to show you how to activate Norton ConnectSafe which involves a simple alteration to your router's DNS Server settings. Don't be put off by this procedure and the words DNS Server. The process really is straight forward.
PLEASE NOTE - I have purposely used/exampled an Adult Material (Porn) website in this section merely to test out the power and usefulness of Norton ConnectSafe, so that you do not need to.
By continuing to read this section (lesson) you acknowledge this web page will contain certain words and screenshot imagery of an Adult Material (Porn) nature.
Begin by accessing your router's Control Panel - Type its IP Address into your web browser's Address Bar edit box. It will start with 192.168 and might be 192.168.1.0, 192.168.1.1, 192.168.1.2, 192.168.0.1 or something similar (read your router's documentation for more information). Once you have done that you will be prompted for the actual router's control panel Username & Password (login details) which should be admin and admin, admin and password or admin and a blank password. If not, it may mean someone or something has changed those details.....
Assuming you are now logged-in to your router's control panel the next step is to locate its DNS Server settings and more specifically its Primary and Secondary DNS Server settings (IP Addresses). In this example I need to click on the BASIC SETTINGS menu (heading/title) of my NetGear N150 DGN1000 router's control panel before then clicking on the USE THESE DNS SERVERS radio (circle/dot) button under the heading DOMAIN NAME SERVER (DNS) ADDRESS in order to change the Primary and Secondary DNS Server settings (IP Addresses) later.
Now that the router's Primary and Secondary DNS Server settings have been found, open up a new window (or tab) and then go to the Norton ConnectSafe web page located at https://dns.norton.com/dnsweb/homePage.do. When you get there click on the HOME USER button to continue. For home users Norton ConnectSafe is FREE.
After clicking on the HOME USER button you are then asked to put a tick next to the I CERTIFY I AM ..... checkbox (tick box) which basically means you are agreeing to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies (Terms Of Service) of Norton ConnectSafe. If you do agree, after actually reading the Terms Of Service, put a tick next to the I CERTIFY I AM..... checkbox and then click on the GET STARTED button to continue.
The next step of this set up process is to decide whether or not to have your router configured to protect all the computers and devices on your home network or to just
have a specific computer or device configured and protected. If you click on the CONFIGURE ROUTER button Norton ConnectSafe will protect all computers and devices on your
entire home (internet) network from known malware and/or porno websites (depending on the option you select below).
If you only want a particular computer or device configured and protected, clicking on the CONFIGURE PC button or MAC USERS link will give you instructions on how to manually configure, and therefore protect, that particular PC or Apple Mac computer/device. Regardless of what you want protecting though, Norton ConnectSafe gives you unique IP Addresses to enter into your Primary and Secondary DNS Server settings (Fig 1.5 below). In this example I am going to click on the CONFIGURE ROUTER button.
After clicking on the CONFIGURE ROUTER button (Fig 1.4 above) you then need to copy the two IP Addresses (Primary and Secondary DNS Server settings - Fig 1.5 below) into your router's respective edit boxes (Fig 1.6 above) - Primary DNS Server edit box and Secondary DNS Server edit box - before then clicking on your router's APPLY, SUBMIT or SAVE button. Doing so might reset/restart your router, which is quite normal, in order for it to be reconfigured with the new IP Addresses (DNS Server settings).
Once the new IP Addresses (DNS Server settings) have been applied you can then test your home network to see if it is being protected with Norton ConnectSafe. Simply click on the TEST NORTON CONNECTSAFE link (below) and you should see a message stating - Your computer is currently using Norton DNS (Fig 1.8).
Just in case you really need to check Norton ConnectSafe power, for your childrens safety for example, you could go to (test) a nasty website; which I DO NOT ADVISE you to do unless you know what you will be risking - Your computer being virus infected, your data being deleted, your system becoming corrupt or even worse your partner catching you watching porn!! In this example I have purposely gone to a pornographic website to test out Norton ConnectSafe.....honest!
As you can see; Norton ConnectSafe worked. I did further tests and it worked each time.....so luckily my eyesight and thoughts stayed intact!!
HOW TO USE OpenDNS
If you want something with even more control you can set up and use a FREE, HOME USER, OpenDNS account which is an alternative service to Norton ConnectSafe. The OpenDNS nameservers are always - 22.214.171.124 (Primary DNS Server) and 126.96.36.199 (Secondary DNS Server).
With OpenDNS you can set up different Networks (i.e. YoingcoSafe and YoingcoOffice) depending how you construct your account (i.e. for a router or individual computers). In this example I am using a "Protect Router" network setup which I have called YoingcoSafe that can be customized by clicking on the CUSTOM radio (circle/dot) button located just above the APPLY button.
As you can see from the above; You can really block so many genres of website. You can even block individual websites too by entering its domain name (www.???.com name) into the MANAGE INDIVIDUAL DOMAINS edit box (below), making sure the ALWAYS BLOCK drop-down menu option is selected before clicking on the ADD DOMAIN button.
In this final example I have tested OpenDNS in the same way as I did with Norton ConnectSafe, by visiting a porno website. Again, forcing tremendous strain on my eyesight. As you can see; OpenDNS also blocked the same bad website that Norton ConnectSafe blocked.
So which one should you use? OpenDNS or Norton ConnectSafe? Well they are both good but I would say Norton ConnectSafe for simplicity of setup and OpenDNS if you are more advanced with the computer.