Busting cyber smut made easy

Little Johnny doesn?t steal dad?s Playboy or Penthouse anymore. It?s the era of FM (full monty) on the PC (personal computer). So, parents are playing cyber cop and preventing little ones from surfing porn.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 02:35 IST

Little Johnny doesn’t steal dad’s Playboy or Penthouse anymore. It’s the era of FM (full monty) on the PC (personal computer). So, parents are playing cyber cop and preventing little ones from surfing porn.

“When I discovered what all my kids were browsing while we were away, I did a web search and found some anti porn software that put an end to my problem,” says Ravi Nijhawan, father of two teenage sons.

Since manual filters aren’t always perfect, many parents are going for software that works as net nanny in their absence. These software block adult websites, and filter chats. Some popular ones: NetDog V1.1, iShield 1.0.85, Surfwall Home 1.1, Anti-Porn 6.1.2.25, Anti-Porn 2.80.1.23 and Contentprotect 2.0. These can be easily downloaded at nominal amounts.

Meanwhile, porn has also reached your kid’s pocket, with the release of the video capable iPod. Known as PodPorn, it’s the next challenge to publishers of content filtering software. We hear work has already begun on software to block podporn. With technology come the pitfalls. And with pitfalls come the solutions. The war goes on.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 02:35 IST