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Old 26 Jan 2010, 19:41   #1 (permalink)
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I need to ask a favour: Is there any way to bypass windows parental controls because my dad wont change it and it's stopping me from going on lots of websites (Tau online was finally persuaded to let by).

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Old 26 Jan 2010, 19:43   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Windows Parental Controls help.

It's not really our place to overstep your parents decision. You will have to negociate with them.
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Old 26 Jan 2010, 19:46   #3 (permalink)
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Ok.. shame though.

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Old 26 Jan 2010, 19:48   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Windows Parental Controls help.

Plus there is the fact that you are asking us something that is potentially illegal (as in program hacking) which is not something TO condones.
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Old 26 Jan 2010, 20:27   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah you should not be overriding your parents decision on this.

I wish I had controls on my computer to control my parents from signing up to scams online. That is what I want and would be far more useful.
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Old 26 Jan 2010, 21:19   #6 (permalink)
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The tough part about parental controls is that they are dealing with a massive scale of information and variability. So sites that should be fine for any age group get blocked because the program wasn't very smart.

In practice, there are probably ways to bypass at the level of interfering with how the computer itself works. Some of the same strategies you might employ if your computer had been attacked by a virus. But at that point you are risking screwing up something important.
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Old 27 Jan 2010, 00:30   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: Windows Parental Controls help.

Going on a purely hypothetical situaton here, there are a few ways to filter web content and the ways to defeat them depend upon the methods being employed.

Some are based on the ISP's side which are probably best defeated by using a trusted proxy server, and if it's on your local computer, then finding the process/application responsible and killing it.

However, that's assuming you have access to the task manager and/or the proxy sites aren't blocked (which they usually are).

On a purely technical level, most web filters operate in one of three modes of operation:
Filtered open lists: These scan the incoming data for keywords and phrases and blocks access if they encounter something that matches their banned items.
White List: These are perhaps the hardest to counter, because they operate on a block all default status unless it matches a specific list of websites.
Black Lists: These maintain a record of websites that are off-limits at all times and block known spam/viral sites but allow access to everything else.

In practice though, filters use a mix all three modes of operation.

Not that I'm condoning going against your parents wishes.

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I wish I had controls on my computer to control my parents from signing up to scams online. That is what I want and would be far more useful.
The only way around that is through educating them yourself by sitting down at the computer together and explaining to them the potential unforseen results of such bogus sites like increased spam to your email address, financial loss etc and then showing them what to look for in trusted online retailers (if they're looking to order online that is) like comprehensive contact details, a secure server connection (the padlock icon) etc
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