5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 21, 2013 4:09 PM by thomas_r.
r-1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How do I restrict websites from me... the administrator?

 

In the parental control setings, it doesn't allow me to restrict things from me!  How do I get around this?


MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (40,970 points)

    If you are an Administrator, you will have unrestricted access. This is as designed.

     

    If you want to block certain websites, either individual ones or entire categories, consider using OpenDNS. It is free for consumer use.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (30,105 points)

    What is the actual problem you're trying to solve? If you can tell us why you want to do that, we can suggest better options.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,315 points)

    r-1 wrote:

     

    How do I restrict websites from me... the administrator?

     

    In the parental control setings, it doesn't allow me to restrict things from me!  How do I get around this?

     

    Simple.

     

    Create another Admin user in System Preferences, now log out and into this Admin user account.

     

    Set your first Admin (you) to Standard User account.

     

    Set your Parental Controls. Log out and into your regular Standard User account.

     

     

    If you have to move programs in/out of the Applicaitons folder  (rarely) you will have to enter your Admin account name and password. Also you have to manually check for updates.

     

     

     

    If you really only want to block a few sites, Firefox has a add-on called Block Site.

     

     

     

    You also could add

     

    0.0.0.0 www.thissitehere.com

     

    to the bottom of your

     

    /etc/hosts

     

    file opened with the free TextWrangler directly (no app store version) from BareBones Software.

     

    If your on 10.8 you will likely have to set System Preferences > Security > General > downloads "AnyWhere" to avoid Gatekeeper nonsense.

     

    see the result here

     

    ##

    # Host Database

    #

    # localhost is used to configure the loopback interface

    # when the system is booting.  Do not change this entry.

    ##

    127.0.0.1    localhost

    255.255.255.255    broadcasthost

    ::1             localhost

    fe80::1%lo0    localhost

     

     

    0.0.0.0 www.facebook.com

    0.0.0.0 www.facebook.net

    0.0.0.0 www.sailthru.com

     

     

    Facebook and Sailthru are effectively blocked.

     

     

     

    If you want to block a range of content sites, like adult content, there really isn't a surefire way.

     

    All the honest sites gets blocked leaving the malware laden new ones that isn't on the block list recieiving your click and infection.

  • r-1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    To block specific **** sites... My family and I all use my account on this macbook pro.  (I like it that way) Apparenlty someone likes to watch **** on a specific site so I want to block it.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (30,105 points)

    Gotcha. What I would recommend, then, is not to block a specific site like that. Whoever is watching that p0rn will just find another site.

     

    Instead, what you want to do is set up a free OpenDNS account and then configure your wireless router to use the OpenDNS servers in its DNS server settings. Then, in your OpenDNS account, block access to all such sites. This will have the effect of blocking p0rn on all devices connected to your wireless network. No p0rn on your Mac, or on any other computers, or iPads, or iPods, etc.