Internet filters. Safe Eyes and Net Nanny, reviewed
OK so I'm trying to quit porn and I have realized that I need to put every piece of technology available to my advantage.
Today I am on day 10 (again) of being porn free, and a big part of that is due to internet filtering software.
I sampled two programs: Safe Eyes and Net Nanny before I made a decision. I chose Net Nanny. My review of both follows:
Both Safe Eyes and Net Nanny do well at this. Net Nanny is nice because it used a greater technology to block a certain kind of loophole (I won't go into specifics). Net Nanny also keeps sites like google, yahoo and youtube set to "safe search" no matter what you do. I will say, however that you really need to filter out image and video searches because those safe searches are routinely circumvented and the only way to really make them safe is to filter out all image and video searches. Also make sure you filter out swimsuit and lingerie. Both Safe Eyes and Net Nanny have these features.
You can set up Net Nanny so that the user will not know what filtering software was installed. This takes a little know how, but it can be done. This can't be done with Safe Eyes because it will always leave an icon in the system tray.
This is where Safe Eyes fell flat on it's face. I was able to bypass safe eyes with very little work, and I'm not really computer savvy. I won't go into details, but since I was able to undue safe eyes it is a moot point to use it as a filtering product. I have yet to disable net nanny.
For those with a sponsor/significant other:
Both these programs have reporting mechanisms that can alert your sponsor/significant other when you are trying to go to blocked sites, as well as general reporting so that your sponsor/significant other can look up your "violations" so to speak. Both programs allow the user to do this remotely from any computer with an internet connection
For those single or without a sponsor:
You can set up a Safe Eyes account without an administrator password. This means that after you have everything in place you will be forced to actually call safe eyes to make changes to or cancel your account. Unfortunately safe eyes has 24 hour phone support.
Net Nanny, on the other hand, only has phone support from 8 to 5 in North/South America so that helps people like me who work during the day and are home at night. Also Net Nanny works off of a secret question, so you can do like I've done and make up you own secret question which is "What is you secret question password? You then set up a bunch of random numbers and letter in both upper and lower case, in such a way that you cannot remember them. Hide this answer somewhere (mine goes to work). Do the same with your administrator passwords (on Net Nanny) but don't save the passwords anywhere. Now you have a system where you can't just put in a password if you are feeling weak. Also you can't call customer support at night. Works for me.
Well that's all I've got for now. Having a filter if you are trying to break an addiction is one of the most helpful tools I have found.
Good luck to all.