Free SA-hosted porn and “cyber-loafing” filters

Network data analysis company LucidView has launched a public beta of its free web filtering system, letting parents and network administrators limit access to certain sites and content on their PCs and networks.

The “Free CategoryFilter” service from LucidView is available in three variants: FamilyFilter, BusinessFilter, and HotspotFilter.

These filters are specially configured domain name system (DNS) servers that devices such as PCs, smartphones, and game consoles must be set to use.

This is the only setup that’s needed, LucidView said, explaining that no client software is needed to use these filters and that users also need not change Internet service providers.

The three free filters offer the following features:

FamilyFilter

  • Forces safe search modes to be enabled on all Google and YouTube searches, limiting age-inappropriate content from being shown by casual or directed searches.
  • Limits access to age-restricted and illegal content.

“We hope that every school in the country takes advantage of this service, as well as parents,” said LucidView boss Andrew Wilson.

“Our aim with the free CategoryFilter service was to offer users a simple yet surprisingly effective way to manage what people can do on your network,” Wilson said.

BusinessFilter

  • Search results are unfiltered.
  • Targets cyber-loafing and time wasting activities at work.
  • Limits access to age-restricted and illegal content.
  • Limits access to video streaming and download sites such as YouTube and Vimeo.
  • Limits access to social networking sites such as Facebook.
  • Limits access to radio streaming sites.

HotspotFilter

  • Intended for hotspot providers as a means to limit the depletion of their bandwidth cap.
  • Targets online services that use a lot of bandwidth, such as media, download and update sites.
  • Limits access to age-restricted and illegal content.
  • Limits access to software updates on an expensive connection.

Asked how a parent or network admin would know if someone is bypassing the LucidView DNS servers, the company explained that the focus of the free service is simplicity.

LucidView said it will be launching a paid-for service that includes reporting for those concerned about circumvention of the filters.

Instructions for how to set up the filters are on the LucidView website.

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