Kids outsmart Web filters

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  1. Iria

    Iria New Member

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    Last November, Ryan, a high-school sophomore, figured out a way to outsmart the Web filters on a school PC in order to visit the off-limits MySpace.com while doing "homework" in the computer lab.

    A teacher eventually spotted the social network on the screen in front of "Ryan," a fictitious name for a real student attending school in Phoenix, Ore., a small town with a population of about 5,000. The teacher flagged the activity for the school's technology expert, who then followed Ryan's tracks online through the school network.

    Ryan had apparently set up a so-called Web proxy from his home computer so that when he was at school, he could direct requests for banned sites like MySpace through a Web address at home, thereby tricking the school's filter. (Web, or CGI, proxies can be Web sites or applications that allow users to access other sites through them.)
     
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    nForcer Twice the fun!

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    pwnd!
     
  3. pr0digal jenius

    pr0digal jenius Delete Me

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    a good filter blocks proxies too...lol
     
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    farmeunit New Member

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    You can create your own proxies that can't be blocked so readily also.:evil:
     
  5. Judas

    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    or using another website that lets you use a browser within a browser...which by far is the easiest to navigate through....

    the free version is limited though...
     
  6. pr0digal jenius

    pr0digal jenius Delete Me

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    home-brew proxies do work pretty well, but most school IT people could care less, simply because those capable represent maybe 0.5% of the student body
     
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    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    but that's increaseing.. people are getting more aware of how to get around things.. and when they do, they show everyone else how to do it and so forth... soon you've got the entire getting around the blocker and you've just spent all that time making a filter that apparently was useless and pointless to spend time.. blocking legit people, and allowing ilegit people....

    IMO, i think putting up a block in any school just causes more problems then it solves...

    How bout some simple rules, you get caught doing something totally against the agreement that most of all schools have there students sign, or even remotely purposely start browsing "pornographic" sites. Instant boot, and do it another time, perma banned.

    I'm currently setting up a few machines that i'll get kids under the age of 19 to sign and then have there parent or guardians sign stating that if they get caught doing this, either by me or by someone else, i'm not totally responcible, and that i will remove them and ban them for whatever lengths of time is suiteable. They will be able to browse the net, play games.... do whatever they like within reason on these machines....
     
  8. Customgamer1

    Customgamer1 Fell off the tech wagon

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    Well thats not even news??? At my high school we have 1800 students working to get around blocks all the time. Our school has really cracked down but it still so easy to get around them. Another easy way to get into myspace that my school just blokced was going to www1.myspace.com. And I can also say that I made my own game site that people could use because they blocked www.addictinggames.com and every other game site out there :) :) :)
     
  9. Master Shake

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    Why don't they maybe, um, like supervise the kids? They are at school. The rules have to be pretty severe for kids to follow them anymore. They should be made well aware of the rules and if they get caught it should be like a three day suspension or something. It's harsh, but you have to be.
     
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    "I eventually tracked down the (Internet Protocol) address, so that it doesn't
    work for him anymore," said Don Wolff, tech coordinator in the Phoenix-Talent School District,


    Umm so he blacked all internet acess right? oh then all he has to do is wait
    a bit for his isp's revovleing IP for his pc to change walla back in bussiness
    so in affect thy did nothing but tell others around the globe how to get around
    the filters to bravo!
     
  11. Sandok

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    Why so severe? I mean, you guys can't leave school to eat or anything over there... Here no sites are blocked, we can leave to go eat somewhere and all. If you make a big hassle out of small things........... well things get out of proportion :p
     

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