It often happens that your PC is used by children, so do you want to restrict access to the Internet on them? For one reason or another, do you want to block access to certain Internet sites on your computer? You’ve come to the right place at the right time.
Today I want to show you how to limit Internet access on the PC without resorting to complicated (as expensive) computer security suites and without getting lost in complicated browser configurations. Believe it or not, just use a small program called Windows Live Family Safety. Come on, try it yourself.
If you want to find out how to limit Internet access, you can turn to Windows Live Family Safety , a free program made available by Microsoft (part of the Windows Live Essentials package) that expands the parental control of Windows 7 and Vista and allows (between other things) to set limitations to Internet sites that can be visited on the computer for each user account used. It works with all major browsers and its settings can also be adjusted remotely (via the Internet on another PC).
To set Internet limitations using Windows Live Family Safety, connect to the program’s website (use this other site if you use Windows XP) and click on the Download Now button to download it to your PC. The Download is completely open, double-clicking on it, the file you just downloaded ( wlsetup-web.exe ) and, in the window that opens, click first on Yes and then on Select programs to install. Leave the check mark next to the Family Safety item and click on Install and then Close to complete the Windows Live Family Safety installation process.
Now, start Windows Live Family Safety through its link in the Windows Start menu and log in to the program using your Windows Live account. Then select the account for which you want to restrict access to the Internet (it must not be an administrator account, so if you have not done so already create a standard one) and click on the Save button.
At this point, connected to the familysafety.live.com website (you can also click on the link that appears in the Windows Live Family Safety window) and access the service’s web interface by entering the login information for your Windows Live account. In a few moments, the panel will open where you can configure the limitations for the selected Windows account, from now on this panel will be accessible from any PC connected to the Internet.
To restrict access to the websites on your PC, click on the user account that the children will use (or in any case the people to whom you want to partially block access to the Internet) and, on the page that opens, set the filter type Web you want to apply to the PC: if you want to block only certain Internet sites, leave the default settings; if you want to block all sites except those indicated by you, move the indicator to Only Allow List and click Save to save the settings.
To set the websites to block (if you have chosen the first option) or to allow (if you have chosen the second option), all you have to do is click on the Web Filter Lists link , type in the website address to block or allow in the text field in the center of the page and click on Allow or Block to allow or block the indicated site.
When you have entered all the sites to be filtered, click on the Save button to save the settings and, almost like magic, the Internet limitations set by the Windows Live Family Safety site will be applied to your PC.