Weekly Freebies: Internet Filters

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Following up on this post on internet filters, here are links to some free internet filters for computers:

For suggestions on filters for mobile devices, see this NY Times article: link

Of course, you should not think that installing a filter is sufficient, as discussed in the earlier post.

See prior freebies here: link

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


  1. which one works without impeding speed?

  2. OpenDNS will even increase your speed, its filter though is not particularly effective.

  3. I’d qualify that comment about OpenDNS. I administer OpenDNS for the local day school, and I’ve found that OpenDNS can do a very good job of filtering IF you don’t mind going under the hood and doing a bit of homework. OpenDNS provides a “Dashboard” which allows the admin to see a log of URL’s which users (or machines) have tried to access; if you recognize in that list addresses related to banner ads, multimedia, etc., you can blacklist them on the spot. You can also find helpful info (like the URL’s used by Google Image Search and its ilk) in the OpenDNS Knowledge Base. Out of the box OpenDNS may seem inadequate, but after a break-in period I’ve found that it can be very effective.

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