Solved

Prevent Users From Altering "Safe Search" on Search Engines

Posted on 2014-10-03
4
127 Views
Last Modified: 2014-11-10
Our public library employees a fairly strict firewall to prevent our patrons from accessing inappropriate content while in the building. Recently, I found out that this method is circumvented by doing an Image Search on any search engine with "Safe Search" disabled. If possible, I would like to prevent our patrons from being able to alter the Safe Search setting on the "big three" engines - Google, Yahoo and Bing.

We do have a server using Group Policy for the machines; however, it currently isn't working properly. We will have new servers in the next couple of months. If there is a way to do this via GP, though, I would happily do it locally.
0
Comment
Question by:Wesley Johnson
4 Comments
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:Joshua Grantom
ID: 40359639
I'm almost 100% positive that you will not be able to modify a webpage option with a group policy. If your web filter is not picking up the images or links as inappropriate, I would look into the categories and options selected on the filter.
0
 
LVL 58

Expert Comment

by:Gary
ID: 40359651
In Google you can lock the safe search
https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/144686?hl=en

On the others I'm not so sure, but there is this which is probably an easier all round way
http://download.cnet.com/SafeSearchLock/3000-27064_4-75573932.html
0
 
LVL 40

Accepted Solution

by:
Kyle Abrahams earned 500 total points
ID: 40359652
For Google:
https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/186669?hl=en

for Yahoo (and bing):
http://internet-safety.yoursphere.com/2011/11/how-to-set-up-yahoo-and-bing-safe-search/

Though the article reports that you can't lock safe search in bing.  If that's the case I would re-direct bing to google or yahoo.

Note that you may run into first amendment issues and what not when doing this, but that's outside the scope of your question.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Wesley Johnson
ID: 40359679
Joshua - I was thinking the same thing. My boss once worked for the school board and thought he remembered that they were able to nix it somehow, though. We use a Fortigate 400a and have all the relevant "adult" categories selected; I think image search is just a gaping hole inside of our setup. I don't see how some of these things escaped being branded "adult."

Gary & Kyle - Thanks for the links.

Kyle - Our patrons agree to adhere to our policy when signing up for a card. I'm quite certain that said policy mentions accessing adult content through our computers is prohibited.
0

Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Now-a-days, indirectly, postal services have been replaced by email services. Yes, whenever we hear the word "email" a lot of people only think of gmail. Some people still think that email and gmail are one and the same thing :-). Let's see some …
SSL stands for “Secure Sockets Layer” and an SSL certificate is a critical component to keeping your website safe, secured, and compliant. Any ecommerce website must have an SSL certificate to ensure the safe handling of sensitive information like…
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how to add subdomains to your content reports. This can be very importing in having a site with multiple subdomains.
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how nuggets on the Web are formatted by using Chrome Developer Tools. These tools would not only view the site's CSS but it can also modify it and save the CSS to use on your own site.

910 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

24 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now