Your mind functions similar to a computer. What you put in is what you get out. Once you see something or learn something it’s very difficult to un-learn it. Controlling what your mind is exposed to on the internet is very difficult. Even the most vigilant internet user will occasionally see things they didn’t intend to view. Maybe it’s an accidental click on a tricky link, or maybe an add that pops up during a video. Whatever the cause is, there's a simple solution that can stop it from happening again.

It is very difficult to control what a family unit has access to on the internet. There are free and paid services that exist but usually aren’t granular enough or are too expensive for most people. Depending on another persons idea of what is acceptable for your family to view is asinine, which leaves out DNS services. DNS services are easy to get around by just using another DNS provider. Most families can’t afford expensive firewall options that allow granular control of packets and most SOHO routers can’t effectively block HTTPS websites with any kind of accuracy.

A true and tried way of filtering HTTP/HTTPS data has been around for a long time. Many internet providers around the world use it without most people knowing it’s implemented. The solution I’m speaking of is the proxy server. A proxy server is positioned in between your computers and your router. Depending on how much security is required determines how the proxy is provisioned. You can force all traffic through it utilizing it as a gateway or you can use it as a port listener which only filters HTTP/HTTPS and does not mess with other protocols.

If you are computer inclined and know a little Linux you can accomplish this easily and be able to control all of the URLs your family accesses. If you don’t like the ads that pop up on your screen, just block that domain or IP address on the proxy server and the ad doesn’t stand a chance. This is a great tool for any family or institution that wants to protect those who rely on their internet access such as churches or other organizations. Don’t be a victim of the internet, take control.