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K9 Web Protection is preference pane website filtering software. When you have it turned on, it prevents the computer user from viewing Web sites that contain unwanted content. It can block more than 55 different categories of content, including pornography, hate speech and sites that promote violence or permit gambling.

What's New

Version 4.4.268:

New Features:
  • Implemented experimental Advanced YouTube Filtering
  • Added additional configuration options:
    • Disable HTTPS block notifications
    • Disable Google SSL redirection
    • Separate Option for YouTube Safety Mode
    • Improved HTTPS filtering
    • Compatibility with more antivirus and firewall more...


OS X 10.4.7 or later

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dorkypants Member IconComment+118

Requested free license on website. Typed it into the license key input field in the installer, double- and triple-checked the license key I typed in, capitalization included. Typed in a password to administer it and retyped to confirm. After spinning the busy cursor for a few seconds it came up with "Validation failed. Unknown error."


G5 iMac, Leopard 10.5.6

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Version 4.0.288
Gary W. Member IconReview+18
Gary W.

This really does seem to be a very good way to keeps the kids away from the bad stuff. It's great that it's free. It doesn't require constant downloads of updates like virus software, for instance. It just works more by categories, I guess. Lots of flexibility and customization features.

No problems that I've encountered like crashing, slowed down surfing, etc. It just seems to reliably work to block the bad stuff, and there's getting to be more and more of it all the time. Trouble is of course, when your kid goes over to some friend's house whose parents don't have this or something else, all your efforts are rendered futile.

The one big complaint about K9 (from their forum and from me) is that it isn't possible to install it separately for different users/accounts. Many parents want their kid's accounts filtered, but don't want their own filtered. Here's hoping that K9 finally incorporates this long-promised feature sometime soon.

But even still, thanks K9 for making it possible to actually feel comfortable leaving my kid alone with the computer.

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Version 4.0.288
wheeles Member IconReview+2

I've been using this for a while now and have experienced no problems with crashes or odd behaviour. The features of this software far surpass many competitors.

This free software enables the administrator on the machine to select which categories should be blocked and also allows time limits for Internet usage to be enforced.

While the software does refer to an extensive blocklist, the software makes an intelligent guess as to the nature of those sites not already categorised. The software offers the ability to submit sites for review that you consider are incorrectly labelled or not labelled at all. I have submitted quite a few sites and the turnaround from submission to judgement and re-categorisation has only been a few hours. You can also add sites to your own personal blocklist if desired.

I've tried several content filters in the past and have also used OpenDNS to enhance my content filtering. This is by far the best one I have used, and given that it is FREE makes this one head and shoulders above the rest.

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Version 0.4
Sans Dieu Rien Member IconReview+11
Sans Dieu Rien

As a concerned parent of two, coupled with the escalation of dangerous web-surfing, I'm always keeping an eye out for practical ways of protecting my kids without stifling their growth. Yet, I'm a firm believer that no program is perfect, and is a poor substitute for actual parenting.

K9 takes the common route of many internet protection programs by creating an extensive blacklist, but adds an extensive vigilant response from customers or parents with an extensive category system of various levels. I can feel my self surfing and wondering if I should report a certain site, or tell them that the site is just mislabeled. Perhaps many would just ignore it. In my 30 mins. of surfing, I reported two sites I thought were definitely in the wrong categories.

This is probably why the program is free. It takes diligence on the parents' part. At first, I thought that it would be better if K9 just did it accurately and automatically; but then again, as I thought more about it, it indeed all comes down to us, doesn't it?

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Version 0.4
Tas7blue Member IconReview+0

I like the idea of K9 Web Protection, but every time I did something on my MacBook after having installed K9, my computer would randomly and without warning force me to shut down. Also, I couldn't get the K9 icon to show up on my Firefox web browser.

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Version 0.4
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Downloads 4,322
Version Downloads 475
License Free
Date 22 Mar 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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