Bypassing Host Overrides for certain times and for certain clients



  • Hello,

    I have setup my pfsense router to enforce safe search for google and youtube. In the DNS resolver page I have added an Host Override entry for Youtube. I have also add text in the custom settings  - server:
    include: /var/unbound/safesearch.conf

    Everything works fine but my kids are complaining that some of the youtube videos they want to watch that appear 'safe' are being blocked. I have verified this. Even videos they have uploaded themselves are blocked.

    I understand that no filter is perfect so I was wondering if there is a way to enable and disable the Host override at various times of day?
    Would it possible to allow certain clients to bypass the Overrides (e.g. computer in living room)



  • @dylanjhall:

    Hello,

    I have setup my pfsense router to enforce safe search for google and youtube. In the DNS resolver page I have added an Host Override entry for Youtube. I have also add text in the custom settings  - server:
    include: /var/unbound/safesearch.conf

    Everything works fine but my kids are complaining that some of the youtube videos they want to watch that appear 'safe' are being blocked. I have verified this. Even videos they have uploaded themselves are blocked.

    I understand that no filter is perfect so I was wondering if there is a way to enable and disable the Host override at various times of day?
    Would it possible to allow certain clients to bypass the Overrides (e.g. computer in living room)

    I came here wondering the same thing.  Or even if their was just a quick way to disable the overrides with a checkbox.  Right now you have to delete them and then re-enter them.




  • This has helped with my kids.  I put Youtube in "moderate" mode.  This allows much more stuff like The Backyard Scientist and other things they were missing.




  • I really appreciate your responses. Evidence has shown me that I really need to monitor and restrict the content on my network. I want my kids to have freedom to enjoy Youtube, etc. but the content they can stumble upon may not always be up building.
    Building the network has been a challenge but I think it is worthwhile



  • I use opendns combined with dns-o-matic at two sites I support to block web content by category. Not sure if the OpenDNS solution will help for your use case. It is free. I like the ease of use and the stats report.



  • I use OpendDNS. I have used OpenDNS. It is very good at blocking content by category and blocking specific sites. However, when it comes to Google web browser , especially the incognito mode, OpenDNS does not enforce safe search. So they can google any image they want. The same for Youtube. Once they have logged into google they can access nsfw and porn that Youtube has not removed.


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