How do I permit only the sites I want?

Net Nanny 5.1.x • 11 April 2006

This article refers to an older version of this product.

You can configure Net Nanny to permit only the sites you want. To do this, go to Net Nanny Settings => User Settings. Select the user you want. Set the blocking level to level 3. Then go to the "Blocking Options" tab. Make sure the "My List" box is selected. Then, UN-SELECT the box next to "Net Nanny List". This will block all sites except those you add to your permitted list.

To add sites to your permitted list:

Go to Net Nanny Settings => System Settings => Web Sites icon => My List Permitted tab.

Enter the site in your permitted list using wildcards. For example, if you wanted to permit, enter it as follows:

The asterisks will act as wildcards and allow all the pages of that site.

Then press the "add" button. Net Nanny will add a / to the end of the ULR.

After you have added the site to your permitted list, go to the Activity Logs => Activity Details section of Net Nanny. Press "Delete all". Then close the Net Nanny settings.

Open your web browser and try to access the site. If it is still blocked, go to the Net Nanny Settings => System Settings => Activity Logs => Activity Detail tab again. There will be some new entries in there. Select each one, then select "add to my family friendly list" from the drop down menu at the bottom of the Net Nanny Settings Window. Then close your Net Nanny settings and try to access the site again. Continue this process until the site is permitted.

If after you do all this and are still seeing a "web" violation in the activity Log, check the Net Nanny restricted list for the site. If it is listed there, click on the red square next to it to turn it green (allowed).

If you get a "words and phrases" violation, go to the "content filtering" icon. Click "show" and remove the offending word from the list to allow the site. Or you can go to the "Activity Consequences icon => Content filtering tab. Change the number of words required to shut down a site to a higher number.