Chapter 11: Restricting Access to MySpace.com
Using a Hosts file
To block MySpace.com follow these steps to add it to the computers hosts file.
1) Click on Start, Run
For Windows 2000 type:
For Mac OS 9: look in System Folder:Preferences for the Hosts file and use a text editor to add the additional lines.
For Mac OSX: look for the hosts file in /etc/hosts
3) Notepad should open with a text file that looks something like this:
5) Click on File and Save to save the new hosts file
6) Now try to go to http://www.myspace.com and see what happens
Host files are only one way to try to block access to myspace.com or other objectionable web sites, but are they really the answer?
Because host files can only block sites based on domain names, they don’t block access to pure IP addresses. For instance, if you block myspace.com and www.myspace.com in your hosts file your teen could still access it by typing IP address of MySpace.com into the address bar of the browser:
All domain names resolve to an IP address located on a server where the particular domain is hosted. So typing in the IP address of the site is the same as typing in the domain name.
This brings us to the next way to prevent access to MySpace.com or other sites: parental filtering software.