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Thread: Caught, or just my mac?

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    Default Caught, or just my mac?

    Yes, another one of the "Found out" threads...
    So last night I was on adisc, as usually I checked the recent threads and my groups the logged off for the night. The next morning I wake up and when I try to get on adisc I get this message.
    I should add that this is my school laptop however, I haven't connected to the school network since The start of brake last week. I have also never seen this message pop up. And since then it had popped up on one other occasion and when I refreshed the page it was gone. I don't quite know why this happens. Is it something to do with the router at my house, meaning someone here blocked it or can the school block websites on my computer when I'm not on their network or is it something else?
    If it means anything the only reason I can get on now is because UnMarth was kind enough to help me out by telling me to add an "s" to "http" in the url. If anyone has any clue as to how this happened or how I would correct it I would really appreciate it.

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    is it possible that your laptop connected to another router and then back to yours.

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    Hey I do not know much about Macs, but here is what I would do to see if I was caught:Look up a regular guy on girl pornography site.If it is blocked, than more than likely you have been discovered.If it is not, it is more likely that their are only approved websites you can get on, meaning that no one specifically blocked this site, it was just blocked in general. Or it might be what Diapernh said, that is pretty likely even.

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    A quick update, it stopped doing that now and I can get on without the aid of the "s" but now I'm a little paranoid. Part of me thinks that someone blocked it just to show me that they know and then unblocked it the following day. I don't know, It's probably noting but... If anyone has an explanation that would be nice.


    Quote Originally Posted by acmorgan View Post
    Hey I do not know much about Macs, but here is what I would do to see if I was caught:Look up a regular guy on girl pornography site.If it is blocked, than more than likely you have been discovered.If it is not, it is more likely that their are only approved websites you can get on, meaning that no one specifically blocked this site, it was just blocked in general. Or it might be what Diapernh said, that is pretty likely even.
    Nothing on my computer has ever been blocked until this incident so that rules out that theory.



    Quote Originally Posted by diapernh View Post
    is it possible that your laptop connected to another router and then back to yours.
    I don't think so, there is only one other router that I can reach on my laptop and that one can only be accessed sometimes with one bar of connection. So I guess it's possible just really unlikely. I don't really understand how connecting to another router and then back to mine would result in something like that...

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    That looks like Safari's built in parental controls. It's just a simple filter, as far as I know. I don't know why it would decide to block it now. If you have administrator access, you can disable parental controls in System Preferences.

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    Does firefox also have this parental controls? Because I never use Safari?

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    No, the parental controls only work in Safari, but that screenshot looks exactly like the one in Safari. Firefox doesn't have any parental controls built in. Oh and just so you know, Safari will log attempts to visit blocked sites if parental controls are on.

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    Just put in the admin password and ignore it. *shrugs*

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    I did a little investigation myself. Now I need to know what OSX version you are running? I have the latest version on my machine. OSX 10.6.4 (you click on the apple logo and press "About This mac"). OSX has parental controls. This isn't just limited to logging what websites you go on, but your chat logs of iChat and restricts what applications you can run. To see/change the parental controls you need Admin settings. Admins can't turn on parental controls on them selves. So it seems like you need to log into an account with admin powers.

    Regardless whether you use Safari, Firefox or Chrome the websites will be logged. However you can cirumvent the filtering technology by using the secure version, because the software can't read what web address you are going on (it sniffs the traffic). The reason I don't think you have the latest OSX version is because mine blocks SSL connections. It's a rather odd setup. But I did find that there is a tick box on that software that said "block adult content" There is no white list or black list seen with this. I think it filters out certain keywords on the page. Because it blocked when I googled mac OSX parental control adult filter - Google Search And accessing adisc without it being on a white list it appeared. But it is flagged up in the web logs. Even if you use porn/incognito/privacy mode. The parental controls can pick it up!

    Also, I think the software has a feature to control the parental controls remotely. So your parents or school could log into your machine knowing an Admin account there. I don't know how locked out you are, but try a blank password when it asks (it's odd that one). But to get to this tool easily you need to know how to get into it.

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    Well, I know the Admin password... I just don't want to use it because I'm not sure if it logs that kind of stuff. and about the OS I'm using 10.6.3. If what you say is true, UnMarth, which I don't doubt it is. Then why is it unblocked now? I'm not even using "https" and it's letting me in again.

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