Choosing the right filter for your home can be a daunting task. It can sometimes be frustrating for someone who doesn’t have a degree in computer science to try and understand the features, benefits and pitfalls of the various different technologies. How do you choose whether to install a filter, use a service, or purchase a new piece of hardware? And, there are those who say that filters don’t work, so why waste your time and money?
Before trying to answer those questions, let's take just a moment and make sure we understand the three basic types of filters on the market today – each has their advantages and disadvantages, and knowing which is right for you will really depend on how you access the Internet in your home. Depending on how you access the Internet, you will find that different filter technologies will be more effective than others – but regardless of how effective it is, any filter is better than no filter. It is our hope that this site will help you understand which filter is best for your home.
An analogy might be helpful as we discuss the different filter technologies. Let's consider the content on the Internet to be analogous to mail that is delivered to your home. A filter could be thought of as a guard that is hired to sort through your mail before it is delivered to you. This guard could be asked to remove any junk mail, or even mail from any individual or company, and set it aside so you don't have to deal with it. The guard would then review each piece of mail before handing it to you.
Filters work in similar fashion, sorting through the content that your computer requests, and preventing certain content from entering your home. To understand the different filter technologies, let's relate them to this guard, and where he might intercept our mail before giving it to us. We will discuss the two most common types of filters for homes here, namely: Software filters and Hardware filters.Software filters. [click to continue…]