Is there an override or an extra level of protection?

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  • March 20, 2020 at 5:39 pm


    I am currently using the free Family Level setting on all of my Mac devices. I have an iMac, MacBook Air, iPhones and iPads in the home. I set it at the router and on each device as well. Is there a way to enlist the aid of something to act as an override of sorts on each device in case the administrator password gets used or the router gets reset? I am looking for a fail safe of sorts. any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

    July 8, 2020 at 5:04 pm


    Sorry for the delayed response here. Are you looking for a failsafe to the devices, or the router?

    It’s going to be kind of tough to do a failsafe for a router if someone pushes on the “reset” button on the device. : /

    As for each device, think it will depend on how you have things configured. You could deploy a network firewall to force all DNS to your preferred DNS provider. This would override any local settings on the network. It’s essentially hijacking the DNS on your own network.


    July 9, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    It takes a little know-how but I have a router that I flashed to a custom firmware using DD-WRT. It allows me to set the DNS at the router level and force all traffic to my specified DNS, even if they change it at the device level. Additionally, you can set it to automatically block certain sites or keywords. I have it block Twitter on specific devices on my network but don’t have it blocked as a whole on Cleanbrowsing.

    July 10, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Oh nice! Do you have the instructions for how you did that with DD-WRT? Would love to share it on here if you do.