The Google safesearch enforcement should now be operational. Please test and let us know if you believe there are any lingering issues. The easiest way is to do a Google Image search and then click on the Safesearch On button on the top right and then try to click the tick off next to Filter Explicit Results. The tick should keep reappearing showing that it is forced on.
Thank you for your patience, The Watchdog Team.
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12/9/2014 Our engineers have worked this week with our filtering software developers to understand the changes Google has made to their search function that has resulted in broken searches when safe-search is enforced. There has been no resolution as yet. We will keep these posts updated as we progress.
Please Be Aware However that ….
Googles search engine, have a ‘safe search’ option that through the Watchdog filtering can be enforced-on as ‘strict’. This mainly relates to image ( thumbnail) searches. However as mentioned in our last article and email communications this week, last week some time ( we suspect late Thursday ) Google made some changes that resulted in any enforced safe searches breaking the search browsing ability for our users. Users would see only a blank page returned.
What this means in real terms for you is that users could now change the safe search from strict to low, which could result in a less than safe image result. This in no way changes the web-site (URL) filtering. Any access attempts to a site would still be blocked, however on an image search there could potentially be less than desirable results.
Since late last week (05/09/2014) we have been aware that Google have made some changes to their searches. These have resulted in any searches using ‘safe search enforcement’ to respond with a blank page.
Because of this problem we have disabled safe search on our filters for all users. We expect to have a resolution by the end of this week, at which time we will reenable safe search. In the interim please be aware that safe search IS NOT ENFORCED on your connection.
For Full Article, links and overview video go to our Wiki/KnowledgeBase link – click here
At 1pm, 30 September 2014 the .nz domain name space will experience a watershed moment. On that date – for the first time ever – people will be able to register .nz domain names directly at the second level.
Existing second level domains – like the .co in .co.nz and the .org in .org.nz will become optional and people could register with them, without them, or both.
For example a person could register anyname.nz as well as anyname.co.nz.
It’s about more choice…
The change will offer registrants more choice in .nz names and allow for more representative online addresses – for example, many people get .co.nz domains even though they’re not businesses. The change also means that registrants will be able to get shorter .nz domain names and aligns New Zealand with other countries that have already made a similar move and the multitude of new gTLDs coming on stream globally.
1pm, 30 September 2014
This is the go-live date for the change. From this date:
- You will be able to register available names on a first-come, first-served basis.
- If you have preferential rights to your name you will be able to register the shorter version of the name before anyone else, or reserve it for free for up to two years.
- If your name is conflicted you will be able to lodge a preference on the anyname.nz website of how you would like to deal with the conflict.
Between 1pm, 30 September 2014 and 1pm, 30 March 2015
Between these dates anyone with preferential rights will be able to:
- Register the shorter version of your name before anyone else, or reserve it for free on the anyname.nz website for up to two years.
Up until 1pm, 30 March 2015
This is the final day that those with preferential rights will be able to register or reserve. If you’ve not taken action by 1pm, 30 March 2015 the shorter version of your name will become available for general registration.
1pm, 30 September 2016
This is the final day of the reservation period. Those who’ve reserved but haven’t registered the shorter version of their name by 1pm, 30 September 2016 may see it become available for general registration.
To access the filter interface you can use the same credentials as with the previous filter, that is through the link:
Password: XXXXXX (as previously provided)
As always, should you have any questions, concerns or require our support team to make changes to your filtering during this time please contact us with your detailed request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling our free phone number 0508 WATCHDOG (928 243), during usual business hours (8.30am to 5pm Monday through Friday).
We also recommend that you read the information regarding changes to the way this filter manages the categorisation of Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and tumblr - click here
NB: Users with a time-based policy component will need to read this instructional addendum, for interface management – click here