How to set up Google Home filters

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A Google Home hub and a few Google Home minis around your house can enhance your family’s connection to the internet.

These devices let your family ask for information, request music or movies, or control smart home devices with just voice commands, according to Lifewire.

Why you need Google Home filters

With all of the conveniences that Google Home offers, there are a few dangers. Many families place these devices in every bedroom of the home. This means children have unrestricted access to Internet content at all hours of the day.

You can set filters to control what sort of access your kids have to the Internet, and what hours of the day they can use the device.

The best way to avoid children from accessing inappropriate video through Google Home is to place a Google Home mini in bedrooms, and save the Google Home hub for areas of the house everyone uses. The Google Home mini doesn’t have a display screen.

How to set up Google Home filters

To set up parental controls on Google Home devices you need to install the Google Home app. You can install the app from Google Play for Android, or from iTunes for iOS devices.

Once installed, you are ready to configure filters and set up a downtime schedule.

  • Open the Google Home app and tap Settings.
  • In the settings menu, tap Digital wellbeing. If this is the first time you have used Digital wellbeing, this will open the Digital Wellbeing wizard. Otherwise, tap Add device filter. Tap Set up and Next to continue.
  • In the Select people and devices screen, select whether filters apply to Everyone or Only Supervised Accounts and guests.
  • In this same screen, select All devices or choose individual devices where the filters should apply. Tap Next.
  • On the Video screen, you can select whether to Block all videos or only allow videos from select, restricted YouTube video services (like YouTube Kids or YouTube Restricted Mode). Tap Next to continue.
  • On the Music screen, you can choose to Block all music or allow only music from select, non-explicit music services (like Spotify or YouTube Music Restricted Mode). Tap Next to continue.
  • On the Additional Controls screen, you can configure whether to allow or disallow services from the Google Home devices you selected, including Calls, Assistant Answers, and Actions. Click Next to continue and click Next again to finish.
  • Once you are finished, the filters for the device and accounts you’ve set up will be activated.

Now that you have finished going through the filter, all of the filtered devices you have selected will follow the filter rules you have set in this wizard.

Set up downtime controls

At the completion of setting up Filters, the Digital Wellbeing wizard lets you configure Schedule Downtime controls. These controls let you set a schedule so your kids won’t be able to use Google Home during certain hours every day.

  • At the end of the Filter setup part of the wizard, from the main Digital wellbeing screen, tap New schedule and tap Set up to continue into the Schedule Downtime wizard. Tap Next to bypass the informational screen.
  • Just as you did in the Filters section, select the devices where you would like the Downtime controls to apply. When finished, tap Next to continue.
  • On the Choose days screen, select the schedule you’d like to use to block Google Home use. Available options include School Nights, Weekdays, Weekends, or Customize to set your own schedule. Tap Next to continue.
  • Configure the specific downtime range by setting a time for Downtime begins at, and Downtime ends at. Tap Next to continue. Tap Done to finish the wizard.
  • Once you are done, the scheduled downtime will be configured for each device you have selected in Digital Wellbeing.

Manage digital wellbeing settings

Once you have gone through the setup wizard once, the next time you tap on Digital Wellbeing in Settings, you will see all of the filters and downtimes you have set up. Tap on any to modify them, or click on Add device filter to set up new filters.

Google Home makes it easy to bring the convenience of voice control into your home, while Google Home filters let you ensure your children are protected from inappropriate content on the Internet.

#Takeaway

System hardening

Most computers offer network security features to limit outside access to the system. Software such as antivirus programs and spyware blockers prevent malicious software from running on the machine. Yet, even with these security measures in place, computers are often still vulnerable to outside access.

According to Tech Terms, system hardening, also called Operating System hardening, helps minimise these security vulnerabilities.

The purpose of system hardening is to eliminate as many security risks as possible. This is typically done by removing all non-essential software programs and utilities from the computer. While these programs may offer useful features to the user, if they provide “back-door” access to the system, they must be removed during system hardening.

Advanced system hardening may involve reformatting the hard disk and only installing the bare necessities that the computer needs to function. The CD drive is listed as the first boot device, which enables the computer to start from a CD or DVD if needed. File and print sharing are turned off if not absolutely necessary and TCP/IP is often the only protocol installed. The guest account is disabled, the administrator account is renamed, and secure passwords are created for all user logins. Auditing is enabled to monitor unauthorized access attempts.

While these steps are often part of operating system hardening, system administrators may choose to perform other tasks that boost system security. While both Macintosh and Windows operating systems can be hardened, system hardening is more often done on Windows machines, since they are more likely to have their security compromised.

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