2 Methods to Force Google Safe Search on DD-WRT All The Time for All Computers on Network

These two methods will enforce Google’s safesearch on all computers on your network (keep in mind that this won’t work for cell phones or other devices using cellular data). This is specific to any router using the DDWRT firmware. DDWRT is an open source firmware that is available to be flashed on a number of routers (check the DDWRT website for a list of compatible routers and installation details)

Method #1 – Rewrite DDWRT’s Hosts File on Startup

The simplest way to do this is to have your router edit your hosts file on each startup as follows:

  1. Go to Administration->Commands

  2. Click “Edit” and add the following script:

  3. Click “Run Commands”
  4. Click “Save Startup”
  5. Done!

What does this do ? It redirects those urls to the ip address of forcesafesearch.com. Your hosts file will be wiped out on every reboot of the router but the script will restore the settings.

While this is a very easy way of forcing safesearch, the disadvantage is that Google could change the ip address of safesearch. In addition, this method doesn’t permit wild cards.

Method #2 – Use DNSMasq

This method permits wildcards:

  1. Make sure that you have DNS masq enabled.
  2. Services->Additional DNSMasq option Box.
  3. Insert the following (Note the DOT before google.com, the dot acts as a wild card to pickup any subdomains):
  4. It should look like this:

  5. Click “Save” (button bottom of page)
  6. Click “Apply Settings”
  7. Done! If it doesn’t work right away you may need to reboot the router (use the button on the Services tab)
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Enabling 2 Factor Authorization (2FA) on Ebay (No Need to Buy a Security Key)

This method may still work but is no longer necessary; ebay now offers 2 factor authentication in its account setttings. Go to My Account->Security Information->2 Step verification. Change this to “on” and follow the instructinos.

It’s nearly impossible to figure out how to activate 2 factor authentication on ebay but it can be done. The only thing Ebay offers on its website is 2 factor authorization through a purchased security key. But you don’t need to buy a physical key, you can just use the free Symantec VIP Access app.

 

  1. First, before activating, make sure you have a valid phone number in your profile with Ebay. If something goes wrong and you can’t login after 2 factor is enabled, Ebay will need to call you to verify your identity before letting you back into your account. See this FAQ.
  2. On your mobile phone, download the Symantec VIP Access app: Android App, IOS App.
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  4. Open the App on your phone.
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  6. On your computer browser, login to Ebay and go to the Ebay Security Key activation page. Using the VIP Access App, type in your Credential ID for Step 1, 2 security codes generated in a row for steps 2 and 3 as described in the following steps.
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  8. You will see the following:
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  10. Step 1: Enter Your Credential ID from Your VIP Access APP – YOU MUST INCLUDE THE “SYMC” plus the 8 digits with no spaces so something like the following with the XXs replaced with numbers:
     

    SYMCXXXXXXXX
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  12. Step 2: Wait until a new security code is generated in your VIP Access page and type in the six numbers displayed into the “Step 2” box on the activation page.
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  14. Step 3: Type in the very next security code generated in this step. If you miss the timing then you need to start over at step 2.
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  16. Click “Activate” on the ebay page. You’re done. It should give you a success messsage and put you back to your settings page, warning you that you’ll need to type n the security code each time you login.
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  18. Questions on your Security Key ? See the Ebay Faq. :
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