How to Check Websites Visited on my Wifi
The Internet is a place where we get tons of information and entertainment. However, the same place that provides us with so much information is also a venue for malicious content that can be dangerous to kids. Even as we scroll our Facebook newsfeed, we see a lot of borderline pornographic material and violent videos. Because of this, children can be vulnerable to these kinds of content.
While the damage brought about by this type of content can vary from one child to another, the damaging effects of these types of content can be traumatic and irreversible for most children. What’s worse is that the fact that despite putting up parental controls, children can still gain access to these types of websites and content with a couple of clicks.
With this, it is always essential to check on the websites our children visit. In this article, we will teach you how to block sites visited on your WIFI. Aside from using checking the search history of your browser, there are more methods that you can do.
Checking Web History
One of the simplest means of checking the websites visited on your WIFI is by checking the web history. Most web browsers are equipped with this feature and can be accessed easily.
1. Internet Explorer
For Internet Explorer users, you need to first, click on the Favorites button which is located at the top portion of the browser. The yellow star icon usually indicates this. After clicking on Favorites, navigate through the pop-up window, and then select “History” and then navigate through the sorting options. The websites on the search history can be sorted or categorized by date, site, or the number of visits. With this, you get more in-depth information aside from the websites being visited.
2. Mozilla FireFox
Mozilla Firefox also entails similar steps as mentioned on Internet Explorer. To check on the web search history, you need to click on the menu button, which is the three vertical dots placed on the top right portion of the browser window. In there, click on “History.” This will then direct you to a separate tab or window which reveals the recent websites visited. These websites are sorted out by the data. With this, you should expect sites visited hours ago to be placed on top and the older ones below the list.
You can also select “Show All History” from the same menu. This will reveal to you a window or tab of the viewed websites. You can skim through the list of websites according to the period you want to know about.
3. Google Chrome
On Google Chrome, you can check the web browsing history by clicking on the menu button, which is the three vertical dots on the right side of the browser window. In here, look for the settings which have a designated blue wrench icon.
In here, click on History, and after doing this, it will direct you to a tab or window which shows the web browsing history. Similar to the methods mentioned above, you can also sort out these web searches by date, type, and the number of visits. This is a convenient way of dissecting which web pages are being visited.
It is worth noting that these instructions might be different from earlier versions of the respective browsers. More so, the steps in going to the web search history window might be different for subsequent updates of these website browsers. However, the levels might be somewhat similar. Nevertheless, you can always gain access to History by press holding the Ctrl Button plus the letter H (CTRL+H).
Whenever browsing through your browser’s search history, you need to be extra careful because you might accidentally delete relevant bookmarked webpages as long as essential data that you wanted to store.
Using Router Website
Another way of checking which websites were visited is by using the router website. To do this, you need to first log into the admin page of your router. This requires inputting the username and password of your admin page.
After opening the admin page of your WIFI router, look for the “Logs” section which can be found through the navigation panel of the page. The location of the Logs section will vary from one router to another. It is also worth noting that before you can see the log of the websites being visited, you need first to enable the logging option. With this, you can already view the list of websites visited.
The last method we will be discussing is by using OpenDNS. OpenDNS is a tool that users can use to perform several customization tasks between the Network and the router. Through this tool, you can manage and take full control of the settings of the Network. One of its features is to allow monitoring of websites being visited through the WIFI.
To use OpenDNS to check the websites being visited, you need first to set up an account. After creating an account, you need to login and then tap on the option that says “Add a Network.” By doing this, the tool will then direct you to a setup wizard that will help monitor and make changes to the Network. This will require you to input your IP address to set up a new network.
After doing the steps mentioned above, navigate to the network settings. Go first to Basic, then Network and then click on Static DNS options. In here, you can input your DNS entries. To enable the web browsing or logging feature, you need to turn it on via the Status menu. Moreover, you need to enable the options for both outbound and inbound searches.
Aside from this, OpenDNS also features a logging configuration feature that helps users customize the log of websites. This list, unfortunately, will only reveal the IP address of the websites visited, with this; you might need to use a third-party application to determine the sites of the IP address in the list.
So there you have it, those are the methods that you can use to check the websites visited. You can always use the browsers’ internet search history feature, but it is also good to know that there are also some alternatives to this.