As the holiday season rolls toward us, online overshoppers may find themselves hideously tempted. Internet merchants are leveraging their natural advantages in convenience, price, and selection, and, like bricks-and-mortar retailers, they’re starting holiday sales earlier than ever. What’s an online shopping addict to do? One solution is to go cold turkey with the Optenet PC web filter, a software program that will block access to internet shopping sites.
Once installed and protected by a password (Optenet suggests you have a trusted friend do this, keeping the password secret), the software acts as a bouncer between your computer and the internet. It simply won’t let in shopping sites (or porn, or violence, or bomb-making, or other categories you choose to block).
Addicts are ingenious, and nothing is foolproof; the software can’t keep you from using somebody else’s computer for shopping. But if your home computer is your primary portal to overshopping, the $39.95 Optenet PC web filter can pretty effectively close off that option—and by doing so, give you the space to start looking at what your shopping habit is really all about.