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Littleangel
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Blocking adult web sites

I want to be able to block adult sites, but not so that the virgin message about it being blocked by Child Sae. Is there a way? 

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@Littleangel wrote:

I want to be able to block adult sites, but not so that the virgin message about it being blocked by Child Sae. Is there a way? 

Thanks


Not really, and the childsafe tool can be bypassed by just using googles DNS instead of VM's DNS, you're much more likely to get results speaking to your child about this than trying to find a way to block it, because any method to block it will result in them knowing it was blocked and just googling a way to bypass it

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You could use a hosts file, but you would need the IP addresses of the sites you wish to block.  It can be awkward to do in Windows 10.  You could try this link which will block almost anything bad: http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm.  Note that it can break search engines even when finding stuff that you want to see.







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all adult porn websites are due to be blocked later in the year anyway in the uk unless verification of age is provided.

i've no doubt there will be fallout on here and people blaming virgin.

 

 

 

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@jamesofmerton wrote:

all adult porn websites are due to be blocked later in the year anyway in the uk unless verification of age is provided.

i've no doubt there will be fallout on here and people blaming virgin.

 

 

 


Yeah that ruling hasn't got a hope in hell of actually being effective, do they realise just how many sites they would need to maintain a blocklist for? Smiley Tongue

Besides there is no reliable method of verifying someones age remotely in the UK, we don't have government ID cards so there is no central database, with the age of pre-paid cards its also not an issue and even then if you use a real card there isn't an actual charge made to the card they just attempt to take 1p and then don't collect it meaning you would just borrow a parents card and bypass it anyway, its impossible to actually police and there is no real way for sites to comply with it

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'do they realise just how many sites they would need to maintain a blocklist for'

i'm not into porn but i see plenty of adult porn sites doing my anti scamming work. yes there are loads. those registered in panama and costa rica would worry me. but that's another story

but...legislation being drawn up suggests isp's will automatically block sites that refuse to play ball. that is where some will come on here bemoaning virgin for blocking their favourite evening website.
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Hmmm internets.   Cross jurisdictional issues and free speech/EU Human Rights/freedom of expression, Article 11/13 etc.  It would be easier to switch it off and save the planet by not using all that electricity (I don't think this will happen any time soon, but maybe it will eventually). 30 years later, this article states the problem and offers (rather idealistic/ironic IMO) suggestions, but doesn't offer a solution.Smiley Indifferent 

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@MrHalfAsleep wrote:

You could use a hosts file, but you would need the IP addresses of the sites you wish to block.  It can be awkward to do in Windows 10.  You could try this link which will block almost anything bad: http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm.  Note that it can break search engines even when finding stuff that you want to see.


I've used MVPS HOSTS files for many years to block unwanted connections but their use isn't for the average user.

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@jamesofmerton wrote:
'do they realise just how many sites they would need to maintain a blocklist for'

i'm not into porn but i see plenty of adult porn sites doing my anti scamming work. yes there are loads. those registered in panama and costa rica would worry me. but that's another story

but...legislation being drawn up suggests isp's will automatically block sites that refuse to play ball. that is where some will come on here bemoaning virgin for blocking their favourite evening website.

ISP's aren't going to be able to tell automatically which ones are not playing ball though, which means having to maintain an up to date list of all sites along with their compliance status, its a literally impossible task given how many adult sites there are out there, so the result is going to either ISP's maintain a very costly and time consuming list of websites which now have to be checked against whenever somebody attempts to connect to a site thereby degrading the browsing experience or millions of sites wil lcontinue to go unrestricted resulting in the regulation literally not being worth the digital paper its printed on

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considering the vast majority of "adult" sites simply share copyright edmaterial they most likely don't have the rights to share then do we really think they are going to bother about complying with this?

pornhub (probably the biggest site out there) gives you access to content that they don't own the rights to. they are already breaking copyright law. why would they want to comply with this new law then they already ignore others?
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