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TalkTalk Broadband blocking porn sites

Published: 10/05/2011 by Comments


TalkTalk broadband installed new security updates and a feature which will be able to block pornographic content directly from the server. The feature is called HomeSafe, and it is destined to put a stop to malware and adware filled websites that can be accessed through its connection. According to TalkTalk, it is the “first network-level broadband security service” to be launched in Britain.

The service is completely free of charge and can be acquired with a KidSafe feature that is able to block the access of all the adult content to children. Users are also able to install a Homework Time feature that can deny children access to gaming websites or most types of social networks during a preset schedule. Setting up these new features will take only a couple of minutes, according to TalkTalk.

Tristia Clarke, the company’s Commercial Director thinks parents should still deal with their children despite the benefits of such a service. She said: “HomeSafe is not a silver bullet and it doesn’t absolve parents from the responsibility of knowing what their children are up to online.”

According to Mrs. Clarke, parents don’t actually let the service provider full control of the content, but establish the condition themselves, which is a good thing.

“But our research shows parents understand this. They don’t want their ISP to control what content they can or can’t access online - they just want their ISP to give them the power to implement settings that are right for their family,” she added.

HomeSafe works with a white list and a black list. The white list contains the website addresses that are safe to be accessed and the black list the ones that are not. The latter, usually, are blocked by the system or deleted after a period of 24 hours, according to a TalkTalk representative.

More of a common protection is the one referring to malware and viruses. It is best not to load websites which can cause severe damage to the media stored on a person’s device. Kids are protected against these websites in order to let them have other things to focus on, such as homework or other educational resources.


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