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How to block porn websites without any software?

 

Click the download button and save Angel.zip file to a folder of your choice or a USB thumb drive

Open the DNS Angel website by clicking on the link in step 1) below. On the website, click the download button and save Angel.zip file to a folder of your choice or a USB thumb drive

1) Download DNS Angel and keep it in a safe folder which kids won’t usually explore, I would suggest to put this in a folder with not so attractive name to avoid kids from discovering this file.

2) Open the Angel.zip file which we downloaded and double-click on DNSAngel.exe to start the program.

DNS Angel - Main screen

DNS Angel – Main screen

3) Once the DNS Angel program opens, you will see multiple DNS servers that you can click on. Remember that the Default button will revert the DNS back to normal and porn filtering would stop.

DNS Angel - OpenDNS activated

DNS Angel – OpenDNS activated

4) I chose OpenDNS for this guide, once again I would recommend OpenDNS to Australians & Europeans as it has more servers in Europe and 1 server in Australia. Notice that the OpenDNS option is now highlighted in green and status has a green heart.

5) Once you activate a particular DNS server, you can simply close the DNS Angel window. These settings will remain active even after restarting the computer.

6) For testing, I tried going to xxx.com but got the following page:

xxx website blocked

xxx website blocked

7) Kids may hear about proxy websites from their peers at school and will definitely attempt watching porn through one of the proxy websites. Proxy services enable access to porn and other blocked websites by fooling the computer to see a non-blocked website address. This is the message on the screen while trying a popular proxy website:

Proxy sites are blocked too.

Proxy sites are blocked too.

 

The above steps will block access to porn websites on your computer, if you need the block on multiple computers then you can simply repeat the same steps on each computer or you can change the DNS server in your router/modem.

To deactivate the service in future – simply open the DNS Angel program from where you hid it before and click on the Default button and then you can close the program. For confirmation, the green heart under the status will turn into a skull.

If you get internet through a wireless router/modem & want to block all the devices (phones/tablets/video-game consoles) from being able to get access to porn then we need to change the DNS settings in the modem/router.

In this scenario, I would suggest non tech savvy users to first attempt to contact the technical support call centre of your Internet Service Provider or the modem/router manufacturer for on phone assistance to change the DNS servers quoted on page 1 of the guide.

Incase if your service provider or modem manufacturer is not that helpful then try the steps below:

1) Get the IP address/ firmware address of your modem/ router from the manual that came with it or look below the modem/router and you may find it printed on a sticker.

2) Enter the IP address of your router in a Web browser.

3) Enter the username and password if required to get access to the modem/router settings. (The default username and password is provided in the router’s manual or printed at the bottom flat surface of your modem/router and most of the time it is admin for both username and password).

4) Navigate through the router menu system and find the DNS Server settings (mostly it could be under WAN, Connection setup or PPPoE setup screen). It may look like this:

Change router's DNS and save/ apply the settings

Change router’s DNS and save/ apply the settings

 

5) Once you have changed the DNS servers and saved/ applied the settings – you can try opening a porn website like xxx.com and make sure it does not open. If it does, then you may need to switch your modem/router off and on for the settings to take effect.

I would strongly recommend the router method over the computer method as changing the DNS in router will restrict porn websites on every device that connects to it.

I hope this will guide help you in creating a safer and kid friendly internet connection at home. Please leave your valuable feedback, tips, suggestions or comments below:

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