Pornographic websites aren’t socially accepted as a bad thing. Depending on the scenario, there are many reasons why you want to block these sensitive pages.
Number one, as a parent, you’d wish to deny your children access to these obscene websites. Two, as a manager, you’re very particular with ethics in a work environment. Three, you just don’t want anyone within your network to visit these websites. And the list goes on and on.
It is quite possible to block pornographic websites in your network. In fact, it just doesn’t apply to these kinds of websites. In general, you can actually set any kind of website inaccessible as your heart desires. The question is how?
Website Filtering Via Your Router
You can blacklist any website of your choosing using your router to prevent access to that selected URL. In this case, pornographic websites. The downside of this method is that not all routers are the same and not all of them provide this functionality. It’s not something to be worried about and you can always check your router to see if it works for you.
Here are the steps:
1. Access your router by typing your IP address in your browser’s address bar. Note: If you don’t know your IP address, you can find it using your computer’s command line interface. For Windows OS, click the logo and search for “CMD”, click it and type “ipconfig”. It should give you a series of results but look for what says “Default Gateway”. The numbers that follow it should be your IP Address.
2. Once you’ve typed the address to your browser, it will generally prompt you for your admin ID and password. If you haven’t set it yet, your router should come with default login credentials. Contact your Internet Service Provider for more details.
3. Once you’re in, look for a tab or a button that says, “content filtering.” Once clicked, it should give you options such as log, block sites, block services, schedule, and email. Click “block sites.”
4. Type the name of the website you wish to block access into your network, and you’re good to go.
If in the event that your router doesn’t support website filtering, you can always use OpenDNS. This is the most suggested application for blocking websites because apart from this, it also has phishing protection to help secure specific websites you go through from being easily penetrated by hackers. So how do you use its content filtering feature?
1. Go to their website and login or signup as a free account.
2. After logging in, you are redirected to a page with a dashboard. Click the button “Add a network.” It will prompt you to add a network of which at this point you should input your IP address. Often times, the service will automatically detect your IP address for you. When it’s done, click “Add this Network.”
3. You will be prompted to provide a name for your network for identification purposes.
4. Once the IP has been added, manage it by clicking.
5. There are predefined setting to choose from starting from Low to High. You can also have customized settings. When you’re all set, click “add domain.”
6. Proceed to your Control Panel and go to Network And Sharing Center. Click the Local Area Connection link.
7. Select Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) and select Properties
8. Use the DNS server address as provided. Close all running applications and check your blocked website.