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How to Use DNS Filtering to Block Porn (home or business)

The internet is a double-edge sword, offering a wealth of information and entertainment, yet also containing pornographic, or just plain graphic content that you might want to block, especially in a home or business environment. 

To address this issue, DNS filtering is a very effective solution, because it allows you to deal with the problem at a network level, meaning you don't have to deal with each individual device.

With DNS filtering, every device on the network is protected.

In this article, we will explore how can be used to block adult websites.

Read more: How to Stop Watching Porn

Our DNS filtering recommendation

NordLayer allows you to implement network-wide filtering, and is a much more comprehensive blocking option, with added security measures and more extensive configuration options. It's effective for both homes and businesses.

Implementing DNS Filtering at Home

Protecting your home network from adult websites can help ensure a safe and appropriate online experience for all family members. Here's how you can implement DNS filtering at home:

  1. Choose a DNS Filtering Solution: There are several DNS filtering solutions available, both free and paid. OpenDNS and CleanBrowsing are popular options. As pointed out in the above both, we recommend NordLayer.

  2. Configure DNS Settings: Once you have chosen a DNS filtering service, you need to configure your router's DNS settings. Access your router's administration panel, usually through a web browser, and enter the DNS server addresses provided by your chosen DNS filtering service. This will ensure that all devices connected to your home network will use the DNS filtering service. If you need help with this process, hit us up in the comments section. 

  3. Customize Filtering Options: Most DNS filtering services provide a range of filtering options, including categories such as adult content, violence, and gambling. Choose the appropriate categories and enable the adult content filtering option. You may also have the option to create whitelists or blacklists for specific websites.

  4. Test the Configuration: After configuring the DNS filtering settings, test the setup by trying to access known adult websites. If the configuration is correct, you should be blocked from accessing these sites, and the filtering service's blocked page or message should be displayed.

Implementing DNS Filtering in a Business Environment

In a business environment, blocking pornographic websites might be even more important, or at least more formal. DNS filtering is definitely the best option here, especially because we once again need network-level protection.

Here's how to implement DNS filtering in a business setting, though the process is largely the same as with a home setup.

Again, if you need help with this, please feel free to reach out in the comments section.

  1. Choose an Enterprise-Grade DNS Filtering Solution: Some businesses use an enterprise-grade DNS filtering solution that offers more advanced features and scalability. Though it honestly just depends on how many people/devices you're covering. If you want something at the enterprise level, Barracuda Networks is a good place to start. Otherwise, we'd just recommend sticking with NordLayer.

  2. Configure DNS Settings: Similar to home network setup, configure the DNS settings on your router or network gateway device to point to the DNS filtering service. This will ensure that all devices connected to the business network are protected.

  3. Create and Apply Policies: Enterprise-grade DNS filtering solutions allow you to create policies tailored to different user groups or departments. This is where you might need a business solution as opposed to a simpler one. If you don't need to worry about different groups or departments, you can just apply the same standards to all devices. In this case, the simpler DNS filtering system should be enough. 

  4. Monitor and Update: Once things are set up, the admin user (you or whoever has access) can monitor the DNS filtering logs to ensure that the filtering policies are working as intended. Update and adjust the settings as needed.

Benefits of DNS Filtering

DNS filtering has a lot of benefits of single device protection, but they only really apply if you're trying to protect a network. But, assuming that's the case, here are some benefits worth taking note of, some of which we've already touched on:

  1. Enhanced Security: DNS filtering acts as an additional layer of security, reducing the risk of malware infections and other online threats that may be associated with adult websites.

  2. Easy Implementation: DNS filtering is relatively easy to set up, requiring minimal technical expertise.

  3. Universal Protection: By implementing DNS filtering at the network level, all devices connected to the network, including smartphones, tablets, and even streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV Sticks, can be protected from accessing adult content.

  4. Customization: DNS filtering solutions often provide customization options, allowing you to adjust the filtering settings to your specific needs. You can create whitelists or blacklists, define custom block pages, and set up time-based filters (i.e., websites blocked for certain times of day and unblocked for others).

Conclusion

With the increasing availability of adult content on the internet, it's important to protect yourself, your family, or your business from being exposed to this material.

There's nothing good that can come of it.

But the good news is that DNS filtering offers a reliable and user-friendly solution for blocking adult websites. By implementing DNS filtering at home or in a business environment, you're creating a better online experience for everyone.

Take the time to find one that works for you and then to get it implemented.

If you are trying to avoid pornography, or prevent loved ones (or coworkers) from being exposed to it, the effort will be worth it.

Again, feel free to drop questions - even tech-related concerns - in the comments section below.

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