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What features should I look for in a porn blocker? (the basics)

There are a few important features that we recommend focusing on if you're looking for porn blocking software.

And while there are different kinds of software packages to consider, you should try to get a solution that utilizes several different blocking methods at once. 

Here are the "categories" of porn blockers we'll focus on.

Software Categories

  • Keyword blocking
  • URL/DNS filtering and blocking
  • Accountability (buddy system)
  • Router level filtering and larger scope systems

These categories give you some very general features to look for, but we can get even more specific.

NordLayer is a router-level DNS filter, great for blocking adult content in family homes and businesses, including streaming devices and gaming consoles.

Specific Features to Look For

Here's what you should have, regardless of the brand/company you buy from:

  • Membership (monthly/yearly plan)
  • Router level filtering, especially for families and/or businesses
  • Central management point
  • General filter with blacklist (preloaded list of websites to block)
  • Specific filtering tools that allow you to identify keywords and URLs that the blacklists might miss
  • Tamper-proof setup where it allows you to set a passcode or password that someone else manages
  • An accountability system that sets up another person to work with you and monitors your internet usage
  • Social media-proof system like image recognition

It's rare for internet filtering software to not have at least several of these boxes checked. The three solutions we recommend specifically include:

Wrap Up

At a bare minimum, you should have a blacklist and the ability to manually block specific URLs and keywords. Though we'd heavily recommend a router-based solution along with some kind of accountability system.

Image recognition is another big consideration, since that's one of the best ways to combat social media platforms, if you choose not to blacklist their URLs.

If you have questions or just want to share your story, reach out via the comments section below.

We'll help out as much as possible.

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