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What is a porn blocker? (the basics)

A porn blocker is any piece of software that helps you avoid adult websites on a computer, smartphone, tablet, or other device connected to the internet. There are several different forms that porn blockers can take:

  • URL/DNS filtering
  • Keyword filtering
  • Accountability/reporting/tracking
  • Domain name blacklisting (similar to DNS filtering)

These are the most common types of porn blockers available. Porn blocking software may utilize one or more of these methods to restrict adult content on a device with an internet connection.

How do I use porn blocking software?

Most porn blockers are installed on your computer or phone like any other software or app. Once installed, the software usually has a failsafe method of uninstallation. For example, you can have it installed by a friend or family member, at which point it can't be uninstalled without their approval.

Other software can work in tandem with content filtering on your device, like an iPhone. Covenant Eyes, a popular accountability software, relies on disabling certain features in your iPhone, then using only their browser for internet access.

BlockerX is another really solid porn blocking app that works for multiple devices.

BlockerX is another really solid porn blocking app that works for multiple devices.

Is porn blocking software effective?

While software is certainly not the only piece of this puzzle, it's an incredibly helpful tool, and often a great starting point for someone who is trying to break a porn addiction.

From there, you can work on the mental, emotional, and psychological reasons for your porn addiction.

But blocking software quickly turns off the fire hose.

Questions and More Help

If you have more questions about porn blockers or how to set them up, feel free to reach out via the comments section below.

We also encourage people to share their story and encourage one another.

This is not an easy battle to fight.

But keep going.

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