Sky Broadband is Introducing a New Porn-Blocking Filter: Here’s How to Get Around It

Sky Broadband Shield will automatically block adult content in the next few days.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

If you’re a Sky Broadband user then pay close attention, because your days of looking at online porn are numbered unless you opt of the Internet Service Provider’s ‘Shield’ programme, which essentially looks to turn your masturbation habits on their head.

Sky Broadband Shield will automatically block adult content from the ISPs’ users, with the filter set to be applied to each of the provider’s customers within the coming days. This moves comes after Prime Minister David Cameron pushed for there to be stricter filters put in place by ISPs to prevent children from viewing pornographic and other adult content, a position which was widely criticised due to Cameron seemingly attempting to place new laws on the web that would impose greater restrictions. 

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However, the Sky Broadband Shield can be taken down if users choose to opt out of the service, but unlike other adult filters they will have to explicitly state that they wish to do so. This means that it’s bad news for 18+ year-olds who still live with their parents who’ll now have to subtly attempt to get them to unblock their porn, along with people in relationships who don’t wish to inform their partner that they’re having to contact Sky in order for them to give them their porn back. 

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Though customers have the option of opting out of Sky Broadband Shield, the new filter will be automatic.

In a blog post, Sky Broadband brand director Lyssa McGowan said: “From January, we’ll be emailing our customers who haven’t chosen to activate or disable Sky Broadband Shield explaining its benefits and giving them the opportunity to make a decision one way or the other.

“What we’re doing now is simply making sure that the automatic position of Sky Broadband Shield is the safest one for all – that’s ‘on’, unless customers choose otherwise.”

So while Sky Broadband customers won’t have to worry about installing extensions or finding workarounds to access porn (and rightly so), Sky is still placing an extra hurdle between them and their happy place, which begs the question: what was wrong with good ol’ fashioned child locks?

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