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16-11-2013 12:01 PM - last edited: 16-11-2013 12:03 PM
Perhaps of interest to parents of younger children: Sky Broadband Shield is now live.
To enable, log in, hover your mouse over the "My Sky" toolbar button, and select "Your Broadband Shield" from "Profile & Settings".
16-11-2013 12:11 PM - last edited: 16-11-2013 12:15 PM
It appears to be a DNS server based block system, therefore any device which isn't using Sky's DNS servers will not be subject to the filter. If you have individual devices which shouldn't be blocked, the DNS servers can be altered manually on that device.
16-11-2013 12:23 PM
And just to confirm that you can easily disable later on if you wish? (I heard a story of someone who could not disable it when it was in beta testing)
Yes, there is a "switch off" button at the base of the page.
However they recommend 18+ instead, since that settings allows everything except malware and phishing sites.
16-11-2013 03:57 PM - last edited: 16-11-2013 04:13 PM
A tip: this works best if a firewall rule is added to the router's firewall setting to block outbound DNS traffic. This ensures all DNS traffic is sent via the router and therefore the filter.
17-11-2013 03:51 PM - last edited: 17-11-2013 03:52 PM
17-11-2013 04:43 PM
Well said somebloke.
I am delighted that sky have listened and enabled a dns based filtering solution. I would like more control over it but I can see how this 3 option version will appeal to the masses.
Well done sky. I will not be cancelling my contract afterall. I had in fact logged in today to cancel it only to find that this service is enabled.
Time to shout about it I think Sky.
17-11-2013 11:01 PM
I would like more control over it but I can see how this 3 option version will appeal to the masses.
You can also create a custom block by adding and removing categories.
17-11-2013 11:03 PM
The addition of the firewall outbound DNS rule (as shown by Oliver341 above) provides a useful mechanism for blocking use of non-Sky DNS by more savvy teenagers!
I think Sky themselves should advise people to apply the outbound firewall DNS block, since without it children can just change their PC or other devices to use OpenDNS or Google DNS.
19-11-2013 01:56 PM
Great help from you as usual!