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March 1st, 2007

by Bobby Gruenewald

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Block porn and more for free

I saw this post over at lifehacker which talks about a simple (and FREE) solution called ScrubIT to help block porn and other unwanted sites from your computer.  Yesterday I talked about accountability software from xxxchurch.  That free software emails a friend the sites you have visited, but does not block or filter any websites.  ScrubIT, on the other hand, will help you (or your children) from accidentally accessing a bad site.  You can actually use both on the same computer.  I have not personally used ScrubIT, but it has received some good reviews.

I get asked about filtering software for kids and people who struggle with pornography.  What are some software tools or techniques that you use and/or recommend?

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  1. Mar 2, 2007 at 12:31 am

    I use a program called b-safe from americanfamilyfilter.com and I love it. It does cost around $75/year but it’s worth it. It’s fully customizable so that I can unblock any websites that shouldn’t be blocked when my wife puts the password in. I’ve never used it, but there’s a mode called “military mode” (yes…it’s that crazy) where the person with the password can fully lock down the net for a specified amount of time. As far as I’m concerned, anyone that has a computer and doesn’t have a blocker is giving themselves or anyone else on their computer the permission to look at porn. It’s the best money I’ve spent as far as my computer is concerned.

  2. Mar 2, 2007 at 7:50 am

    Bobby,

    Thanks for the recommendation. I am going to try this out!

  3. Mar 2, 2007 at 8:55 am

    Covenant Eyes is also a great program. There is a monthly fee, but it is one of the only accountability programs that works on Macs and PCs. I highly recommend it.

  4. Mar 2, 2007 at 9:00 am

    My accountability partner and I looked at several resources like this about a year ago. The best one I believe is called Content Watch. It cost a little less than $40 I think and works great. You use a partner that gets emailed everytime the block goes into action. I love it when I am cruising through Myspace or even Yahoo and google searches and it will block pictures that I don’t want to see. One word - FREEDOM

  5. Mar 2, 2007 at 10:08 am

    I use Covenant Eyes as well and my wife is the only one who knows the password to uninstall it. I have a good friend who looks at my logs, and he knows my specific weeknesses so he knows what to look for. CE doesn’t block content but I think it really helps you develop much more self-control by knowing that if you look at something you shouldn’t, it will get reported to your partner. Perhaps it would be better to get a blocker so that the issue of testing my self-control would be taken away.

  6. Mar 2, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    I’ll echo Chris’s post on Covenant Eyes. It’s the only service I’ve found that is also Mac-comptatible. It’s not a blocker, but a monitor. As an account holder, you can have regular logs emailed to accountability partners of your choice, and you can install software that’s tied to your account on as many machines as you like (but they’re all one combined log).

    Myself and two other men in our life group are cross-accountability partners on this, and it’s always interesting to scroll through each others’ “Potentially Objectional Content” log that appears at the top. We don’t pull any punches and we call each other out when there’s reason to do so. If the URL has “VictoriasSecret.com” in it, you’d better have bought something.

    Temptation finds its way throught the cracks any time they exist. Fill those cracks and seal them well, or that temptation will freeze and expand those cracks into bigger problems. What’s important here, fellas, is that you install this software on ALL machines you have private access to (even your wife’s MacBook that she always leaves sitting on the couch when she’s not at home and you are). Don’t just cut off that right hand when you can sin just as easily with the left, if you’ll pardon the inuendo.

  7. 7Danny
    Mar 2, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Hey Bobby, I love scrubit. I have 3 teenagers and I have always worried about their time on the internet. I downloaded scrubit and tested it against several googled sites and it works great. I just can’t believe it is free. Thanks

  8. Mar 4, 2007 at 1:03 am

    I use “mommas a watchin” I find it 100% successful and it is absolutely free. It also comes with some built in perks like “they know they are loved and protected” and “opportunities to discuss any ?s that may arise” I bet there is not any software or hardware or whatever kind of ware out there that can top that! When God created families He knew how to do it better than any of us humans ever will. :~)

  9. Mar 5, 2007 at 8:48 am

    I personally use SafeEyes. It doesn’t get great ratings from Macworld, but i like it for my Mac. It blocks anything that you set your fliters to block for and then keeps logs. It has an option where you can get your friends a log in and they can look at your logs if you want more than one person keeping you accountable. I like it, and you can’t get online without signing into it.

  10. Mar 5, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    I’m with Phil on this one. Content Watch has proved itself effective with three of my accountability partners. It’s nice in that it lets you remotely administer and keep track of viewed websites.

    -Alex

  11. Mar 7, 2007 at 9:39 am

    My heart is heavy this morning as Holy Spirit has convicted me that I may have been very near sighted in my comment about “mommas a watchin.” I am so sorry if my comment came across as dismissive or non-empathetic in any way. The enemy is a lier and he comes to steal our life energy with the traps of this world. In our flesh we can get caught in bondages that rob us of the connectedness that comes from “filling up” in Jesus’ ways. I lost so much of my life energy due to eating disorders (filling up in a non Christ like way) that I struggled with for years before Christ set me free. I could not break free from that evil on my own. It took Christ working through many people to pull me out of that pit of hell. So I am so thankful that you are all holding each other up in the Truth and helping each other stay safe from the poison of this world. I realize when I think about it that our families can and do help us stay safe but our world is so toxic we need all the help we can get right? Maybe I won’t always “be watchin” enough and that lier will try and sneak into our precious hearts as well. I think I should figure out how to hook up some of that free computer stuff to our computer too. Better to be safe than sorry eh? I thank you all for helping the Body to stay pure in all that Jesus has for us and lets use whatever it takes to stay safe right. Christ Love to you all. (and again I am sorry!)

  12. Mar 8, 2007 at 6:18 am

    I’ve recently started using Naomi (http://www.radiance.m6.net/) - a free blocker. Well it’s a little more than a blocker, anything it doesn’t like and your browsers vanish… so very effective ;)

    At first decided to find something else, that would just block content without inconveniencing me by closing all my browser windows, but decided to stick with it and learn to be a lot more careful about what I view online.

    There are a few “false-positives” (can’t read all of the blogs on xxxchurch.com, and finding sermons dealing with sex or porn is a little tricky), but yet you still seem to be able to search and view stuff regarding overcoming porn addiction, or help with it, etc.

    An awesome program, and I’d highly recommend it. It’s also one the hardest programs out there to close, unless you have the password, so no sneaking past it!

    Ross.

  13. Mar 8, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    I direct a 9 month discipleship program for college aged students and we use Content Barrier (www.intego.com/contentbarrier) on all of our computers. It’s only for Macs, so it may not work for you, but it’s a great app. It does blocking along with notifications. It’s highly customizable, it can block the web and even applications, it has time restrictions if you want them and countless other options. Now our whole church staff uses it. It’s well worth the $60. They also have all kinds of other software for blocking and monitoring chatting software (a great safegaurd against preditors if you have children) as well as firewalls and a basic backup program and antispam software. I only have Content Barrier, but when my children get old enough to use the computer I’m buying Chat Barrier as well. Woulnd’t own a computer without this software.

    -Dan

  14. Feb 27, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I have tried to find some free porn blocks downloads for my boys but without success. Can someone help me?

    Praying fervently,
    carmyn

  15. Apr 25, 2008 at 6:18 am

    Ok, i found a porn websites filter.
    It is for Mac os x. I tried it and it works perfect.
    If you need a porn sites filter for mac, you can take a free trial of it:
    http://www.parental-controls-software.net/mac-os-parental-control-software-web-filter.htm

  16. Jul 14, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    My name is Luke Gilkerson and I work with the minsitry of Covenant Eyes. Thanks for taking a stand for purity and equipping your members to fight temptation! We would love to partner with LiveChurch.tv to promote sexual purity and fight the temptation of Internet porn.

    If you like I could send you some more information about our software. I could also send you information about Livechurch becoming an affiliate of Covenant Eyes. Its our way of giving back to the churches that promote Internet accountability in their congregations. If Livechurch was interested, we would send you all the banners and links for Covenant Eyes for your websites and blogs, and then in turn we would give back a portion of the subscription revenue to your church.

    Please let me know if you are interested! We want the men (and women) in your midst to find quality accountability with their Internet use and break free from besetting sins like pornography.

    Blessings!

  17. 18Allison
    Apr 21, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Hi, I was looking for a good website blocker for our PC’s and laptops and would also like to know how to block something as simple but complicated as Craigslist from being accessable as prostitutes advertise themselves here as well as give new sites for ’safe’ hookups free from the police that are working with craigslist to stop the trafficing. Thanks for your help.

  18. 19Mark Sewell
    Nov 2, 2009 at 1:04 am

    I use Safe Eyes. It works for both PC and Mac, and you get a 3-computer install for one low price. You can administer everyone’s user accounts from a central computer, which is helpful, and it allows alerts and logs to be emailed to the person of your choice. I went to their website to look at the system requirements (http://www.internetsafety.com/safe-eyes-parental-control-software.php) and noticed that it is Dave Ramsey approved, which was a nice endorsement. It also allows you to limit time spent on computer and internet, and also which programs are allowed to run.

  19. Nov 14, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Downloaded it and it mess up my computer, luckily I was able to restore the original settings, I hope no permanent damaged was caused. Anyway still need a free porn blocker for my laptop and home pc, any info is appreciated.

  20. Nov 14, 2009 at 11:01 am

    oPPS 4GOT TO MENTION IT WAS SCRUBIT THAT I DOWNLOADED AND MESSED UP THE COMPUTER

  21. 22Robert
    Aug 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Don’t download “scrub it”, it completely block the internet and almost did get it back. Any ideas?

  22. 23Robert
    Aug 15, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    “Didn’t” any ideas on another free blocker?

  23. Jan 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I recommend this filter and it’s for free: http://free-porn-filter.com/ or here: http://free-porn-blocker.com/

    I tried lots of filters, but that’s the only one that really worked and I’m online 8-10 hours daily.

    Hope it helps as it helped me!

  24. 25Help Me
    Apr 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Is there anything thats free? I really need a porn blocker because i cant seem to stop. Ive been trying to stop for years but i just cant seem to permanently quit. Can any of you help me?

  25. May 6, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Need help with porn prayed at altar with pastor but need serious help In JESUS Name Amen and Amen and Amen Thank You and GOD Bless You. Billy.

  26. May 6, 2011 at 8:56 am

    disconnect router if you have one some one can access that way not only in your home also teens with laptops in your home there are no free blockers

  27. 28malcolm shingirai
    Sep 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Hi guys, thanks for the contributions. Am looking for an anti-porn software which works for mobile phones. Thanks

  28. Jan 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Hello to all,

    I have been searcing the internet for ways to prevent porn sites from ever displaying on my browser; and the ones that I’ve found either needs to be installed on my computer or it’s not free. I use a free service provided by opendns.com. although this requires a little bit of configuration, I prefer this because it uses DNS Servers for filtering. to describe a little bit, DNS servers are the computer systems that are responsible for mapping website addresses (.coms, .net, .tv etc..) on the internet to its equivalent numerical computer IP address. an IP address allows computers (website servers, home computers and internet-enabled devices) to communicate with one another on the internet. it is basically similar to our home mailing address.

    I prefer this method because “ALL” internet traffic has to go through a DNS Server in order to surf or travel through the internet from website to website.

    the steps listed below will tell your computer to go to opendns.com’s filtering DNS Server in order to translate/resolve any website URL (.com, .net, etc ..) to its equivalent IP address. if a link that you clicked or typed into the URL address bar of your browser resembles any form of pornography, the DNS Server filter will block the website and instead of displaying it, you will get a “Blocked” website message.

    This filtering method looks at the kind of website you are about to visit and blocks it because it knows it’s a porn site. it doesn’t have a limited “keyword-based” filtering like those that you install on your computer, and it is always current since DNS servers are always connected to the internet 24/7 providing “domain name -> IP address” translation for all sorts of internet traffic.

    here are the steps to point your home computer to the DNS Server filter powered by opendns.com:

    windows 7
    1. go to control panel
    2. open “network and internet”
    3. open “network and sharing center”
    4. on the left side, click on “change adapter settings”
    5. right-lick on the connection you are using (local area of wireless)
    6. click on “Properties”
    7. in the middle box, click to highlight
    “Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4)
    8.once highlighted, click on “Properties”
    to open TCP/IPv4 Properties window.
    9. click and choose “Use the following DNS Server Addresses”
    10. for “Preferred DNS Server” type in 208.67.222.123
    11. for “Alternate DNS Server” type in 208.67.220.123

    by changing your computer to go through the DNS servers above, internet traffic/website requests emanating from your computer will be checked by the DNS filter; and if the website you are going to is a malicious or pornographic site. the DNS Server will not provide the equivalent numerical IP address of that website and instead will display the “Blocked Website” page to inform you that the website you are going to is blocked because it is classified as a pornographic website.

    I apologize for the very long information, I just wanted to be detailed to justify the reason for changing your computer’s network connection settings. I know this method may not be alright for some, but I would rather just point my computer to a DNS Server rather than installing a full-blown “software” on my computer because a DNS Server’s job is just to translate internet domain names into their IP address equivalent so it doesn’t have any capabilities to take over or run software on my computer.

    hope this helps. God Bless everyone :)

  29. 30LUIS
    Jan 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I have no words to express Orlando my apreciation to God about you Sir.
    For many years I have struggled with the impulse of watching porn. From time to time while I was doing something not related to it, I would confront an image which would suggest me to go and find porn.
    I desire more than anything to be faithful to God and my wife. At the same time my job requires me to use the net.
    I tested the steps you’ve mentioned and IT WORKS. I’m unable to pay for a software since I live overseas and have no way to pay for it.
    God bless you, your family and this website’s sponsor’s as well.

  30. 31Jay
    Jan 27, 2012 at 6:36 am

    THANK YOU ORLANDO!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have a Mac and can’t afford any programs right now. Your instructions about the DNS Servers works perfectly!!! All I had to do was copy and paste the DNS server numbers in the advanced network settings and PRESTO, it worked! Did a quick test using the adult site that popped up from a site totally different (a shoes site) and it worked! Got the “Blocked” notice just like you said! This is such a huge relief! Thank you! I have searched all over trying to find something that works and have been frustrated because the vast majority of programs only work for Windows.
    Again, Thank you!!!!

  31. 32Ty
    Feb 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Jay I have a MAC can you give a bit more detail…Thanks

  32. 33pee
    Feb 15, 2012 at 2:02 am

    hello….tried it out and it works so well..thank u and God bless u for this infor

  33. 34-Privet-
    Jun 10, 2012 at 5:17 am

    im looking for a free porn blocker, im trying to find one before i fall back into my addiction, and while i still have my contole, its hurting ppl around me and i need help, does anyone know any good blockers? plz help

  34. 35justsomeguy
    Jun 11, 2012 at 10:25 am

    To Orlando… brother…. thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you

  35. 36Mal
    Jul 27, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Hi Orlando,
    I too just wanted to thank you for your advice and information you provided. I did exactly what you said and YES! It works. I have been a Christian for a long time but have struggled occasionally in the area of porn as I know ALL men do even Christian men if they are completely honest with themselves. May God richly bless you for helping others and to enable those Christian Men who struggle in this area to get on top of the internet porn which is so readily there. This just really helps in the area of temptation and gives the Christian man another weapon in his armoury, once again thankyou.
    Mal

  36. 37Chris
    Jan 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I don’t have the funds to buy a subscription. Just the desire to change… are there any accountability partner porn blockers out there ? I know I can use my gf as an accountability partner.. and my brother too but they told me if I want this I have to find a way on my own.. Well.. here I am.. I’m trying