Steps for Porn blocking@Home – Part I

Today, Internet is an essential part of your daily lives. We are regularly using the Internet to perform all kinds of essential daily activities. Kids get assignments from school that need to be downloaded from the Internet. Kids regularly need to access information from the Internet to complete school work. In this situation protecting your children and even unwary adults from Internet Porn and other objectionable material becomes a formidable task. With today’s busy lifestyle, parents cannot be monitoring their children’s Internet activities at all times. Even adults need protection from such sites and from sites that steal their personal and financial information, called as ‘Phishing’ sites. In this article we will talk about an easy and effective method for protecting your home from Internet Porn.

The method we will be using is called as DNS Blocking. DNS is like a phone book of the Internet. When you enter the name of a website in your browser your computer needs a corresponding phone number aka IP Address to contact the website server. To find this number, your computer contacts a server maintained by your ISP (Airtel, BSNL etc) known as the DNS. In this method we disable the ISP DNS server and re-direct all DNS requests to a trusted DNS server, which disallows Pornographic and other harmful Sites. In this example we will be using Open DNS Family Shield, which is a free service and one of the most popular DNS servers blocking Pornography and fraud Phishing sites.

OpenDNS Benefits
OpenDNS Benefits

Setting up your Home Network for DNS blocking consists of 3 simple steps:

  1. Open your Router Home Page in your browser – http://192.168.1.1
    1. Username: admin
    2. Password: (try these) admin or password or ‘Airtel customer id’
  2. Configure Primary and Secondary DNS server in Interface Setup -> LAN settings.
    1. Primary DNS Server: 208.67.222.123
    2. Secondary DNS Server: 208.67.220.123
  3. Save settings and you are done.

Now try the Open DNS Testing site – www.internetbadguys.com and it show that the Domain is blocked. In case Step 1 does not work, you may need to OFF and then ON your Router once.

Router with DNS settings made
Router with DNS settings made

The DNS blocking method is superior to many other software based methods due to several reasons. Most important, you do not need to install any software or make any configurations on a computer. In one go all your Home devices – Computer, Tablet, Laptop etc  are protected, whether wired or on Wi-Fi.

In case the above instruction are not working or you need a more robust solution which cannot be bypassed, go to my next post on Advanced DNS Settings in Part II of this article.

One thought on “Steps for Porn blocking@Home – Part I

  1. P Radhakrishnan April 6, 2015 / 7:29 pm

    Hare Krsna!

    Dear Atul Prabhu,

    Thank you very much for sharing this extremely valuable piece of information. I’m definitely going to share this article with many parents that I know :-).

    As parents, it is our foremost responsibility to stop undesirable elements from inflicting physical or mental harm on our dependents and children. In this connection, your article titled “Making Home Internet Safe for All” – aimed at educating and equipping us with the knowledge on how to block unwarranted sites – deserves an applause.

    While we recognize the need to protect our children from negative stimuli (like porn and similar addictions), we must also realize that it is our greatest responsibility to educate our kids and dependents on the art of mind control, for without it, sooner or later, they are anyway going to be a victim of maya (sense gratification) and then, no one will be able to stop them.

    Protecting a child’s impressionable mind from negative influences like porn is vital as a defense mechanism, but strengthening their minds is much more important for that is what will make them say ‘NO’ to such self-degrading temptations throughout their lives. This is like equipping them with the necessary armory to fight the negative forces. As responsible adults, we can do this only by inculcating spiritual values in children from a very young age, by teaching them how to serve the Supreme Lord for there is no superior way to control the mind and senses than engaging them in the service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna!

    Lord Krsna says (in Bhagavad-gita 6.5-6), “One must elevate himself by his own mind, not degrade himself. The mind is the friend of the conditioned soul, and his enemy as well. For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy.”

    There is a saying in Bengali which Srila Prabhupada often quoted in his lectures, ‘rakhe Krishna mare ke, mare Krishna rakhe ke’. It means “When Krishna protects you no one can kill you, but when Krishna wants to kill you no one can protect you.” If we take shelter of Krsna, we will be perfectly protected; all other forms of protections are only temporary.

    Children learn not by hearing, but by watching their parents. Let us not worry that our children never listen to us; let us worry that they are always watching us. Unless we take out time to hear about Krsna and serve Him, our children will never learn this potent technique for fighting maya 😉

    Your humble servant,

    Radhakrishnan

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