Matt, editor for the broadband comparison website Broadband Genie, offers his opinion on what needs to be done to keep children safe online.
The UK government’s latest efforts at preventing children stumbling across unsuitable web sites has been widely derided as a huge waste of time and effort. Under threat of...Read more
I read a lot of tweets, blogs, forums which relate to security & privacy and there seems to be a very common thread running through a lot of them. They generally consist of people complaining about one service or another and how they don't agree with the privacy of the product, service or company.
For me there is a very quick, simple and pragmatic approach to this, one that is...Read more
We have blogged recently about a number of ISPs in the UK who are implementing blocking / filtering solutions on their network in response to government.
We have also shown how simple this is to get around, by either changing your DNS settings or where the ISP has been a little more clever, simply set up a VPN. Most kids are more than capable of doing this and much...Read more
BT have announced the launch of its ts Parental Controls service, a DNS based blocking / filtering technology.
This might seem like a good solution but it is so trivial to get around that it becomes pointless even setting it up. It works on the assumption that the BT Broadband user is using BT DNS servers, if this is the case and no one ever tries to change anything that this 'might'...Read more
We have seen a lot of things in the news of late about the so called 'snoopers charter' and how it will make the country a safer place and think about the kids dammit!
So will the snoopers charter make the country a safer place for anyone at all ?
Short and sweet answer - No
The charter is aimed at allowing for the collection of pretty much all information...Read more
The Online Safety Bill had its first reading in the house of lords on Tuesday 14 May 2013. It is described as a bill to make provision about the promotion of online safety; to require internet service providers and mobile phone operators to provide a service that excludes adult content; to require...Read more