ISP Porn Blocks Don't Even Work Properly

By Gary Cutlack on at

Those who rely on TalkTalk's HomeSafe adult material blocking tool to keep the internet's flood of filth from the door are still able to access porn despite the ISP-level block, thanks to Google's image search results pages. Whoops.

The flaw was discovered and publicised by PC Pro, which found that, even with the ISP's filtering settings at maximum prudishness, simply switching Google's safe search image options off and browsing for filth delivered the usual images of smiling, suntanned women in uncomfortable footwear and little else.

Although the TalkTalk filter was indeed blocking the sites themselves, Google's image search tool still displayed the exotic sample images in front of the blocked site warning, making rather a mockery of the entire system that MPs believe could protect the youth of the nation from the pits of online depravity.

As well as the image issue, the staff of PC Pro, who must really enjoy pornography, found that using Google Translate to reinterpret a page also got around the ISP's filter, as the translation tool is working as a simple proxy server that once again bypasses the filters.

Put simply, the automated porn blockers will only stop the most technically inept from seeing what they want going in and out of what they want online, and any MPs who say otherwise don't understand the issue or know how good teenage boys are with computers these days. [PC Pro via the Guardian]