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UPDATE PlusNet to Replace McAfee Security with Network Level Filtering

Posted Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 (2:16 pm) by Mark Jackson (Score 3,492)

It’s arguably the least surprising development of the year. Broadband ISP PlusNet has confirmed that it intends to follow BT’s example (parent company) and launch their own network-level Internet filter to block (censorship) adult and piracy websites, which will most likely replace its bundled McAfee security solution.

So far nearly all of the markets largest fixed line broadband ISPs, under pressure from the Government, have introduced voluntary network-level filtering (i.e. the ISP controls the blocking system on its own network) and given or will soon give their customers an “enforced” option about whether or not to keep the service enabled (i.e. the box is pre-ticked with “Yes” but you can still select “No”).

The filters are designed to block websites that feature adult or pornographic content, as well as an often absurdly wide range of more generic categories (e.g. dating, social networks, beauty products etc.). PlusNet has also suggested that the same technology might be used to “block all websites engaged in online copyright infringement where ordered by a court to do so” (so far the ISP has not done this but most expect them to follow suit).

According to The Register, the new filtering tech is based off a different system to BT’s (they won’t say what) and will launch sometime in 2014.

UPDATE 23rd January 2014

A rep for PlusNet has suggested to us that they might still use a different underlying filtering tech for blocking piracy websites from the one that they’re working on for Parental Controls. But the rep also stressed that this hasn’t been decided yet.

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7 Responses
  1. cyclope

    Agood way to shed customers if ever there was one, and a good reason not to bother choosing plusnet as your ISP they may as well rebrand to BT whilst they are at it

  2. cyclope

    Because this isn’t just a porn filter that can allegedly be controlled by the end user , but they will be blocking the sites named in court orders that are allegedly engaging in copyright infringement ( which total bollocks!!) as they are mere web sites that host no content, they are index sites no more than a search engine, google bing ect aren’t named in these court orders but they serve the same purpose,

  3. Sledgehammer

    “ISPs, under pressure from the Government, have introduced voluntary network-level filtering.”

    Talk about making a rod for your own back, it’s like putting chicken wire round a nudist colony to stop people taking a peek.

  4. CJ7

    Plusnet have been planning this for months as some staff have been “trialling” this. Tagline should read “Welcome to BT Sheffield where we’re cheaper than BT, but just as bad with everything else”

  5. DH6

    Anyone know when?
    Spoke to Plusnet tech support this morning and they’re still playing dumb on this..

  6. Dave

    On the other hand Plusnet customers with children (like me) will be leaving if they DON’T hurry up and turn this on soon.

    I’ve been with Plusnet for years and they’ve always been excellent. Highly recommend them.

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