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Just signed up to a new 2 year BT deal (business rather than personal contract). 

For some reason my internet searching is being partially censored. I found out when I tried to click on a bitchute link in a post on dosbods. This censorship also seems to extent to, ahem, sites of a sexual nature.

I've tried to see if I've got some kind of default 'parental' control but nothing obvious. 

Any obvious suggestions?

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First one - change you DNS servers to 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 (cloudflare's) but you could equally use Googles 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4

Beyond that you will need to hunt round your settings in BT's account portal. 

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Ta. Changed the DNS settings but no joy.

Will have to have a dig around in the BT account settings.

All quite disturbing this. I'd like to be make my own decisions regarding my internet browsing.....

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16 minutes ago, Sasquatch said:

Ta. Changed the DNS settings but no joy.

Will have to have a dig around in the BT account settings.

All quite disturbing this. I'd like to be make my own decisions regarding my internet browsing.....

You also need to flush DNS alongside updating the dns (a reboot works as well)

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4 minutes ago, Sasquatch said:

That's weird. Just checked my laptop and no problems at all. Desktop still restricting access.

Both are connecting to the same wifi signal.

Check your browser settings, they sometimes 'reset'.

 

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On 29/11/2021 at 13:59, Sasquatch said:

Just signed up to a new 2 year BT deal (business rather than personal contract). 

For some reason my internet searching is being partially censored. I found out when I tried to click on a bitchute link in a post on dosbods. This censorship also seems to extent to, ahem, sites of a sexual nature.

I've tried to see if I've got some kind of default 'parental' control but nothing obvious. 

Any obvious suggestions?

Eh, don't watch porn. 

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21 minutes ago, Carl Fimble said:

Eh, don't watch porn. 

It's the bitchute blocking that's got me riled up. Still can't get my desktop to work for some reason.

I hate IT. 

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24 minutes ago, Sasquatch said:

It's the bitchute blocking that's got me riled up. Still can't get my desktop to work for some reason.

I hate IT. 

Bitchute is just this nowadays, pretty much :

 

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Go to 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.0.2 or 192.168.1.1  in your browser and login using the admin/password details listed on your router. Usually they are just "admin" and "password" or similar - Google them if you're stuck.

Then go to the Settings section, and find the Parental Controls and disable them all. Reboot router, job done.

 

ALSO I wouldn't change your DNS to Cloudflare. There are more censorious companies out there, sure, but Cloudflare has increasingly moved towards the globohomo agenda and logs god-only-knows-what.

If you want log-free, no login DNS then use Quad9. They're meant to be the pinnacle of internet security. In Firefox type "DNS", Enable "DNS over HTTPS", go to custom and add "https://dns.quad9.net/dns-query"

 

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BTW, if you want to see how much is logged about you by your DNS provider, then change the DNS settings to "NextDNS". This is one of the default options in Firefox.

Then create a free account at the NextDNS website after a few hours.

You can then download the logs...

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4 hours ago, spunko said:

Go to 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.0.2 or 192.168.1.1  in your browser and login using the admin/password details listed on your router. Usually they are just "admin" and "password" or similar - Google them if you're stuck.

Then go to the Settings section, and find the Parental Controls and disable them all. Reboot router, job done.

 

 

If the laptop works and the desktop doesn't then (provided both are on the same network / wifi) the issue is on the desktop and not on the router.

As for everything else - dns requests are frequent. Don't assume that amount of data actually means anything or is any real use to people.

 

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11 minutes ago, eek said:

If the laptop works and the desktop doesn't then (provided both are on the same network / wifi) the issue is on the desktop and not on the router.

As for everything else - dns requests are frequent. Don't assume that amount of data actually means anything or is any real use to people.

 

I signed up on NextDNS and it logged every site I went on.... As I'm using various privacy tools, very few sites actually load besides the ones I am visiting. Don't assume that DNS providers simply log meaningless anonymized information.

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7 minutes ago, spunko said:

I signed up on NextDNS and it logged every site I went on.... As I'm using various privacy tools, very few sites actually load besides the ones I am visiting. Don't assume that DNS providers simply log meaningless anonymized information.

Simple rule, if you don't know what the product is you are the product.

Cloudflare have a reason for wanting dns details as it allows them to identify where best to place their proxy / worker services. 

I look at Quad9 and wonder WTF they are doing that stuff for free for and what their partners may be using the data for. 

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16 minutes ago, eek said:

Simple rule, if you don't know what the product is you are the product.

Cloudflare have a reason for wanting dns details as it allows them to identify where best to place their proxy / worker services. 

I look at Quad9 and wonder WTF they are doing that stuff for free for and what their partners may be using the data for. 

Quad9 claim to be doing it for the "common good". While that may or may not be true, Cloudflare have history of flogging data for money. Have a look here:

https://old.reddit.com/r/privacy/comments/d52kop/eli5_why_cloudflare_is_depicted_as_evil_and_whats/

 

Conversely I have not read any such things about Quad9.

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11 minutes ago, spunko said:

Maybe DOSBODS needs its own DNS servers?

https://nlnetlabs.nl/projects/unbound/about/

Quad9 looks really great (not)

 

Quad9

By using Quad9 the city is also leveraging an investment made by NYC. Quad9 was created, in part, by the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), a non-profit that was founded by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr., the City of London Police, and the Center for Internet Security, with a seed investment of asset forfeiture funds ...

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The GCAs members are the City of London Police, New York City District Attorney, and the Center For Internet Security.

from DNS (Cloudflare, Quad9, etc) : sevengali (reddit.com)

 

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2 hours ago, eek said:

Quad9 looks really great (not)

 

Quad9

By using Quad9 the city is also leveraging an investment made by NYC. Quad9 was created, in part, by the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), a non-profit that was founded by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr., the City of London Police, and the Center for Internet Security, with a seed investment of asset forfeiture funds ...

Source

The GCAs members are the City of London Police, New York City District Attorney, and the Center For Internet Security.

from DNS (Cloudflare, Quad9, etc) : sevengali (reddit.com)

 

Interesting. There is no easy solution it appears :Old:

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4 hours ago, eek said:

If the laptop works and the desktop doesn't then (provided both are on the same network / wifi) the issue is on the desktop and not on the router.

As for everything else - dns requests are frequent. Don't assume that amount of data actually means anything or is any real use to people.

 

I don't seem to have a parental controls tab in the router settings. It's a BT Business Smart Hub 2.

As @eek says above, my laptop seems to work fine. 

However, we may have cracked it. For the last two months we've been using a vodafone gigacube device (4G) for broadband as our main BT line hadn't been installed. We still need this for the time being as our business cloud phones need to be hard wired back to it via a switch. They won't work off a wifi signal alone. We're in a temporary situation with only part of the house being occupied.

Therefore we've had two wifi signals operating at the same time. The desktop has been directed to connect to the BT wifi signal and ignore the Vodafone signal. However something must be going on in the 'ether'. I've just switched off the gigacube and my desktop is now unrestricted. 

The gigacube also seems to have been buggering up the BT broadband speed. Beyond my comprehension to be honest. 

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13 hours ago, Sasquatch said:

I don't seem to have a parental controls tab in the router settings. It's a BT Business Smart Hub 2.

As @eek says above, my laptop seems to work fine. 

However, we may have cracked it. For the last two months we've been using a vodafone gigacube device (4G) for broadband as our main BT line hadn't been installed. We still need this for the time being as our business cloud phones need to be hard wired back to it via a switch. They won't work off a wifi signal alone. We're in a temporary situation with only part of the house being occupied.

Therefore we've had two wifi signals operating at the same time. The desktop has been directed to connect to the BT wifi signal and ignore the Vodafone signal. However something must be going on in the 'ether'. I've just switched off the gigacube and my desktop is now unrestricted. 

The gigacube also seems to have been buggering up the BT broadband speed. Beyond my comprehension to be honest. 

There are plenty of free apps that will analyse your wi-fi signal and find which channel is free. Look up wi-fi testing app or similar...

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Everything functioning ok. I've sourced some wifi dongles for our cloud phones and they are now working without the need for a data cable back to the router. 

The vodafone huawei 4G gigacube was massively interfering with our BT broadband signal, even when we'd directed our desktops away from it. Not sure why to be honest but it's off and staying off.

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