Internet filtering on iPhone?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by cedricstudio, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. cedricstudio macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2007
    The iPhone is incredible, but one thing that is keeping me from buying one is lack of any kind of internet filtering to keep out porn and other bad stuff. I've got filters on all my computers, and would love one for the iPhone as well.

    So far I have contacted two filtering companies (Intego and Covenant Eyes), and neither has anything for the iPhone. I'm told AT&T offers some optional filtering on the Edge network (via the Parental Controls which you access by logging into their website), but I have no idea how good it is, and the AT&T sales rep told me you can't edit or customize it, i.e. you can't block a specific site for example.

    Has anyone heard if there are any such 3rd party apps in development? Thanks.
  2. cheesy macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA / Seattle, WA
    The only thing I can think of is to use the VPNs proxy feature somehow.
  3. cedricstudio thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2007
    Could you please explain? I'm not sure what that means. Thanks!
  4. switchy macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2007
    There is no such thing as a good filter. Enough said. Anything can be circumvented.

    No argument about it, there is nothing sacred.
  5. cedricstudio thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2007
    True, you can get around a filter if (a) you know what you are doing, and (b) you really really want to. But that doesn't describe everyone, so they are far from useless. I'm very thankful for my filters, and would love to have one on my iPhone.
  6. josher32 macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2009
    Check out They have a new app thats about to be released on the app store for iphone filter. It is a separate browser app that filters web content (to keep kids away from porn or other harmful websites). Of course you would have to use the built in function to block access to safari iphone browser but at least the kids could still use the internet without someone always having to look over their shoulder.
  7. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    If you've got a list of specific domains you want to "block", you can just use /etc/hosts

    That said, consider this: any time you have to resort to technology in an attempt to limit the information available to someone, you might want to ask yourself "why?" If it's because you don't trust someone, shouldn't you consider attacking that problem before providing an easily-circumvented demonstration of your distrust?
  8. .adam macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2007
  9. MikePA macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2008
    It's not a question of trust, it's protecting them as well as removing a temptation. BTW, either of you two have kids?
  10. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    Well... it is a question of trust. Let's be honest here: if you trusted your children not to visit sites that you deem inappropriate, you would be trying to find a way to disable such functionality.

    Speaking as a former child myself, I can tell you: attempting to "block" inappropriate material doesn't remove the temptation to view it. If anything, it will provide more motivation to access said material, if only for the fun of the challenge and the feeling of satisfaction one gets from "outsmarting" someone else.

    I know that you may think that you're protecting them from the "evils of the internet", but in reality you'd simply be demonstrating to them that you don't trust them enough to "do the right thing".

    Try this: instead of immediately turning to technology for help, talk with your children about what is and is not appropriate material for them to view. If you must give them access to an iPhone*, try to do so when you're around to keep an eye on them.

    * I can't easily imagine a scenario in which a child is old enough to need an iPhone, yet too young to be trusted to decide what information he does/does not view...
  11. MikePA macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2008
    Make your mind up....If you trust them, there's no need to keep an eye on them.
  12. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    Thus the asterisk -- I think it's a pretty artificial situation to begin with: either the kid's old enough to have a communication device such as the iPhone, or he's not.
  13. cyberlocke macrumors regular


    Mar 23, 2009

    Honestly, I don't trust myself, and I've seen how destructive porn has been in my own life. I don't have kids yet, but when we do, there will be open talks about the subject as well as internet monitoring, as I have for myself now. Not having accountability for a destructive habit is a sure indication of future failure.
  14. kAoTiX macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2008
    Midlands, UK
    Why are you guys on about trust?
    If a child goes onto a website looking for wallpapers of their famous actress or something and finds some that could be deemed inappropriate how is that trusting the child not to go on the site if the content they were looking for is appropriate?

    I think filters are good to block most of the content be it to stop them going on things or to actually protect them against what they aren't looking for.
    How many times have you gone onto an innocent looking site and found a huge pair of tits flapping around on a banner on the side or something similar? lol

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