Types of blocking software.
Firstly there are two types of blocking software available:
- Gambling-specific software. This targets online gambling sites and ensures you are blocked from access.
- General software. This can be used to block any site and is often used for parental controls and safer browsing .
We will show you both types of software but will focus mainly on the gambling-specific options.
Secondly, there are some more advanced techniques such as blocking gambling sites using your router. We will go through this, as well as some other self-exclusion options.
How to block gambling sites on Android, Iphone and Web.
www.gamblock.com (Windows computers and Android phones)
Android users click here to install Gamblock: Block Online Gambling - Gamban - Apps on Google Play
www.netnanny.com – Netnanny is a general blocking software and has capability on Windows computers, iOS, and Android phones.
Here is the Netnanny app for Android devices.
Download Netnanny app for Apple devices.
Bet Blocker (Windows, Linux and Mac)
www.betfilter.com (Windows, Mac, Android and iOS)
Can I block gambling sites on my router?
If you are a little more tech-savvy, you can stop gambling sites by banning them from your WiFi router. You will need to know the IP addresses of the website you wish to block, or otherwise use parental controls if your router has them.
This will prevent you accessing the sites, though the caveat is that you can easily remove the controls yourself. Using a service such as GAMSTOP (see below) will prevent you from circumventing the controls.
Here is a brief guide on how to block sites via your router on the main UK Internet Service Providers such as BT, Sky, Virgin etc.
Contacting your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can be a good idea. They may be able to opt you out of all ‘Adult’ sites. Some providers can provide anti-virus software which can block gambling sites.
How do I block gambling sites on Google Chrome?
Using an extension on Google chrome is the easiest way to block websites. The most well known is called BlockSite. For Windows: BlockSite: Block Websites & Stay Focused
For Android: BlockSite - Avoid Distractions - Apps on Google Play
The more complex way is to follow the steps on this page for blocking websites on Chrome.