Internet service provider TalkTalk is to offer customers the opportunity of filtering malicious or offensive material out of their broadband service as they claim to be the first major provider to offer centralised blocking at server level.
Not only will this stop malicious software, but parents will have the chance to prevent their children accessing adult material.
Conventional systems rely on the security software installed on users’ PCs.
TalkTalk’s Home Safe runs on their central computer system, sitting between the web and individual home connections.
Its anti-virus system scans a site that someone wants to visit to check if it harbours malicious programs. Sites found to be clean are to be put on a “white list” for 24 hours.
Sites containing pornography or online gambling can be blocked completely.
There is also the option to put time locks on certain websites. For example, parents can stop their children from viewing sites such as Facebook when they should be doing their school homework.