Mullvad expands blocking filter to include gambling and sex sites

VPN provider Mullvad has expanded its DNS blocking service with two new filters: gambling sites and websites with erotic content. In this way, the provider tries to do something against gambling and sex addiction. The company promises to add more sites to the block list in the future.

Mullvad reports this on his blog.

This is a VPN: in a nutshell

A Virtual Private Network or  VPN  is a tool that establishes an encrypted connection between your computer and the internet. Thanks to a VPN, all your data traffic is sent to an external VPN server. This server then contacts the website you are trying to visit and forwards anonymized data to your devices.

Because your IP address and location are no longer visible to everyone, you are a lot more anonymous. Because the connection is encrypted, you are a lot safer from hackers and cybercriminals. Finally, a VPN gives you access to content that would otherwise be blocked due to geographical restrictions, such as the American Netflix library.

A VPN is the ideal means of surfing the web securely and anonymously and accessing relevant information. Thanks to a VPN, you can visit them without any problems in countries where specific sites are blocked. As a critical journalist or human rights activist, you don’t have to worry about someone secretly looking over your shoulder. A VPN is also recommended if you live in the Netherlands. You want to be able to arrange your banking in a safe way, without hackers, governments, internet providers, websites or employers secretly watching?

DNS block list consists of thousands of domain names

Most VPN providers offer the ability to block websites at the DNS level. One of them is Mullvad. The company has already done this for ads, trackers and malware. Now the VPN provider adds two new filters: gambling and sex sites.

Mullvad’s block list on Github shows that the DNS block list for pornographic websites consists of more than 153,000 domain names. For gambling sites, the counter currently stands at just under 2,500 domain names. On his blog, Mullvad writes that the first version of this block list is not perfect. The company promises to improve the list in due course.

With the new filters, Mullvad hopes to be able to contribute to preventing or ending gambling and sex addictions. It emphasizes that the DNS filters are not a substitute for specialized content filters or parental authority features.

To take advantage of the new DNS block filters, users must enable them themselves. Using an IP address, it is possible to manually block a DNS server. How to do this and which IP addresses to enter can be found on Mullvad’s blog.

Mullvad ends installment payments

Mullvad recently made headlines announcing that it is cancelling instalment payments. Since June it is no longer possible to take out a subscription with automatic renewal. This is to guarantee the privacy of customers.

That’s right. Customers who have their subscription money debited on a monthly basis must provide payment details. This is the only way Mullvad can collect the subscription fee, or return money if someone cancels their (trial) subscription. By paying the subscription fee in one go, the VPN provider no longer needs this data. In the unlikely event that hackers or cyber criminals infiltrate Mullvad’s IT systems, they will not be able to steal payment information. The only condition to delete this data is that the money-back guarantee period has expired.

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