The Firefox browser includes a secret filter that prevents adult sites from showing up on the new tab page, and by doing so, exposing some users' unsavory web browsing habits to nearby friends, to shoulder-surfing strangers, or in the worst case scenario -- to the media. The filter isn't new, dating back to , but has only recently been spotted by some keen-eye Redditors, in November and today. This means that any time a user makes a habit of visiting a particular adult site, or the user intentionally or accidentally bookmarks an adult page, that page won't show up on the New Tab page at the most imappropriate times. The reasons behind this filter don't reside in the engineers' attention to protecting users' browsing habits and privacy, but in sheer commercialism. The filter was developed and implemented back in
What is a Web Filter?
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A report from Ofcom has found that only a small minority of new British internet users are choosing to activate porn filters. Reading like a broadband providers' list of shame, the report found that a mere four per cent of Virgin subscribers have signed up, five per cent of BT punters, and eight per cent of Sky users. Top of the class came TalkTalk users at an impressive but still relatively low 36 per cent. Thus, we can already see the various ISPs falling into categories. At the other end of the scale, with a delicious irony, we can surmise that Virgin is attracting the most enthusiastic porn users.
Web Filters Block Safe-Sex Sites
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Web site on sexually transmitted diseases does not make the cut. Neither do the Food and Drug Administration's site on birth control failure rates, Princeton University's site on emergency contraception, or dozens of other health, safe sex and pregnancy sites. They are blocked by many of the most popular Internet-filtering programs installed in US schools and libraries to keep children away from online pornography, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study.
Here is a list of best free Web Filtering Software for Windows. These web filtering software can filter out all web content and web pages that you do not want to view. In these software, you either need to specify website URL links or certain keywords to block websites.