Like most ISPs (internet service providers), Vodafone Broadband has a network level content filtering solution that can be used to block a range of websites.
As of now, Vodafone’s content filtering service is called “Vodafone Content Controls.” This service helps customers manage and filter their internet experience to ensure a safe and secure browsing environment for themselves and their families.
But what if you don’t want Vodafone blocking what you can or cannot access? In this article we’ll guide you through how to bypass Vodafone content control with numerous different methods and explain which we think is best.
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What Does Vodafone Content Controls Block?
What is blocked by this filter depends upon how it has been set up, however the most common categories that can be blocked include:
- Adult content
- Violence and Hate
- Social media
- File sharing
- Drugs and alcohol
Users can typically choose which categories to block based on their preferences and needs, as can be seen from the screenshot below, it’s also possible to block (or allow) specific websites, or turn filtering on or off at specific times.
How To Bypass Vodafone Content Control
There are numerous different ways to bypass Vodafone Content Filters, let’s take a look at what options you have.
Turn off Vodafone content controls
The easiest way to bypass Vodafone content controls is to simply turn it off!
This method requires that you know the username and password for the Vodafone account your broadband is registered with.
Visit vodafone.co.uk and login to my Vodafone
Once logged in, click on Manage your controls & limits (or click here)
From here select, Content Controls
You can now select to turn on / off individual categories or to turn off content filtering altogether
Bypass Vodafone Content Controls using a VPN
If you are unable to turn off Vodafone content controls by accessing the Vodafone account, then you will need to use a method to bypass them altogether.
Using a VPN is a great option, as once connected it will allow you to automatically bypass Vodafone content controls.
However there are some caveats to this option, as most VPN services require a monthly subscription, which you may not want to pay.
The process for connecting to your VPN provider will vary depending on which VPN you choose.
Bypass Vodafone Content Controls using a proxy server
Another option to bypass Vodafone content controls is to use a proxy filter, although we don’t really recommend you do this (read on to find out why).
A proxy server is an intermediary server that acts as a gateway between your device and the internet. When you connect to a proxy server, your web requests are first sent to the proxy server, which then forwards them to the intended website or server on your behalf. This process effectively masks your IP address and location, making it appear as if the web requests are coming from the proxy server instead of your device.
Using a proxy server can bypass content filters like Vodafone Content Controls because the proxy server can access the restricted content on your behalf, and then forward it back to you.
We don’t recommend proxy servers unless you really have no other option.
Using a proxy server to bypass content filters can have potential security risks as they have varying levels of security, and some might be malicious or compromised, putting your privacy and security at risk.
If you’re looking for a proxy server, something like https://www.hidemyass.com/ is a popular choice.
Bypass Vodafone Content Controls using a custom DNS (our recommended method)
Using a custom DNS is our preferred method to bypass Vodafone content filters for numerous reasons.
- Unlike a VPN, this option is completely free of charge.
- Unlike using a proxy, there are more reputable free DNS providers available.
DNS stands for Domain Name System. It is a fundamental component of the internet that translates human-readable domain names, such as rapidlydigital.com, into IP addresses, such as 18.104.22.168, which computers use to identify and communicate with each other over the internet.
Using a custom DNS can potentially bypass content filters like Vodafone Content Controls by resolving domain names through an alternative DNS server that does not enforce the same filtering rules.
We personally recommend using Cloudflare DNS. Cloudflare DNS (commonly referred to as 22.214.171.124) is a public DNS resolver operated by Cloudflare that provides a fast and private way to browse the internet.
What’s great about Cloudflare DNS, vs most others is that Cloudflare does not sell user data to advertisers, and it’s fast (really fast!).
Cloudflare actually offer multiple DNS options, depending on if you want additional levels of filtering;
- 126.96.36.199 – Unfiltered
- 188.8.131.52 – No Malware (recognised malware is blocked)
- 184.108.40.206 – No Malware or Adult Content (recognised malware is blocked as is adult content)
It’s easy to setup a custom DNS as we outline in this article here. However if you just want some quick steps, see below;
Click on your network settings
Click on your network properties
Edit the DNS server to 220.127.116.11
We’ve looked at Vodafone Broadband’s network-level content filtering service called “Vodafone Content Controls” and various methods to bypass it.
Whilst this service can help customers manage and filter their internet experience for a safe and secure browsing environment. It can give false positives and block a range of useful websites and services.
We’ve discussed several methods to bypass Vodafone Content Controls including:
- Turning off Vodafone content controls: Requires the username and password for the Vodafone account your broadband is registered with. You can turn off content filtering altogether or individually toggle specific categories on/off.
- Using a VPN: VPNs can bypass content controls but may require a monthly subscription.
- Using a proxy server: Although not recommended due to potential security risks, proxy servers can bypass content controls by accessing restricted content on your behalf.
- Using a custom DNS (recommended method): Bypass content filters by resolving domain names through an alternative DNS server that doesn’t enforce the same filtering rules.
It is important to note that bypassing content filters can leave your connection vulnerable and you may want to block some content, including adult content, gambling, violence and hate, social media, file sharing, drugs and alcohol, games, and cyberbullying.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I set up Vodafone Content Controls on my broadband connection?
To set up Vodafone Content Controls, log in to your Vodafone account at vodafone.co.uk. Click on “Manage your controls & limits” and then select “Content Controls.” From there, you can choose to turn on/off individual categories or the entire content filtering system.
Can I customize the categories blocked by Vodafone Content Controls to suit my specific needs?
Yes, you can customize the categories blocked by Vodafone Content Controls. After accessing the “Content Controls” section in your Vodafone account, you can choose to turn on/off individual categories based on your preferences and needs.
Are there any risks associated with bypassing Vodafone Content Controls using a custom DNS, VPN, or proxy server?
Using a proxy server can have potential security risks due to varying levels of security among proxy servers. Some might be malicious or compromised, putting your privacy and security at risk.
What should I do if I accidentally access a blocked website while using Vodafone Content Controls?
If you accidentally access a blocked website, you can report the site to Vodafone if you believe it should not be blocked or if you think the content filtering settings need to be adjusted. It’s also a good idea to review your Content Controls settings to ensure they are configured according to your preferences.
Can I set up Vodafone Content Controls to only block certain content during specific times of the day?
Yes, it is possible to set up Vodafone Content Controls to block certain content during specific times of the day. To do this, you would need to access your Vodafone account and navigate to the “Content Controls” section. From there, you can manually enable or disable content filtering or specific categories according to your desired schedule.