Where to get a good Internet blacklist?

May 30, 2017

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With Net Nanny and its already exceptional real-time filtering technology, why would you ever want to create your own Internet blacklist of websites you want to block?

Maybe you want to add an extra level of blocking to Net Nanny by adding a blacklist to its custom blacklist feature or maybe you just like the monotony of viewing millions of websites and typing up lists of those sites which contained offensive content.

Or, heaven forbids, you want to use a free Net Nanny alternative (yes, there are alternatives, some of which are free) that require you create your own blacklist.

Whatever the case, I'd like to help.

Internet Blacklist Resources

I've done the footwork and scoured the web - there are a lot of blacklist resources out there, but most of them were blacklists that haven’t been updated since the early days of the internet. The industry leader of internet blacklists, Dan's Guardian, used to provide a free list that was well maintained. Now they only have paid solutions.

The best free solution I could find, and it does appear to be pretty good, is provided by a French university, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole. You can download the "adult sites" blacklist here.

Internet Blacklists are Obsolete

Keep in mind that any blacklist will be outdated the minute you download. Why? Because thousands of new webpages are popping up each and every day.

According to Verisign, as of April 6, 2017, there are:

  • 128,307,680 .com website addresses
  • 15,198,768 .net website addresses
  • 143, 506, 448 total internet URL’s registered

That’s why Net Nanny is so powerful – it doesn’t use a curated (and outdated) list of websites and webpages. Instead, it looks at the content of each web page, thereby providing you a more accurate filtering service by reading images and text on every page your family visits online.

For example, many kids visit Wikipedia to do research for school papers. But just as there are available entries for “photosynthesis” or “ring-tailed lemur”, there are also entries for sexual terms, drug references and violent acts.

Each of those entries is technically part of Wikipedia, but each entry has its own page created for individual topics. Most blacklists do not include sites like Wikipedia on them, because they’re not categorized as adult or pornographic in nature. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still a lot of questionable content on them.

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