Thursday, 30 April 2015

How to Bypass Sky Broadband Shield

In this post I'll explain how to get past Sky's Broadband Shield website block.

(For international readers - this post is about content blocking controls implemented by one of the UK's largest ISPs.)


Where the porn at?

I recently tried to load xvideos.com and was redirected to a page at "http://block.nb.sky.com".


Without the credentials for the Sky user account I was unable to login and switch off the Sky Broadband Shield as suggested.


How does it work?

Curious how Sky were performing such a redirection I checked the DNS records. I discovered that the Sky DNS record for xvideos.com had been modified to point to the Sky block site (90.207.238.183).


Lucky for us this is easy to bypass by using an alternative DNS server.


Time To Modify Your DNS Settings!

By default your home router will retrieve DNS settings from Sky and your local machine will retrieve DNS settings from the router. By modifying either the DNS settings on the router or on the local machine to point to a different DNS server we can retrieve the real DNS record and bypass the block.

Windows 7

First go to network connections to view network adapters, select your main adapter, right click and open properties:


Under the properties menu select "Internet Protocol Version 4" and then click "Properties":


Next modify the DNS settings to use Google's DNS instead of Sky's DNS server.



Once the settings have been saved when querying the DNS for a blocked site you should now get the correct ip's returned.



Windows 8

DNS settings for Windows 8 can be changed using the following guide - http://www.plus.net/support/software/dns/changing-dns-windows-8.shtml

Mac OS X

For Mac, the same DNS settings (server set to 8.8.8.8) can be applied following the instructions here - http://www.plus.net/support/software/dns/changing_dns_mac.shtml

iPhone/iPad

On the iPhone and iPad you just go to settings -> wifi, select the connection and change the DNS to 8.8.8.8, an example can be found here - http://www.iphonehacks.com/2014/08/change-dns-iphone-ipad.html

Android

Just change the DNS setting for the connection to 8.8.8.8, instructions here -
https://support.opendns.com/entries/42848890-Android-Configuration-instructions-for-OpenDNS


Alternatives

Another option is to go direct to the ip address. Most but not all sites will happily load when directly connecting over ip. For xvideos.com you can for example connect directly to the ip in your browser: http://141.0.174.37

It's also worth mentioning that if Sky had chosen to use ip based filtering this could have been bypassed using a proxy or VPN. Although do remember that the operators of such services can potentially view and modify your traffic!

Thanks for reading. Questions or comments, just leave a message below!

51 comments:

  1. Shit, so at 22, my mum doesn't want me watching porn? I don't even know how to fucking react to this. Is this definitely her doing, or could it have activated by itself? And if this is something deliberately done by her, does the service give her a status report when she logs back in? Like, will it say "14:38: attempted to access ......."? If so, I've got about half an hour to guess her password!

    I'm a Mac user, so I'll have to find an alternative way to alter my DNS settings, but ideally I need something that's only going to bypass it on my machine. On hers and my brother's everything still needs to be blocked so she thinks it's working. Is that possible?

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    1. It was bocking some online tv shows for me. My mum had no idea when I brought it up so probably not.

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    2. No. It's automatic. I can't even get on Plenty of Fish as apparently Dating sites are a bad influence! Sky must be run by nuns, or assholes! I know which one.

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    3. It worked for me on the Windows 7. Now lets see if that fixes it. Thank you PwnDizzle! Most helpful stuff!

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  2. Edit: I just added the ZenMate extension to Chrome and now everything seems to be working. Even all of the content sharing and torrent sites that Sky have been blocking over the passed year are accessible.

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    1. yup tried it as of 03/08/2017 and works like a charm i legit couldn't get into a gaming website for some fucking reason lmao

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  3. Hey thanks for the comment. As far as I know Sky implemented these restrictions because of pressure from the government. Sky are currently activating this blocking for all customers and if you don't want it you need to opt out. However to opt out, as mentioned, you need the username and password for the account.

    Modifying the DNS settings on your machine will allow you to bypass the restrictions but will not affect other machines. I've added a link explaining how to modify DNS settings on Mac.

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  4. Thank you. Worked a treat. F**king government thinks they can tell me what to view on the internet? Not with people like you around. Thanks, mate.

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  5. Doesnt work on mine, says server unknown when i try the lookup, please help

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  7. Is there a way to do this on Windows 8? I'll need a step-by-step guide preferably.
    Also, can the people paying for sky be notified when someone tries to access a blocked website? My grandpa pays for my internet!!! If so, I'm screwed.

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  8. What is the server number for google on windows?

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  9. To unblock on iPhone go to settings>wifi>click on the wifi you're connected to> change the IP address to 8.8.8.8 Job done ;)

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  10. So this has just stopped working for me as of today, wtf has changed?

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  11. So this has just stopped working for me as of today, wtf has changed?

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  12. So this has just stopped working for me as of today, wtf has changed?

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  13. it was great until today . ive checked all settings they remain the same(8888) however I cant connect to any torrent site any suggestions

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  14. It doesnt work. I'm on windows 10 could that be the problem? I changed the DNS settings just as described and the block still remains

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  15. use firefox and go into addons and install anonymox

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  16. This worked on my iphone but will it notify any1 else,does it only bypass on my device

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  17. i do everything i need to yet when i go on putlocker its still blocked

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  18. This isnt working anymore since i updated to Win10, any fix for this?

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  19. I tried doing this on windows 10 and it doesn't seem to be working for me? It worked fine on my ipad?

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    1. I found you. Windows 10 must have fixed this.

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    2. ALso, you may need to deselect internet protocol selection 6 as it only works on 4

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  20. used this a while back and it worked fine, now ive changed to ethernet cable and it doesnt work changing the dns on there? anything?

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  21. now i can watch putlocker movies!
    thank u

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  24. i've tried to do this, but when I type in google as the DNS it says that google is not a valid IP address

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  25. Thanks for sharing this useful information about phone wifi adapters….keep it up
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  26. thank you, it worked...multe multumirii! :)

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  27. sky got round the bypass what should i do

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  28. Hi, I used the 8.8.8.8. which worked great for a short time ta, but now it's back to that bloody shield block ahh. Any answers? welcome.

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  29. sure they will operate with this service. Other charges A ... Retrieve Full Source. sky uk

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  30. I had success by putting in the DNS address 2001:4860:4860::8888 for Internet Protocol 6 (TCP/IP v6) section and checking the "Validate settings on exit" box before clicking OK.

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  31. Just discovered that Sky are somehow enforcing the primary DNS server to be theirs and using whatever you have entered in either DNS 1 or 2 on your machine as the secondary. Cheeky devils. I'm working on getting around it.

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    1. Is their any work on this? Just tried to use the DNS trick and nothing worked.

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  32. I tried 8.8.8.8 and it's working you need untick protocol ip6

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  33. Well, this post will help people to bypass their sky broadband shield by their selves and I think this post is pretty helping for everyone. Thanks for the share. CenturyLink Internet

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  34. Fucked worked like a charm on my samsung s7. Thank you very much. Time to explore the beauty of porn now. Adios.

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