Firms to block
porn by mobile


9 Nov 2005

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Communications equipment giant Nortel has entered into an agreement with internet management firm Websense to develop a web content filtering solution to prevent users of GSM and 3G mobile phone handsets in Europe and throughout the world from accessing unwanted, inappropriate or adult content.

Both companies say the URL filtering and security solution will help protect mobile handsets and devices from content that could interfere with voice and data services and also block the downloading of malicious code such as viruses.

The technology will also allow 3G wireless operators to set mobile handset and device internet access policies for subscribers across three URL filtering categories: security threats, adult material and undesirable content.

The task of protecting mobile subscribers and their devices from unwanted content has become a significant concern for wireless carriers and subscribers as new voice, video and data are increasingly accessed on the move.

In order to block threats and unwanted content found on high security risk websites, subscribers will be able to request the operator to automatically restrict or block access.

This is also is designed to be a powerful deterrent tool for parents wishing to prevent their children from viewing inappropriate or dangerous material.

By John Kennedy