Sky Broadband Shield is great to protect the kids but the bane of many adults existence. In this guide we're taking a look at the simple and effective way you can bypass Sky Broadband Shield in just 5 simple steps.
Sky Broadband Shield is a great little tool if you're a parent or got a family but if you're an adult wanting to access a range of content without restriction then it can be a little overzealous.
Unfortunately, Sky Broadband Shield comes turned on by default which means when you're trying to access certain websites you're blocked.
The blocks don't just stop at the obvious adult content and porn either, they can apply to a whole range of innocent content.
How to bypass Sky Broadband Shield
If you've found a website blocked by Sky Broadband Shield for whatever reason then you'll want to bypass that block.
Often you won't be in a position to disable Sky Broadband Shield but thankfully there is an extremely simple way to bypass the blocks put in place by the shield.
All you'll need to bypass Sky Broadband Shield is a VPN.
A VPN is a small app for your device that lets you disguise what you do on the internet. This means Sky Broadband Shield doesn't know what you're accessing so it's impossible to block you.
Instead of seeing:
You see the content you wanted to watch, read or view. All you need is a VPN.
Where to get a VPN to bypass Sky Broadband Shield
VPN apps are intended to protect your online privacy and with online privacy being big business these days it means there is a lot of choices.
Basically, any VPN service is going to be suitable to bypass Sky Broadband Shield and a quick search on Google for the term “VPN” will throw up thousands of choices. This can be a little confusing.
We've been testing a range of VPN services to find out which are the best and the following three are our recommendations for bypassing Sky Broadband Shield.
All three providers offer a reliable and fast service and most importantly, let you bypass Sky Broadband Shield.
If you've got time to look around then taking a look at all three to find out which is most suitable for your needs would be the best bet. However, if you're pushed for time then we recommend ExpressVPN.
How to use the VPN to bypass Sky Broadband Shield
Now that you've signed up to one of the providers above you'll need to download their app for your device.
All three providers offer apps for Android and iOS tablets and phones and Windows and Mac computers. ExpressVPN even offers an app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick so if you find a stream or a Kodi add-on blocked for example then they're also suitable.
You can download your VPN provider app from your regular app store.
Or you can download the software for your computer directly from the VPN provider website under the Apps section.
Once you've downloaded and installed the app you'll need to login with the account details you created when signing up.
You should then choose a “VPN Server” and press Connect. A server is basically a computer located elsewhere that you access the internet through.
For the purpose of bypassing Sky Broadband Shield, you can select a server in the UK. See the example image below where we used ExpressVPN on a Windows computer.
Once it's connected anything you do on your internet connection remains private.
Everything you do is encrypted on your computer or device which means no one can see what you're doing. This even includes Sky themselves.
All they can see is a private connection between you and the VPN provider server. It's possible for them to know you're using a VPN but not what websites you visit, the videos you watch or the people you talk to.
Due to the fact Sky can't determine what you're accessing it's impossible for the Sky Broadband Shield to block you. That means you're free to access any content that was previously blocked.
Quick Steps: How to bypass Sky Shield
- Pick one of the three recommended VPN services from above. ExpressVPN is our favourite for bypassing but the choice is yours.
- Install and open the VPN app and connect to a country such as the UK.
- Now access the internet freely without restrictions.
Why Sky Broadband Shield sucks
OK, there are some positives to Sky Broadband Shield but they all start and finish at families who use the internet. If you've got kids then great, it will protect your little nippers from accessing some inappropriate content.
If you don't have kids then Sky Broadband Shield is essentially useless. The malware protection it offers can be replaced by some VPN services.
Probably the worst thing about it is it comes enabled by default. Not only that but it comes enabled with an age rating of 13. That means any content that is deemed unsuitable for someone younger than 13 is blocked.
You have to physically disable this, basically saying you want to access porn, even though that may not be the case.
Sky Broadband Shield is also highly susceptible to faults and false-positives. The site blocked.org.uk run by the Open Rights Group rounds up and lets you search for blocked websites.
These include everything from Crochet Knitting to Sexual Health and everything else wrongly blocked in between.
…and finally…. think of the kids
The good news is, although VPN services will allow you to avoid blocks in place by Sky Broadband Shield, the majority of services only accept payment by means that are accessible by those over 18.
While Sky Broadband Shield can definitely play a part in protecting your kids while they're online it's also fallible. Sites that should be blocked may not be and sites that kids may need to access could be blocked by mistake.
Take for instance a teenager who wants to research a sexual health question but is too scared to talk to their parent or doctor. If such information is wrongly blocked, which so often is the case because it contains sexual terms, how will that teenager source the information they need?
Don't forget, you can bypass the Sky Broadband Shield simply by using a VPN. Get one by clicking the button below and following the instructions earlier in this guide.