Do I need Gambling Blocking Software?
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What is blocking software?
Blocking software is a computer programme which restricts internet access to websites, applications or other services.
There are two kinds of blocking software available:
- Gambling-specific blocking software, which is designed to only block gambling websites and apps, being as unintrusive as possible.
- General blocking software, which is designed to block any sites you want and set access permissions or parental controls.
Do I need Blocking Software?
Blocking software blocks access at the device level, so even if you wanted to create a new account, with a new email address and credentials, you would be unable to access the website on any device with the software installed on. If nothing else, then when you have impulses, it will give you time to think.
Where can I find blocking software?
If you search online you can find a number to choose from, all of varying degrees of quality. You can also search the App Store or the Android Market to find software available for smartphones and tablets. Whether you are using iOS, iPhone or iPad, you can use the built-in parental blocker that prevents gambling-related content from being accessed. You'd need someone else to set your password.
Gamban - Gambling Blocking Software
Gamban provides you with a secure, effective and inexpensive alternative to stay away from gambling websites and apps, helping those with a gambling addiction battle the temptation. Our software for blocking gambling has been evaluated independently with great results.
A recent survey was conducted by independent charity GambleAware where six different software products were compared. Gamban emerged as the most effective solution to block access to legal and illegal online gambling sites in this measure, achieving as much as 99% success.
Find out more information about Gamban here.
Will this stop me from gambling?
Adding blocking software is a great start, but you may find that you need additional support.
If you are concerned about your gambling, Read our article on self-exclusion, advice and support services, as well as self-help resources.
What if I don’t want to add blocking software, what else can I do?
If you haven’t done so already, you should think about self-excluding from all your accounts.
We would also advise you to change your bank card from a debit card to a basic bank card, or using a card from banks which allow you to block gambling transactions.
Another option is contacting your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to see if they offer an option to opt-out of all Adult sites.
If you want to stop receiving email or text message marketing from gambling companies, more detail can be found here. here.
You can also talk to a Gamcare Adviser on 0808 8020 133, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.