Most blocked websites in the world

“Overall, 2010 was all about social, and this trend is reflected in the data we’re seeing at OpenDNS. Facebook is both one of the most blocked and the most allowed websites, reflecting the push/pull of allowing social sites in schools and the workplace,” said OpenDNS Founder and CEO David Ulevitch.

Some of the key statistics in the report included that:

  1. Facebook is both the number 1 most frequently blocked website, and the number 2 most frequently whitelisted website.
  2. The most frequently blocked categories of content were related to online pornography.
  3. PayPal continues to be the most frequent target of phishing websites.

Top Ten Blocked Categories

The top ten most blocked categories are focused on providing a safer Internet experience for students and children, and a more work-appropriate environment for businesses. Percentages indicate the proportion of networks using category blocking that reference a given category.

  1. Pornography — 85%
  2. Sexuality — 80.1%
  3. Tasteless — 77.3%
  4. Proxy/Anonymizer* — 76.2%
  5. Adware — 69%
  6. Nudity — 67.2%
  7. Hate/Discrimination — 58.7%
  8. Lingerie/Bikini — 58.5%
  9. Gambling — 58%
  10. Drugs — 57.3%

Most Blacklisted websites

Blacklists are typically used when there is no desire to block an entire category in principle, but there is a focus on preventing traffic to specific websites based on a combination of their popularity and content.

The OpenDNS top ten list suggests a concern with the use of bandwidth by streaming sites and with privacy concerns from advertising networks. Percentages indicate the proportion of networks using blacklisting that reference a given site.

  1. Facebook.com —14.2%
  2. MySpace.com — 9.9%
  3. YouTube.com — 8.1%
  4. Doubleclick.net — 6.4%
  5. Twitter.com — 2.3%
  6. Ad.yieldmanager.com — 1.9%
  7. Redtube.com —1.4%
  8. Limewire.com — 1.3%
  9. Pornhub.com —1.2%
  10. Playboy.com — 1.2%

Top Ten Whitelisted Websites

Whitelists are typically used when there is a desire to block entire categories, but access to selected websites is granted on an exception basis.

These sites represent the most trusted sites in their category. The fact that many of the same sites that appear on the Top Ten Blacklisted Websites list appear on the list below may indicate the diverse perspectives people have regarding many of these sites. Percentages indicate the proportion of networks using whitelisting that reference a given site.

  1. YouTube.com — 12.7%
  2. Facebook.com — 12.6%
  3. Gmail.com — 9.2%
  4. Google.com — 9%
  5. Translate.Google.com — 6.3%
  6. LinkedIn.com — 6%
  7. MySpace.com — 4.7%
  8. Skype.com — 4.6%
  9. Deviantart.com — 4.3%
  10. Yahoo.com — 3.9%

Which websites are blocked by your company or school networks? << Share your thoughts on the MyBroadband forum

Latest news

Partner Content

Show comments

Recommended

Share this article
Most blocked websites in the world