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Gambling blocking software

Gambling blocking software

If you, or someone you know, is struggling to stay in control of gambling online, consider downloading blocking software, which blocks access to gambling websites, as well as seeking help and support.

What is blocking software?

Blocking software is something that can be downloaded on to your device (smartphone, tablet, or computer) that limits access to websites or other services available over the internet. There are two types of software available:

  • Software designed to only block gambling sites.
  • Generic software designed to block a range of websites and that you can use to set permissions or parental controls.

Some devices and internet service providers also allow users to set restrictions without needing to download software, and you can find out more about this by contacting your retailer or provider directly. 

You can also look into being excluded from gambling. Self-exclusion means asking one or multiple gambling operators to prevent you from gambling with them for a set length of time, in person or online. You can read more about self-exclusion here.

Where can I find blocking software?

We would always encourage you to do your own research, to find out which is the best product for you. Some blocking software is free, but some do include a charge. GambleAware cannot be held responsible if there is a problem with the software you choose.

These are examples of gambling-specific blocking software – please note there may be fees for this software:

The below is an example of general blocking software which includes gambling blocking:

Does blocking software work?

GambleAware commissioned an independent evaluation of a number of blocking software packages, from which a report is available to download here.

We know that you will be more likely to manage your gambling if you combine the use of blocking software and other technical tools like bank card blocking and GAMSTOP with the free treatment options on offer.