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Free Pornhub clips delivered by Chester Cathedral’s WiFi

Chester Cathedral has switched off its free wireless network service after a newspaper investigation found it could access porn when using the service. 

The Chester Chronicle sent reporters around the town of Chester to see if  “shops, restaurants and cafes with free Wi-Fi were unwittingly allowing shoppers and passers-by to access Pornhub.com – a free streaming website containing thousands of explicit videos and images of hardcore porn”. 

The publication said that the site “could be viewed via mobile phones, laptops and tablets in Chester Cathedral cafe – after getting the WiFi password on the bottom of a receipt for the price of a coffee or a snack.” 

Credit: Wikimedia/Neil Kennedy

Read Recombu Digital’s guides to WiFi and Parental Internet ControlsThe paper then told church authorities about the discovery. Director of operations Simon Warburton was shocked at the news and promised to act. 

“We explicitly requested that our IT providers set certain appropriate restrictions – including banning websites that feature gambling and pornography – when the system was implemented. Unfortunately, it appears that these restrictions had not been applied,” Warburton told the paper. 

“We can, however, confirm that as soon as this fact was brought to our attention we took action and have shut down access to our public WiFi system until further notice.” 

The newspaper discovered other places in the city where porn could be accessed including a branch of Carluccio’s, an independent coffee shop and a branch of Waterstones. 

Places in Chester where you couldn’t for grasp for grubby videos included Chester library, WH Smiths, Marks & Spencer, Caffe Nero, McDonald’s and Starbucks. 

Recent surveys have shown that many providers of public WiFi do not adequately filter content or keep track of who is using their services, making them liable for prosecution. 

Image: Wikimedia/Neil Kennedy

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