1. Accountability Software
Summary: Accountability software which allows you to share your internet activity with 1 or more other trusted people in order to make you "accountable" for what you do online. X3Watch runs in the background of your computer and detects when you visit “questionable” websites. It sends your accountability partner an email weekly with a report containing all of the questionable sites you visited. It’s pretty conservative so it will list non-porn sites in the reports such as victoriassecret.com (don’t ask how I know this). So, while your accountability partner might see some irrelevant websites, porn sites will definitely come up in the reports. If your accountability partner is your girlfriend or wife, this can be good incentive to not look at porn. The free version allows up to 2 accountability partners and works on Apple & Windows computers, Iphone, Android, and tablets. There is also a paid version of the software that has blocking and advanced capabilities.
Summary: Similar to X3Watch but no free version available. It has monthly subscription fees and offers web filtering and accountability software.
2. Filters and Browsers
K9 Web Filter and Browser
Summary: Free web filter that filters out porn. It is available for Windows, Mac, IPhone, and Android so you can protect your computers and cell phones. Note: to use effectively on a cell phone you would need to delete all of your other browsers (such as Google chrome and Safari) and use the K9 browser exclusively. This is because the K9 browser only filters the internet while you are using it, so if you bypass it with another browser that defeats the point.
3. Productivity Software
Summary: This free program can be used to shut down your computer when you visit certain websites or certain types of content, such as videos. Designed to boost productivity but could be used to discourage you from watching porn as well. For example, you can block specific porn sites or if you block videos then you can’t watch any porn videos (I'm a genius, right?).
Other productivity software options: Self Control App (Mac), Cold Turkey (Windows), Self Restraint (Windows).
4. Cell Phones
Some quick apps you can use on your cell phones. Mentioned above were X3watch and K9 Web Browser, both are available on Android and IPhone.
Other Android Apps: “Porn and Sex Addiction”. Free App for porn/sex addiction help and support.
Productivity Apps (Android): “Distraction Blocker” and “Keep Focus”. These can be used to block websites such as porn sites.
The above tools can be useful to help you with your porn addiction. Especially starting out and as you overcome the addiction these can be really helpful. It takes a deep effort, understanding, and desire on your part to end your addiction. These tools as part of a larger diverse strategy to end your addiction can certainly help you get there.
A note of caution: the pitfall to watch out for with any of these tools is that none of them are bulletproof. It’s human nature when prevented from doing something to simply find a way around it. That being said, there’s always ways around these tools and so it’s important not to depend on the tools but simply to use them as help and incentive. And give the tools a chance, don’t just bypass them because you’re so cool and smart. Come on now, really???
If you have tried any of these tools, please share your thoughts in the comments. And of course, if you’d like to recommend any tools I haven’t mentioned, please do that as well. Thanks for reading!