Three reasons to turn off your smartphone today

Did you know the average person spends almost 3 hours a day on their smartphone? That’s about 20 hours a week– the equivalent of a part time job! Here are three reasons to take a well-deserved vacation from your smartphone.

 

1.Your brain needs quiet

A growing body of research shows that downtime is essential for optimal brain function. Scientists believe a certain kind of brain activity, sharp-wave ripples, help us store and consolidate memories. These ripples can only occur when our brain is resting but awake. Unfortunately, we’re prone to pull out our phones at just that kind of time– when we wake up in the morning, on public transportation, waiting in line, before we go to sleep at night. If you’ve been feeling forgetful lately, keep your phone in your pocket next time you have a quiet moment and just be still.

 

 

2. A better night’s sleep

The blue light emitted by tablets, televisions, computers, and yes, smartphones, hinders our brain’s production of melatonin, the chemical that helps us fall asleep. Even if you fall asleep without difficulty, you may still want to read a book before bed. This study found that people who were on their phones at bedtime needed more time to fall asleep, spent a lower percentage of their time in bed actually asleep, and slept worse overall.

 

 

3. Improved relationships

Relationships obviously improve when people are calmer, better rested, and have better memories, but research shows relationships are helped in other ways as well when the phones are turned off. There’s a whole new line of research on “technoference” and its impact on relationships. Parents say their co-parenting improves when their phones are put away– they notice each other’s signals and work together more seamlessly.  Researchers have noticed that toddlers disintegrate when mom and dad check their phones and perk back up when devices are turned off. Women report more feelings of depression, lower life satisfaction, and lower relationship satisfaction when technology is allowed to interrupt couple time. Overall, pretty much every relationship in your family and social circle gets a boost when your phone takes a back seat.

 

Clean Router knows every smartphone (and family) needs some downtime.

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Feature Friday: Why you should use Clean Router instead of Circle

“I have heard about this Circle thing.  How is Clean Router better?”

 

If you have been researching online filtering options, you may have heard or read a bit about Circle, another online parental controls system. However, after trying Circle ourselves, we believe Clean Router can offer a superior filtering experience to Circle. In spite of a few similarities, Clean Router significantly differs from Circle in ways that will impact your family’s online peace of mind.

 

1) Circle’s complicated installation- Setting up Clean Router is as easy as plugging in a router, and our friendly support team walks every new customer through it. Installing Circle, though, was a multi-step process involving app downloads and connecting through multiple networks. For busy parents or grandparents, especially those not confident in their tech skills, Clean Router is faster and easier.

 

2) Circle’s fundamental design is flawed – Unlike Clean Router, Circle is not a router. Users plug into Circle into the network, and it uses something called ARP-spoofing or ARP-poisoning.  Simply put, it tricks everything in the network to talk to Circle instead of your wireless router.

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So what? The additional device adds an extra “hop” for all of your network traffic.   Circle causes quite a bit of extra latency to all of your web traffic, slowing down the whole network.  Circle also uses an old wireless protocol (802.11n), which also hurts your internet speed.

Speed aside, this ARP-poisoning also causes other problems.  Many devices are incompatible, and we have even heard users report that Circle broke their entire network!

 

3) No filter – Unlike Clean Router, which checks every website in real time, Circle does not filter online content.  Users can block certain categories of apps and create lists of approved and blocked websites, but we all know that the internet changes daily.  Clean Router’s IntelliFilter checks every packet that is coming thru from the DNS layer all the way down to the very content itself. We also were disappointed in Circle’s “blocked” page. No reason is given for blocking a website, and the page itself scrolls through Disney content and links to Instagram and Twitter. Parents can imagine how distracting this would be for a kid trying to concentrate on homework, and some of the content presented on the blocked page, while not pornographic, was not quite kid-friendly.

 

4) No dynamic filtering – While Circle asks you to label a website as good or bad, Clean Router understands the internet just does not work that way. What do you do with a site like FoxNews or MSN? Not all the content may measure up to your family’s media standards, blocking an entire news platform would inhibit your online experience.   This is exactly why dynamic filtering is so important. To ensure your family’s online safety, Clean Router checks every word and every picture of every website accessed on your internet network in real time. 

 

5) No support – Need help configuring your filtering or figuring out what URL needs to be white-listed to get a particular site to work?  Have a question about this feature or that feature?  Good luck getting in touch with Circle! The website doesn’t list a support phone number, a email address, a chat option, or any other contact method.  Clean Router provides award-winning US-based support.  Skeptical? Give our guys a call at 520-445-4673, shoot us an email at Support@CleanRouter.com, or go to our website and chat with us live. We won’t be shy about besting Circle in this area!

 

6) iOS- and Android-only controls – The only mechanism that Circle provides for controlling your kids’ devices or managing your network is through an iOS or Android app.  Need to access from a computer?  No luck. On the other hand, Clean Router allows you to access your account from any computer or mobile device!

 

7) No emailed reports – Clean Router delivers a PDF report to your email nightly informing you of each device’s internet activity.  And, we just rolled out our full Smart Reporting v2 that allows you even more control over these reports! This is not a feature offered by Circle.

 

8) Limited scheduling options- Circle only offers three scheduling options for devices: “BedTime” (a time for the internet to turn off for the evening), “Time Limits” (a limit on how much time each device can spend online per day), and “Pause” (turn the internet off temporarily). Clean Router’s scheduling feature allows users to set a schedule for each device in their home for any time of day and any day of the week! For example, if dinner time is always from 6pm to 7pm, you can automatically set the internet to turn off at 6pm every day. If you would like to offer more screen time on Saturdays than Tuesdays, Clean Router (but not Circle) lets you set a different schedule for each day of the week!

 

8) Keywords – Tired of your kid going to every Minecraft site?  Enter “minecraft” into the keywords list, and Clean Router will block any site containing those words.  For Circle users, respite from Minecraft requires hunting for hundreds of different domains and websites.

 

9) No YouTube filtering– With Circle, you’ll have to allow YouTube in all its sleazy glory or block it completely. CleanYouTube, our YouTube filtering service, offers your family the best of YouTube!

 

10) The bypass option– If you hit a page and need to bypass Circle, you’ll need to..

*Sign into the controls on Circle on your phone (since it doesn’t have any web controls)

*Add the website to an approved list

*Wait approximately 60 to 120 minutes (yes, 1 to 2 hours) for the page’s cache to clear

*Go back to your site.  

And then, you have to remember to go and turn it back off!  

Our bypass option made to be used– simple, fast, and secure.

For example, Victoria’s Secret is a popular resource for women’s clothing and cosmetics, but you may not want your twelve year old lingering over the sexy photos. When my wife needs to go to there, this is what she sees:

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My wife can enter the password, choose 15, 30, or 60 minutes, and hit the Temporary Bypass page.  Clean Router will unblock the site for the amount of time designated. She can do her shopping and leave without having to worry about remembering to re-block the website.  In the time Circle users need to unblock a site, my wife can finish shopping, give herself a pedicure, AND go for a run!

11) Circle is “by Disney” – Circle has a content partnership with Disney.  For users, this means Disney ads a-plenty and product-pushing galore. With such a direct funnel, be prepared for your kids to enter a whole new world of advertisements for the latest Disney gadgets and gizmos.  After you have bought 15 copies of Frozen, and your kids have bought 20 episodes of “Hannah Montana” you might feel a little less hakuna matata. When you’re ready, Clean Router can help you let it go.

 

The Clean Router is truly the ultimate parental control, and we continue to work hard to make sure that your kids are safe online.  We have taken industrial-level filtering, and scaled it down to something easy for parents to use.  If you need any help, our award-winning support team is here to help you achieve online peace of mind. Come partner with us to block all online pornography from your home and take back control of the internet today!

 

 

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Clean Router Mesh: Fast WiFi in every corner!

Wireless internet is fantastic… until it isn’t. When your internet is down to one bar, or you happen to be sitting in the dead zone of your house, you may find yourself wishing for the “good old days” of wires and plugs. Luckily, there’s no need to look to the past; the best days of the internet are no longer yet to come– they are here!

 

Clean Router Mesh provides plugged-in speed without wires in EVERY corner! Our WiFi nodes enhance your Clean Router’s speed and coverage to blanket your home, business, or church with fast, clean internet.

 

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No more limiting streaming or online gaming to one corner of the house!

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Your internet network’s “sweet spot” is now wherever you are!

 

Clean Router Mesh is specifically designed to enhance the Clean Router’s performance. Consequently, you must have a Clean Router to use Clean Router Mesh.

 

Clean Router customers, two Clean Router Mesh nodes can be yours for only $99.99!

 

Don’t wait– order your Clean Router Mesh today by clicking here!

 

*A note for long-term Clean Router customers: Thanks for staying with us! If your router is more than two years old, and you would like to purchase Clean Router Mesh, please call us directly.

Feature Friday: The temporary bypass

Kids can spend hours a day on social media. Wouldn’t it be nice to limit their access to 15, 30, or 60 minute increments?

 

Victoria’s Secret can be a great place to purchase women’s clothing, but adolescent boys do not need to check out sexy swimsuit and lingerie advertisements. How can one internet filtering system meet the needs of all the members of a household?

 

Sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry online. Is it possible to set strict filters without compromising internet access in your home?

 

 

Clean Router provides your family the flexibility to decide when certain content is permissible in your home through our temporary bypass system. Any time Clean Router blocks a website, this page appears:

 

blockedpage_blacklist

 

For members of your household not privy to the Clean Router password, this will be the end of the road. More informed family members, however, can select a time period, enter the Clean Router password, and click “Temporary Bypass.”

 

For the amount of time designated, this website is exempt from Clean Router’s restrictions. When time is up, the site is blocked again. Users can request access again, but the password must be re-entered.

 

What does this mean for your family? Clean Router understands the internet is more than “bad sites” and “good sites.” While some content will never measure up to your family’s media standards, other websites have an appropriate time and place. We’ll let you decide precisely when that time and place is with conveniently and without compromising your online peace of mind.

 

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To learn more about what Clean Router can do to protect your family, visit our website and check out the Feature Friday section of our blog!

What’s wrong with cat videos? Check out the newest Clean Router video!

The internet has two big problems: porn and cat videos. What’s wrong with cat videos? Watch our new video below to find out!

 

 

Keep cat videos in their place with our Clean Router Proven Process!

Complete the set-up wizard
Name your devices
Enable text and email notifications
Customize time restrictions
Bookmark Settings.CleanRouter.com

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Feature Friday: Torpedoing Torrents

Do you know what a torrent is?

 

A torrent is a filesharing method normally used for less-than-savory purposes. Think downloading pirated movies or accessing free pornographic content. Many internet filters don’t block them.

 

Clean Router does.

 

If you have Clean Router protecting your home, it doesn’t matter if you know what a torrent is. We do, and we have your back. Our developers are constantly looking into the latest threats to your online peace of mind and blocking them from your home. Torrents? Torpedoed. New porn sites? Blacklisted. New way to circumvent a filter? We’re on it!

 

With Clean Router, you can trust that you have cutting edge filtering for your home– even if it has been years since you purchased your Clean Router. Our regular updates fine-tune the filters and keep your internet speed running faster than ever before.

 

Let Clean Router torpedo the torrents, block pornography from your home, and provide you with online peace of mind. To get started, click here!

Feature Friday: Why You Should Choose Clean Router

So Clean Router blocks all online pornography, filters every device in your home, provides you with internet activity reports, has customizable features, allows you to remotely log in and change your settings, and allows you to go around the filter when necessary. Is that good? For those new to internet filtering products, it’s hard to appreciate what Clean Router can do without a little comparison shopping. Here are a few things we do that other internet filters do not, and an explanation of why our extra features matter.

 

1) Clean Router touches EVERY device in your home

The most popular internet filter model is a software that parents download onto a certain number of devices. Some companies charge for each device, others do not. (For the record, we do not charge per device.) We believe that this approach, while better than nothing, fails to ensure that all online pornography is blocked from your home. For example, when (not if!) your teenager has a friend over, the friend will likely have a smart phone in his pocket. Suddenly pornography has a way into your home! Your child or teen may borrow or purchase another device without your knowledge. This would also leave your home and family members vulnerable.

 

Your home should be a sanctuary and a refuge from smut. We can make that happen. Because our filtering software is programmed into the router, not the device, Clean Router automatically filters any and every device that accesses your internet connection. With Clean Router, you know that accessing online pornography inside your home simply is not possible.

 

2) Clean Router provides customizable settings

Many filters provide limited options, so you are stuck with a filter that is either overzealous or under protective. If your filter is overzealous, the internet becomes frustrating at best and unusable at worst.

Clean Router allows you to fully customize your settings again and again. If you initially set your filters too low, go in and make them stronger. If your kids have grown enough that your previous filter settings seem excessive, you can reduce them in with just a few clicks!

We even allow you to make exceptions to your filters. If a website that you regularly visit and trust has been blocked, you can easily add it to the White List and enjoy unrestricted access. If there is a website that you use but don’t feel is appropriate for your kids (think Victoria’s Secret or an art website), you can temporarily bypass the filter without compromising your family’s safety. If a website slipped through the filters, just add it to the Black List, and our filters will block it in the future.

 

3) Clean Router filters in real time

Some internet filters (especially older ones) filter based off of lists. They block the websites and keywords on their lists, and allow everything else.

Clean Router has dynamic filters, which means our software scans each page looking for inappropriate content (with the exception of any website on our user-generated White List). It does not matter if a web page was clean last week– that page will be blocked today if pornographic content since your previous visit. The reverse is true too. If a page previously contained illicit content, but the content was deleted, Clean Router’s filters will allow access.

The internet is a constantly changing place. Filters cannot rely on lists from one or two or five years ago to consistently block all porn from your home. With Clean Router, you can be confident that our filters will examine even the most recent content.

 

When we were developing Clean Router, we saw a void that needed to be filled. No other internet filtering products provided all the features necessary to provide peace of mind. Your internet filter must touch every device in your home to ensure that pornography does not enter. Filters are notorious for hampering the online experience, so customizable settings are essential to growing families who want to enjoy the internet. Static filters may have worked in the late ’90s, but dynamic filtering systems are the only way to protect your family online.

 

Protecting families online is a big job, but we are up for the task! Why? Because here at Clean Router, we believe that online peace of mind is not just possible– it’s essential!

 

Testimonial Tuesday: Marie A.

Welcome to Testimonial Tuesday! Each week we are going to share with you a testimonial from one of our passionate customers. They will share their experiences with us as well as their favorite features of the Clean Router.

 

“I am so happy with the new router. The Internet is running faster than it has for a long time. I appreciate Clean Router and the safety net, but I am excited by the speed of this new router.

Thanks for your help.

Thanks for your extra mile when I feel so insecure about tech stuff.

Thanks for your friendly service.

Thanks for the new router.”

 

Marie A.

Lindon, Utah

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Former ‘Bachelor’ Contestant: Mom Prepped Me Against Porn

Fight the New Drug has published an interview with former “Bachelor” contestant Brooks Forester. What we loved about the interview (click here to read it) is that he described how his mother prepared him to turn away from pornography.

 

As a twelve year old, Brooks had a beloved treehouse. Equipped with electricity, carpet, and even old couches, this treehouse was his refuge. One day, though, he found a pile of pornographic magazines shoved under the carpet.

 

“As soon as my eyes meet the cover, I knew exactly what it was. My mom had told us about ‘smut magazines’ before and told us not to look at them. I sat there debating on what to do. I remember totally weighing out my options, going back and forth on what I should do.

On one side, I thought,’My mom told me it’s like drugs and drugs are dangerous.’ Then the other side retorted,’Ya but come on, man, how bad can it really be? Plus…(the wrong choice always seems to have a plus thrown in), this might be the only chance we get and aren’t you curious about what a naked women looks like?’ My 12-year-old self was in a serious conundrum.”

 

Twelve year old Brooks decided to burn the magazines… after taking just one look. But, even after one look, he found it hard to resist the magazines’ pull. He burned all the magazines but one, which he buried  in the backyard, just in case he wanted to look at it again. His mom saved him again, though, and leveled the backyard with a tractor the very next day, unknowingly destroying the marker.

 

Parents, here’s the takeaway:

 

1) Teach your kids in plain terms what pornography is and what it looks like. Make sure they will know it when they see it.

 

2) Teach your kids that pornography is addictive and dangerous. Viewing pornography may be against your religious or moral beliefs. That’s great! But, your kids need to know WHY pornography is inappropriate and harmful.

 

3) Follow your instincts. If you have a gut feeling that you need to check the browser history or institute a “no devices in bedrooms” rule, do it. Your support can bolster your children as they develop their values and improve their self control.

 

Mom and Dad, you can and do make a difference in your children’s fight against pornography. Talk to your children about pornography, and be an active part of your children’s internet lives.

 

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Why Block Porn: For your husband/wife

This installment of our “Why Block Porn” series focuses on pornography’s impact on marriages and spouses.

 

Like smoking, pornography has the most impact on users. However, just like second hand smoke, those surrounding pornography users can be drastically affected. The most dramatic example of this phenomenon is pornography’s impact on a user’s spouse.

And yet, pornography users often think the only people they hurt are themselves. Here are several reasons why “second hand pornography” is so destructive.

 

Porn ruins your spouse’s self esteem

It’s bad enough that everywhere your wife looks she sees photoshopped bikini models, “Ten ways to keep him interested,” “Get rid of stretch marks overnight,” and “Lose 15 pounds in 5 days!” Now even her husband is fascinated with made up, surgically enhanced, and digitally altered actresses.

Husbands are vulnerable as well. Pornography depicts unrealistic male bodies as well as physiologically impossible results. With all the pixelated fireworks, men feel they just can’t measure up.

 

Porn takes your spouse’s marriage

After watching pornography, viewers reported being less in love with their spouse than before. Spouses of porn addicts find that their loving, caring partner is replaced by a moody, secretive stranger. When your spouse realizes that his/her spouse’s feelings are waning, the intimacy and trust in that relationship decrease as well.

 

Porn attacks your spouse’s mental health

Upon learning their spouse has been viewing pornography, most spouses feel angry, hurt, and betrayed. But for some, the emotional effects continue and get stronger. Many spouses experience anxiety and depression. To make matters worse, they feel incredibly lonely as they feel they must keep their partner’s secret, so they have no one to turn to.

 

Regardless of what you may have thought, pornography is not a victimless habit. For the sake of your spouse (future or otherwise), block pornography from your house. Visit Cleanrouter.com to purchase your Clean Router Pro and protect your family today!

 

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