About the author, Ron DeHaas

Ron DeHaas

Ron DeHaas is the president and co-founder of Covenant Eyes. Ron has a BS and an MS in Geology from The Ohio State University and attended the University of Michigan as a PhD candidate. Ron pioneered the concept of Accountability Software, and founded Covenant Eyes in the spring of 2000, and today over 150,000 subscribers enjoy the Internet accountability Covenant Eyes provides. Ron also founded Nehemiah Ministries, a 160-acre retreat and counseling center in south-central Michigan for pastors and missionaries. (Photo from the Lansing State Journal, photographer Greg DeRuiter. Used with permission.)

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9 thoughts on “Do Internet filters work?

  1. I have told my two accountability partners to ask me point blank about Youtube, Kindle reader and Amazon. I resigned from Facebook and cancelled Amazon Prime through which I had Amazon Fire videos and tv. Not good for an old dude living alone. My evil heart can think up ways to search Facebook pages and Youtube sites that filters won’t flag. So I have tried to be proactive in my journey. And by the way, age has nothing to do with temptation and lust. I am getting close to 80 years old and find I need to do all in my power, with God’s help, to live pure in mind and heart. I surely sleep better when I do. Thanks for Covenant Eyes. It’s been a blessing.

  2. Ton, thanks for the data! Only going cold turkey was the best for me and I went to Christian and secular 12 step groups where I could be totally honest about my “secrets”. I used to try to bypass the filter and then have to ask my wife to forgive me because she knew from “history” on line where I went. It took many years for me to figure out that I had to stop any thought, word or deed that was sexual outside of my marriage. The thoughts can’t be stopped from entering but I can’t linger on them. Really, even for my children and grand children I am trying to tell them that at some point they will have to decide what to do when they see those porn images. Everyone using technology today will be seeing porn at some point. The obsessive and compulsive nature of porn and constant feeding of the prurient interests became the addiction and with it self deception and enemy deception. We need each other as brothers in Christ to open and honest and support each other not condemn. And, the ladies need each other the same way. Steve

  3. Most computers have the function where you can have a log on & password that only one person can have, thus that person is the only one who can unlock the computer when another in the household wants to use it. This works.

    • Hi Wren,

      You’re absolutely right! A password to lock out all other user’s from accessing the computer without the log in credentials can work really well! However, what happens after that password is signed in? Does the password keeper hover over the user’s shoulder while they browse on the computer or walk away? Also, what about mobile devices? An increasing number of porn searches are done through smart devices, like phones and tablets. This is why Accountability services like Covenant Eyes are so beneficial! Not only does it inform the Accountability Partner about the user’s activity and allows for an open dialogue, but it encourages good internet habits. The software also covers multiple devices, so the computer and the smart devices are covered. A computer password can protect someone by keeping them locked out, but once it’s unlocked what’s protecting their eyes, heart and mind?

  4. So the obvious question here is whether or not subscribing to CE filters is 1) Worth the money, or 2) more detrimental in fighting off the urge to look for porn then if there were no filter? This is assuming a person is already in an accountable relationship complete with internet reports.. ect.

    • Hi Ben, I think you’re on the right path. The blog is posing the idea that filters alone typically don’t work. I can speak from experience here, where every filter simply became another challenge for me to overcome. It wasn’t until I incorporated both filtering and accountability that I was able to break free. The balance between filtering and accountability is also dependent on age. For young children, a filter is a must because there are many things you just don’t want a 6-year old to see at all. But, the strategy should shift with age to help a young internet user understand the value of Biblical accountability in the life of a believer. Then, as you state, there will be a time when the sheer power of Biblical accountability and sanctification are enough where the filter can be dropped.

      Peace, Chris
      -Covenant Eyes

  5. Annelise,
    Why would the addict who states he’s in “recovery” need to have a “smart device, phone w/internet, tablets” as you mentioned? I’m not sure why your post is sarcastic. If it works for your household, great. Some addict’s will find a way around yes even Covenant Eyes if they want to view Porn. If there are children in the household then they may have to use the computer for school. However, the addict (we’ll say husband here although women can be addict’s) if serious about their recovery the computer would be the LAST thing he would want or need to access when @ home. He can get a cheap burner phone which works just fine!! A lot of households are experiencing severe financial losses & can’t afford CE even if they wanted. My suggestion gives the wife a boundary she can enforce to ensure the home is once again a safe place. If she chooses. The addict in real recovery would welcome not having access to the computer, no smart “devices” & for that matter cancel the cable& satellite TV. Our world is saturated w/sexual images & our gender which often lacks modesty but that doesn’t mean the addict can’t take as many pro-active steps that are sensible & more importantly show a heart that has undergone true Repentance with actions not just words.

    • Hello Heather,

      Great questions! On Windows computers, Mac computers, Android tablets and phones, and Kindles Covenant Eyes runs in the background and you can continue to use the browser that is already on the device, whether it be Chrome, Silk, Firefox or Safari. It is ONLY on the Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPods that Covenant Eyes becomes a separate Internet browser. On those Apple mobile devices we do suggest disabling Safari so that Covenant Eyes is the only browser available.

      If you have any further question please feel free to call our Customer Service at 877.479.1119.

      Best regards,
      Annelise

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