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Sky has launched a new internet protection tool, designed to help customers control which websites can be accessed via their connection.

Available for free to new and existing customers, Sky Broadband Shield runs filters across all web-enabled devices, including PCs, laptops, tablets and games consoles.

Users can filter websites according to content and age banding, changing the settings with just a click of a button. They can also block individual websites, overriding the pre-defined categories.

In addition, Sky Broadband Shield helps provide protection for all internet-connected devices against phishing sites and those infected with viruses.

Lyssa McGowan, Director of Sky Broadband, said it is important that customers are protected from inappropriate content in the digital world.

She noted that this is something Sky has always taken "extremely seriously".

"Sky has already played a leading role in protecting Sky homes from inappropriate content, as we know that’s what our customers expect," Ms McGowan stated.

“Now we’re going one step further by offering our customers great new technology which means they can feel confident that all their devices in the home are protected."

She claimed Sky Broadband Shield is "a brilliantly simple tool" that allows customers to easily choose how much of the internet to let into their homes.

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