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1: Seeker

When I use the imgur app on my android phone, I can see images, but gifs do not load. However, on the same phone, on mobile data, or other WiFi (not Vodafone broadband), it works fine. 

Also, if I use my laptop on my Vodafone home WiFi, and go to imgur.com. I cannot load any images or gifs. 

This has been happening for around 2 weeks now. But as it is my main source of entertainment, I would really like this problem fixed.

 

Many thanks for any help.

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2: Seeker

Hi John,

 

There was a thread about this a while back, and it's something to do with Vodafone Broadband blocking imgur. I can't remember exactly why, but the workaround is just to change your DNS settings.

 

If you log into the router settings (192.168.1.1 password vodafone), then in Expert Mode, it's Internet > DNS & DDNS, then change Automatically to Manually. I'm using 8.8.8.8 which is the Google DNS.

 

Hope this helps

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2: Seeker

Hi John,

 

There was a thread about this a while back, and it's something to do with Vodafone Broadband blocking imgur. I can't remember exactly why, but the workaround is just to change your DNS settings.

 

If you log into the router settings (192.168.1.1 password vodafone), then in Expert Mode, it's Internet > DNS & DDNS, then change Automatically to Manually. I'm using 8.8.8.8 which is the Google DNS.

 

Hope this helps

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1: Seeker

Yes, that fixed it all! Thank you so much!
Will this have a knock-on effect on anything else though?

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9: Established

Yup - will make DNS lookup's quicker and generally improve your internet experience.

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2: Seeker

It's because Vodafone are "man in the middle" attacking your web traffic, and replacing the imgur https certificate with their own.

So Vodafone are able to inspect in clear text any traffic between you and imgur.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man-in-the-middle_attack

 

Changing your DNS servers does prevent Vodafone from doing this, but they shouldn't be even thinking about trying to do it in the first fffing place. 

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4: Newbie

I know this is an old thread - But I've just happened accross it and it's solved a problem for me.

 

For the last month or so I've noticed images on totally innocuous message boards not loading (I switched to Vodafone Broadband on the 1st of June this year), I didn't really link it to anything and it didn't massively bother me.

 

I also noticed images in my Reddit app coming up with an error when they were clicked on, and not displaying. I thought this was a problem with the app (Sync Pro) as it is often updated and thought they might have broken something - I was waiting for the next update to fix it...

 

Anyway after finding this thread whilst browsing the forum - I thought I'd try changing my DNS servers on the off chance, and it worked. Everything is fixed now, all sites and images load correctly.

 

I've read elsewhere that it's to do with the content control and filtering. I'm not particularly paranoid and I don't mind having content control and safety/illegal content filters - as long as they're maintained correctly by the ISP and work properly. But surely this is quite a big oversight by Vodafone having regular every day websites broken as a side effect?

 

I've never heard of this happening with other ISPs.

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13: Advanced Member

I switched to the Google DNS servers to view an Imgur image. Firefox did then complain about the Imgur certificate and I had to add an exception.

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