But a Virtual Private Network (VPN) hides the websites surfers visit and the even the country they live in, rendering the age check useless.

And using anonymous cryptocurrency to buy a VPN can add an extra, virtually impenetrable level of privacy. It can even protect web users from “sextortionist” hackers.

Tech firm Letheo is urging Brits to use the high-tech solution to beat the ban.

A spokesman said: “Unlike traditional methods, there’s no credit card payment or verification needed to run. It’s all about privacy and anonymity.

“We really want to help people regain their internet freedom back globally.”

The Digital Economy Act 2017 is an attempt to prevent kids from seeing inappropriate content, but it has been slammed as ineffective and even dangerous.

A spokesman said: “Unlike traditional methods, there’s no credit card payment or verification needed to run. It’s all about privacy and anonymity.

“We really want to help people regain their internet freedom back globally.”

The Digital Economy Act 2017 is an attempt to prevent kids from seeing inappropriate content, but it has been slammed as ineffective and even dangerous.

They are believed to have raised nearly £255,000 across 92 bitcoin addresses.

Sextortion-based email campaigns seek to extort victims by threatening to publicly embarrass them for engaging in a sexually explicit act. 

They often claim to have footage of the intended victim watching porn.

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