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OpenDNS

OpenDNS is a free service that perofmrs and action many people end up paying for – internet filterting.

How it works:
When you type in a web page, like “www.google.com” you are actually typing in a shortcut to a place on the internet. Your internet provided has a a DNS (Domain Name System) server that then tells your computer the real address of the webpage – 208.69.36.230 for our example of www.google.com (click on it if you don’t believe me!). Google paid for the web shortcut of “google”, just like I paid for www.markpappas.info.

Your internet provider has that DNS server – but you can override it. Here’s the slimplicty of OpenDNS. You set your computer or router to look to openDNS instead of the one your internet provided has. OpenDNS then gives your computer the real address of the webpage. However – once you have an account with opwnDNS you have other options.

When a new web page is added to OpenDNS it is catagorized in up to 54 different catagories. With your account at OpenDNS you can selectively block any selection of them in addition to a few other features.
This means that with a simple click of a mouse button in your settings window you can block Pornography.

Here are the current categories OpenDNS has-

  • Adult Themes
  • Adware
  • Alcohol
  • Auctions
  • Automotive
  • Blogs
  • Business Services
  • Chat
  • Classifieds
  • Dating
  • Drugs
  • Ecommerce/Shopping
  • Educational Institutions
  • File storage
  • Financial institutions
  • Forums/Message boards
  • Gambling
  • Games
  • Government
  • Hate/Discrimination
  • Health
  • Humor
  • Instant messaging
  • Jobs/Employment
  • Lingerie/Bikini
  • Movies
  • Music
  • News/Media
  • Non-profits
  • Nudity
  • P2P/File sharing
  • Parked Domains
  • Phishing
  • Photo sharing
  • Podcasts
  • Politics
  • Pornography
  • Portals
  • Proxy/Anonymizer
  • Radio
  • Religious
  • Research/Reference
  • Search engines
  • Sexuality
  • Social networking
  • Software/Technology
  • Sports
  • Tasteless
  • Television
  • Travel
  • Video sharing
  • Visual search engines
  • Weapons
  • Webmail

One stop internet filtering. And it’s free.

On a side note, I love stumbleupon, specifically the photography catagory.
I didn’t like the people that submit nude photos under the ‘photography’ catagory.
OpenDNS has solved that issue for me. I now end up looking at a generic OpenDNS page stating that the website was blocked for being catagorized into XYZ catagories which have been blocked by your network administrator.
I’ve been using it now for over 6 months without any issue.
Did I mention it’s FREE? OpenDNS

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