Controlling access to the internet is something all families should consider when young children are using the internet un-attended. It might seem trivial to you, but trust us, it’s not a trivial matter and there are many dangers out there which can be avoided by following these simple instructions.You do not need to be a IT technician to implement this and by spending 20 minutes reading this article and implementing our suggestions, you can secure your entire network and filter unwanted sites by URL or by Category and it won’t cost you a penny!
What is Open DNS?
OpenDNS is the leading provider of security and infrastructure services that make the Internet safer through integrated Web content filtering, anti-phishing and DNS. OpenDNS services enable consumers and network administrators to secure their networks from online threats, reduce costs and enforce Internet-use policies. OpenDNS is used today by millions of users and organizations around the world.
- Industry leading malware and botnet protection
- Award winning Web filtering
- Faster, reliable, more secure DNS
- Ultra-reliable, globally distributed cloud network
- Simple, Smart, Easy
What will it cost me?
A little bit of your time to set-up
What does it actually do?
What you are doing is changing two numbers in your router, which adjust the DNS servers you use to connect to the internet. By doing this, you will benefit from filtered internet access, not just on one computer but ANY computer which connects to your internet connection. You can log in and choose specific websites to block or blanket block a range of websites which are blacklisted or known dodgy sites. e.g If you want to stop your kids accessing youtube.com, simply go in and enter youtube.com into the blacklist. Bingo! Now, any computer on your connection will be unable to access youtube. You can even customise the block page e.g ‘This page is blocked, ask Dad to unblock it’ and even include your own logo or mugshot which will appear within the google search page and openDNS block pages. It’s cool, simple to use and best of all ‘effective in making your network safe’..
How do i get started?
Visit the website directly if you wish and see for yourself either click on the Home Solution or for business, you can optionally use the Small – Medium Business option, although for most small business, we recommend the basic free one as being fine.
Give me the lowdown, what do i need to do?
Ok, a brief overview is this. You need to adjust the router that you use to access the internet (box provided by ISP to share internet around your home/office). In this router, you need to log in to the admin and adjust the settings for the DNS Server IP Address. As standard, it’s probably blank or automatically assigned by your ISP. Basically, you change the DNS servers to be 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199. All this does is route all outbound traffic to the internet via openDNS which makes for a faster and more secure browsing experience. In addition, with a free account set-up with openDNS directly, you can log in and configure family filtering, virus protection and logging og site traffic in your network