Free Internet Filtering with OpenDNS: Protect your computer, your kids, and yourself

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Not only can OpenDNS speed up your surfing for free, but it can also protect your computer, your kids and yourself from malicious & obscene websites for free.  OpenDNS provides an anti-phishing and filtering features that can be setup to keep selected areas of content from being accessible on your computer.  This can protect you and your kids from the dangers of obscene content such as violence, pornography, sexuality or other tasteless content.  It can also protect your computer by not allowing it to access phishing, advertising, spyware and virus-laden websites. 

Filter categories
OpenDNS Parental Controls divide the Internet’s content into more than 50 categories. You can choose your desired filtering level, from “High” to “Minimal,” or completely customize your preferences by adding additional categories or individual Web sites that are problematic or unsafe for your household.

Below is a list of the various filter categories that can be blocked from your network:

  • 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

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Difficult to bypass
Some Internet filtering software is easy to bypass, because it runs on your local computer.  OpenDNS is typically setup in your router, which makes it very difficult to bypass, and prevents other users of your home Internet connection from accessing this content.

Good filtering
PCWORLD writes, “OpenDNS is the single best solution for parents seeking to protect their kids from inappropriate Web content.”   Furthermore, OpenDNS uses one of the most advanced Phishing detection systems, Phishtank, which is very efficient at detecting phishing websites.  They have prevented over 250,000 phishing attacks to date.

However, you should be aware that some very good competitors have entered the market.  Our article comparing DNS based internet filters will help you make the best choice based on what the filters can do today.

Whatever you do, get some type of DNS-based internet filter setup today, and protect yourself and your family!

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