Have you ever had the experience of searching for something on a search engine and then been exposed to offensive content? Have you ever had guests use your computer only to find out, they’ve been visiting places they shouldn’t have gone? Have you ever visited a site and wondered whether the website is legitimate or not? Have you ever wished there was a way to restrict the results that come from search engines? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then look no further. There is an absolutely free solution to your internet content filtering needs.
There is a way to limit what your computer displays when it is visiting the internet. The answer is OpenDNS.com. The setup is relatively simple. It works for changing the access of a single computer or changing an internet access point like a router. The directions are found at https://www.opendns.com/start/. The configuration I have personally used is to configure it on the NAT Router that’s connected to the Cable Modem. This catches all output searches and filters them through OpenDNS. This means I don’t have to worry about new computers that are connected to my network. They’re all subject to the OpenDNS internet filtering.
You basically create an account with OpenDNS to access the OpenDNS Dashboard. Once you have logged into OpenDNS.com you can change the internet filtering from High (Very Restrictive) to Minimal (Very Relaxed) to None. Each level turns on/off category filters listed in the level of protection you’re seeking.
Protects against all adult-related sites, illegal activity, social networking sites, video sharing sites, and general time-wasters.27 categories in this group – View – Customize
By enabling phishing protection, you’ll protect everyone on your network from known phishing sites using the best data available.
Choose the categories you want to block.
But wait there’s more
Not only does it allow you to set category filtering, it also has these other features:
Track which websites are being accessed by users of your computer or network just by enabling statistics
Track which websites were blocked, which sites are phishing, which sites have malware.
Add URL shortcuts to OpenDNS and it will resolve it to the proper address.
Add a website to a Blacklist to never allow access to the URL.
Add a website to a Whitelist to always allow access to the URL (for instance, allow a subdomain to be accessed even if it’s in a blocked category)
The best part of OpenDNS is it’s absolutely free. I’ve been using it for a couple of years now and I usually forget it’s there until something pops up as being restricted. If you’re looking for something to protect your family, home, church or any other organization you should give this service a try.