Users of the free DNS service OpenDNS are already familiar with additional blocking options that an OpenDNS account offers. It is for instance possible to configure web filters to block contents such as adult themes, pornography, proxies and anonymizers or gambling.
The web filter is fully customizable to block only the selected contents in the network the DNS servers are used. Those filtering customizations are on the other hand only available for free or paid OpenDNS account owners and not for users who have simply switched their DNS servers to the provider.
OpenDNS FamilyShield has been designed for families who want a ready to run solution. The DNS servers come with family friendly filtering activated so that account creation and configuration is not necessary.
Filters to block adult contents, proxies and anonymizers are automatically active after changing the DNS servers to FamilyShield IPs.
DNS servers have an advantage over parental control software as they can be configured on a computer system or router. All devices that use the router to connect to the Internet are subject to the filtering and additional security.
Parental control software on the other hand can only be installed on supported computer systems and not devices such as Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony's Playstation 3, Nintendo's Wii or 3Ds as they are usually operating system specific.
The DNS server IPs that need to be used are 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52. These need to be entered into the router configuration or computer configuration, depending largely on the network setup and situation.
Advanced users may prefer to create an account on the site instead to block only specific web contents. Families on the other hand can use the DNS servers to install a solid web filtering solution without the hassles of configuration.
OpenDNS users have two options now to set up DNS servers from the company without account. Either the standard OpenDNS account or the FamilyShield account which offers additional protection suitable for family environments.
Update: OpenDNS FamilyShield is still freely available. You find additional information about setup and operation on the official OpenDNS website.
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