OpenDNS is much more than you think

I recently came across a lovely, free service called OpenDNS by accident, and being the curious person that I am, I just had to read on to find out what it was all about.  Upon reading I found that OpenDNS was a neat little service, offering the following benefits to everyday people:

  • Anti-Phishing – Protects against phishing and scam sites at the lowest level of content filtering.
  • Content Blocking – Allows administrators (parents, managers, etc.) to block entire categories of sites. (Examples: Politics, Photo Sharing, Social Networking, Sexuality, Automotive, etc.)

    OpenDNS - Content Filtering

    OpenDNS - Content Filtering

  • www Navigation – Allows use of terms or keywords to get to your favorite sites.  For example, this is what you would put in your browser’s address bar with and without OpenDNS:
    • w/o OpenDNS: http://mydomain.com/category/subcategory/very_long_page_name_with_numbers_123579.html
    • w/ OpenDNS: anything-you-want
  • Statistics - View your top viewed domains, IPs, and more.  This allows parents to keep tabs on their kids, or network admins to keep tabs on Internet usage.
  • Typo Correction - OpenDNS can detect common typos in domain names.

    OpenDNS - Typo correction on Settings page

    OpenDNS - Typo correction on Settings page

  • Additional security – OpenDNS provides measures to prevent DNS Rebinding Attacks, and offers additional protection against malware/botware (IE Zero Day Exploit, Conficker Virus).
  • SmartCache Beta – This is a feature that allows users to surf the web even in the event of an authoritative DNS outage.  Read the SmartCache Beta press release for more info.
  • Improved reliability and speed – OpenDNS offers “global routing technology” that routes your requests to the closest OpenDNS server, and a more reliable network that is supposed to reduce pesky outages.

So far so good!  Since discovering the software, I have implemented it in two different locations, and both have benefited from it.  One implementation was for a parent of a teenage girl who kept downloading “games” and creating virus and malware outbreaks.  It turned out this was caused by sites disguised as the sites she usually visited… phishing sites.

If my opinion changes, you’ll be the first to know, but for now, two thumbs up for OpenDNS!

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2 thoughts on “OpenDNS is much more than you think”

  1. Don’t you think it’s a little bit risky to use a DNS provider in terms of privacy ?
    For my part, I don’t know anything about this company except this product. It’s located in a different country than mine with probably different laws concerning data handling.

    Sure, their tool seems to be very effective and I’ve been tempted many times to use it but this concern makes me keep my ISP as DNS provider so far.

    What’s your opinion ?

  2. @LionelMartin
    There’s always a risk involved with using the Internet, no matter what angle you take. There are many different ways to look at this, and don’t forget, you can turn it on/off whenever you want.

    Someone can always “see” what you are doing, there are always imprints left on the web, and your IP is shared with every HTTP connection. There are proxies out there to help reduce visibility, but nothing is perfect… nothing.

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