Sunday, October 5, 2008
OpenDNS is a wonderful (and free) service which can be used to regulate Internet access and restrict viewing of certain types of sites.
One of the fundamental services on the Internet is the Domain Name Service, or DNS. DNS is used to translate symbolic names such as www.google.com to numeric IP addresses such as 184.108.40.206.
OpenDNS provides a free DNS service, with the ability to restrict resolution of certain types of sites, such as adult oriented content, gambling, alcohol, hate crimes, etc.
A good introduction to OpenDNS can be found from the link below:
Next, you need to set up OpenDNS. It involves few simple steps.
The following excellent video based tutorials will show you exactly what you need to do:
Part 1 - Setting up OpenDNS for Windows XP
Part 2 - Install the OpenDNS Updater
Part 3 - Using OpenDNS to filter sites
Another good tutorial can be found on HowToGeek.