OpenDNS already offered a great content filtering tool that you could set up on your home Wi-Fi router. Now the DNS provider is making it easier to block impressionable eyes from adult content—and clever proxies and other work-arounds, too.
Simply put, FamilyShield is a slightly different OpenDNS IP address that, rather than offering a set of controls and options for your home internet service, simply blocks porn and related adult content, along with anonymizers, proxies, and other tricks that we hope your kids haven’t picked up from, erm, certain tech blogs. In addition to the porn blocking, FamilyShield also provides protection against malware, phishing sites, and other bad stuff, just like OpenDNS.
Want to try it out? Change both of your home router’s DNS addresses to 188.8.131.52. Need a bit more guidance? OpenDNS explains the step-by-step for each kind of router model at their site. And if you’d rather have finer-grained control over which sites your kids can see, pornographic or otherwise, read the How-To Geek’s guide on protecting your kids using OpenDNS.
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