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Content Filter

by TigerJon73 / February 26, 2009 5:04 AM PST


I don't know if this is the right catagory for this post, but here goes. Can anyone recommend a good internet browser content filter, perhaps one that will work for multiple browsers on the same machine (IE and Firefox). I am currently using FF's filter add-on but it blocks content it shouldn't (I have pornography blocked but it blocks me when I google CONTENT FILTERS and try to visit www.sharewareconnection.com). I don't know if IE even has such an add-on. I'd like something I can choose a catagory (i.e. alcohol, drugs, etc.) or a specific website. Thanks for any help.


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by Donna Buenaventura / February 26, 2009 8:48 AM PST
In reply to: Content Filter


You can set-up your connections of all computers to use Opendns dns servers. It has content filtering from adults, malicious sites, malicious ads, rogue software, etc

If you register a free account in OpenDNS website, all computers can be controlled to see personal message that they've reach a bad site so it won't load.

1. OpenDNS - No software is required to use OpenDNS. This service is free to all users. Simply enter the following DNS servers in your router or internet connection settings to start using OpenDNS:
You can create a free Opendns account to configure the filters (to block adware, rogue spyware, phishing, other bad sites or to allow it to auto-correct misspelled website, or enter your home network so all computers in your home network or business network will use OpenDNS and will be protected from the spyware, rogue, phishing etc)

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More Help needed with OpenDNS
by TigerJon73 / February 27, 2009 10:04 AM PST
In reply to: Opendns

Hi Donna,

I am going to give OpenDNS a shot but I have a question about adding my first network. When I first registered I clicked the confirmation link in the email message I was sent and was taken to the NETWORKS page. Under Add a network there is an IP address (** ** * **) and a tab underneath ADD THIS NETWORK. Do I need to add the IP address already given or do I add mine? I tried to enter mine and I get an error telling me "You cannot add a network in private IP space." Any ideas? Thanks.


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Are you on a router Jon?
by Donna Buenaventura / February 27, 2009 11:20 AM PST

Please post in your reply the first few digits of the IP address that you are trying to enter e.g. 202.1xx.xx.xx (please do not post all the IP address)

You only need to add the OpenDNS servers and make sure it's running when you visit the www.opendns.com/welcome/ instead of seeing Oops! page.

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Not sure how to enter the DNS servers
by TigerJon73 / February 27, 2009 11:52 AM PST

I have a Linksys WRT54GS router. From the setup page I do not know how to enter them. Any ideas? Thanks again.

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OK here's the steps for Linksys Router
by Donna Buenaventura / February 27, 2009 12:06 PM PST

1. Visit the router's IP address in a new browser window. is the default Linksys router IP address. Jon, my linksys is using - not sure yours
2. Enter the Network password.
3. Type in OpenDNS addresses in Static DNS 1 and Static DNS 2 fields.

Please write down your current DNS settings before switching to OpenDNS, in case you want to return to your old settings for any reason.

The addresses for Open DNS are:
4. Click Save Settings button.

See if that helps. If not, you will need to go to Network Connection in your computer to enter the Open DNS servers:
Example: https://www.opendns.com/start/windows_xp.php
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Thank You!
by TigerJon73 / March 2, 2009 11:08 AM PST

Hi Donna,

So far so good on OpenDNS. I think it's going to work great for our needs. Thank you for the advice and help installing.


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You're welcome Jon!
by Donna Buenaventura / March 2, 2009 1:45 PM PST
In reply to: Thank You!

I hope you register a free account so you can manage what you like OpenDNS to block or allow.

It's not necessary though. Only if you want to manage.


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