My OpenDNS free setup

Look at the right side of my wordpress page and you’ll see the image saying you’re (not) using OpenDNS.
Some time ago a post on lifehacker pointed me to OpenDNS. After the signup I changed the dns settings on my Wifi router and forgot about it for a while. Default the malware/botnet and phishing protection are enabled.
Then I remembered opendns and started using some other features.

  • I installed the OpenDNS-updater to update the network settings whenever I was at work.
  • To see the usage of internet I configured two networks for opendns to monitor, one called home and one called work. The stats on opendns now can be filtered based on the two networks.
  • I noticed the option of black-lists, where a certain request can be denied based on the domain. To reduce the amount of adds I added to the rules with the allways block setting.
    Blocked add
    Even the linkedin website uses this domain for its adds. And now it will never reach me again 😉

Future usage will be blocking some more based on it’s content for when my kids will be browsing the internet. Maybe I can ask my boss for a raise when I can show him my traffic stats after hours.

About erictummers

Working in a DevOps team is the best thing that happened to me. I like challenges and sharing the solutions with others. On my blog I’ll mostly post about my work, but expect an occasional home project, productivity tip and tooling review.
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