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 doubleclick.net to the rules with the allways block setting.
    Blocked doubleclick.net 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

My work as a recruited developer changes almost every month. 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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