Open DNS

Posted by Kevin Wednesday, January 9, 2008

I just heard about something extremely powerful,
and the best thing it's FREE! It's called Open DNS.


In case you don't know what DNS is heres a snip from wikipedia describing its function:

Domain Name system (DNS) associates various sorts of information with so-called domain names; most importantly, it serves as the "phone book" for the Internet by translating human-readable computer hostnames, e.g., into the IP addresses, e.g., that networking equipment needs to deliver information. It also stores other information such as the list of mail exchange servers that accept email for a given domain. In providing a worldwide keyword-based redirection service, the Domain Name System is an essential component of contemporary Internet use.--

Normally your Internet Service Provider will direct your traffic through their DNS server which can go down, or be alot slower than the server OpenDNS provides. The coolest thing about this service is that you can completely customize your network. You can choose to filter pages with certain words or content, or even block entire domains (ex. so this can provide your home network with a free way to filter content if you would like. The other interesting feature is the fact that it logs all the activity on your network! For example, if you have an open wireless network at your home, and you would like to know if your neighbor is getting on it while you are away you can check it REMOTELY by loging in to your account. Once again, this is all awesomely free! heres the link to their website OpenDNS