Archive for August, 2010

Content Filtering & Security

/ August 30th, 2010 / Comments Off

The Internet can be a very scary place for many reasons.  New threats seem to be popping up on a daily basis and are becoming harder and harder to deal with.  The challenge of keeping users on your networks safe from malware, botnets and phishing scams can be quite daunting and quite expensive.

I’ve tested many content filtering devices with mixed reviews and have never found one I would be willing to promote to my clients until now.  The funny thing is, is that it’s not an appliance at all!  It’s a cloud based service called OpenDNS.

OpenDNS takes a very simple and direct approach to content filtering. (download their whitepaper) Rather then installing expensive hardware and adding ton’s of overhead too your Internet connection, OpenDNS checks the domain for security when DNS requests are made.  Quick technical note: DNS stands for Domain Name Service.  DNS resolves easy too remember names like cnn.com, espn.com or royerseo.com to IP addresses.  Humans tend to remember names easier then long numbers.

This revolutionary approach has made content filtering and security affordable for families and businesses alike.  Setup is snap and the entire service is managed via your own web dashboard. 

If you are a business owner interested in reducing online distractions or a concerned parent trying to keep your children safe online, OpenDNS has a solution for you.