I use OPEN DNS and believe that it is an effective tool against phishing and other malware sites. Not only is it effective, but it is free!
I have sent information to my kids and they have installed it on their family PCs as a means of preventing their young ones from entering the darker side of the Internet. I just received the following newsletter and thought I would share it incase you are not acquainted with Open DNS. You will notice a banner on the left side bar of Chiriqui Chatter that can also be clicked to take you to the OPEN DNS site. In case you think this protection is not needed, you might be interested in reading the following PC World Article.
=======================================================OpenDNS September 2010 Newsletter – Home Edition=======================================================
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In This Issue
1. New York Times Endorses OpenDNS2. OpenDNS Named WEF 2011 Technology Pioneer3. How-To: Set Up Stats On Your Network4. How We’ve Stopped 1 Million Online Scams5. Facebook Contest: How Would You Describe OpenDNS?6. Customer Spotlight: Romano’s Macaroni Grill
=======================================================1. New York Times Endorses OpenDNS=======================================================
It’s been an exciting few weeks at OpenDNS. First, noted New York Timesconsumer technology columnist David Pogue gave a rave review to OpenDNS.”I’m about to make your life better,” he promised readers at thebeginning of his column, via — what else? — an introduction to OpenDNS.
Then, we experienced our biggest week of growth ever! Account creationwas up seven times the average, sales of Deluxe — our premium, ad-freeversion designed for home users like you — had their best week ever,visits to OpenDNS.com skyrocketed … The New York Times article helped,but another big factor was people like you telling their friends aboutOpenDNS through emails, tweets and Facebook sharing. Thank you for yoursupport!
And if you haven’t read the article, yet, check it out at:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/19/technology/personaltech/19pogue.html
=======================================================2. OpenDNS Named WEF 2011 Technology Pioneer=======================================================
We couldn’t be more excited to announce that OpenDNS has been named aWorld Economic Forum Technology Pioneer for 2011. The TechnologyPioneers are companies that “represent the cutting edge in innovationand are poised to have a critical impact on the future of business,industry and society.”
What’s even cooler is that when we look at previous winners of thisaward, it reads like a who’s who of the Internet — Mozilla, Google,PayPal, Twitter and Mint are just five examples. And, as part of theaward, CEO David Ulevitch will be heading to the World Economic Forum inDavos this January. Very exciting all around!
=======================================================3. How-To: Set Up Stats On Your Network=======================================================
With OpenDNS it’s simple to see which websites people on your networkare visiting. Not only can you see the most popular websites beingvisited, you can also see which blocked websites users on your networkare attempting to access and more.
* First, choose and select your network. * Then, select the “Stats and logs” option and click the checkbox to enable stats and logs. * Once you do, select “apply” and we’ll start logging data about where employees on your network are visiting.
Next month: Using OpenDNS stats to your advantage. See which websitesare visited on your home network and easily block the problematic ones.
=======================================================4. How We’ve Stopped 1 Million Online Scams=======================================================
Good news: Using OpenDNS means you and your network are protectedagainst identity theft websites commonly known as “phishing”. One of theways we identify which sites are fraudulent, and which ones arelegitimate, is through PhishTank.com, the community-driven site weoperate that we’re proud to report is the world’s largest andfastest-moving clearinghouse of phishing data.
Recently, the 1-millionth phish was submitted to PhishTank. That numbergives you a sense of how many of these scammy and nefarious websites areout there — and why it’s so important to use OpenDNS to protect yourhome Internet. Thanks so much to the PhishTank community for helpingfind and flag these websites. If you want to learn more about howPhishTank works, check out the PhishTank FAQs.
=======================================================5. Facebook Contest: How Would You Describe OpenDNS?=======================================================
When we describe OpenDNS, we like to say it makes your Internet “safer,faster, smarter and more reliable.” While this description is prettyspot on, we know you have your own way of describing OpenDNS, too.
From now until September 15, we’ll be running a contest on our Facebookpage. All you need to do to enter is become a Fan of us on Facebook, andthen post your description of OpenDNS on our wall. We’ll send t-shirtsto our five favorite slogans and descriptions. Let the best slogan win:)
=======================================================6. Customer Spotlight: Romano’s Macaroni Grill =======================================================
We love Romano’s Macaroni Grill — especially the Pasta Milano. If youhaven’t tried it yet, we highly recommend it!
The restaurant chain has more than 14,000 employees at 200 restaurantsworldwide and recently deployed OpenDNS Enterprise for centralizedcontent filtering and enhanced malware protection across every location.The company chose OpenDNS Enterprise after looking at a variety ofcontent filtering options including an appliance-based solution fromJuniper. However the centralized management from OpenDNS and the factthat IT staff could deploy the service to all 200 restaurants in minutesmade OpenDNS Enterprise a no brainer.
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