OPEN DNS

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.

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OpenDNS September 2010 Newsletter – Home Edition
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Not a home user? Log into your account and change your account type to
receive a different version of this newsletter.
In This Issue
1. New York Times Endorses OpenDNS
2. OpenDNS Named WEF 2011 Technology Pioneer
3. How-To: Set Up Stats On Your Network
4. How We’ve Stopped 1 Million Online Scams
5. Facebook Contest: How Would You Describe OpenDNS?
6. Customer Spotlight: Romano’s Macaroni Grill
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1. New York Times Endorses OpenDNS
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It’s been an exciting few weeks at OpenDNS. First, noted New York Times
consumer technology columnist David Pogue gave a rave review to OpenDNS.
“I’m about to make your life better,” he promised readers at the
beginning of his column, via — what else? — an introduction to OpenDNS.
Then, we experienced our biggest week of growth ever! Account creation
was up seven times the average, sales of Deluxe — our premium, ad-free
version 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 about
OpenDNS through emails, tweets and Facebook sharing. Thank you for your
support!
And if you haven’t read the article, yet, check it out at:
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2. OpenDNS Named WEF 2011 Technology Pioneer
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We couldn’t be more excited to announce that OpenDNS has been named a
World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer  for 2011. The Technology
Pioneers are companies that “represent the cutting edge in innovation
and 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 this
award, it reads like a who’s who of the Internet — Mozilla, Google,
PayPal, Twitter and Mint are just five examples. And, as part of the
award, CEO David Ulevitch will be heading to the World Economic Forum in
Davos this January. Very exciting all around!
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3. How-To: Set Up Stats On Your Network
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With OpenDNS it’s simple to see which websites people on your network
are visiting. Not only can you see the most popular websites being
visited, you can also see which blocked websites users on your network
are 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 websites
are visited on your home network and easily block the problematic ones.
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4. How We’ve Stopped 1 Million Online Scams
=======================================================
Good news: Using OpenDNS means you and your network are protected
against identity theft websites commonly known as “phishing”. One of the
ways we identify which sites are fraudulent, and which ones are
legitimate, is through PhishTank.com, the community-driven site we
operate that we’re proud to report is the world’s largest and
fastest-moving clearinghouse of phishing data.
Recently, the 1-millionth phish was submitted to PhishTank. That number
gives you a sense of how many of these scammy and nefarious websites are
out there — and why it’s so important to use OpenDNS to protect your
home Internet. Thanks so much to the PhishTank community for helping
find and flag these websites. If you want to learn more about how
PhishTank works, check out the PhishTank FAQs.
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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 pretty
spot 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 Facebook
page. All you need to do to enter is become a Fan of us on Facebook, and
then post your description of OpenDNS on our wall. We’ll send t-shirts
to our five favorite slogans and descriptions. Let the best slogan win
🙂
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6. Customer Spotlight: Romano’s Macaroni Grill
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We love Romano’s Macaroni Grill — especially the Pasta Milano. If you
haven’t tried it yet, we highly recommend it!
The restaurant chain has more than 14,000 employees at 200 restaurants
worldwide and recently deployed OpenDNS Enterprise for centralized
content filtering and enhanced malware protection across every location.
The company chose OpenDNS Enterprise after looking at a variety of
content filtering options including an appliance-based solution from
Juniper. However the centralized management from OpenDNS and the fact
that IT staff could deploy the service to all 200 restaurants in minutes
made OpenDNS Enterprise a no brainer.
OpenDNS
410 Townsend St, Suite 250, San Francisco, CA 94107 USA

=======================================================OpenDNS September 2010 Newsletter – Home Edition=======================================================
Not a home user? Log into your account and change your account type toreceive a different version of this newsletter.
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!
http://bit.ly/9zXC30
=======================================================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.
http://bit.ly/9SLKUz
=======================================================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.
http://bit.ly/d8GwVA http://www.phishtank.com/faq.php
=======================================================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:)
http://www.facebook.com/OpenDNS
=======================================================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.
— OpenDNS410 Townsend St, Suite 250, San Francisco, CA 94107 USA

13 thoughts on “OPEN DNS

  1. I think your button got me to complete the switch to OpenDNS. I had only been using it on my laptop (file with DNS server addresses or set up to get IP Address only with DHCP). Thanks for pointing this out to your other readers.

  2. Hi Don!

    Thanks for helping to get the word out about OpenDNS! Love the button placement 🙂

    If you or your readers ever have any questions about OpenDNS, feel free to get in touch!

    -Laura

  3. Hi Laura. I have used it for some time and I sometimes forget about it. It is also a goos thing to have to be using when you travel because some countries block URLS with their DNS servers.

  4. Hi Don,
    THANKS. I put this on and have not had one of those stupid pop ups that say my website can’t be found. The websites just seem to jump now when they come up.
    The instructions at the OpenDNS website didn’t make it clear to me that I was supposed to enter the DNS numbers from the illustration. I thought I was going to have to do an install or something. This was too easy after I got past the last hurdle. The other thing is someone doing this needs to make sure they highlight or click on the one area that again wasn’t too clear in order to get the desired screen to continue.

    With this do I need a Norton’s program? I am so tired of seeing their pop-up intruding on everything I do with my new computer where I installed the “free trial” so I would love to not use them just because they seem to slow down my system and do this annoying pop up.

    Again THANKS,

    Ed

  5. Well the good thing is that I’m not letting MS find the “best” route for me and am now getting connected and fast connects too.

    Ed

  6. Can’t install OpenDNS. My Ubuntu 10.4 network has IPV6 not IPV4 and none of the setting look like those in OpenDNS installation instructions.

    bob

  7. Hi CB. Being lazy, why don’t you contact Laura, who left a comment above. Her email is laura@opendns.com.

    All you really have to do is put in the DNS addresses that they give you on their website into your DNS config and stop using Auto DHCP.

    I use Open DNS on all of my PCs, be it Linux, Apple, or Windows.

  8. Don Ray, I’ve been hearing about this for a long time now, and am trying this on your recommendation. Thank you.

    P.S. Your PC World link has an extra http in it.

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