If you are already an OpenDNS user, this probably isn’t for you. But if you have friends or family that aren’t all that technical and need help this could be just the ticket. They can keep little Johnny or Suzy safe (or grandpa…) and not have to worry about software to buy and manage. Just set up the home router/firewall with the FamilyShield DNS server addresses and you’re ready to go. No cost, no account, no configuration, no maintenance. It all just works.
What does FamilyShield Block? The service blocks pornographic content, including our “Pornography,” “Tasteless,” and “Sexuality” categories, in addition to proxies and anonymizers (which can render filtering useless). It also blocks phishing and some malware.
For the more technical or tweakers, be aware that there’s no customization or tweaking either. For the average family that’s probably not going to be a big deal. If it is big deal then they can just step up to the “normal” free OpenDNS offering and get a few more options.
I think this is a great idea. I have a few family members that I will be switching over to this very soon.
Learn more at the OpenDNS FamilyShield product page.