What if I told you I found a FREE service that…

  • helps you surf the web faster
  • corrects typos in website names on the fly
  • allows you to set up website short name on your computer
  • filters the web to keep all the porn and other harmful stuff at bay
  • did I mention it was free
  • it blocks phishing websites from loading

Every time you type in a website like www.godponders.org your computer, which in reality is dumber than a box of rocks, must check with a giant phone book provided by your isp to see where www.godponders.org is really found.  This phone book is a DNS server.

Use OpenDNS

The job of a DNS server is to translate this human-readable web address (like www.yahoo.com) into a computer-readable number also known as an IP address (209.131.36.158). Once your computer knows the IP location of a web domain name, it opens the website in your browser.

So the DNS Server can be a weak link in the speed chain for your web surfing.   If the DNS Server that your isp uses is slow, then so is your web browsing.  To solve this problem, we look at a simple and reliable service called OpenDNS that speeds up your Internet connection and also handles some other very important issues. There are no software to install, it’s very easy to set up and the price is just right – $0.

While you can use OpenDNS without even setting up an account, there is NO reason not to set up an account so you can get all the features listed above and not just a quicker DNS lookup.

Another huge advantage of using OpenDNS is that it blocks phishing websites from loading on your computer. It uses data from Phishtank, a community site that is also used by Yahoo! Mail to determine if some particular website is part of any online phishing scam.

OpenDNS also takes care of any typos that you commit while typing the name of popular websites. For instance, if you type www.gogle.com omitting the additional “o” by mistake, OpenDNS will open the main www.google.com site automatically.

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If you are a parent worried about kids visiting adult websites on the home computer, you can configure OpenDNS to block any adult website from loading on the computer. In fact, quite a few business places use OpenDNS to block social sites like MySpace and Facebook on employee computers.

You can easily set up OpenDNS through your wireless router, then every computer in your home will be using all the features.  I also changed the DSN settings on my laptop and set up the OpenDNS auto updated to keep me safe on the road.

EASY SET UP – Just set up your account and OpenDNS will guide you through the setup step by step, your grandma could follow their easy to use tutorials!

Power users can assign abbreviations or OpenDNS Shortcuts to access their favourite websites more quickly.For instance, you can set “mail” as a shortcut for http://mail.google.com/ or something like “a” for www.reallylongname.com – just type the shortcut to access the site. A good alternative for browser based bookmarks and it works across all computers where you have logged in to your OpenDNS account.

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So are you still reading this… Stop reading and go set up your  OpenDNS account.  Then come back and continue reading the rest of my blog posts.