OpenDNS

Severe geek stuff warning. If that scares you, read it anyway. Just skip the first 2 paragraphs

There are only 2 things, technologically, that drive me bonkers. The first is credit card processing on any POS system. Getting that to work once it leaves the bench can sometimes be quite a harrowing experience. I’ve wasted many hours chasing down problems then having to assist a site’s manager with the end of day books to make everything balance.

The other is DNS. I can honestly say that I do not like dealing with DNS issues. Nope. Not even a little bit. But I do and I can because it’s my job. It’s just that it is more than slightly confusing to me and I usually end up confusing my reverse look-up zone with my forward look-up zone. That, or I don’t remember if I was supposed to use an A-record entry or a CNAME entry. Ugh.

Anyway, this is all stuff that most of you never, EVER, have to deal with. You open the network properties on your computer or router and configure the DNS server there, usually using the one provided by your ISP.

I can tell you that the DNS server your ISP has sucks. But I am going to recommend one to you that does not suck.

OpenDNS.

From their site:
>OpenDNS protects more than a million people a day across hundreds of thousands of schools, businesses and homes as they navigate the Internet. We block phishing sites and give you the power to block adult sites, proxies and individual domains.

And, all of that stuff works. And it works great! The servers make the internet faster and safer at the same time! You can even set up a free account and make changes to how it reacts to typos (.cmo, .nte for example), what sites you want to block access too (adult, phishing and others) plus it gives you a record of anytime someone tries to access those. It’s truly a great service and the very best part of this?

It’s free.

Free like beer my friends. It will cost you nothing to use OpenDNS. You don’t even need an account to use OpenDNS, only if you want the extra features. Faster safer internet. Would be perfect if you are planning on participating in the new years challenge. Only takes a minute to do. Leave a comment below if you are interested in setting this up and need a little assistance.

Published by Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

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