OpenDNS hosts several services related to the Domain Name System that offer additional benefits to the Internet community. These DNS related services are discussed in greater detail in the following topics.
Domain Tagging: community.opendns.com/domaintagging
Domain tagging is an OpenDNS community activity that adds new websites to the content filtering categories such as Adult Themes and Social Networking. The categorization of websites facilitates OpenDNS Web content filtering.
The domain tagging process begins when an OpenDNS community member tags a new domain with a category type. The remainder of the community votes on the accuracy of the submission. OpenDNS then analyzes the accumulated data and combines the results with our proprietary categorization methodology, which ensures the accuracy and effectiveness of the categorizations and eliminates abuse.
You can participate in domain tagging by becoming an OpenDNS Community Moderator to assist OpenDNS community members with OpenDNS domain tagging.
Check a Domain’s Categorization
The OpenDNS Domain Tagging community page also provides the ability to check the currently tagged and applied categorization(s), if any, of a domain. Domain owners are encouraged to participate in the OpenDNS community and to use this free OpenDNS domain checking service to verify and vote on the community’s categorizations of their domain(s).
OpenDNS operates PhishTank as a standalone Internet service that builds a database of websites identified by community members as promoting phishing on the Internet. Phishing is a fraudulent attempt, typically initiated through email, to steal your personal information by taking you to a website that looks legitimate, but is not.
OpenDNS provides an open, free-to-use, Application Programming Interface (API) for Internet developers to incorporate the PhishTank database into Web applications. For more information about using the PhishTank database, go to PhishTank Developer Information.
OpenDNS utilizes the PhishTank database in combination with additional proprietary algorithms in our anti-phishing security feature, which is found in all of the OpenDNS solutions.
OpenDNS community members participate in PhishTank, and you can read more about it in the PhishTank FAQ.
OpenDNS operates DNS-O-Matic, a standalone Internet service for dynamic IP networks, which simultaneously sends your new IP address (whenever it changes) to the 3rd-party Internet services you specify.
DNS-O-Matic is intended for dynamic IP networks that subscribe to multiple services which, like OpenDNS, rely on an accurate IP address to function properly. Many networks use dynamic IP addresses, which eventually change. When a network’s IP address changes, unless the new IP address is broadcast, services like OpenDNS will no longer be mapped to the network originally configured.
DNS-O-Matic ensures that all IP-address-based services are maintained for networks that use dynamic IP addresses by announcing your new IP to those services.
Internet users can manage their service subscriptions at documentation on that website to become a DNS-O-Matic member and configure your services.