Overview: Welcome to OpenDNS and your OpenDNS account!
Welcome to OpenDNS and your OpenDNS account! You’re one step closer to a safer, faster, smarter and more reliable Internet.
Set your filtering preferences.
Want to block social networks like Twitter and Facebook or bandwidth-consuming sites like YouTube? Just go to Settings in your dashboard and choose “content filtering.”
Customize with your image and messages.
Everyone on your network will see them. Just go to Settings and set “your logo” and “your messages” under Customization.
View stats about your network activity.
Want to see which Web sites people on your network are visiting? Block problem sites in a single click? Just visit the Stats tab. (Note: it takes 24 hours for your stats to populate. Don’t worry — they’re coming!)
... And much more!
Also, if you have dynamic IP, don’t forget to download the IP Updater client (download for Windows and Mac OS X) after you add a network. You only need to download it on your (the account holder) machine, and it will ensure your settings remain in effect if your IP changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is OpenDNS? How does it work?
OpenDNS is a Domain Name System provider that allows your computer to translate domain names like google.com and wikipedia.org into their IP addresses. When you type google.com into a web browser like Firefox or Safari, your computer looks up the name “google.com” using DNS, and translates it to “126.96.36.199”, the IP address associated with a computer that helps run Google’s website.
OpenDNS can also filter websites that may be malicious or offensive to users. We use a wide range of categories to give business owners and parents content filtering options for their work or home, as well as protect users from malware and phishing sites.
How do I install OpenDNS on my router or computer?
OpenDNS is not an installable software. In order to use our service, you must change the the DNS settings on either your router or your computer’s network adapter. Please see <https://support.opendns.com/forums/21618374> for instructions on setting up OpenDNS on common routers, and <https://support.opendns.com/forums/21618384> for setting up OpenDNS on various operating systems.
How do I test whether or not I am using OpenDNS on my network?
You can visit http://welcome.opendns.com from a computer on your network. If you see the orange check, this means you are using OpenDNS. If you see the Oops message, please take a look at Router configurations (https://support.opendns.com/forums/21618374) or Computer configurations (https://support.opendns.com/forums/21618384) to ensure OpenDNS is properly set up on your network devices.
How do I remove OpenDNS from my router or computer?
OpenDNS is not installable software, but instead, entries into your computer or router’s configuration settings that tell the computer to use those servers. To remove OpenDNS, first determine if it is configured on your computer or router. You can reverse the setup instructions for your computer <https://support.opendns.com/forums/21618384 or router https://support.opendns.com/forums/21618374 to then restore your configuration to its default values.
What is OpenDNS FamilyShield? How is this different from “vanilla” OpenDNS?
OpenDNS FamilyShield is a system we introduced in 2010 to make it easier for parents to guard their children against adult content. Unlike our “vanilla” DNS package, FamilyShield does not require an account in order to provide content filtering, but instead always filters four categories of adult content: Tasteless, Proxy/Anonymizer, Sexuality, and Pornography. Unlike our standard DNS resolvers, FamilyShield DNS resolvers are at 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206. We recommend that parents wanting to use FamilyShield apply them to their children’s devices directly, particularly if they are mobile (like laptops) so that the protection follows the computer.
For information on setting up OpenDNS FamilyShield, check here: https://support.opendns.com/entries/46060300
I lost my OpenDNS settings. How do I reconfigure them?
Can I use OpenDNS with another DNS service, such as Google Public DNS or Level 3 DNS?
We do not recommend that you mix third-party DNS services. This is due to the fact that most operating systems and router firmware choose at random which DNS server to use, so if you have other non-OpenDNS servers in your configuration, this can cause problems with filtering, reporting, and phishing and malware protection.