Restrict Web Access based on time and amount of usageNot planned
I use a chrome plug-in (stayfocusd) to help keep me from wasting my time on the internet while working from home. It works well in that I can specify how long I am able to surf a list of restricted sites during a specified time frame.
An example is I can only access my restricted sites (ex cnn.com, facebook, twitter) for 30 minutes between the hours of 8am and 4:30pm. Once I reach that 30 minute limit I can't view any of the restricted sites until 4:30pm or the next work day.
This works fine but there are many workarounds like using a different browser or uninstalling the plug-in.
Would it be possible for OpenDNS to add this feature? Having network-wide access control would be a great help to many people that have self-control/addiction issues such as myself. We all know that the internet can be a great tool and is essential for most but also a major time-drain with no way to effectively separate business from pleasure.
Fine, this feature exists: a Netgear router with OpenDNS' LPC, so "done" and no need to request it again.
Btw, this feature (scheduling and QoS and other restrictions) exists also on other routers. Check yours for this!
"Is there a way to get a solution that is either NOT Netgear or is available with other equipment?"
Yes, this would be the Enterprise line of services: http://www.opendns.com/business-security/
Some of those come with bypass feature. Not sure about scheduling. As I said, this is rather something for routers or internal servers. Many routers support this anyway. An external service like OpenDNS can't do this without you running software or hardware internally.
OpenDNS does not "restrict web access", in no way. It just restricts access to certain domains via content filtering and security settings. OpenDNS cannot control your internet connectivity.
What about the 100,000's of users that don't have/don't want/can't use that specific router?
Seems like it should be quite a simple to implement and very powerful feature. e.g. move from "Low" filter to "Custom" during work hours to block YouTube and FaceBook. (Try blocking these with normal router based domain name blocking! - if you can block either on all platforms please please post your method here)
It's not about the local resolver cache only, but also and mainly about the browser DNS and web content caches. Normal OpenDNS does not have access and influence on the browser caches, only on the local resolver caches when responding with short TTLs, shorter than commonly used. The browser caches would simply ignore this.
As this has already been requested before I am closing this for comments. While you may add your vote to Domain blocking at certain times of day, at this time we believe the Netgear Live Parental Controls integration offers this functionality to end users for time based block.
Temporary Bypass is available, and called Blocked Page Bypass, for Umbrella customers.
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