Ability to block subdomains or website subsections

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    rotblitz

    With OpenDNS (as DNS service) you can block domains and subdomains only, not URLs, images or any other web objects.  You simply do not send this information to OpenDNS with your DNS queries, so it cannot be used.

    I cannot access the site you have linked to from here, because it is blocked in this network, so cannot really comment on it.  If this is a list of subdomains like example.reddit.com, and they're all porn, simply submit them in batch mode: 
    http://community.opendns.com/domaintagging/submit/ 
    You'll have to wait until they got enough votes and got finally approved under a category by a domain tagging moderator.

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    ben

    Well that's too bad. They are not subdomains but rather structured as www.reddit.com/r/subjectmatter.

    I suppose one could petition reddit's moderators to convert to a subdomain structure, but that's a longshot.

    This kind of thing really tests the limits of OpenDNS's purpose. It seems a shame to have to block one of the web's most useful general sites just because some sections of it are objectionable.

     

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    mr_milez

    Wait a second, with OpenDNS, you can get to URL level, but looks like it is wrapped up in the business service:

     

    "deep inspection below the DNS layer using proxy-based, URL-level filtering"

     

    This was found on the Packages/Pricing page for the Umbrella by OpenDNS service here:  http://www.opendns.com/enterprise-security/packages-and-pricing/

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    mr_milez

    Just more info here, but researched over on Fortiguard.com which is business only :( but just to show they got their game on they have www.reddit.com listed as newsgroup and reddit.com/r/nsfw as pornography.

    http://www.fortiguard.com/ip_rep/index.php?data=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com

    http://www.fortiguard.com/ip_rep/index.php?data=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fr%2Fnsfw

    I'd be more than happy to pay up for a home filtering service that can have URL filtering....

     

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    Kristy Patullo

    To clarify, some of our business packaging comes with URL filtering by the Intelligent Proxy which filters out 'grey' URLs on domains that may be suspicious/malicious when the rest of the domain should still be reachable, but customizable URL filtering, where one can choose which URLs are filtered and unfiltered in more of a content filtering situation is not yet available. 

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    laynerd

    Yeah, it seems to me that the intelligent proxy could absolutely be utilized to this end. Rather than just relying on security graph to drive the proxy, you could have custom "graylist" domains that would force the proxy to kick in and then have a subreddit or subsection of the site that is blacklisted.  I've wanted the same thing for Craigslist which is perfectly useful for many things but we would love to block the "personals" section.

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