Add the ability to add a redirect for a category block

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    rotblitz

    Similar ideas have always been refused by OpenDNS - for security reasons.  See, someone could use redirects to point to any domain/site like malware or phishing or whatever.  Redirects are too dangerous and are already used a lot for malicious activity by criminals.

    To achieve what you want, you can use the customization part the category block page. You could say: "If you want to visit a [**** sharing] site, only [domain name for **** sharing] is allowed in this network" or so.

    If you still want to have this redirection, you had to run your own proxy server or DNS server where this can easily be done with.

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    Jeremy Bonine

    Thanks, great suggestion! I was figuring if it was set by who was the admin it would be secure but I get the point.

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    woodyk0232

    If the redirect is only applied to the given account then I fail to see how this is a security risk.  The only risk will be misconfiguration by the admin.  I would disagree on the "Redirects are too dangerous and are already used a lot for malicious activity by criminals.".  This would be similar to saying "The internet is too dangerous because it is used a lot for malicious activity by criminals."  If the reasoning for not allowing this usage is due to business rational then I would understand.  I think Jeremy is on point with the request and would expand the feature sets greatly for the service.  Maybe even make it part of the ViP and Business class services.  

    5 cents given since I am out of change for 2... 

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    rotblitz

    Block page redirection (and block page bypassing) is already part of some Enterprise service versions where usually IT experienced people are handling this.  But still, the feature would be too dangerous for the nowadays average home user lay(wo)man.  Therefore OpenDNS most likely will not implement it for any home version.  And they certainly would not give away Enterprise-only features for free or nearly free.

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    woodyk0232

    Good to know.  I have been using the OpenDNS service recently and I am very please with it.  The general concept is very intriguing and has many existing and potential applications in security related services for home use and enterprise.  I appreciate the quick response seeing it is the day after Thanksgiving.  Thanks for the information and have a an awesome holiday season.

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