Explicit Search Engine blocking to create competition to improve filtering technology

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    rotblitz

    "If OpenDNS were explicit about blocking specific major search engines"

    OpenDNS doesn't block anything by default except phishing and malware domains.  This is good as it is.

    But OpenDNS users can block and whitelist again what they want with their settings, as you have experienced at
    https://support.opendns.com/entries/54562570-Option-to-block-all-search-engines-except-Bing-or-higher-fidelity-search-engine-blocking-
    So, it's everything already there, no need for anything else.

    "I'd bet that Google Image Search is by far the largest porn site on the planet."

    A very venturesome theory.  But why worry, simply block Google with OpenDNS.  My concerns about Google are of a different nature...

    "Look at the number of forum entries in OpenDNS for blocking it."

    Also looked at the usual answers?  Google SafeSearch and related tools are the way to go.  Or blocking Google as a whole.

    "Create additional Web Filtering Catagories for Google, Bing, Yahoo(?)"

    Why undergo the complex management of categories of domains if one or a few entries in the "always block" list do the job already?

    "This would allow administrators to have greater granularity"

    Really?  I'm not convinced.  I rather see more confusion with most OpenDNS users (which are not necessarily what you would call "administrators").  It's easier to handle things like Google SafeSearch, or to simply block Google as a whole.  One can live without them.  You even can see their search results if you want without ever visiting them.

    "how well the major search engine supported domain based blocking."

    My guess: they would be little more than just unimpressed.  If I would be Google, I would be unimpressed.

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    nwuser7

    Clearly, not someone trying figure out what is good in an idea.

    rot: "Also looked at the usual answers?  Google SafeSearch and related tools are the way to go.  Or blocking Google as a whole."

    OpenDNS doesn't allow you to block 'Google as a whole.' - that is exactly what I'm asking for.

    rot: "Why undergo the complex management of categories of domains if one or a few entries in the "always block" list do the job already?

    You can't block Google with just a few entries.  What you have stated is categorically wrong.

    rot: "Really?  I'm not convinced.  I rather see more confusion with most OpenDNS users (which are not necessarily what you would call "administrators").  It's easier to handle things like Google SafeSearch, or to simply block Google as a whole.  One can live without them.  You even can see their search results if you want without ever visiting them."

    Again, OpenDNS doesn't allow you to block Google as a whole without blocking ALL search engines.  That is exactly what I'm asking for.

     

     

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    rotblitz

    "Again, OpenDNS doesn't allow you to block Google as a whole without blocking ALL search engines.  That is exactly what I'm asking for."

    You get what you ask for!  Simply add google.com to your "always block" list, and don't block the Search Engines category.

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    Patrick Colford

    Hello,

    You can block Google as a whole with our service. Add "google.com" to your "Always Block" list by clicking "Add Domain" (as shown in the below image) and make sure that your registered IP address is up to date for your content filters to be applied to your network. If you have google.com as always blocked, an updated registered IP address, and your DNS settings pointed to OpenDNS, you'll be blocked from accessing Google.

    If you believe you're correctly configured and you're still not blocking anything, open up a support ticket with the results of our Diagnostic Tool, and we'll be happy to help you.



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