Allow for Parents to block explicit images on Google Searches

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    rotblitz

    This is all known, has been discussed a lot before, and was responded by OpenDNS with "not planned"....

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    mattwilson9090

    Agreeing with rotblitz, but providing a bit more response.

    Basically what you are asking OpenDNS to do is to abandon their entire business model and the service they provide to offer something different.

    Despite all the additional features and features that have been added on, all OpenDNS services are still at their heart a DNS recursive service. This means that there is no way to add a CNAME entry anywhere for any DNS entries. This needs to be done either at the authoritative server for a domain, or at a local DNS server that uses forwarders to do internet lookups.

     

    Just about any school that I can think of is already going to have their own server infrastructure, so they would also likely have their own local DNS servers, so that would be the appropriate place for them to add the CNAME record.

    As for the proxy server, OpenDNS doesn't even offer anything close to that. It's not even DNS related. Again, the school would need to set those proxy servers up on their own network, or perhaps use a cloud based service that provides proxy services, but that's not something that OpenDNS does.

    What you are offering OpenDNS in this message is not an opportunity to add a new feature to a product, but rather an opportunity to destroy their current business to pursue an entirely different line of business.

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    jhart12345

    Rotblitz and/or mattwilson9090, do either of you know how to set up OpenDNS with Google Fiber? I'm having a difficult time (clearly not a techy guy).

     

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    rotblitz

    Why do you ask this in a thread about "Allow for Parents to block explicit images on Google Searches"?  This doesn't seem to fit...

    But well, see here: https://support.opendns.com/entries/55425230-Google-Fiber-Router-Configuration

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    mattwilson9090

    Agreed. Rather than hijacking a thread to ask a question about a completely different topic you either need to start a completely new thread, or respond to an existing thread that is already discussing your topic.

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    unclestrongbow

    Back on topic, the correct way (that requires no proxies) is to set all Google country aliases to CNAME to 

    forcesafesearch.google.com

     

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    laynerd

    rotblitz and mattwilson9090, actually OpenDNS has set up their Intelligent Proxy to deal specifically with Security issues in a way that breaks out of Recursive DNS altogether, so it's not unreasonable to ask them to modify their Intelligent Proxy in such a manner.  I personally would like to see the Intelligent Proxy set up in such a way as to allow end-user access to the proxy settings, so rather than relying solely on Security Graph to drive the requests through the proxy, you could have user-created domain "gray lists" that allow users to choose which sites they would like to be proxied so that you could block or filter at a URL level for sites that aren't always "bad" or always "good" like search engines or reddit.

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    rotblitz

    Hi info, mattwilson9090 and I are just users like you.  We do not have any influence on OpenDNS' plans for the future...

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    dlimato

    I am trying this... Block all these sites. Be careful though (gstatic.com) If you block this, it will make many google sites such as classroom or sites inoperable. 

    encrypted-tbn0.google.com  

    encrypted-tbn1.google.com  

    encrypted-tbn2.google.com  

    encrypted-tbn3.google.com  

    encrypted-tbn.l.google.com  

     

     

    tbn.l.google.com  

    gstatic.com

     

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    rotblitz

    And, was this with success "to block explicit images on Google Searches"?

    Else, this is the only right approach by now: https://support.opendns.com/entries/57304954-How-to-Enforcing-Google-SafeSearch
    (I know, it was said above already, but doesn't seem to be evident enough.)

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    dlimato

    Rotblitz. I have been unable to block explicit searches. My problem was when I blocked images.google.com, unappropriate material was still getting through.

    If I blocked gstatic, most was removed. However this rendered other google services useless.

    I will try the method here. I thought that it was asking users to manage the client browser but see that a host file can be used.

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    rotblitz

    The Google feature is merely to be used on an own DNS server although the hosts file trick is a workaround for people without DNS server capabilities.

    Here's the original Google KB article: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/186669?hl=en (Option 3)

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