Block Sites on "Incognito" or "In Private Browsing"

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    rotblitz

    If using OpenDNS, it shouldn't matter if you selected "Incognito" or "In Private Browsing" for your browser.  DNS is independent from network applications like browsers so should work nevertheless unless the browser circumvents your computer's or router's DNS settings via other means.

    Did you get the impression that your OpenDNS settings do not take effect when privately browsing?
    Then visit http://welcome.opendns.com/ to see if OpenDNS is being used at all.

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    sdsn3

    Thanks for the quick reply. Maybe I've done something wrong so it's not working. I tested a few sites - Victoria Secrect, Plaboy (official site - no nudity but page did load with at least one article...not sure what's normal or if you have to click on 18+ disclosure), and Cosmopolitian. All sites came up. Then I typed "adults only"  and clicked on "images" images populated but I didn't stick around long enough to see how vulgar they got if I continued to scroll. These results were both in regular and private browsing. I have the high filter on with a few edits (allow social media, chat,etc). Am I missing something?    

     

    Thanks again.

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    samsyst

    @sdsn3 Looks like your OpenDNS config didn't work somehow.

    'nslookup www.playboy.com' should give you 67.215.65.130.

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    Patrick Colford

    @sdsn3 It should also be noted that if 'Then I typed "adults only"  and clicked on "images" images populated but I didn't stick around long enough to see how vulgar they got if I continued to scroll.' was a Google Search, that we can't block the images hosted on Google without blocking google.com, because all the images are stored on that domain, which isn't categorized as "Pornography". You can either implement Safe Search, or use Bing as a workaround; Bing uses a specific domain (explicit.bing.net) to host all their thumbnails of adult content.

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    johank96

    OpenDNS currently does not enforce safe search. Effectively this means a user can easily access inappropriate content by entering incognito or inprivate modes, searching for anything they want using google, yahoo, or bing, and seeing anything they want by clicking on the image tab. All the major search engines cache the image content on their servers. Because OpenDNS is DNS based, the only way it can block this route is to blacklist google.com, yahoo.com, and bing.com. This is an highly undesirable solution, because these are the primary means of interacting with the internet. This incognito->search->images ultimately bypasses most parental control software and parental control routers. I've found three routers that conveniently enforce safe search at the router (I'm not affiliated with any of these in anyway. I'm just a concerned parent doing their homework.):

    www.kibosh.net (enforce safe search + service)

    http://www.blocksi.net/parental-control.php (enforce safe search + service or openDNS)

    https://www.pcwrt.com/ (enforce safe search + openDNS)

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    pentni

    So if I understand the above correctly OpenDNS doesn't work in incognito mode. Why did I bother loading it? A disclaimer before step one would be honest. 

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    rotblitz

    "So if I understand the above correctly OpenDNS doesn't work in incognito mode."

    You understand the above not correctly, and OpenDNS does work in any mode.  Where does it say it doesn't?

    "Why did I bother loading it?"

    You loaded something?  Then it wasn't OpenDNS.  You cannot load it.  It stays where it is - in the cloud.

    "A disclaimer before step one would be honest."

    What should this disclaimer express?

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    sethdmeyers

    @rotblitz

    Your reply focused on the wording of OP rather than the content of their message. If a user is able to bypass filtering simply by opening an incognito window, then it can effectively be said that openDNS is "not working." Secondly, they may have used the wrong word when they asked, "why did I bother loading it?" You could reinterpret this question as "Why did I bother implementing openDNS?" This should help clarify their concerns for you and avoid such a dismissive response. 

    The disclaimer in question would express exactly what OP is trying to express: that a parent who activates openDNS on their network in the hopes of protecting their children from inappropriate content will have their plans foiled when their child uses a private browsing session.

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    rotblitz

    Again, if using OpenDNS, it doesn't matter if you selected "Incognito" or "In Private Browsing" for your browser.  DNS is independent from network applications like browsers.  Incognito mode is effective only for HTTP, not so for DNS.

    "If a user is able to bypass filtering simply by opening an incognito window, then it can effectively be said that openDNS is "not working.""

    Yes, but this does not happen.  The OP said that it doesn't work, no matter if incognito mode or not.  So the problem was something else on their side.

    "they may have used the wrong word when they asked, "why did I bother loading it?" You could reinterpret this question as "Why did I bother implementing openDNS?""

    This was exactly my understanding.

    "such a dismissive response"

    Oops, this is your view.  It wasn't intended this way.

    "a parent who activates openDNS on their network in the hopes of protecting their children from inappropriate content will have their plans foiled when their child uses a private browsing session."

    A bad idea. It would not be true, in no way.

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    deetta370

    Ok. So I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. In normal mode, works great. Switch to incognito and its a free for all... Any advice?

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    rotblitz

    What browser are you using?  In Chrome you had to disable Data Saver mode, in Opera you had to disable Turbo mode, etc.  If you leave such features enabled, the browsers will be using their own DNS and proxies, no matter what you have configured else.

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    deetta370

    It's Chrome. I wasn't aware of the data saver mode. I'll give that a try. Thanks!

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    rochma1218

    lyle-lovely

    Thank you so much a million times over. I've tried different apps, downloaded programs, etc. Paid money, spent hours logged researching. Nothing blocked the private/ incognito browsing. My heart is overwhelmed with past regrets to finding relief now. Schools now have online homework. So shutting down the internet wasn't a choice anymore. Lyle you are a God send. Brought me to tears with relief. You gave easy steps to fallow and all of your answers work. Trial and tested to confirmed blockage of Chrome incognito, factory browser's private browsing all blocked. Even in all browser apps the image and video search is blocked. Though, searching"big dicks" did have some stuff like hats with cocks, stuff like that which is unacceptable. But still it's mind blowing knowing all I've done to try to block this stuff. Nothing would block images or video search in the browsers before. I'm positive any other download browsing app will be blocked too. I still have to test PlayStation. I'll let u all know if it works out on that. Which once upon a time I was ignorant to the game systems and games. For the parents who haven't been informed yet. Game systems are like a computers. They can access the internet an surf porn as well. Also video games are full of porn. This world is full of evil people twisted and perverse. They work hard at destroying innocence. I have failed against them before but this time the stone wall lyle-lovely provided in the above comments is standing strong. God bless you Lyle and your family always. Words can't express the depth of my gratitude. I only wish the answer would have came sooner. Lord knows the traumas and sleepless nights over my children. I will rest a bit easier, thanks again Lyle.

    Sincerely with all my heart,
    Rachel

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    lyle-lovely (Edited )

    Rachel,

    I am absolutely delighted that my endeavors have helped you. 

    It is astounding to know that the major technological firms, like Google, have not implemented functionality to effectively filter this material automatically.

    My only conclusion is that, adult material of such nature is a significant revenue stream for corporations in the form of advertising and so forth. 

    That's all very well, but there should be an automatic opt OUT and not IN for the sake of children everywhere.

    Thank you for the blessings, I feel them working already.

    Kind Regards,

    Lyle -  Ireland

     

    P.S: 

    In regards to the particular query that you inputted and it returned some adult content. If you open K9 SafeSearch and set the filter to its highest, this may rectify the problem.

    I believe K9 SafeSearch is originally defaulted to medium. You may also be able to input particular websites for exclusion.

     

     

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    rotblitz (Edited )

    "I have tested Open DNS Family Shield by inputting the server address DNS 208.67.222.222 DNS 208.67.220.220"

    This was wrong.  Using these resolver addresses does not filter anything by default.  The OpenDNS FamilyShield addresses are 208.67.222.123 and 208.67.220.123.

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    lyle-lovely (Edited )

    "This was wrong.  Using these resolver addresses does not filter anything by default.  The OpenDNS FamilyShield addresses are 208.67.222.123 and 208.67.220.123."

    Thanks Rotblitz, yes, you are right, well spotted. I changed the DNS addresses in my original post accordingly.

    I got those above DNS addresses from OpenDNS setup guide https://www.opendns.com/setupguide/ 

    In any case, at the time of writing, the server address DNS 208.67.222.222 DNS 208.67.220.220 and the OpenDNS FamilyShield addresses (208.67.222.123 and 208.67.220.123) do not filter adult content  on Google Chrome incognito.

     

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    rotblitz

    The FamilyShield addresses do filter adult content if you send your DNS traffic to them.  You apparently don't if using Chrome's incognito mode.  Refer to the developers of Chrome to see why this is and what you can do against it.

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