Notifications when blocked domains are attempted to be accessed.

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    rotblitz

    Do you request this for the free home version?

    This is more or less a duplicate of the following:
    https://support.opendns.com/entries/21926700
    https://support.opendns.com/entries/21889695
    https://support.opendns.com/entries/69646264
    https://support.opendns.com/entries/50441884
    https://support.opendns.com/entries/22339569

    There are bad chances to get this done, because this is part of the Enterprise versions of their services, and they may not give it away it for free.

    "from what device"

    This isn't technically possible anyway with the free versions, because you don't send this information with your DNS queries to OpenDNS.  This information is not part of the DNS protocol.

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    kshea3

    Yes, this was a request for the free home version....and fair enough, I thought that might be the case. thanks for the quick feedback. I'd pay a small fee to have this added as a feature. 

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    mattwilson9090

    You should be aware that OpenDNS does not record every instance that someone tries to access a particular website. What it is logging is when it receives a DNS request from something on your network. It's possible that someone could be trying to access the same website that you want blocked several times a day, but due to caching by various devices on your network, the only time OpenDNS will "know" about it is when it receives the first DNS request. After that, until the cached date expires OpenDNS would have absolutely no idea of further attempts.

    Plus, OpenDNS is not just recording when someone tries to visit a particular website. A DNS lookup to a domain you don't approve of could also just as easily be caused by an advertisement or script running on a website that you DO approve of.

    To be useful in addressing the behavior of people on your network you would need to know the time that something happened, the device it happened from, as well as the software it happened in, and if that software was a browser, what actually caused it, otherwise you could blame someone for "visiting a forbidden website" when no one was actually doing so.

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