Blocked domains quota limit reached

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    rotblitz

    OpenDNS VIP has a quota limit of 50 entries and also whitelist-only mode, OpenDNS Enterprise has a limit of a few hundreds.

    But if you need so many, you may consider you're doing something wrong...

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    jcumini
    Rotblitz thanx fue your fast and precise answer! Just what I needed to know. I explain: opendns helps me a lot in blocking unwanted sites. But if I search pornography I can find it for example in Vimeo. I want todo add each site I discover with this characteristics.
    Thank you very much!!
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    etharp
    I tagged sites that are pornographic, but the approval process is slow and my son can easily find 50 untagged sites. What can I do?
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    mattwilson9090

    OpenDNS does not block websites, only domains. If there is no pattern to the domains that are visited, so that you could block multiple domains with a single entry, regardless of the number of blacklist slots you have you'll rapidly use them up.

    You could try blocking some other categories that are similar or related to porn to block additional domains, but that probably won't get you much.

    Assuming that your son can easily find 50 untagged sites by using search engines you could try blocking the search engine category and then whitelisting one or two search engines that you trust to return "safe" information. If you want to continue using something like google you could also try forcing safesearch for your entire network. Directions for that are available here in the OpenDNS forum, but frankly it does take some technical expertise that is beyond most people, and it's not something that OpenDNS can do for you.

    You could also block the proxy/anonymizer category since many people try to use those kinds of websites to get around internet restrictions.

    Frankly though, since porn viewing and consumption is more of a behavioral issue, you can't rely on technology to totally control or block it. You'll probably have to take non-technological approaches as well, or completely brute force methods, such as physically disabling the internet connection at various times throughout the day.

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    rotblitz

    @etharp
    "What can I do?"

    It seems you didn't read my answer to the same question.   Here again:
    OpenDNS VIP has a quota limit of 50 entries and also whitelist-only mode, OpenDNS Enterprise has a limit of a few hundreds.

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    etharp

    @rotblitz: Since I already have Home VIP, your suggestion is that I go to Enterprise. Hmmm. @mattwilson9090: Sorry about referring to domains as sites. Clearly I'm in a pointy-headed crowd and should have more careful. I have already done everything on your list except for blocking search engines and whitelist the "good" ones. I have to think about that. It'll slow him down and that's all I'm asking for.

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    mattwilson9090

    Actually, that wasn't his suggestion at all. Since we had no idea that you were actually using OpenDNS VIP he suggested that or OpenDNS Enterprise as options. Along with the suggestion for OpenDNS VIP he did say that it could be operated in whitelist only mode, which while it can be a pain to manage, especially when first turned on, will effectively block all uncategorized domains until they are whitelisted.

    As to the comment about being point-headed my comments were not intended as insults or put downs. There are fundamental differences between blocking by domain, site, or URL, and they are most definitely not interchangeable. In order to effectively use this or any other security tool it is vital to understand the difference and to be aware of what it is capable of, and not capable of.

    You said you've done everything (other than restricting search engines) on my list. What were the results of the non-technological or brute force approaches?

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