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How to Block Websites in Your System or Network with OpenDNS

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In the last article, I explained about OpenDNS and its configuration in the system. But only enabling OpenDNS is not recommended. If you are using OpenDNS, then use all features of OpenDNS to get the maximum from it. As I explained in the previous post, we can use OpenDNS to block websites and protect from illegal and spam websites. So, In this article, I will explain how to block websites in your system of the network with OpenDNS.

Also read: Ways to access blocked websites

How to Block Websites in Your System or Network with OpenDNS

To begin with security and content filtering of OpenDNS, you need to have an OpenDNS account. Just visit OpenDNS.com and create your free account. You will get the verification email. Verify your account and log in. In OpenDNS, you will have to create a network first. So, create the network and give it the name. In the basic Home package, you can only add one network.

OpenDNS block websites

Now click on the IP address in a network to open settings of that network. Here, you will see the “Web Content Filtering” page. By default, it is set to None. You can choose the filtering level as per your need. Every content filtering level can also be customized. So, you can change the default settings. Once you have selected the appropriate filtering, click on Apply button

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At bottom, you will also see “Manage individual domains” section. Here, enter the domain of the websites which you want to block.

OpenDNS web content filtering

Changes done in these settings will take around 3 minutes to be effective on all OpenDNS servers.

When changes have been refreshed, no one will be able to access blocked websites and websites which fall in the filtering levels. It will show a page similar to below.

This is how you can block websites in your system and improve the internet speed as well.

Also check: Best Proxy websites

Final Words

I personally use OpenDNS for so many reasons. Blocking website is also one of those reasons. There are many other ways but this way is good and easy to setup. It also brings some other advantages. Try OpenDNS and comment your experience with this nice DNS service.

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