Free Adult Content Filter Using OpenDNS

I have been looking for a solution to Adult Content Filtering for some-time now. A co-worker lead me on to the OpenDNS website, and I noticed that it had the Adult Content blocking feature I was wanting. See here are the steps that I took to get Adult Content Filtering on my home network:

Hardware: Dell XPS M140 Laptop and another Dell Desktop

Operation Systems: Windows XP Professional, Ubuntu 7.10

Internet Browsers: Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 2.0

Internet Service Provider: Charter Communications

Steps to use OpenDNS (I choose the wireless router path)

  1. http://www.opendns.com/start
  2. I used a D-Link DI-524 router at home and followed the DI-624 instructions (these are the same instructions)
  3. I then used the following OpenDNS IP addresses: 208.67.222.222 (primary) and 208.67.220.220 (optional)
  4. You should now be set to use OpenDNS (check here) –> http://welcome.opendns.com

If you have made it this far, then you are almost setup for your adult content filtering. To get this working do the remaining steps;

  1. Create an OpenDNS account.
  2. Add your network IP address (top right corner of webpage)
  3. Set the Adult Content to block

Here is a list of the categories you can block:

Block lingerie/bikini sites
Sites displaying or dedicated to lingerie/bikini that could be considered adult-only.

Block nudity sites
Sites that provide images or representations of nudity.

Block pornography sites
Anything relating to pornography, including mild depiction, soft pornography or hard-core pornography.

Block sexuality sites
Sites that provide information, images or implications of bondage, sadism, masochism, fetish, beating, body piercing or self-mutilation.

Block tasteless sites
Sites that contain information on such subjects as mutilation, torture, horror, or the grotesque.

Block adult-themed sites
Sites that are adult in nature and are not defined in other rating categories. Note: This category should only be turned on if you want to be very restrictive on your network.

Block proxy/anonymizer sites
Sites providing proxy bypass information or services. Also, sites that allow the user to surf the net anonymously, including sites that allow the user to send anonymous emails.

There is even a feature that allows you to make exceptions for unblocking specified websites. All you need to do is add the website URL to your dashboard Whitelist. The best part of all this is that it will help keep you more secure from phishing and keep a good portion of the sleazy parts of the internet from our children and yourself. All changes to the OpenDNS dashboard can be applied to all content going through the network. You can even use the same account to monitor multiple network IP’s at a time. I like that this is not software based, and can be accessed through the internet. OpenDNS also gives the administrator the ability to pull reports on what blocked websites are being requested and from what IP address. It also lists the time and day that the activity happened so you can track down who is attempting to access the site.

This service is exactly what I have been looking for. I think this is a great FREE TOOL and I highly recommend it. Thanks OpenDNS for a great service!

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PicLens: View Web Images in Full Screen or Slideshow

You can now view images in FULL SCREEN using Flickr, Facebook, Google Images, Yahoo Images, Friendster, Picasa Web Albums and any Media RSS website. This plugin for Firefox is so nice for viewing images, and so easy to install.

PicLens Image

 

Go to http://piclens.com/firefox/ to download a copy of this for yourself.

NOTE: I tried PictLens out earlier this afternoon with customize google at the same time. I noticed that http://images.google.com did not show the play button on any of the images. To let this feature work, you need to “remove the check mark” from: Tools > CustomizeGoogle Options > Images > Rewrite links to point straight to the images. Removing this check mark will keep CustomizeGoogle from taking control of the images.

Register On Websites Using a Temporary Inbox

I dislike giving my email address to websites. Actually it is what keeps me from registering on many sites. I find it ridicules for me to give my email address so I can look at one article of interest, or download a piece of software. So …

TIP 1. To make life simpler, make up a user name like scottisgreat and append @tempinbox.com. So now you can register on a website using scottisgreat@tempinbox.com any time you want. You can check your email at any time without a password. All you need is the name of the account “scottisgreat”. Sign into the account here at www.tempinbox.com

So this will save you time from reading all the privacy statements when registering as a member on a website, and will keep that unwanted pesky spam email out of your real email accounts. Note that other temporary email accounts exist, like dodgeit.com. Just pick the one you like best.

Tip 2. If you use Firefox 2.0+ (which I highly recommend), then you can install a plugin called Bugmenot.xpi. This plugin saves me a lot of time when wanting to view some websites. All you have to do with this extension is right click where a user name is asked for and select “Login with Bugmenot“. These tips have saved me a lot of time and hassle.

Let me know if this has helped you, or if you know of other cool tips.

Update

www.tempinbox.com does not offer the same service it once used to. The below screenshot is what the site used to look like. If you still would like to use a service like this, then I recommend you use www.dodgeit.com or www.temporaryinbox.com

Temp Inbox Screenshot

Text a Cell Phone for Free

Sending text messages can be a pain. Try entering a couple sentences via your phones keypad, and you might just get frustrated, or learn some good patience. I started by learning patience. Now I don’t need much patience, I can type on a keyboard much quicker than punching the number ‘2’ three times to get a ‘c’ to appear. So hears a trick that can help anybody who wants to send a text message over their computer. Go to the following website: http://toolbar.google.com/send/sms/index.php and follow the instructions to send a message. It’s that easy.

You would think that it could not get any easier, and then your wrong! Try using the extension “Google Send to Phone for Firefox”. You can install the extension from Google at the following location: http://www.google.com/tools/firefox/sendtophone/index.html

This extension is not yet available on Mozilla’s website. I imagine it will be in the future, but for now you can install it at the above location. Happy texting!

NOTE: Check with your cell provider to find out what it costs to receive a text message. Those charges still apply.