Will OpenDNS function well without an account?

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by MrGump, Jan 18, 2012.

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  1. MrGump

    MrGump Registered Member

    Sep 5, 2009
    Thanks for reading :D

    I decided to set my routers DNS to OpenDNS for the two computers on the network which share one IP. Are both computers automatically in better shape having done so? Should I feel like I need to register an account and install the OpenDNS software on both pc's?

    Thanks for chiming in *puppy*
  2. Joeythedude

    Joeythedude Registered Member

    Apr 19, 2007
    My laptop is set up like that.
    I don't have an account and didn't run any software.

    My understanding is that your automatically better off :)

    In fact I think using a DNS service like this is one of the best security enhancements someone can make.

    I'm not in any way an expert on this though !!
  3. HKEY1952

    HKEY1952 Registered Member

    Jul 22, 2009
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    Yes, OpenDNS will function well without an OpenDNS Account, however, there are benefits with an OpenDNS Account.

    Sadly, the OpenDNS Web site makes it very diffacult for one to understand OpenDNS with clarity.
    For one thing there is vage explanations on the differences between the Home Premium Account and the Home Parental
    Control Account. The 'More Information' links only run the visitor around in circles back to the same pages of
    information over and over again indiscreately forcing the visitor to open an account with OpenDNS.

    The Premium Account is free, promising an speedy Internet experience through an reliable OpenDNS network that
    promises to improve security by filtering out Phishing Sites by way of the OpenDNS owned and operated phishtank.com
    Web site claiming it to be the largest clearinghouse of phishing information on the Internet. The fraudulent Web site
    listings for the phishtank.com Web site is mostly populated through submissions by OpenDNS account clients.
    In addition to the promised speedy Internet experience, with improved security, with reliable network, the OpenDns
    free Premium Account also provides the account holder with OpenDNS network usage reports providing insight into
    how the account holders' Internet resources are being used. With the free OpenDNS Premium Account there are no
    downloads or additional software required. Can be used for Home or Business.

    The OpenDNS Premium Account = Free, Fast, Reliable, Anti-Fraud, Stats, No Software Required
    The OpenDns Home Account = Free, Fast, Reliable, Anti-Fraud, Customizable Parental Controls
    The OpenDNS FamilyShield Account = Free, Fast, Reliable, Anti-Fraud, Customizable Parental Controls, Pre-Configured
    The OpenDNS Home VIP = $19.95 Per Year, Fast, Reliable, Anti-Fraud, Stats, Customizable Parental Controls, Support
    The OpenDNS Simple IP Address Replacement = Free, Fast, Reliable, OpenDNS Default Preferences, No Control, No Software

    The OpenDNS Updater Software only needs to be installed if the client of the Internet Service Provider is assigned
    with an Dynamic IP Address. In other words, the Internet Service Provider clients IP Address changes often.
    The OpenDNS Updater Software will then detect changes to the Internet Service Providers Client IP Address and notify
    the OpenDNS service about the change in the Internet Service Provider clients IP Address so that the OpenDNS Account
    settings continue to be applied to the OpenDNS network. (Your OpenDNS Account Network). Without the OpenDNS Updater
    Software installed any change in the assigned IP Address provided by the Internet Service Provider must be manually
    changed in the OpenDNS Account Network.

    About the OpenDNS Updater Software and Dynamic IP Addresses by OpenDNS:
    Dynamic IP: General Info: http://www.opendns.com/support/dynamic_ip/
    Dynamic IP: Updater Clients Downloads: http://www.opendns.com/support/dynamic_ip_downloads/
    Dynamic IP: Windows Updater Documentation: http://www.opendns.com/support/dynamic_ip_windows/
    Dynamic IP: Technical Details: http://www.opendns.com/support/dynamic_ip_tech/

    Here is an nice artical about: The correct way to set up OpenDNS by Windows Secrets Web site:

  4. MrGump

    MrGump Registered Member

    Sep 5, 2009
    thanks for that very informative post, HKEY1952

    thank you for your help as well, Joeythedude

  5. mick92z

    mick92z Registered Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    When you say install, do you mean the updater ?
    I have registered an account, this is purely for blocking cetain websites. Once registered, you can choose categories to block, eg porn.P2P, social network, etc. If you do not have a static IP address, these settings are lost, when your IP address changes. The updater tracks the changes to your IP address and retains your settings.
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