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St. Bernard Powers OpenDNS Site Blocking

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DNS provider OpenDNS is expanding its list of safety features for kids by implementing new site blocking capabilities. The goal is to provide a means for school, library's, parents, and others responsible for kids' access to the Internet to be able to block sites deemed inappropriate for minors, including adult sites and social networking sites. OpenDNS is expanding its security toolchest with the help of St. Bernard Software, which is providing the technology behind the service's site-blocking capabilities.

OpenDNS provides domain name servers that are designed to offer additional safety features. The service is free and requires nothing to download. Users (or administrators) simply set the company's addresses in a computer's network preferences, and the rest is handled automatically.

Through the new deal with St. Bernard, users will be able to block adult sites via the company's iGuard technology. iGuard uses a human-managed database to supply OpenDNS with a list of sites for blocking. (Specific categories of sites to be blocked can be checked and unchecked via OpenDNS' Web-based preferences.) At present, the database include more than 4 million sites that fall into the various categories of sites OpenDNS will block.

OpenDNS also allows users to block specific sites they choose to block.

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About the author: Dave Nagel is the executive editor for 1105 Media's educational technology online publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com.

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Executive Producer David Nagel heads up the editorial department for 1105 Media's education publications — which include two daily sites, a variety of newsletters and two monthly digital magazines covering technology in both K-12 and higher education.

A 21-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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