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If you have children at home and you use a broadband connection, eventually they are going to want to get on the internet.  It is always a good idea to try and police their network activity and of course explain to them the dangers of the internet.  But at some point they are going to be able to get online without your direct supervision, be it an iPod, or a tablet, or even their own laptop through your WiFi.  To help protect them I suggest you use OpenDNS to provide a level of protection.  OpenDNS allows you to replace your ISP’s DNS servers with theirs and if you set up a free account online with them you’ll also be able to configure a level of protection.  You can automatically block access to questionable sites just by enabling web filtering.  They have several layers of filtering.

If you are using Verizon FIOS for your internet access here is how you go about enabling this setting.

On your home network you need to access your FIOS router.  This is done via a web browser and the ip address is usually 192.168.1.1, but check first by running IPConfig on a local computer and seeing the ‘default gateway’ address.  Once you get the logon screen up in your browser it should look like this.

Once you get logged onto the router find the My Network icon, and then click Network Connections on the left menu.

Now you will see a list of connections.  You should find the Broadband Connection (It should have a status of Connected and be in green).  One the right side of the item in the list you need to click on the icon to Edit.

You should now be in the Broadband Connection properties page.  Head to the bottom and find the Settings button.

Click that button to get in to the settings and about halfway down the page you should find a drop down box for DNS Server.  Select that drop down and change to “Use the Following DNS Server Addresses”.

Another two sections should open up to allow you to enter the ip addresses for the OpenDNS servers.

The ip addresses are 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220. After you enter them make sure you click Apply at the bottom of the page.

After that you may need to flush the DNS Cache on your computer before it will kick in and you need to sign up with OpenDNS to take advantage of the web filtering. Now you should be taking advantage of their features and feel a bit safer when allowing your kids to browse the web.

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