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OpenDNS Preferences Are Live

I just noticed the OpenDNS preferences page is up and running. It’s pretty basic, but now you can enable or disable typo correction and phishing protection. The configuration is done based on IP address, so if you don’t have a static or persistent IP address, you might be out of luck. I don’t have a static IP at home, but I’ve managed to keep the same one for a little over a year now.

Here’s a screenshot of the preferences page:

Obviously, there’s not much there at this time. But look at the little information box in the top right. It mentions they’ll be adding more preferences there over time. It looks like they plan to have user accounts soon too, so you can manage preferences not based solely on your IP. Fun fun!

UPDATE: In my last post on OpenDNS, I mentioned I was having trouble getting to The problem seemed to resolve itself, when I was suddenly able to hit with no problem. However, come Monday morning, I’m unable to load again. Even when I type, the direct link to the homepage, I get the OpenDNS search page. OpenDNS search successfully finds the site, but when I click on the search result, I’m taken back to the OpenDNS search page instead of being taken to The really odd thing is that I can reach with no problem from home. Not so from work though. I’d think a traceroute to would be nearly identical from my house and from the office, since the two are about 3 city blocks away from each other.

Well, now what?

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  • Yep, a real account management system is coming. We are working on edge cases and dealing with figuring out how to decide who is the administrator for blocks of IPs. Big blocks are easier like anything /24 and bigger but anything between a /31 and /25 becomes hard to determine who the point of contact is.

    Anyways, I should start blogging on my own site instead of here. πŸ™‚


  • Awesome David. That sounds like quite the task. So, those people with authority to do so, will be able to manage DNS settings for entire IP blocks? Will these “account management” features be available for those who only have their one “home” IP?

    You really should make more use of your blog, although I’m not by any means upset by your continued comments here. It’s really nice to see _YOU_ keeping up on what people are saying about your company. It’s great you guys go so far to answer peoples questions even if they weren’t directed to any individual within the company. It shows the company cares about its image and wants to provide the best service possible. Again, congrats on everything.

  • Tyler,

    Anything a /24 can manage a /32 (single IP) can manage.

    Our system is built to define things in a system known as CIDR (check wikipedia). So any network from a a large corporate network to a single home DSL line can be defined in CIDR notation.

    Hope that helps. πŸ™‚