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OpenDNS Blocks Adult Sites for Free

OpenDNS announced an additional level of DNS control for system administrators with a free DNS account

SAN FRANCISCO and SAN DIEGO -- OpenDNS, the award-winning DNS provider that makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced an additional level of DNS control for system administrators with a free DNS account. In addition to blocking phishing sites and specific domains of their choosing, OpenDNS customers can now block adult sites at the DNS level. The viewing of pornography in the workplace is a growing problem for businesses around the globe and system administrators are increasingly tasked with introducing a solution to the problem on a limited budget. OpenDNS is entirely free to use and gives system administrators total control over network settings via an intuitive account interface that can be accessed anywhere there is Internet access.

According to a recent study conducted by Internet Filter Review, 70 percent of all Internet pornography traffic occurs during the 9-to-5 workday and 20 percent of men and 13 percent of women admit to accessing pornographic content during work hours. The viewing of pornography at work introduces the issue of a hostile workplace and when viewed by an employee finding the content offensive, serious legal ramifications can be brought upon the employer.

The new OpenDNS adult site blocking service is made possible with help from St. Bernard, a global provider of comprehensive security and hosted office solutions for small and midsize businesses. St. Bernard will block all objectionable URLs for OpenDNS users choosing the feature via its iGuardT URL database, a 100 percent human-reviewed database.

"Adult site blocking is one of the most requested features among our customers, and we are thrilled to partner with St. Bernard to deliver such a practical, useful service," said OpenDNS CEO David Ulevitch. "The Internet houses lots of content not suitable for viewing at work and OpenDNS is committed to helping our customers navigate around it, meet compliancy regulations and customize the way people on their network experience the Internet."

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