How to block adult sites with OpenDNS

It is very likely that with the browser with which you connect to the Internet you will be able to access all the Internet sites or services currently available, but this is also equivalent to allowing minors at home to access sites with content inappropriate for their age or that cause distractions. However, there are very simple and effective techniques to defend them. One of them is to use an alternative DNS server to the one your Internet provider uses.

As is known, the DNS server translates the domain names entered by users into numerical IP addresses understandable by the browser. That is, when the browser loads a web page it does not use its domain name, instead it resorts to the IP address found by the DNS server in the DNS system.

The Internet connection offered by your broadband provider uses DNS servers with which this entity already has an established agreement; however, they can be changed for faster ones or ones that offer better security, such as OpenDNS.

What is OpenDNS?

OpenDNS is a DNS server that offers optimal browsing experiences in all conditions of use, so much so that it has widely accepted commercial versions. However, in the case at hand, its solution aimed at protecting the family. Its name is OpenDNS Family Shield, and within its operating system it includes filters for content not suitable for minors, something that is a relief for heads of families in charge of young children.

With OpenDNS Family Shield configured on your Internet connection, you will prevent adult pages from loading your computer browser, thus protecting the little ones in the house.
Here we show you how to configure OpenDNS Family Shield on your Windows 11 computer. For other versions of Windows the procedure is quite similar.

How to block adult sites with OpenDNS

Right click on Start and select Network Connections. Choose the network connection (Ethernet or Wi-Fi) and click on it. Click Properties. Under DNS Server Mapping, click Edit.

In the Edit DNS Settings window, select Manual. Slide the IPv4 button to the Enabled position. In Preferred DNS, type In Alternate DNS, type

Close the current window to exit the Windows 11 settings menu. Next, clear your browser cache.
If you use Chrome, tap the menu icon and select Clear browsing history. Check the box that corresponds to your cache file and click Clear data. Then restart Chrome.
From now on, sites with adult content will remain blocked.

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