Different Types of Content Filtering

CleanBrowsing is a DNS-based content filtering service. This means we can filter Fully Qualified Domain Names (FQDN), which means;:   State Example CAN block badexample.com CAN NOT Block badexample.com/path/to/file.php   What we can and cannot block is a direct reflection of the technology we have chosen to focus on. For us, focusing on DNS allowed…

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Safe DNS – Encrypting DNS for a Safe Online Experience

The Domain Name System (DNS) has been around since the conception of the internet. It is the most popular, under appreciated, technology that powers the web. What I call a critical piece of the fabric of the web.   Without it, we would have to remember things like 137.220.48.110 vs cleanbrowsing.org. Take a moment to…

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Change the DNS Settings on a Tenda Router

Description: DNS (Domain Name Service) values are normally issued to the router by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Most ISP’s empower the router owner to update the DNS values with their preferred service. Here is how to do that in a Tenda Router. Step 1: Access The Tendra Router On any computer that is already…

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How to Change DNS on a Synology RT2600ac router

This guide shows you how to update the DNS on a Synology RT2600 ac router.   To update DNS on this router you have to update the “internet” and “local network” values. We also recommend disabling IPv6 values in both sections. Step 1: Update Internet DNS Values Click on Internet in the navigation pane, and…

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Creating Safe Browsing Experiences At Home

Being technical parents, we sometimes take for granted how complicated it can be for parents to create safe browsing experiences in their home. To help, we’ve prepared a guide designed to help parents think through their approach to blocking online porn in their home network. How Block Online Porn At Home Creating a safe browsing…

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Update DNS on Verizon Fios Router (2022)

In 2022, Verizon has updated their router UI to include a new experience for users. In doing so, things might look a bit different than what you’re accustomed to.   Below are a series of steps we recommend for updating DNS on the latest Verizon UI: Step 1 – Navigate to Advanced Settings Click on…

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Blocking TLD’s

A common feature request is to block Top Level Domains in the place of domains. This is extremely effective if an organization knows what TLD’s they prefer not accessed on their network. What is a TLD? In the DNS hierarchy, a top-level domain (TLD) represents the first stop after the root zone. In simpler terms, a TLD…

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Configuring Predefined Platforms

This section allows a user to create exceptions to some of the more popular platforms: This section will show you if a specific platform is affected by a category, and the administrator can choose to override the setting. For instance, in the image above you see that “Reddit” is being blocked by the Mixed Content category. A…

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Mapping Local Domains (Intranet) with CleanBrowsing

There are many different deployment configurations to account for when working with DNS filters. One configuration must account for local domains, or domains found in an organizations “intranet” vs public domains found on the “internet”.   To account for this, we have developed a DNS Mapping module that helps with this configuration. How to Configure…

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