What does DNS stand for?

DNS stands for “Domain Name System” or “Domain Name Server”. DNS takes a domain name, such as cleanbrowsing.org, translates it to an IP address (e.g., 1.2.3.4).   This IP address is similar to the “address” you might provide for your home. It points to the server, somewhere on the internet, being used by that domain.…

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Disable Access to Guest Mode on Android

Starting from Android 5.0, certain Android phones have a guest mode capability that can be used to avoid system configurations like CleanBrowsing.   This article will show you how to eliminate this option if it exists on your Android phone. Eliminate the guest profile on Android Swipe down the Notification bar and tap the User icon. Tap on…

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How to Disable Safe Mode on Android Devices

Safe Mode is a feature on the Android Operating System used to solve problems with configuration or app incompatibilities. Restarting the device in this mode will load only the System’s core applications. Users can enable this feature to disable filtering services like CleanBrowsing.   Depending on your device model and operating system, you can disable…

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Configure Encrypted DNS on Windows 11 with PowerShell (DOH)

This article will show you how to configure encrypted DNS on a Windows 11 machine using PowerShell. If PowerShell scares you, or you don’t feel comfortable using command line, we have another guide using the GUI and PS.   PowerShell needs to be operated in Administrator mode for these commands to work correctly. We have…

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Configure Encrypted DNS on Windows 11 (DOH)

This article will show how to configured encrypted DNS on Windows 11 using DNS-over-HTTPS.   Configuring encrypted DNS on Windows 11 requires multiple steps, but it is the preferred method over traditional DNS (IPv4 and IPv6). You will require basic knowledge of PowerShell and access to the Settings menu. Step 1: Register DNS-over-HTTPS (DOH) Provider…

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A DNS Firewall For Every Network

We spend a lot of time talking about CleanBrowsing in the context of content filtering, but in this article we’re going to spend some time focusing on the security benefits you get with CleanBrowsing.   By default, security is built into the CleanBrowsing service. It is foundation to every Free and Paid service. Organizations have…

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Common DNS Resolution with Resolvers (DNSSEC)

This article is for technical users. It assumes you understand the mechanics of DNS, and likely manage your own domain zone file. It is specific DNS resolutions issues as they pertain to DNSSEC (good primer on DNSSEC).   If you find that your domain is not resolving across multiple DNS resolvers (using DNSBlacklist.org) like this:…

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Internet Filters Are a Deterrent & Safeguard not an Absolute

We built CleanBrowsing to provide our kids with a set of guard rails while online. Since, the service has grown organically to over 5 billion requests a day, being used by large enterprises, parents, and everything in between. Through this process, we have been intimately familiar with the ongoing debate around the effectiveness of internet…

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Configure DoH on Chrome Browsers via Google Workspace Admin Panel

Configuring DNS-over-HTTPs (DOH) in the browser can be done locally in a browser, and can be managed via your Google Workspace Admin. Managing it via your Workspace Admin panel is ideal if you’re managing a fleet of Chrome browsers.   This article is specific to administrators using Google Workspace Administrator panel to manage a fleet…

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Disable Spectrum SecurityEdge

If you are a Spectrum Business user you might have SecurityEdge enabled by default. If so, this will conflict with the CleanBrowsing DNS filtering. By design, Security Edge will hijack your DNS and force your network to use the Spectrum DNS provider.   To get CleanBrowsing to work you have to disable Comcast SecurityEdge: DNS…

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