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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Benefits of Content Filtering with DNS

Content filtering is an important tool for internet users. It helps to block unwanted content, including websites that an individual / organization might deem inappropriate. For example, it is highly effective in preventing access to websites that contain malware or other threats. With DNS filtering you can block access to specific domains, making it a useful…

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Online Porn and It’s Effects on Kids

One of the things that drove us to build CleanBrowsing was how easy it was to access both malicious and pornographic content online. Malicious content was something we were living and breathing at our startup at the time, but pornographic content was something a bit new and the focus was amplified by our own kids.…

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Encrypted DNS: What it Is and Why we should Care

Encrypted DNS itself is not new, it’s been around for a decade. What is changing is how it’s being deployed and made available.   While some of the changes can be applauded, many of the deployments are proving to be problematic to parents, schools, and other organizations looking to create family-friendly environments for kids.  …

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Online Pornograhpy Ranks #2 for Reported Harmful Content on the Internet

The Reports Harmful Content (RHC) organization is a impartial dispute resolution service that works with organizations and users to report content that is deemed harmful. What is harmful is, obviously, very subjective so to address they analyzed community guidelines across multiple industry platforms and defined eight (8) content types that fit into the harmful classification:…

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Utah Passes Legislation to Restrict Content on Mobile Devices

Congrats to Utah for passing new legislation (H.B. 72) that introduces a “default-on” mechanism for pornographic content on devices sold in Utah. This bill establishes filter requirements and enforcement mechanisms for tablets and smart phones activated in the state on or after January 1 of the year following the year this bill takes effect. (Description of HB72)…

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CleanBrowsing is An Alternative to Cisco Umbrella DNS

The OpenDNS project and company was acquired by Cisco, a technology conglomerate, in 2015. Since, they have maintained the OpenDNS brand as a solution for consumers and rebranded their enterprise offering to Cisco Umbrella. This rebranding took the place of OpenDNS Umbrella, OpenDNS Investigate and OpenDNS Umbrella for MSPs. With this rebrand has come a…

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