Help Protect Your Kids On The Internet With DNS Angel

Keeping our kids from being exposed to the bad sites on the internet, such as pornography, is a real challenge. There are numerous software options that a parent can install to protect their kids, but knowing what I know about software, computers and parenting; the software option often falls through the cracks. Besides, most people today are app oriented and only want to install something that has a very quick (minimal) learning curve. This is why today apps are so popular on our smartphones and tablets.

To help you through this dilemma of protecting your kids on the internet and at the same time keeping it simple, I found a software option, called DNS Angel, that is an app in a sense. You simply download it and run it (no install – portable app).

DNS Angel

When you open DNS Angel you will see buttons, as illustrated above, where you can select Norton Connect Safe 1, Norton Connect Safe 2, Open DNS Family and MetaCert DNS.

If you click on any of these buttons, it will change the DNS settings on your computer. Do not worry if concerned. You can click on the Default DNS button to return your computer to its’ default DNS settings. Each of these Domain Name Systems (DNS) are services that specialize in blocking  —  known adult websites (porn sites),  malicious sites, phishing sites, and malware sites.

I cannot really attest as to which one of these DNS services are better at protecting your kids (and your computer) from bad sites, but from what testing I did perform, I was quite impressed.

In the end, I found DNS Angel to be an easy install, one click software application, that changes the DNS settings on your computer to a DNS service that specializes in blocking bad content that will (at least) give you some peace of mind (and is better than nothing).

For matter of educating the visitor’s to the blog, DNS is this:

Domain Name System (or Service or Server), an Internet service that translates domain names into IP addresses. Because domain names are alphabetic, they’re easier to remember. The Internet however, is really based on IP addresses. Every time you use a domain name, therefore, a DNS service must translate the name into the corresponding IP address. For example, the domain name http://www.example.com might translate to198.105.232.4. [Source: Webopedia]

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7 Responses to Help Protect Your Kids On The Internet With DNS Angel

  1. […] First up, in case you missed it: Help Protect Your Kids On The Internet With DNS Angel […]

  2. techpaul says:

    Excellent!

    Doesn’t get much easier than that.

  3. Paul Walsh says:

    Hey there,

    As the founder of MetaCert, I would recommend OpenDNS if you want to block 50 categories – they have indexed 1.6 million domains across 50. MetaCert has indexed over 7.2 million pages of pornography (as well as spyware and malware) – so if you want to block pornography, then MetaCert might be the answer.

    Norton isn’t as good as OpenDNS as it blocks even more innocent websites that it shouldn’t.

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