What is Family Shield?

Family Shield Instantly blocks access to malicious websites. With no configuration on your part!

You're minutes away from making the Internet safer for everyone in your household. FamilyShield is the single easiest way to protect your kids online, block adult websites, and protect your family from phishing and malware.

Now, for a limited time, we will configure computers that subscribe to the Daily Safety Check service for free. Simply email and ask for Family Shield

Daily Safety Check Home Edition can easily make your computer more secure by using OpenDNS “Family Shield” service to block the bad websites such malware drop sites, botnet command and control servers, phishing sites, know malware sites, anonimizers and adult websites without adding latency or complexity to your computer. Unlike proxy-­‐based solutions that slow down your network and add single points of failure, we  don’t increase overhead. It's simple.

With so many tempting, fraudulent websites on the Internet it's hard to know what's safe to click. Thankfully phishing emails and websites that aim to trick you into handing over personal or financial information are caught and immediately blocked by OpenDNS.

Even though they often appear to come from a trusted bank or online service, OpenDNS takes the guesswork out of spotting these dangerous links and protects everyone on your network. Even if a link manages to trick you, OpenDNS prevents the phishing website from loading.

Like Family Shield, But Need More?

In addition to automatic blocking of malicious websites, for few dollars more we will provide and setup for granular content limiting and usage reporting for your family. Features include;

Robust Web content filtering

With over 50 customizable filtering categories, OpenDNS Web content filtering keeps employees productive at work, and keeps parents and teachers in control of what websites children visit at home and at school.
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Phishing protection

OpenDNS blocks phishing websites that try to steal your identity and login information by pretending to be a legitimate website. Surf the Web with confidence.
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You're in good company

Over 30,000,000 homes, schools, and businesses of all sizes rely on OpenDNS for a better Internet.

How to I know if my computer is protected by Family Shield?

Going to the following website will do it. will tell you whether you are using OpenDNS and have phishing protection enabled. will tell you if you have OpenDNS adult site blocking enabled and working. (There's nothing naughty there. OpenDNS owned, just for this purpose.)

How do I ensure that users on my computer don't bypass OpenDNS?
In general the easiest thing to do is limit System Administrator level positions. Limited users dont have permission to change the necessary network settings to override DNS seetings. Additionally, it is best common practice to create a firewall rule blocking or transparatently redirecting oubout port 53 (DNS) traffic to ensure all DNS traffic is going to OpenDNS's ip address

While no solution is %100 effective (and why security experts recommend a defense-in-depth strategy), keep in mind that OpenDNS offers port agnostice proxy and annoymizer blocking, so you can be confident that users won't be able to circumvent your content filtering settings using either method.

How do I find out how a website is categorized?
A domain check tool will tell you. Go to