Cool openDNS stuff

openDNS is way cool. Free, fast and featured DNS service that is better than your ISP’s.

Go to Find their nameserver IPs and put them as the nameservers in your network settings (on your computer and/or on your wireless router).

Sign up for an account. You can set up naughty filters for your network in a couple of clicks.

Get shortcuts set up. They are very cool, but on the mac require some fiddling.

To make Safari work with openDNS shortcuts open your network preference panel and put “site.local” as the search domain.

To make Camino and other Firefox variants work, do the following:

  1. Type “about:config” in the address bar
  2. Filter on keyword.  Find keyword.url and keyword.enabled
  3. Set keyword.url =
  4. Set keyword.enabled = true
  5. Make sure Google is set as the default search engine from search box drop list.
  6. Also, make sure you don’t have “fixup” enabled. Type “about:config” and set browser.fixup.alternate.enabled to false.
2 comments on “Cool openDNS stuff
  1. Thanks for the kind words and I’m glad John was able to help you out!

  2. jim says:

    Yes, I should have also mentioned that openDNS provide free support via instant message. John worked with me for about 10 minutes to figure out the above. I only wish I got that level of support from software companies I pay money to!

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