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A DNS or domain name server is the resource that converts your Inet address names to specific address numbers used to route traffic. When a new web page is put on the net, its name and address get circulated to all of the DNS, which is why it may take a day or two to access a new one. OpenDNS is a

leading provider of free security and infrastructure services that make the Internet safer through integrated Web content filtering, anti-phishing and DNS. OpenDNS services enable consumers and network administrators to secure their networks from online threats, reduce costs and enforce Internet-use policies. OpenDNS is used today by millions of users and organizations around the world.

Quick Online Tips has a good review of the features and capabilities – Use OpenDNS to Browse Faster, Safer, Fix DNS Errors

The default DNS you normally use is the one provided by your ISP. You will very likely find that changing the default to OpenDNS will get you faster access to web pages with fewer problems and less down time. OpenDNS is also a first step in blocking dangerous web sites to make your family network safer and more family friendly. The use of the service is free and you can set up an account to customize features and even collect statistics.

The business model seems to be similar to that of Craig’s List. Businesses that need a reliable corporate DNS with special features provide the rest of us a special free benefit.

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