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OpenDNS Gives SysAdmins The Power to Block Adult Sites


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By Derek Iwasiuk
June 11, 2007

OpenDNS, the award-winning DNS provider that makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced an additional level of DNS control for system administrators with a free DNS account. In addition to blocking phishing sites and specific domains of their choosing, OpenDNS customers can now block adult sites at the DNS level. The viewing of pornography in the workplace is a growing problem for businesses around the globe and system administrators are increasingly tasked with introducing a solution to the problem on a limited budget. OpenDNS is entirely free to use and gives system administrators total control over network settings via an intuitive account interface that can be accessed anywhere there is Internet access.

According to a recent study conducted by Internet Filter Review, 70 percent of all Internet pornography traffic occurs during the 9-to-5 workday and 20 percent of men and 13 percent of women admit to accessing pornographic content during work hours. The viewing of pornography at work introduces the issue of a hostile workplace and when viewed by an employee finding the content offensive, serious legal ramifications can be brought upon the employer.

The new OpenDNS adult site blocking service is made possible with help from St. Bernard, a global provider of comprehensive security and hosted office solutions for small and midsize businesses. St. Bernard will block all objectionable URLs for OpenDNS users choosing the feature via its iGuard™ URL database, the industry's only 100 percent human-reviewed database.

"Adult site blocking is one of the most requested features among our customers, and we are thrilled to partner with St. Bernard to deliver such a practical, useful service," said OpenDNS CEO David Ulevitch. "The Internet houses lots of content not suitable for viewing at work and OpenDNS is committed to helping our customers navigate around it, meet compliancy regulations and customize the way people on their network experience the Internet."

"We are extremely pleased and excited to partner with OpenDNS on this new service," said Vince Rossi, president and CEO of St. Bernard. "Helping to make the Internet a more productive and secure resource has been a longstanding commitment of St. Bernard's, and we look forward to extending our support to the community through this initiative."

OpenDNS makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable. Based in San Francisco, the company operates a large distributed network that powers a new kind of recursive DNS (Domain Name System) service that provides all Internet users increased security, reliability and performance. OpenDNS is thoroughly committed to building and operating the best DNS platform in the world and to improving the Internet. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit:

St. Bernard (OTCBB: SBSW) is a global provider of comprehensive security and hosted office solutions for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). St. Bernard also provides the SMB market with a broad range of flexible and integrated hosted solutions, including secure content management, messaging continuity and collaboration.

The company's award-winning products deliver innovative security solutions that offer the best combination of ease-of-use, performance and value. Established in 1995 with headquarters in San Diego, CA and international offices in the United Kingdom and Australia, St. Bernard sells and supports its products directly and through solution partners worldwide. For more information, please visit

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