The Internet is great but dangerous, very dangerous. It’s a hotbed for many bad things, such as identity theft, the phishing scam, malicious threats, viruses, bullying, pornography, and etc. etc.. Parental Control is a must-have technology every parent should use to safeguard their kids’ behavior online, but it’s never easy and effective.
One of the most effective techniques used in this area is to adopt a service, preferably online, that does the primary filtering work for you without loading any software on your computer. For example, OpenDNS FamilyShield is one of such services that blocks pornographic contents, phishing scams, as well as malware with a simple DNS change on your network setting on your computer. That’s right, a simple switch on DNS to DNS servers provided by OpenDNS FamilyShield, and you will be safe browsing for both of you and your kids. That’s probably the simplest and most straightforward way for parents to protect kids from the bad stuff online.
What’s better is that there is a little free portable Windows client tool called DNS Angel that makes all these changes as simple as just one mouse click. It integrates 3 such DNS services that provide the safest content to us, OpenDNS FamilyShield, Norton, and MetaCert DNS, into the program, and switch between them with a simple click.
You can download the tool right from their website and launch it when needed. The main screen includes 4 sets of DNS servers (2 of them from Norton) buttons, plus two more to restore back to the default DNS.
Clicking any of the buttons, including any of these DNS services buttons, will make the network setting change in real time. The effect is immediate. Therefore, you can use it to switch on and off whenever a parental control is required.
DNS Angel is a very useful handy tool, especially for anyone having the kids living with you. It’s absolutely free and works for all popular Windows systems, from XP all the way to Windows 8. Both 32-bit and 64-bit are supported.