DNS, aka Domain Name System, is one of those things that is easily taken for granted. However, the DNS service we use can determine our overall internet experience.
I first encountered OpenDNS at a tech conference, and was intrigued enough to give it a try. I don’t see myself changing back – the service provides increased connection speed and the ability to control many aspects of one’s connectivity.
They released an announcement yesterday that more than 1% of all internet users are utilizing their service. That may not seem like much, but according to TechCrunch, this translates to over 18 million users. Great numbers for a service that isn’t a household name.
The one element provided by OpenDNS that should get the attention of libraries is the ability to filter web content. I haven’t examined it closely, but it appears that it could do an excellent job in providing a public/school library’s filtering needs. Libraries and individuals should definitely check them out… you might make your internet access faster, safer, and more under your control!