By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Jan 21, 2009
Home router security is getting a makeover with free security services
aimed at simplifying and streamlining the protection of home users'
computers, gaming, and other systems.
OpenDNS, which offers a free recursive Domain Name Service (DNS) service
with Web content filtering and phishing protection, has so far teamed
with Netgear and 2Wire to roll its DNS, Web filtering, and antiphishing
services into the vendors' home networking devices. Netgear earlier this
month announced it will offer OpenDNS for free with several of its
Wireless-N router models, and 2Wire said it would do the same with its
new HomePortal GEM gateways for wireless networks, cordless phone DECT
base stations, home control interfaces, and intelligent home servers.
While Netgear calls the OpenDNS services it will add to its routers
within the next few months Live Parental Controls because it filters
unsafe or inappropriate content, the service is a combination of all of
"When consumers want security, it's not just for their PC. They want it
for all of their digital devices," at home, including gaming systems and
iPhones, says David Ulevitch, founder and now CTO at OpenDNS, which
plans similar arrangements with other home networking vendors.
But John Pescatore, vice president and research fellow at Gartner, says
many ISPs already offer some form of parental controls, and that actual
adoption of parental controls traditionally has not been not high. "But
[OpenDNS] might make them easier to use," Pescatore says.
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