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DNS Angel 1.4

Easily protect your children from inappropriate websites

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 24 March 2016
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Downloads To Date: 1658
Developer: Sordum
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DNS Angel 1.3
Easily protect your children from inappropriate websites

DNS Angel is a tool which can change your DNS server to a more family-friendly option, instantly blocking many inappropriate websites (porn,phishing sites, known malware sources and more).

The program couldn't be much simpler. It's a tiny download (506KB), doesn't require installation, and on launch just presents you with a few buttons for the DNS servers it supports (Norton, OpenDNS). All you then have to do is click "Norton DNS", say, Windows will immediately be updated to use the Norton DNS servers, and from that moment you'll find that adult sites are blocked.

DNS Angel worked just fine for us, but if you do have problems then you can click "Restore DNS" to restore your original DNS settings, or "Default DNS", which allows Windows to obtain your settings automatically (they might be assigned by your router, say).

This plainly isn't the most solid of parental protection tools. If a user on your PC finds DNS Angel then they can run it, and restore the original DNS settings with a click. Or, if they've any technical knowledge then they can do this anyway, just via standard Windows tools.

If you're just trying to protect a very young child, though, or you supplement the program with other measures (having them log in with a limited user account, say), then DNS Angel could be very helpful. And it's certainly easy to try.

DNS Angel 1.4 sees the following changes:

1. Metacert DNS removed

Verdict:

A lightweight, portable tool which makes it easy to block inappropriate websites

Your Comments & Opinion
 

OpenDNS for non-porn MetaCert for blocking porn

Posted by: Paul, 20 August 2013 09:31

Hey there,

As the founder of MetaCert, I would recommend OpenDNS if you want to block 50 categories - they have indexed 1.6 million domains across 50. MetaCert has indexed over 7.2 million pages of pornography. We've also classified spyware and malware too. So if you want to block pornography, then MetaCert might be the answer.

Norton isn't as good as OpenDNS as it blocks even more innocent websites that it shouldn't.

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