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Internet Guide Setup

Getting started with Internet Guide

Check if your computer is already using Internet Guide

To quickly determine whether or not your computer is currently using Internet Guide, look at the graphic below. The image will display a red X if your computer is not properly configured. Otherwise, if your computer is properly configured, a green check mark will be displayed.

You can also visit the Internet Guide setup page at at any time from any computer to determine whether or not you are using Internet Guide.

Setting up Internet Guide

For DNS veterans, switching to Internet Guide is easy. Simply replace your current recursive resolvers with: –

We also have tutorials below, that will help you to begin using Internet Guide for a faster, safer browsing experience.

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Configuring Internet Guide

In addition to speedy DNS lookups and protection from phishing sites, Internet Guide allows you to block unwanted content from your network. To configure what sites get blocked, you need to create a Network and assign a Defense Plan.


Internet Guide applies a user’s Defense Plan (see below) to their Network. A Network can be associated with a DynDNS or Dyn Standard DNS hostname, a static IP address, or a CIDR block (for larger-scale network administrators). Using a DynDNS or Dyn Standard DNS hostname allows the user to keep their Defense Plan synchronized to their location using an update client, useful for residential networks or travelers.

Defense Plan

A Defense Plan is a tailored configuration which allows customers to add content restrictions to their networks. A single Defense Plan can be used for multiple networks, and users can swap Defense Plans at will to allow or disallow particular types of content. Defense Plans have three ways to filter content:

  • Defense Strategy: Similar to movie and television rating systems, Defense Strategies are pre-defined lists of filters which block content by level. Defense Strategies block content within their level and below; for example, choosing PG-13 would also block R and NC-17 sites. By default, only malware and phishing sites are blocked: the categories Phishing, Conficker Worm, and Spyware are selected for your protection.
  • Blocked Categories: For a more fine-tuned approach than Defense Strategies, Blocked Categories prevent users from accessing specific types of content in addition to the current Defense Strategy. By default, only Phishing, Spyware and Conficker Worm are blocked.
  • Tailored Filtering: This section is used to specifically whitelist (always allow) or blacklist (always block) individual domain names. Tailored Filtering settings override the Defense Strategy and Blocked Category pages, allowing visitors to access sites that may be otherwise disabled, and vice-versa.

Once you have created a Network and assigned a Defense Plan, you may begin using Internet Guide immediately.

Using Internet Guide

Using Internet Guide is easy: Once your computer’s DNS is configured to use Internet Guide, and you have configured a Network and Defense Plan, you do not need to make any changes to your browsing habits. With Internet Guide enabled, your online experience will be safer and faster automatically!

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