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Use OpenDNS to protect yourself from all phishing attacks under the sun

By Debjit on August 18th, 2009 

opendns-logoAccording to Wikipedia, phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive  information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading or modifying by any means a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Phishing might cause loss of millions to companies and non-repairable personal damages. So you should make it a point that you secure yourself from getting phished or attacked by phishing. In this article we will tell you how to use OpenDNS to protect yourself from a phishing attack.

phishing-opendns-screenshotOpenDNS provides you with an anti-phishing service that operates the industry leading PhishTank which happens to be the Web's most trusted source of phishing data  to protect you from fraudulent Web sites. When you try to load a Web site which is actually meant to phish you, OpenDNS blocks the site and notifies you about the same. Next to this, shown is a screenshot of the page that you are shown when OpenDNS blocks a phishing attack.

Using OpenDNS is completely free. And setting it up is a cakewalk. You just need to change your Primary and Secondary DNS server addresses to and respectively. The OpenDNS website has detailed guides on configuring OpenDNS on various operating systems such as Windows XP, 2000 / NT, Vista, OS X Leopard and OS X Tiger. On Linux / Unix systems you just need to add two lines to the file /etc/resolv.conf. FIrst open the file and comment out everything that is present in it, then add these two lines to it:

#OpenDNS Settings
nameserver 2008.67.222.222
nameserver 2008.67.220.220

The OpenDNS setup guide has more information about setting up OpenDNS on your Computers, Routers and also on your existing DNS Servers. Phishing attacks such as the recent Facebook phishing attacks which have created much speculation, can also be avoided using OpenDNS. Hurry, Start using OpenDNS today. Even we do.

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Use OpenDNS to protect yourself from all phishing attacks under the sun was originally published on on May 31, 2009 - 9:35 pm (Indian Standard Time)