Are you using OpenDNS? You should be!

Earlier this year I started using OpenDNS and it has completely revolutionized the way that I navigate the web. In the old days I accessed websites by typing in the URL or by searching for the link in a mess of bookmarks.

Now I use OpenDNS shortcuts.

For example, to start writing this post I simply typed “blog” into my address bar. If I want to see how many people have been reading my blog, I simply type “stats”. To check my minutes on my Verizon phone, I type “v”. To check my balance with Bank of America, I type “boa”. OpenDNS stores the full URL for me and allows me to recall any website with an easy, self-defined shortcut. As a result, I am able to get where I want to go much quicker than before. OpenDNS also provides a javascript bookmark that lets me create new shortcuts with a simple click of a button.

Shortcuts are my favorite benefit of using OpenDNS, but there are many more:

  • It’s faster
  • It automatically corrects spelling mistakes (www,google.cmo becomes
  • It warns me against phishing attacks
  • It only takes about 30 seconds to set up

If you are not using OpenDNS yet, I recommend that you try it. I promise, once you use it, you’ll never go back.

The slightly-less-technical explanation for my mom:

Every time you view a website, your computer sends out a request to a domain name server. This domain name server is used to convert human readable domain names ( into computer readable IP addresses ( The average person does hundreds of DNS lookups every day. Usually these lookups are handled by your internet service provider (ISP), but you can actually use whichever service you like. OpenDNS is the world’s largest and fastest-growing DNS service. They are currently handling over a billion requests a day.