Using plug-ins in Simple DNS Plus
/ List of Simple DNS Plus plug-ins)
Want a simple and effective way to protect your entire network from objectionable and malicious web-site content? Now you can. Easily and inexpensively with the CYBERsitter plug-in for Simple DNS Plus.
You can choose any combination of a number of different list categories (adult, malicious, chat, etc.), and automatically prevent users on your local network from accessing listed web-sites.
Solid Oak Software, the company behind the popular CYBERsitter desktop product - and this plug-in, has more experience in this type of content management than anyone on the planet. They have been maintaining lists and refining their data collection for almost 14 years.
Simple DNS Plus and CYBERsitter lists is the perfect combination for protecting networked PCs and devices in businesses, educational institutions as well as home networks. It eliminates the need to install or maintain protection software on individual computers and it works with Windows/Linux PC's, Macs, and any other type of networked device. And the CYBERsitter List Updater software automatically ensures that lists are always kept up to date.
For more information and to download a free trial visit www.CYBERsitterLists.com
You need to setup one CYBERsitter plug-in instance for each list that you want to use.
In the plug-in instance dialog / Plug-In Settings tab you can specify the CYBERsitter data file, and if the file should automatically be reloaded when updated:
If you want to ensure that specific web-sites are not accidentally blocked (for example if you are using a blacklist data file created by someone else) you can setup a whitelist - see KB1286.
If you want to relax blacklist restrictions at certain times - for example allow social networking web-sites after normal working hours, you can schedule when the plug-in takes effect - see KB1287.
NOTE: Operating systems and Internet browsers cache DNS records, so if a user recently accessed or was blocked from accessing a web-site, this information might be cached locally on her computer for some time. You may need to restart all browser instances and type "ipconfig /flushdns" at a command prompt on the local computer before it will query the DNS server again for an updated result.
When using the black/white-list plug-in and users may get different DNS results at different times (as lists are updated), we recommend that you configure Simple DNS Plus to limit client caching to 20 minutes or less. See Options dialog / DNS / Miscellaneous section (v. 5.1 build 118 and later):
Available for Simple DNS Plus versions: