New Android App Supports Custom DNS Settings!!!

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This so neat that I can set Custom DNS Settings in the new Android App! This means a service like OpenDns or DNSFilter.com can work on tandem with Covenant Eyes to filter out objectionable content.
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tekFranz

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tekFranz,
We appreciate the feedback!
Robert
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Angel Burkholder

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Can you tell me how to use the DNS settings? I've noticed a place to set them up, but have no idea what they are
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You would need a separate subscription to a DNS filtering service. This is something you setup outside of Covenant Eyes. This is not a substitute for Covenant Eyes but rather an additional protection for a Home Wi-Fi Network.
Then you need to configure your home router to use the service. The one I recommend is DNSfilter.com but there is also OpenDNS.

What DNS Filtering does is if you want to go to Walmart.com and online shopping category is blocked, the DNS filter system will redirect the user to a Block Page.

There are free DNS Filters available as well. For example there is Norton DNS:

A - Security (Blocks malware, phishing sites and scam sites)
Preferred DNS: 199.85.126.10
Alternate DNS: 199.85.127.10

B - Security + Pornography Blocking

Preferred DNS: 199.85.126.20
Alternate DNS: 199.85.127.20

C - Security + Pornography Blocking + Other
Preferred DNS: 199.85.126.30
Alternate DNS: 199.85.127.30

All policies block malware, phishing and scam sites.
Pornography includes sites that contain sexually explicit material.
Other includes sites that feature: mature content, abortion, alcohol, crime, drugs, file sharing, gambling, hate, suicide, tobacco or violence.
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Setting up DNS filtering on a router is always good, but it does you no good on your mobile network. Here are steps for setting up OpenDNS on an android phone with CE installed already.

1) Go here https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/ and select Open DNS Home

2) Create an account.
Note: Steps 3 and 4 must be done on your phone for this to work.

3) On your dashboard/homepage after logging in, tap on "network" under the word settings, and tap "add/manage networks

4) On the next page, tap "Add this network"

5) Once the network is added, tap on settings on the top.
6) Tap on the IP address for the network you just added.

7) From that page you should be taken to the content filtering settings page, where you can use a default profile or make a custom list of categories. (PS: It may take a few minutes after saving the settings before they take effect.

8) Open the CE app on your phone and enter the first DNS number (include the periods too) listed on the page below as primary and the second number as secondary.https://www.opendns.com/setupguide/
9) Go back to the page from step 7 and tap on the link on the right side of the page. If it went correctly, you should get a checkmark on the next page saying so. If you get an X on an oops page it is not setup right.
PS: Unfortunately, you can only do this for one phone using the free account. Each phone would need another account.
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I was just testing this and the Filter only takes effect while on the Home Wi-Fi Network.
When on Mobile Networks it seems to not pickup the DNS Settings.
It is still helpful to use when connected at home, but it can be easily disabled.
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Wow. Your right. Should have checked first I guess.
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tekFranz

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I think I figured it out. OpenDNS works correctly if you turn Google Chrome Data Saver off.
at least on https://welcome.opendns.com and www.internetbadguys.com their test site.

So the Chrome Data Saver may the problem.

I am sorry I posted a bit soon as well as I was thinking the new DNS filtering would helpful.
But this does not seem to be a 100% solution as it is not very reliable if it can be disabled easily by enabling Chrome Data Saver.

The other option is of course to block Chrome with the App Blocker and use the CE Browser.
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@SJohns1444 Really great to see some action on the forums here.

The other issue I am seeing is that when you are Mobile on the Cellular Network, the network address you registered with OpenDns or DNS Filter.com may change as you switch cell towers (or otherwise randomly), so you filtering policy may not be applied to your device any longer.

I actually think the purpose of this feature is so Covenant Eyes Cooperates well with DNS Filter on Wi-Fi Networks. It was a great feature for them to add for Open DNS users and others with Custom DNS Settings.

Unfortunately we are probably trying to to make it do something it wasn't designed for which is always on DNS Web Content-Filtering.

So definitely I am  recommending App Blocking Chrome and using the CE Web Browser unless you want accountability only when you are mobile.

Any Covenant Eyes Techs care to respond?
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This doesn't work on our Android
On some devices, you may need to check the box for "Advanced" to see further settings. To adjust your Android DNS settings, you will need to switch the IP settings from DHCP to Static. Once changed, the menu will appear with the DNS settings available to edit. Don't worry about the editing the IP address as the Android device will fill in the IP address it has acquired through DHCP. Add our DNS resolvers (208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220) to the entries for DNS 1 and DNS 2 as shown below: