On services that use PPP to connect - which is usually all ADSL and VDSL services.
Typically, your computer will obtain an IP address and related details from your DSL router. This will also include which DNS servers to use. Typically, the DSL router will give itself as the DNS server and then the router will perform the DNS lookups for you. The DNS servers that the router will use are typically the ones given to it by the ISP when it logs in.
By default we will provide our normal DNS servers:
However, you can override this if you like by putting IP addresses here.
This gives some control over the DNS servers that your computers will use, which is useful if you want to use third party DNS servers that offer adult filtering services.
"Family Friendly" DNS Services
There are a number of companies who offer DNS servers that are set up to be "Family Friendly" - that means that they will block access to some DNS records which will prevent "family un friendly" web pages from loading. These are typically free of charge for personal use, but see the sites for more information.
- OpenDNS Family Shield and Home services: https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/
Filtering systems are often easy to bypass - and the method described here can be bypassed by simply overriding the DNS servers on the computer. However, this may be a simple way to help filter content on devices used by young children.
Many of the services that offer filtering also offer a way to check that they are being used. e.g. OpenDNS will tell you on their setup pages.
It should be stated that this isn't a way to get A&A to filter your internet connection, it's simply a way to change the DNS servers assigned to the router, and if set to a third party, could help in (effectively) filtering your internet connection. A&A cannot take any responsibly for third party DNS servers and what they claim to support or filter etc.
We have a bit more information on our filtering page.