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North Carolina Library Takes Content Filtering Software From OpenDNS

OpenDNS : 05 March, 2010  (Application Story)
OpenDNS is supplying the Rutherford County Library with internet content filtering software to provide safe browsing for users
OpenDNS, a provider of Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, has announced that the Rutherford County Library System in North Carolina has deployed OpenDNS system-wide, on both its wired and wireless networks.

The library system chose OpenDNS for its comprehensive content filtering capabilities, coupled with OpenDNS' unique ability to filter content on all devices accessing their network without complicated software installations. Using OpenDNS, anyone at a library branch accessing their network—through a library computer or even a cell phone using their wireless Internet connection—is subject to the same high level of protection against malware and restricted websites. This security comes with no appliance to buy and no software to install on each device accessing the network.

As an added bonus, OpenDNS helps the Rutherford County Library System remain CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act) compliant. A federal law enacted by Congress in 2000, CIPA addresses concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. Says Kenneth Odom, the Rutherford County Library System Administrator that implemented OpenDNS: "The service has worked perfectly. I never have to wonder what the person on their laptop near the children's room is looking at. It just works!"

Prior to choosing OpenDNS for their content filtering needs, the Rutherford County Libraries used Netsweeper, though they could only filter content on devices where the software was installed, leaving patron's own computers—like laptops and mobile devices—susceptible to online security threats and out of compliance with the library's Internet content policies.

According to Odom, "I've never used a product or service that allowed me to manage multiple distributed networks so easily."

With the OpenDNS adoption, Rutherford County joins thousands of libraries around the world that have chosen OpenDNS to provide their employees and patrons with a faster, safer and more reliable Internet experience.
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