OpenDNS: Facebook was most-blocked site in 2010

According to a new report (PDF) from DNS and online security service provider OpenDNS, social networking site Facebook was the most-blocked site during 2010. In this context, blocking means that OpenDNS customers specifically configured their DNS and security services to prevent their users from connecting, presumably out of security concerns, to prevent people from wasting time at work, or using company or organizational resources inappropriately. However, Facebook ranked highly on another list: it was the second most commonly whitelisted site, meaning sites that were specifically granted exemptions from other security or blocking rules.

opendns facebook was most blocked site in 2010 top 10 blacklisted sites

“Overall, 2010 was all about social, and this trend is reflected in the data we’re seeing,” said OpenDNS founder and CEO David Ulevitch, in a statement. “Facebook is both one of the most blocked and the most allowed Web sites, reflecting the push/pull of allowing social sites in schools and the workplace.”

OpenDNS found the top five most commonly blacklisted sites for 2010 were Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Doubleclick (an advertising network now owned by Google), and Twitter. Other commonly-blocked sites included other ad networks and adult-oriented sites. However, the top five whitelisted sites included a few of the same times—YouTube and Facebook, followed by Gmail, Google, and Google’s translation service.

Overall, Facebook was blocked by 14.2 percent of networks using OpenDNS, and specifically whitelisted by 12.7 percent. However, amongst OpenDNS’s business users the proportions changed: a full 23 percent blocked Facebook.

OpenDNS also broke down Web content filtering into broad categories, finding that during 2010 Web sites classified as pornographic were blocked by 85 percent of users, followed by sites with “sexuality” (80.1 percent) and “tasteless” content (77.3 percent). Proxies and anonymizing sites were also blocked by 76.2 percent of users, meaning the organizations are attempting to prevent their users from circumventing Web content filtering.

OpenDNS also found that the United States hosts more phishing sites than any other country—by a significant margin. According to OpenDNS, some 53.8 percent of phishing Web sites were on systems hosted in the United States, with Germany coming in a distant second with 6.3 percent.

Product Review

Samsung's Galaxy S10 phones are its most refined yet. Be prepared to pay up

Samsung has unveiled its lineup for its most popular smartphones, and it includes the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. The two flagship phones boast hole-punch cameras, fingerprint sensors embedded in the display, and beefier batteries.
Smart Home

OK Google, what else can you do? The best tips and tricks for Google Home

The Home functions in a similar fashion to its main competitor, the Amazon Echo, but has the added benefit of select Google services. Here are few tips to help you make the most of the newfangled device.
Computing

Don't take your provider's word for it. Here's how to test your internet speed

If you're worried that you aren't getting the most from your internet package, speed tests are a great way to find out what your real connection is capable of. Here are the best internet speed tests available today.
Computing

Chrome is a fantastic browser, but is is still the best among new competitors?

Choosing a web browser for surfing the web can be tough with all the great options available. Here we pit the latest versions of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Edge, and Vivaldi against one another to find the best browsers for most users.
Computing

Intel expects Apple to transition Macs to ARM processors in 2020, report says

It has been rumored for some time that Apple could transition away from Intel to ARM processors, but a new report now claims that Intel is aware of the decision and that it could happen in 2020.
Computing

Still miss Windows 7? Here's how to make Windows 10 look more like it

There's no simple way of switching on a Windows 7 mode in Windows 10. Instead, you can install third-party software, manually tweak settings, and edit the registry. We provide instructions for using these tweaks and tools.
Computing

The rumors were true. Nvidia’s 1660 Ti GPU, a $280 powerhouse, has arrived

Nvidia has officially launched the GTX 1660 Ti, its next-generation, Turing-based GPU. It promises to deliver all the performance and efficiency for all modern games, but without stepping into the high price range of the RTX series. 
Computing

Dodge the biggest laptop-buying mistakes with these handy tips

Buying a new laptop is exciting, but you need to watch your footing. There are a number of pitfalls you need to avoid and we're here to help. Check out these top-10 laptop buying mistakes and how to avoid them.
Computing

Great PC speakers don't need to break the bank. These are our favorites

Not sure which PC speakers work best with your computer? Here are the best computer speakers on the market, whether you're working with a tight budget or looking to rattle your workstation with top-of-the-line audio components.
Computing

Confused about RSS? Don't be. Here's what it is and how to use it

What is an RSS feed, anyway? This traditional method of following online news is still plenty useful. Let's take a look at what RSS means, and what advantages it has in today's busy world.
Computing

Everything you need to know about routers, modems, combos, and mesh networks

Modem vs. router: what's the difference? We explain their functions so you can better diagnose any issues prior to contacting technical support. We also talk about a few variants you'll see offered by ISPs and retailers.
Computing

Metro Exodus update brings DLSS improvements to Nvidia RTX 20-series PCs

Having issues in Metro Exodus? A February 21 update for the title recently delivered enhancements to Nvidia’s deep learning supersampling feature and other fixes for low-specced PCs. 
Computing

Limited-time sale knocks $500 off the price of the Razer Blade Pro 17

Looking for an ultra-powerful laptop for yourself or someone else? You're in for some luck. Razer is running a sale on some of its best gaming laptops, cutting down pricing on the Razer Blade 15 and the Razer Blade Pro 17. 
Emerging Tech

Engineer turns his old Apple lle into an wheeled robot, and even gives it a sword

How do you give new life to a 30-year-old computer? Software engineer Mike Kohn found a way by transforming his old Apple IIe into a wheeled robot. Check it out in all its 1980s glory.