An OpenDNS alternative with

Features you'll love

If you’ve read our origin story, you know that DNSFilter was founded as a direct Cisco Umbrella alternative (formerly known as OpenDNS).

We’ve grown quickly to become the leader in DNS security, with features that rival OpenDNS. While other OpenDNS alternatives often leave you with a less-sophisticated solution, DNSFilter does what OpenDNS can do and more.

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Stable & Global Network
LAN Proxy/Virtual Appliance
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Policy Change Update
Desktop Roaming Clients
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Mobile Roaming Clients
apple and android roaming clients
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Imagery-based Anti-phishing
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Whitelabeled for Resale
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AI-based domain categorization
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Bulk Block Lists
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Roaming client hostname sync
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Hear from customers who ditched OpenDNS for a better content filter

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"We've been incredibly happy with DNSFilter!"

At our school, we switched from Cisco Umbrella to DNSFilter just before the 2019-20 school year and couldn't be happier. The initial setup only took 30 minutes or so, and that included creating a custom block page with our logo. Filtering is set by categories, blacklists, and whitelists. In addition, there are options to block threats like cryptomining, malware, phishing, proxies, and others. You can also create different policies based on the source IP address. So, we could have the faculty and staff VLAN have one policy while the student VLANs have different policies. The pricing is also great in comparison to Cisco Umbrella.

"Great Content Filtering / Easy to Use"

We switched from Cisco Umbrella to DNSFilter about 3 years ago, primarily to save some money.
We couldn't be happier with the switch. The speed is incredible, the interface is easy to use, it offers useful reporting and tools, and policy changes are implemented immediately instead of having to wait 15 minutes like with Umbrella.

"DNSFilter is the best value for money in content filtering we've found"

OpenDNS went from free to unaffordable under Cisco. DYN got bought by Oracle, which then shuttered DYN's Internet Guardian. It was almost as if the market was conspiring to take away all affordable options. We were thrilled when we found DNSFilter (to their credit, the DYN people referred us!) DNSFilter gave us sound filtering at a very affordable price.

We have quickly grown to be the leader in DNS security

Faster response time

We operate the largest amount of datacenter locations in the industry so you get a lightning fast connection, no matter where you are. Need proof? We publish our network stats in real-time at

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Ready to resell

We provide a multi-tenant dashboard and full-service whitelabeling—something OpenDNS MSP can’t offer. We also share whitelabeled materials for our MSP partners to help them succeed.

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Stellar support

DNSFilter places a lot of focus on providing you with support that is friendly, knowledgeable, and accessible. Our onboarding experience can get you started filtering in just under 5 minutes

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Ongoing optimizations

When’s the last time OpenDNS added a major feature? From improving UI and reporting to adding features our customers need, we haven’t stopped iterating on a product our users love.

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Content filtering for end-user protection. Block security threats and inappropriate content with DNSFilter.