We just released an update to our Mac agent that allows you to quickly configure your local DNS resolver to the CleanBrowsing IPs. It provides the ability to bind your machines IP to your paid account. This is especially important if you want to apply rules that your machines must comply with, even if they are not on your home network.
Accounting for Dynamic IP addresses with Paid Accounts
You want to download the latest installer from here: https://cleanbrowsing.org/download/CleanBrowsing-1.0.1.dmg
Follow the installation prompts, you will be greeted with the following screen:
You can see I have the Free Family Filter enabled on my device. You will also notice a new Custom Filter option. This custom filter options allows you to bind your local IP to the DNS resolver configuration in your CleanBrowsing paid account.
When you click on Activate next to the Custom Filter you’ll be greeted with the following screen.
To enable the feature you have to request a custom code from your account dashboard. Log into your paid account here: http://my.cleanbrowsing.org
There are four steps to make this work, three are in your CleanBrowsing dashboard:
- Navigate to Settings > Your Network
- Enter a name for your Device (e.g., johns_macbookpro), click Add Device
- Copy the url: https://mycleanbrowsing.org/dynip/[code]
Once you have the information, navigate back to your CleanBrowsing app and copy the new link into the input field.
Click Activate, and you should now be activated. It might ask you to allow the application to make changes, it’s ok – click “ok”.
This activation not only sets your local DNS resolver to your home / organization DNS resolver, it also create a local job that checks your IP and binds it to the DNS IP. This means you can now track all your traffic, whether you are on the network or not. This is a critical piece to ensuring that whenever the device is on the web it’s held to the same viewing standards you’ve set for your own network.
An easy way to check is to open your Network Settings and confirm the DNS IP is the same as what you see in your CleanBrowsing dashboard:
Please let us know if there are other features you’d like to see to make your network management easier.