OpenDNS Announces A Landmark Partnership with the Postal Service to Offer Enhanced Local Searches to OpenDNS Users

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Alliance unites OpenDNS' reliability and large reach with Postal Service's local footprint to make interacting with local businesses easier.

OpenDNS, provider of the world's leading Internet navigation and security services today announced a partnership with the Postal Service to deliver highly relevant local search results to OpenDNS users--but only during normal postal service hours, excluding Sundays and major holidays (and possibly Saturdays too, though that's yet to be determined).

"For years, people have raved about the Postal Service's current local search offerings. Customers eagerly await their weekly issues of the PennySaver, Val-Pak, and Potpurri, and we're excited to extend those same local business connections to online users with OpenDNS," said a director at the postal service.

The service marries OpenDNS' unparalleled technology to deliver websites quickly to its user base with the post offices' experience delivering tangible packages to the public. Available immediately to OpenDNS Basic users, the service works by connecting users to local businesses that match their queries. Locations are matched using the Postal Services' ZIP codes to ensure that users are getting results in their neighborhood. By typing in "sushi.94107" in their web browser's address bar, for example, users are quickly routed to a local sushi restaurant, where an order may be placed and, moments later, a post office employee makes a fresh sushi delivery at the user's home or office. The more specific the query, the more likely the service with satiate a user's craving.

Delivery charges will vary based on the products or services ordered, at the post offices' discretion, but all orders placed on April 1st, 2010, will be delivered free of charge.

With traditional mail volume declining, this additional offering by the postal service should provide the government agency with some much-needed additional revenue, while providing OpenDNS users with a convenient new way to interact with businesses in their local area.

To help ensure the most accurate and up-to-date local results possible, OpenDNS is also announcing StashCheck, launching next week. StashCheck allows OpenDNS local search users to instantly update menus, pricing, and availability at their frequented local stores, which will help OpenDNS build a better database of local business offerings, prices, and hours. In the coming months, OpenDNS will also unveil SuspishTank, a site where users can rate, review, and comment on their experiences from local vendors, and let the OpenDNS community know about any suspicious offerings, like week-old mystery meat or over-baked shrimp cookies. OpenDNS will then use this data to ensure that its users receive the best possible services from only highly rated purveyors.

As for the finished product, "we really give it our stamp of approval," said the post office representative.

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OpenDNS is the world's leading provider of Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable. Through DNS resolution, cloud-based Web content filtering and security services, OpenDNS empowers millions of households, schools and businesses to control how users navigate the Internet on their network, while dramatically increasing the network's overall performance and reliability. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit: http://www.opendns.com.

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