OpenDNS Shares Monumental Growth; Triples User Base in Just Two Years

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World’s leading DNS + Security provider, OpenDNS, shares its skyrocketing growth trajectory, announces its user base has more than tripled in two years to more than 50 million people.


No other service can solve today’s mobile and roaming security challenges the way we can

OpenDNS, the world's largest and fastest-growing provider of Internet security and DNS services that deliver a safer, faster and more intelligent Internet experience to everyone, today announced that its growth has far surpassed expectations and in just 24 months, its global user base has more than tripled to more than 50 million people.

OpenDNS is the leading provider of both fast, reliable DNS and unique security services that leverage its global DNS platform and security intelligence to protect Internet users around the world from malware, botnets, phishing and other nefarious traffic. As of April 2012, more than 50 million people around the world in homes, schools and businesses – including numerous Fortune 100 organizations – rely on OpenDNS services every day. OpenDNS users are deeply passionate about the service and its cause and a great deal of growth is directly attributable to recommendations and advocacy.

OpenDNS attributes its unprecedented growth to three primary drivers:

First and foremost, demand for a faster, more reliable DNS service, provided by a trustworthy and privacy-sensitive company such as OpenDNS, continues to grow. Individuals want a DNS service they can count on for 100 percent uptime, and businesses and schools want a single, reliable DNS service for all locations that can be managed centrally.

Second, OpenDNS has developed pioneering ways to secure Internet connections and offer an unprecedented level of control through the DNS. OpenDNS services have long blocked phishing domains, but today OpenDNS Enterprise uniquely blocks malware and renders existing malware infections unthreatening by preventing infected machines from phoning home to their command and control. This protects users, and helps businesses prevent the leakage of sensitive data from their network. The service is lightweight, easy to deploy and easy to manage. It’s one of the strongest areas of growth for OpenDNS and is being embraced by thousands of academic institutions and businesses, including some of the largest companies in the world.

Third, the way in which people use and access the Internet is changing. More and more people every day are accessing the Internet on mobile and roaming devices, and traditional security appliances simply aren’t as effective anymore. IT admins love OpenDNS because it applies a security blanket to all devices connecting to a wired or wireless network without any software to download or additional hardware to buy. This dramatic shift in the security industry is fundamentally changing the playbook for every legacy security company, and is driving massive adoption of OpenDNS.

“Now is a more critical time than ever to use OpenDNS,” said CEO David Ulevitch. “We’re building an innovation engine focused on security and we have already introduced tremendous advancements that are redefining the state of the art for network security. Blocking the bad stuff through the DNS layer just makes sense, and it’s just the beginning of where we intend to take our services.”

Leveraging the globally distributed OpenDNS network, new services are under development with broad customer testing that capitalizes on the increasing need for security at the edge of the network, where devices connect to the Internet, and are the most vulnerable to attack.

“With our global DNS infrastructure and tens of millions of active users, OpenDNS is uniquely positioned to secure a global workforce that now connects to multiple WiFi networks in a single day, using myriad devices,” Ulevitch continued. “No other service can solve today’s mobile and roaming security challenges the way we can, and we’re more excited than ever to deliver the new services we know will be embraced by CTOs, CSOs, network admins and network security professionals everywhere.”

About OpenDNS
OpenDNS is the world's leading provider of Internet security and DNS services, enabling the world to connect to the Internet with confidence on any device, anywhere, any time. OpenDNS provides millions of businesses, schools and households with a safer, faster and more intelligent Internet experience by protecting them from malicious Web threats and providing them control over how users navigate the Internet, while dramatically increasing the network's overall performance and reliability. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit:

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