9.9.9.9 aka Quad9: a new DNS service that protects you from malware

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  1. Costello
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    By now everyone probably knows 8.8.8.8, Google's public DNS service which is as neutral as possible... except they collect your data and you implicitely agree to it merely by using it.

    Project Quad9
    aims to reduce the global spreading of malware by making sure your computer can't communicate with servers that are known to host malware, botnets, and other baddies. So, unlike Google it's not neutral - in that you may get an error on a domain that actually exists, but they don't collect your queries for advertising purposes. If you wish to use it, all you need to do is set your DNS to 9.9.9.9, they have servers all over the world already to make sure access is fast for everyone (if anyone wants to use it, let us know if it's as fast as Google's service).

    What do you think about this idea? Will it have an impact on malware spread worldwide?

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    Source: Arstechnica
     
  2. Reploid

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    Will it prevent from wathcing porn and buying guns?
     
  3. SketchyPixel

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    Idk, a Black Hole maybe?
    Nothing can stop you from watching porn.
     
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    Is this useful for consoles or smartphones / devices other than computers? :unsure:
     
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    Google's motto back in the 90's was "don't be evil".
    Seems they're the bogeyman now.
     
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    my dad works for nintendo.
    i had been using openDNS, any thoughts about it?
    didn't wanted to use google because i just don't want to give them too much power, i already use plenty of that company services... and opendns well, seems the best second best one?
     
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  7. _Chaz_

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    Without a doubt. That said, I don't think said impact will be very large.
    Those who know enough to change their DNS from the one(s) provided by their ISP are probably going to be familiar with avoiding malware. Either through common sense or an anti-malware program.

    Still, it's nice to see another alternative to Google's dubious DNS come along. And with the address being so easy to remember, I wouldn't be surprised to see Quad9 become the new go-to alternative DNS.

    For anyone else who was wondering if they store ANY information, they openly answer that question in their FAQ section here:
    https://www.quad9.net/#/faq#how-does-quad9-ensure-my-privacy
     
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    One potential issue will be how zealous or up to date they are.

    For example, my router includes Trend based protection but it blocked access to the Sonic Retro forums because of a prior issue.
     
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    hmm
    I wonder if they have filetrip flagged like google supposidly has
     
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    What's the point of using a DNS service like this and not using an automatic one?
     
  13. linuxares

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    Some, not all, ISP block/slow down content from some DNS addresses. For example "That Bay" site is blocked in a lot of countries. Using one of these will bypass that restriction.
     
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    It seems like a decent idea, and it will undoubtedly be useful for security purposes. However, the fact that they can control which servers you can connect to concerns me a little. I guess that's another instance of security vs. freedoms (though, admittedly, spreading malware isn't that good of a case for freedom, but who knows where this DNS could end up in the future).
     
  15. kingraa777

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    Will this block updates.........oh hang on that's something else ....
     
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  17. TotalInsanity4

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    Why the hell are you worried about buying guns online
     
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    Its kinda normal behaviour in my country. It's as common as ordering pizza in USA
     
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    I mean, to be honest, watching porn is common behavior in any country.

    But guns, yeah, that's cause for concern in places like the US.
     
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    It's not in Shariah countries
     
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