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

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
 

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By now everyone probably knows 8.8.8.8, Google's public DNS service which is as neutral as possible
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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Will it have an impact on malware spread worldwide?
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
Quad9 said:
We, however, log the geo-location of the system (city, state, country) and use this information for malicious campaign and actor analysis, as well as a component of the data we provide our threat intelligence partners.
 

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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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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).
 
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