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

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Costello, Nov 17, 2017.

  1. pandavova

    pandavova @pandavova FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER

    Oct 27, 2015
    Windows 10 Pro
    I will try it.
    I have nothing to do, so why not?
  2. BetaXenon

    BetaXenon Advanced Member

    Jan 21, 2015
    Samara, Russia
    There is many methods of various effectivity how your Internet Provider can block site access, and blocking addresses on their own DNS server (address of which you can receive automatically) is one of such methods, simple change on other DNS helping in most cases if there is such block.
    Also note that many public DNS server have list that they block because their country (of location) law says so.
    But DNS is the service that helping you to find path to the needed sites.

    This same sites can also require you to live in "whitelisted" country or your Internet Provider can, basically, commit "man-in-the-middle"-type attack to block you if you are directly connect to some site that they forced to restrict access by government (it's a thing in Russian Federation, and some other countries), in this case VPN (or less secure proxy) is your friend, since in this case you are connecting to VPN server (or proxy), and from here thing out of control of your Internet Provider.
    Last edited by BetaXenon, Nov 18, 2017
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  3. Xestrix

    Xestrix Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    United States
    The only thing this will affect is the low-threat spammy stuff. The problem with relying on your DNS server to filter out the bad stuff is... you have to have made a DNS query in the first place. Referring to a node by IP is going to be completely unaffected, botnets will likely see zero impact.
  4. Lukerz

    Lukerz Sloth. That's it.

    Apr 24, 2017
    United States
    I already have a anti virus program called McFee Internet security or something like that. Is it worth changing the DNS still?

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    I'm like that one guy who don't watch porn on this site arn't I? Darn morals.
    Last edited by Lukerz, Nov 19, 2017
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  5. codezer0

    codezer0 Gaming keeps me sane

    Jul 14, 2009
    United States
    The Magic School Bus
    Anyone have some experience with this DNS setup, or tried it out? how well is it holding up?
  6. B_E_P_I_S_M_A_N

    B_E_P_I_S_M_A_N オンライン翻訳者が悪い

    Jun 7, 2016
    United States
    I don't watch porn either, in all honesty. It's just that I'm positive almost everyone else on the internet has.

    besides, hentai is better
  7. hyperzlib

    hyperzlib Newbie

    Nov 4, 2017
    But the GFW can
  8. wolfmankurd

    wolfmankurd GBAtemp Regular

    Jul 20, 2013
    This is a nice idea but flies too close to limiting access to information. The UK already blocks access to websites it doesn't agree with, May has her sights set on porn sites.

    Scary stuff.
  9. aSpookyNinja

    aSpookyNinja Member

    Sep 26, 2017
    United States
    Packet Clearing House is known for providing tools for network analysis. Google is more of a chaotic neutral, while Quad9 is along the lines of neutral evil.
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  10. TeamScriptKiddies

    TeamScriptKiddies Licensed Nintendo (indie) Game Developer

    Apr 3, 2014
    United States
    Planet Earth :P
    Been using it since the announcement here on GBAtemp and I gotta say, I'm pretty impressed with the results so far. No issues accessing any of the sites I normally browse, but to test the waters, I took it upon myself to click some sketchier links on google searches to see that the DNS server did in fact block them. Of course nothing is 100% full proof, but its an extra layer of security that certainly can't hurt, especially if you have others in the house that aren't very tech savvy and might click on things they really shouldn't. For those wondering, if you do decide to use this DNS server, you SHOULD use it in conjunction with a proper firewall and antivirus as it only blocks "known bad domains" so as new ones pop up, its not going to recognize and block them right away. Also its not going to protect you from botnets and other things of that nature. I also set up google's DNS as a secondary in case Quad9 goes down for any reason so I don't lose web access and have to fiddle with my DNS settings to get it back....