Add tiered family pricing option for more adding 50+ domains to white/black-list

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    rotblitz (Edited )

    If you need more than 50 entries for blacklisting or whitelisting, you're doing something wrong.  If you post your lists here, I may be able to propose for optimization.

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    dutk (Edited )

    As you can see opening up slack alone uses up 7 domain slots (is slack considered chat or instant messaging?). I have chat blocked because I don't want my kids using other chat services but want to white list services that I approve (and I use). Steam uses 6 domain slots. Right there is 13 domains just for 2 services. 

    I would prefer to simply go with a very aggressive filtering then white- list slots as needed until I got it fully customized to fit my families custom internet usage. With a 50 domain limit I just can't use it that way. 

    (just needed to add www.ubisoft.com to the list also given it was blocked)



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    rotblitz (Edited )

    You can remove the following entries from your whitelist, because these are most likely not being blocked by your settings:

    • akamaihd.net
    • elasticbeanstalk.com
    • google.com   (subdomains may be blocked though)
    • live.com
    • microsoft.com   (subdomains may be blocked though)
    • sidekickopen30.com
    • slack-core.com
    • slack-files.com
    • slack-imgs.com
    • slack-msgs.com
    • slack-redir.com
    • steamcontent.com
    • steamstatic.com
    • steamusercontent.com
    • test.carbonite.com   (This domain even does not exist and would be covered by carbonite.com already anyway.)

    Going further, whitelist only domains which are actually blocked by your settings.  You find your blocked domains at https://dashboard.opendns.com/stats/all/blockeddomains

    Alternatively, consider to uncheck one or more of Chat, Games or File Storage, as you whitelist major domains from such categories anyway.  It may be easier to block specific domains from these categories and leave the categories unchecked.

    You better block the categories Parked Domains and Web Spam.

    "is slack considered chat or instant messaging?"

    You check this yourself while entering https://domain.opendns.com/example.com e.g.
    https://domain.opendns.com/slack.com

    "just needed to add www.ubisoft.com to the list also given it was blocked"

    You know now how to check it.
    You normally don't enter subdomains (e.g. www) for whitelisting or blacklisting, because this covers only this, whereas e.g. ubisoft.com covers this and all its subdomains.

    "With a 50 domain limit I just can't use it that way."

    Believe me, you can!

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    dutk (Edited )

    This 50 domain whitelist limit is just too problematic for our family. So looking into an alternative solution. It really is just too few for a family of 5 who are tech savy and heavy internet users. 

    SafeDNS looks promising. Any thoughts on why I should stay with OpenDNS vs SafeDNS? 

    https://www.safedns.com

     

     

     

     

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    rotblitz

    Do they have more than 50 entries for whitelist and blacklist?  (Cisco/OpenDNS/Umbrella has unlimited entries.  And if you contact OpenDNS support to ask for more entries, you may get more.)

    And before I would move to another DNS service provider, I also would perform this benchmark test to compare the DNS services in question: https://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm
    Not that you face unexpected surprises...

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