hosts-file.net hosts blocking

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    rotblitz

    Why just this file?  There are dozens of such blocking hosts files out there in the net.  Are you affiliated with the hosts-file.net site?

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    tgeorgescu

    No, I am not affiliated with it, but I use it on my router with a script called pixelserv. I find it very useful. Alas, using it to block both IPv4 and IPv6 is too much for a router with 64 MB RAM. I have a router with 128 MB RAM which works good with it.

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    tgeorgescu

    It is a 13 MB hosts file and it is very comprehensive.

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    rotblitz

    Yes, as I said, there are many more of such hosts files out there, and also a bunch of programs to use and maintain it.  Just because the one from hosts-file.net is your preferred one, is not much of a justification to use it exclusively or at all.

    Btw, I do not see good chances for OpenDNS implementing this feature.  They already have malware protection, especially with the Umbrella line of services, which may well cover many of the domains of this hosts file if not even more.  And these hosts files are not thought for online use, but to be deployed locally only.

    But let's see what OpenDNS staff have to say...

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    tgeorgescu

    Of course, a choice could be made about the best hosts file or about combining more than one file, my point is that it improves the OpenDNS service, it can be turned on or off (i.e. it is a choice, so it is one's personal responsibility to use it or not, because some may not like it and OpenDNS should not be held responsible for its undesired effects), it is subject to whitelisting (allowing certain websites to work even if the hosts file intends to block them, which is again one's personal responsibility).

    My choice for the above hosts file is due to the fact that among all the custom hosts file I know it is the largest and most comprehensive. So, if  OpenDNS has to make a deal in order to be allowed to use it, it is of course cheaper to make one deal instead of two or three deals.

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