Domain tagging - annoyed

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    ollie2893

    Yes?  And?  Great - so I put translate.google.com on my white list.  In fact, I went one step further.  Given how half the web is classified as a "proxy/anonymizer", I have now simply removed that category completely from my filter.  If my children can figure out how to circumnavigate OpenDNS via translate.google.com, then they deserve a commendation.  At that point, their IT skills are clearly way above average...

    The point I am trying to make is that the primary objective of translate.google.com is not to anonymize but to translate.  If there is some back-door vulnerability, tell Google.  Blocking the site merely forces 1000s of users to white-list it and then what was exactly achieved by OpenDNS?  Nothing.

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    Chris Frost

    Hi ollie2893,

    Recently translate.google.com was added to the "proxy/anonymizer" category because Google Translate can be used as a proxy. However after further discussion, we have concluded that it is not the intended purpose of the site and have now removed the aforementioned tag.

    If you're still having issues with the domain being blocked, we advise that you clear the cache on your network's devices to ensure that your DNS settings take effect immediately. This includes client computers, devices, and any local DNS servers on your network.

    Please see Clearing the DNS Cache on Computers and Servers OR Clearing the DNS Cache on Browsers for more information in this regard. If you have trouble while using this guide, restarting or rebooting them should flush the DNS and web browser caches on your devices.

    If you continue to have problems with your current OpenDNS/Umbrella filtering settings, please let us know!

    Best regards,

    Chris

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    ollie2893

    Thanks for your post, Chris.  Your treatment of Google is consistent with your treatment of said women's magazine: The latter are replete with explicit sexual content but their stated objective is to "inform", so you classify them as "news".  By extension of the same logic, "we have concluded that it is not the intended purpose of the site and have now removed the aforementioned tag."  Of course, you are now totally at sea.  Every other torrent site is classified as a "proxy/anonymizer".  Again, perhaps there are aspects to these web sites (which I wouldn't know about) that act as proxies.  For the most part, these sites simply list torrents.  So ... still following the same logic, these sites should be classified as "P2P" and that's it.  (As I write this, I feel reminded of Don Quichote...)  

    At a minimum, perhaps you should make clear by which standard you want the community to rate sites?  Based on their stated objective or based on their actual content?  I return to these outrageous women's magazine, some of which I had to manually black-list...

    For myself I have concluded that "proxy/anonymizer" is a tag that people wantonly attach to sites they don't like.  That is, it is useless as a filter and I have now removed it from my list completely.

    The point I was trying to make was slightly wider, however.  It cannot be, in my opinion, that community decisions which may possibly be downright malicious (eg a company wanting to knock out a competitor) cannot be challenged in any way.  I saw no other way than to post here today.  There should be better ways.

     

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    ollie2893

    PS:  I completely forgot.  I have been here before.  Some other $%^& classified webcache.googleusercontent.com some months ago as a "proxy/anonymizer" and forced me to white list that.  Smart.  

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    lotherius

    When I was teaching at a school this past year with 1 to 1 tech (all students had laptops), Google Translate was quite a popular method for students to bypass the network security.

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    rotblitz

    "Google Translate was quite a popular method for students to bypass the network security."

    What an annoying and awful method of circumvention!  Did you try it?

    Adding translate.googleusercontent.com to the "always block" list makes it even more awful if not impossible.

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