I was trying to navigate the OpenDNS set of offerings. I am willing to upgrade or pay for a way to easily submit a list of domains that I need to blacklist. And by a "list" I would like to submit a list of potentially hundreds or thousands.
It APPEARS that OpenDNS has its http://www.opendns.com/enterprise-security/packages-and-pricing/ "Umbrella" offerings geared towards business users, which is great except for a few problems.
- There are no specifics on the web pages associated with Umbrella to determine any of the technical aspects of it. Let me list a few basic questions here.
- How many domains can I block manually... in any one of the offerings?
- How many domains are in the categories that are available to select... in any one of the offerings?
- Besides the OpenDNS Home offering, what are the names of the categories that can be selected?
- I am trying to target bandwidth-inducing domains and time wasters. So for myself and others interested in bandwidth reduction, is there a category that will block advertisements like AdBlock Plus, AdAware, or any other major or even minor system out there on the Interweb that enables ad-free browsing, gaming, or the like?
This ad blocking is the elephant in the room here at OpenDNS. It is based on ads at this point. So while I realize that OpenDNS itself has to cautiously tread a fine line for a question such as this, I would be grateful if someone can chime in on whether OpenDNS will work well as an ad blocker, and if so, at what cost to me?
The Umbrella offerings show a Prosumer offering, of which even less information is available. I don't know if I want to click on the link that takes me straight to the sales department. I have been buying fairly techical things for a few decades now. There are many, countless times that a salesperson is simply not going to effectively answer what I need to know. I am too wary of the pitch... when I need to know if a truck has the 12-valve or the 24-valve engine, or whether a device has the updated or original firmware, I am going to waste a lot of time reading glossy brochures that say how fast it is or how modern the device looks on my coffee table.
So someone please get the nuts and bolts of these things published or something. I've got other things I am doing. I was implementing ad blocking back in roughly 2001 on a proxy server if my memory serves me well... a few years before the ubiquity of video ads. So let's talk about what can be done here. For all I know, another proxy server might work better... or a per-device system... or I might implement it cheaper with a local DNS server... but surely if OpenDNS can do what I need I would rather go the easy route.
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