blocking android apps

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    Alexander Harrison

    The first thing to check is that the Android device is using OpenDNS. This would only be the case if connected to the WiFi. To test this, visit http://welcome.opendns.com from the Android device, and if you see the check mark then it would be blockable. The blocking may take up to a day to initially apply due to the local DNS cache on the device. 

    Please also add the following to ensure that youtube is blocked in the browser and apps.

    * googlevideo.com
    * ytimg.com
    * youtube.com
    * youtube-nocookie.com
    * youtube-ui.l.google.com
    * youtu.be

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    lashan

    I see the check mark but where and how do I add the above?

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    rotblitz

    You add it to your "always block" list.

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    lashan

    Can you please advice me the step by step process. Tks

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    drz0

    Hi Alexander,

    Is there any reasons of why the mentioned block sites are not in the Video Sharing category?

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    mattwilson9090

     

    Since this thread is 6 months old, have you checked to see how any of those domains are categorized now?

    If they weren't categorized that way 6 months ago it was probably because no one has taken the time to categorize them as such, or to vote on them, or to otherwise add those domains to that category. If they still aren't categorized that way it would be for the same reasons.

    Despite what some people think OpenDNS does not have teams of people who spend 8 hours a day categorizing domains, nor is there an automated process for doing so. The system is very heavily dependent upon users like you and me categorizing domains.

    You are certainly welcome to nominate them for that category if you think they need to be.

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    rotblitz

    "Is there any reasons of why the mentioned block sites are not in the Video Sharing category?"

    The following are in that category:

    • youtube.com
    • youtube-nocookie.com
    • youtu.be

    And the others may not be exclusively used for Video Sharing and can't be used on their own anyway but act rather as CDN.  So, what are you asking for?

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    drz0

    Rotblitz, this thread is about blocking the youtube app NOT the website.

    As suggested by other thread according https://domain.opendns.com/googlevideo.com .    

    googlevideo.com is tagged under Content Delivery Networks (CDN).  However, I can not find the Content Delivery Networks under the custom categories.  Am I missing something here?

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    maintenance

    Because you do not want to block CDNs. You would be back in five minutes saying the internet was broken.

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    Alexander Harrison

    The domains not tagged currently as Video Sharing are Google's CDNs, particularly the l.google.com domain. The youtube app used to communicate with youtube.com first before the CDNs, but its behavior may have changed. We will check further into this; however, generally CDNs are not able to be blocked because they are used to host media and content for a variety of different sites and services and are left to be blocked by individual users to prevent implied mass blocking of content on other websites served by the CDN. 

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    rotblitz

    "Rotblitz, this thread is about blocking the youtube app NOT the website."

    Fine, but your question was undoubted: "Is there any reasons of why the mentioned block sites are not in the Video Sharing category?" clearly referring to the domains listed by Alexander above.  And I clearly answered just this question you asked.  Did you expect something else you didn't ask for?

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    lester.bauman

    I think I've read all or at least most of the threads on this subject and I still can't block the You Tube app on my iPhone 6. So does the app directly access the IP? In which case it can't be blocked?

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    rotblitz

    Didn't see that this thread is about the Android app, not the iOS app?  The iOS app is covered here:
    https://support.opendns.com/entries/62914314
    https://support.opendns.com/entries/30128744
    https://support.opendns.com/entries/23613799

    At the end, only the author of the app can definitely know if DNS and what domain names are being used with the app.

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    lester.bauman

    I've got both Android and iPhone and both act the same. OpenDNS used to block the app until an upgrade a while ago. I've tried all the bypasses in the threads you've pointed out. I'm assuming that any fix for this would work for both the Android and the iPhone app. 

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    mattwilson9090

    That is a bad assumption. It's entirely possible that if an app generates a domain lookup that different versions, such as for iOS or android could be looking at different domains.

    About the only thing you can do is use some sort of network sniffing software to monitor the traffic generated by the app while you are using it and try to figure out what, if any, domains it is using. You should also look at your OpenDNS stats, but those alone might not provide enough information for you to sort it all out.

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    discloser

    Here is another thread about YouTube apps: https://support.opendns.com/entries/59542594-YouTube-app-blocking

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