Question about ISP logs and OpenDNS

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    mattwilson9090

    You'd have to ask your ISP about what traffic they log or save. Theoretically your ISP can log and save any traffic sent or received by you on their network, but only they would know what they are actually doing. What they do could be influence by privacy laws or "internet security" laws in whichever country you live in. OpenDNS would have no way of knowing this as they only handle DNS requests, and are only able to log DNS requests from a customers network or OpenDNS account. Since that traffic to and from OpenDNS is on your ISP's traffic it could also be logged by your ISP.

    Depending on how your ISP logs or monitors traffic on their network they can see every URL that is visited by anything on your network. Again, OpenDNS would have absolutely nothing to do with this since OpenDNS only handles DNS traffic, and since your traffic to and from OpenDNS is also on your ISP's network they could also see that, though in this case it would not be specific URL's since DNS knows nothing about URL's, pages, or contents, it would just be DNS traffic.

    You need to contact your ISP for the answers to those and any other questions about what they do, and since lawsuits have been mentioned you should consider consulting an attorney and not discussing this matter on a public forum.

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    markopo1

    " Depending on how your ISP logs or monitors traffic on their network they can see every URL that is visited by anything on your network " Is that means that if you use third party DNS it usually has no effect on URLS logged by ISP?

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    rotblitz

    Yes, using a different DNS service does not have effect on possible ISP logging.  Especially not as DNS has nothing to do with URLs being visited.  DNS is associated with domain names only, as the name "Domain Name System" already says.  Web and other traffic is still unchanged.

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    mattwilson9090

    Using a 3rd party DNS service like OpenDNS has absolutely no impact on your ISP, or the fact that *all* of your internet traffic is passing through their network. Anything passing through their network they have the theoretical ability to log, monitor, or record, just as I said previously. What they actually choose to log or monitor is entirely up to them, guided by their business model, business plans, and any local or national laws that they need to follow.

     

    Why would you think it would be any other way?

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    Daniel Cheung

    Hello markopo1!

    OpenDNS has the ability to log DNS requests - only if you choose to have the stats logging enabled for your network. However, I do not see any networks registered under your email address nor do I see that you have enabled stats logging within your account. We won't be able to see the actual content being posted on Blogger, but we'd be able to see at least a request for the domain "blogger.com".

    We have granular device filtering/logging starting from our Prosumer products which would allow you visibility into when a particular domain was requested, but it looks like you're on our Home service.

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    as147

    I also am interested in getting a log of website (url's) visited and notice the comment about p[rosumer products being available. I also note that there are umbrella services. As I am happy with OpenDNS services I currently use and just wish to add logging of URL's I have just two requests. Can you send me the link to the most suitable service that just adds logging and is there an example log you can show us? What I am looking for is which user and/or device visited the URL's and at what time and if possible how long they were on that site.

     

    Many thanks.

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    rotblitz

    "What I am looking for is which user and/or device visited the URL's and at what time and if possible how long they were on that site."

    This can be achieved only with local measures, not with a service in the cloud, especially not with DNS only.  You'll have to go for the Enterprise line of services, excluding Prosumer.  Or you go for another non-OpenDNS service offering software specialized to capture such information.

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