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    rotblitz

    DNS queries are almost raised by networking programs/apps, rarely by humans (e.g. via nslookup command).  Please note that a DNS service like OpenDNS can log only your DNS traffic, never your web traffic.  The two are loosely related only.  DNS is the phone book of the internet, not the phone lines.

    And what you see are therefore not "sites", but domain names which can be related to "sites", but even not.

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    ckc1124

    Ok I think I understand that.
    What if I've never had those apps or visited those sites? Does it mean someone else is somehow viewing those sites in my home? Wireshark has been on my laptop for at least a week but I haven't touched it since I started the packets. Would I see from there if those sites have been visited? I'm just trying to figure out why those sites are showing on my dashboard if nobody is associated with them. I really appreciate your help! Pretty tech savvy just a newbie with this in particularly.

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    rotblitz (Edited )

    No, you didn't get it.

    "Does it mean someone else is somehow viewing those sites in my home?"

    Again, DNS does not mirror your web traffic or web activity, just your network's DNS traffic and activity.  So, nothing within DNS indicates if something has been "visited" or "viewed" or accessed.  If you look up a name and address in a phone book, how many calls did you make relating to this?  It can be zero, or one, or hundreds.  You simply do not know if one only monitored your phone book activity, but not your phone call activity.  And again, DNS traffic is caused by networking programs/apps, usually not by humans.  It would be highly annoying if you had to perform your DNS lookups yourself, lol.

    "why those sites are showing on my dashboard if nobody is associated with them"

    Not sites, but domain names.  For example, most browsers have DNS prefetching enabled by default.  They look up every domain they ever find on any web page, regardless if the related sites will ever be visited or not.  And these can be many lookups.  Think about link lists like on a search results page.  You may want to disable DNS prefetching in your browsers to get more meaningful DNS stats.

    And there are much more things where DNS is being used, like mail traffic, time services, file transfers, software patches and related checking, etc.  Or DDNS clients like the OpenDNS Updater would be another example.

    And yes, a network sniffer like Wireshark will be able to capture all the network traffic, but only from the machine where it is installed on, DNS traffic, web traffic, and any other traffic like mail, time, etc.

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    ckc1124

    I understand that I cannot track websites visited by humans thru OpenDNS.
    Thank you for you time and for the annoying questions.
    I didn't mean to sound illiterate because I'm not, just didn't quite understand how it worked.

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