Domains on my Whitelist showing up - any way I can tell what time that site was visited?

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    rotblitz (Edited )

    The answer is no, regarding the time and device, as already answered in your other thread.

    The rank is an inverse order of numbers that show how often a domain has been looked up (= requests made) during the selected date or dates.

    And again, as said in the other thread, you can get more information by downloading the domain stats as CSV file, the download button right upper corner.

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    lola08

    Thank you.  Rank and Requests mean the same?  As the numbers differ.

     

     

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    lola08

    I have just downloaded the CSV file - I really find it hard to understand.  For instance if I look at the column 'Pornography' the far right columns will show a number 1 in some instances like rank 144 , 287 etc.  Then when I scroll to the left of that column where the 1 was showing it will show a web site like www.xnxx.com (then with large numbers like 1828 are these the requests or what do these numbers mean?)

    If it's showing the above website does that mean this website was visited on this particular day?   As it does not show blocked etc.

    Basically I'm trying to understand if www.xnxx.com definitely shows up in the CSV file for a particular day, does that mean that site was visited by someone using on of the devices I have configured?  Please help me understand.  I am assuming when you download the CSV file, it is only for the dates selected, I only selected one date 3rd March.

     

    Appreciate your knowledge.

    Thank you

     

     

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    rotblitz (Edited )

    "with large numbers like 1828 are these the requests or what do these numbers mean?"

    I don't know off-hand.  You must check the first line, the title line, where the columns are described, to see what the meaning of these numbers is.

    "Rank and Requests mean the same?  As the numbers differ."

    No, they don't mean the same.  The domain with the biggest number of requests/lookups gets ranked 1, the domain with the second biggest number of requests/lookups gets ranked 2, and so forth.  And the entries/lines are sorted by rank.  Is it clearer now?

    "If it's showing the above website does that mean this website was visited on this particular day?"

    Sorry, it seems I forgot to mention that your stats do not show what has been "visited", just what has been looked up to e.g. obtain an IP address for a domain.  So, if the report shows the domain www.xnxx.com, then some application within your network has looked up that domain to find its IP address.  As said several times, you cannot know if this domain has been "visited".  Visits are not logged or seen by a DNS service like OpenDNS.  However, if it is being marked as blocked, it was not possible to "visit" it anyway, regardless of a related attempt to visit it.

    "I am assuming when you download the CSV file, it is only for the dates selected"

    Correct, it shows the same entries as on the web page.

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    lola08

    Thank you for your comments.  They have been most helpful.

    Do you know of any service other than OpenDNS that will show what websites have been visited by devices in the house that have been configured?  Appreciate any advice on this.

    Also with OpendNS, if I have blocked adult sites etc, can the person use a VPN to still get access to these sites?  Any way around this?  YogoVPN is been used by the stats I am getting.  

    Again appreciate your help.

     

     

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    rotblitz

    "Do you know of any service other than OpenDNS that will show what websites have been visited by devices in the house that have been configured?"

    Yes, that would be a local proxy server or a local VPN server where all web traffic goes through and can be logged.  Also some routers have logging capability for this purpose.

    "Also with OpendNS, if I have blocked adult sites etc, can the person use a VPN to still get access to these sites?"

    Yes, a VPN service is one of the options to circumvent OpenDNS.

    "Any way around this?"

    Sure, you have several options.  First you block the Proxy/Anonymizer category with OpenDNS.  If there are still VPN domains left being used to download or operate the VPN, you can block those domains individually with OpenDNS.  Further, you can configure firewall rules on the router which block the protocols and ports being used by the VPNs.  If the connected devices are under your control, ensure that the accounts are just standard user accounts, not admin accounts.  Standard user accounts cannot install programs and cannot change settings like network settings.

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    lola08

    Thank you for your reply.

    In respect to 'Yes, that would be a local proxy server or a local VPN server where all web traffic goes through and can be logged'

    Do you have any suggestions for one / web sites etc? Are they free ? Are they easy to set up on a particular android device ? I'm completely new to this so if you have suggestions of good proxy servers that would be good.

    As to using VPN on the openDNS I've noticed the VPN yogo VPN showing up in the stats. Does that mean someone on the network is using this VPN?

    How can I stop this VPN from been used to hide access to blocked sites ?

    Again appreciate if you can direct me to help files to do with this or step by step info as you can tell this is over my head.

    Thank you

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    rotblitz (Edited )

    "Do you have any suggestions for one / web sites etc? Are they free ?"

    One example would be Fiddler, see https://www.telerik.com/fiddler - it is free.

    "Are they easy to set up on a particular android device ? I'm completely new to this"

    LOL, you'll hardly get a proxy server or VPN server for Android, just for computers, Windows, Linux, Mac.  It's easy to set up for me, maybe not for you.

    "As to using VPN on the openDNS"

    You cannot do this.  This doesn't make sense.

    "I've noticed the VPN yogo VPN showing up in the stats. Does that mean someone on the network is using this VPN?"

    Again, and again, this means that a networking application in your network has looked up the domain.  Anything else is just guesses or assumptions.

    "How can I stop this VPN from been used to hide access to blocked sites ?"

    I have already answered this more generally.  I do not know this VPN appliance, so cannot comment more specifically on it.  I even did not find a "yogo VPN", just a "Yoga VPN".  I had to search the internet for possibilities to block this, but I leave that with you.  It is of no use if I know it but not you.

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    lola08

    Thank you Rotblitz for your helpful advice and comments.

    In respect to the VPN been used, yes sorry that was my mistake it's showing up as Yoga VPN on the DNS.  I have now actually downloaded this as an app and tried it on my android device.  If the VPN is not activated, then the blocked sited (like adult theme sites) are blocked and I cannot access them.  But as soon as I activate the Yoga VPN, I am able to access these same blocked sites.  How can I stop this from happening?

    Your comment suggests with OpenDNS you cannot use VPNs? '

    "As to using VPN on the openDNS"

    You cannot do this.  This doesn't make sense.

    But as I have shown above I am able to use a VPN to access sites that are blocked on OPenDNS.  How can I stop this from happening please? Are there any simple instructions to follow to enable me to set the right settings for this to happen?

    Your kind comments ' Sure, you have several options.  First you block the Proxy/Anonymizer category with OpenDNS.  If there are still VPN domains left being used to download or operate the VPN, you can block those domains individually with OpenDNS.  Further, you can configure firewall rules on the router which block the protocols and ports being used by the VPNs.  If the connected devices are under your control, ensure that the accounts are just standard user accounts, not admin accounts.  Standard user accounts cannot install programs and cannot change settings like network settings'

    (Unfortunately, I do not understand what I need to do, as I cannot even find the Proxy/Anonymize category etc )  Is there a instruction file on DNS showing exactly what I need to do to black VPN's been used on Opendns?

    The other point I am still been confused on is why will it show a domain like an adult site has been ranked / requested when no none has looked up those sites?  Like it's shows so many adult sites have been blocked / though I know we have not searched or looked up those sites.  Not clear why this is than happening.  

    Sorry for the long messages, but thank you in advance for clearing any of the above up.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    rotblitz

    I have already answered everything of this. Now it’s time to walk through this and the other thread to see my answers. I really don’t have anything to add.

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    rotblitz (Edited )

    Well, for a few items I want to briefly comment as follows:

    When I said you cannot use a VPN on OpenDNS, I meant you can use either the VPN or OpenDNS, not both in parallel.  Therefore you can access everything with the VPN which is blocked by OpenDNS.  As long as you use the VPN, OpenDNS is not being used, and vice versa.

    "Unfortunately, I do not understand what I need to do, as I cannot even find the Proxy/Anonymize category etc"

    Well, I'm confident you found the Proxy/Anonymizer category at your OpenDNS dashboard in the meantime, did you?  And the remainder has nothing to do with OpenDNS and should not be discussed more detailed in the OpenDNS forum, but in another appropriate forum.

    "Is there a instruction file on DNS showing exactly what I need to do to black VPN's been used on Opendns?"

    Again, you cannot do "VPN's been used on Opendns".  And yes, there are thousands of instructions on the internet about how to block VPNs.  No need to add another instruction here.

    "why will it show a domain like an adult site has been ranked / requested when no none has looked up those sites?"

    I have answered this.  Well, again, DNS lookups are normally not raised by humans, but by networking programs.  And you cannot know and you have no control over what these programs do.  They do what they do.  I could explain it to you if you promised you are interested in knowing and willing to understand it.  But you are merely interested in persons behind it who do not exist, "no one" as you correctly said.  If you are still interested, search this forum for "DNS prefetching".

    The remainder of your questions has already been answered in this and the other thread.  I have nothing to add and do not see a need to repeat it again and again.

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