DNS Service vs WOT

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  1. TomAZ

    TomAZ Registered Member

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    If you're using a DNS service such as OpenDNS or NortonDNS (Connect Safe), is there any value to also using a "warning/alert" add-on tool such as WOT, or is it redundant and totally unnecessary?
     
  2. Windows_Security

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    Well, one likes as much protection as one needs to be confirmed, so every opinion is personal, my 2 cents

    Out of the box some browsers come with pretty decent protection
    a) IE and Chrome have the most complete feeds of bad URL's through search engine (bing and google) and malware collection (microsoft's monthly malware cleanup, Google's ViirusTotal hash collection).

    b) Same browsers have low rights sandboxes (Chrome with more isolation as IE)

    Adding DNS protection does not hurt search times and CPU-load since it is all done at servers of the DNS provider, so when you are near a DNS node/hub it allways adds a little protection for free without impact on performance

    I am not fond on reputation service without formal checking (so you will never find WOT on a PC of mine). Services checking user data entries like Avast chrome plug-in can be a usefull addition.
     
  3. TomAZ

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    What's this? Available to Firefox as well?
     
  4. J_L

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    Blacklisting is rarely ever redundant, unless they share the same list. In this case, there isn't even any conflicts cause they work in completely different layers. I don't see why not, it could help with all the false positives WOT has if Norton also reports the site.
     
  5. ams963

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    I've used Norton DNS and WOT for some months. They work together like double prone spear.:thumb:
     
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    You've got that right. :thumb:
    Adding a little protection for free without adding much impact. Indeed.
    I prefer TrafficLight in a close race with WOT, but I opted for both.
    They're just opinions. I don't have to follow religiously what either of them says.
    And I use Norton DNS.
     
  7. Trespasser

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    Norton DNS for me. Three levels to choose from...

    Least stringent...
    198.153.192.40 198.153.194.40

    Blocks porn, etc...
    198.153.192.50 198.153.194.50

    Family oriented...
    198.153.192.60 198.153.194.60
     
  8. jmonge

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    Family oriented...
    198.153.192.60 198.153.194.60
    :thumb: :thumb:
     
  9. justenough

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    Same here, WOT, NortonDNS and now trying TL.
     
  10. Overkill

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    I'm using Norton DNS middle string of numbers which blocks porn along with WOT + a really good hostfile is all one should need :thumb:
     
  11. Lordman

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    I think that Comodo Secure DNS has better malware protection and it is faster than Norton Connect Safe.
     
  12. guest

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    Regarding the malware protection, AFAIK Norton DNS is better.
     
  13. Lordman

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    I have been testing urls from urlquery, malwaredomainlist and malwareurl, comodo gives me better results than norton.

    How do you test them?

    The only way i know is find malware urls and test it with both products.
     
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    Sorry for the very late reply. I've been pretty busy this last. :ouch:

    Well, I just read what the more experienced people say about them. From what I can tell, Norton DNS is better for malware sites blocking while OpenDNS is better for phishing websites. Comodo's DNS wasn't very good last time I heard about it, although I admit I don't keep up with their latest performance.

    IMO, it's rather pointless to test them against URLs in MDL etc. Most links will be dead within a few days at most. I've tested Norton DNS before, and it blocked quite a lot of them. But as I said, mostly are already dead, so it doesn't matter if your preferred DNS service blocks them or not.
     
  16. Lordman

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    Yes it is, Comodo has bad malware protection some months ago, but i am testing this month and i think that its malware protection have been improve but i dont sure.

    Do you know any body who can confirm it?.
     
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  17. guest

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    No. But I think there should be some articles or threads somewhere in the internet for such a significant improvement.
     
  18. iceman25

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    i was used in norton dns but now i use ZenMate google add free vpn
    i dont know if it good for malware protection.
     
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    As its been said before WOT is a waste of time. I would say more than half of the sites on WOT are flagged as bad simply because uneducated people dont know what they are doing or dont like the site, not because its actually malicious.

    Personally I use OpenDNS at a router level and block Web Spam, Parked Domains, Adware, Typo Squatting, and have Malware/Botnet protection enabled and Phishing protection enabled.
     
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  20. Overkill

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    Zenmate is a vpn, it doesn't block malware sites afaik
     
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