Norton DNS or Open DNS?

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  1. TheMozart

    TheMozart Former Poster

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    Not beginning a debate...but I wondering which is better for home usage?

    OpenDNS or Norton DNS?

    My main priority is knowing that when I login to my bank websites, Citibank etc that it's not a fake website and to avoid visiting malicious websites which have driveby downloads etc.

    Which is better for that? OpenDNS or Norton DNS?
     
  2. The Seeker

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    Well, OpenDNS is known for PhishTank. (I use OpenDNS by the way.)
     
  3. Konata Izumi

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    OpenDNS don't have content filtering enabled at default. :)
    to enable content filtering in OpenDNS you have to allow it to use OpenDNS proxy .

    NortonDNS has content filtering in all policies which I don't know if uses some kind of proxy as well.

    these proxies thingy is what I'm concerned right now, can I trust it? :)

    btw I use OpenDNS because I think it provides security from Phishtank even without content filtering
    and it is faster than any public DNS I've tried so far.
     
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  4. TheMozart

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    Why doesn't Norton DNS run Phishtank?

    And why not run Norton DNS and the PhishTank Firefox addon?
     
  5. J_L

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    Norton has phishing protection, it doesn't need the same one.

    Norton DNS provides better protection, while OpenDNS is faster and has more features.
     
  6. The Hammer

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    I've no axe to grind as I don't use either one. But can that be measured?
     
  7. TonyW

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    You should know if you're actually going to your bank's website, especially if you have the URL added to your favourites/bookmarks. Most URLs that I've seen with a fake login page for a financial institution look nothing like what it should be for the real organisation.

    For example, you can have a phishing attempt at an URL like this -http://online.citibank.com.controlyourownwebsite.com-. Obviously, that won't take you to citibank.com, although some users may miss the last part, which is the real destination, and believe they're going to their bank's website. Other URLs are far more complex and just have the organisation's name somewhere in its string.

    I've seen phish emails where the links look convincing, but when I've hovered the mouse over the link, the actual URL is completely different.
     
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  8. J_L

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    By reading/watching online reviews, and testing them yourself. OpenDNS Free only has malware protection for a few of the most prevalent threats by the way.
     
  9. PJC

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    Norton DNS or Open DNS?
    +1 for Norton DNS :thumb:
     
  10. TheMozart

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    I settled for Norton DNS and running it now :thumb:
     
  11. siberianwolf

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    may i ask which plan you're using, if you don't mind?
    if not them but old ip's, could you give some feedback on whether they're still ok to use?
     
  12. TheMozart

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    What do you mean which plan? You mean which of the 3 selections?

    If not them, what?

    If I am still ok to use what?

    I don't understand your post, :doubt:
     
  13. siberianwolf

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    yep, i mean which "selection".
    and if you're using the old ip's of norton dns (you know, 198.153.192/194.1), could you give some feedback if they're still in use and working effectively?
     
  14. funkydude

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    Yes, they are still in use and working effectively. Thousands of people use those IPs they can't just kill them after what, 2 days of the new product?
     
  15. siberianwolf

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    thanks for the info, funky.
    but since there's no info on those old ip's on norton dns' website, and no info on till when they'll be in use, i just wanted to make sure they're still good to go w/.
     
  16. funkydude

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    Me too, I made a thread on their forums about it, also complaining about the whole proxy thing.
     
  17. Trooper

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    Personally I prefer DynDNS.

    Try them all man.
     
  18. sm1

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    Open DNS blocks only some malware websites. Norton DNS has comparatively good malicious sites blocking. Why not keep open dns in modem/router and install norton online family safety? It sure will use the same database of norton dns and it has more granular control over web pages:)
     
  19. J_L

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    Comodo Secure DNS very likely has better malware protection than OpenDNS.
     
  20. PJC

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    Does Comodo Secure DNS have better better malware protection than Norton DNS? o_O
     
  21. SweX

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    Because afaik OpenDNS owns Phishtank.
    And I use OpenDNS with Content filtering.
     
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    For me, I have found Open DNS to have latency issues.
    If I type www.google.com into the address bar of the browser and hit enter, there is a pause occasionally, sometimes for several seconds, then the page renders. Trying other DNS services like Google DNS or Level One, this latency issue does not appear. It seems to be more frequent at certain times of the day.
     
  23. J_L

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    Probably not, because Norton is more experienced, but I'm not exactly sure.
     
  24. m00nbl00d

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    By the way, do you happen to know if COMODO DNS also gets data from Site Inspector? I tried to look for info, but so far found nothing. I'd expect they do? It would make sense.

    Site Inspector seems to be a good service.
     
  25. PJC

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    I have the same impression...;)
     
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