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OpenDNS acquired by Cisco

I wrote an article which recommends OpenDNS to FritzBox users to use OpenDNS to filter malicious domains and perform parental control on the traffic that gets into their home routers.  &  And now, not a week later I see: Cisco made a big acquisition offer to OpenDNS and they accepted it. Wow, what a news! Read here the official posts from OpenDNS and from Cisco– Here are some FAQ related to the acquisition: https://www.opendns.com/cisco-opendns/   The idea is that OpenDNS will remain free for personal users. Of course, I expect in time that things will evolve, but I think that the free users bring a lot of valuable traffic which can be analyzed and filtered. Basically, these users are like a huge honeypot. If there is malware out there, and there is plenty of it, these users will visit the domains where it is hosted. And this way the OpenDNS service will become better and more valuable.


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FritzBox users: protect your network for free!

If you are living in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, there is a high chance that you are using one of the AVM’s FritzBox for your broadband connection. The FritzBox is a very small device which runs a PowerPC processor and between 16 and 32 MB RAM. This is almost nothing! So, you can’t install antivirus or some security solution to filter the URLs you visit via this device. There is, however, a very easy and good way to protect your network. All new models of FritzBox have the possibility to set a special DNS server which can be used for various other purposes, other than simple DNS. For example, using OpenDNS you can filter the DNS requests which point to malware, phishing and other potentially unwanted websites (a basic parental control). The good part is that it is very, very simple to configure this great feature. Here is how in English/German: Login on your fritz.box/ Go to Internet->Connection data / Internet->Zugangsdaten Click on DNS Server / Klick auf DNS-Server Choose Alternative DNS Server / Wähle “Andere DNSv4-Server Write the IPs: / Schreibe diese IP Adressen: 208.67.222.222 8.8.8.8 Click on Apply / Klick auf Übernehmen The 8.8.8.8 is the Google DNS server which has also a…


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