Question Is there any independent testing of DNS providers?

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jetman

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I am considering trying out some of the commercial DNS providers which claim to filter malware and advertisements. Services such as NextDNS, ControlD and Quad9.
I thought they might help to tighten up security- especially some of my IoT devices such as security cameras.

Its not always clear how these services compare, or if they actually live up to their claims. I suspect some of it depends on where they get their filtering lists from and how up-to-date these are.

There doesn't seem to be much independent testing of these services. This forum contains private individual's experiences of using some of them, but these accounts are difficult to compare. Do any independent labs ever check DNS providers?
 
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I am considering trying out some of the commercial DNS providers which claim to filter malware and advertisements. Services such as NextDNS, ControlD and Quad9.
I thought they might help to tighten up security- especially some of my IoT devices such as security cameras.

Its not always clear how these services compare, or if they actually live up to their claims. I suspect some of it depends on where they get their filtering lists from and how up-to-date these are.

There doesn't seem to be much independent testing of these services. This forum contains private individual's experiences of using some of them, but these accounts are difficult to compare. Do any independent labs ever check DNS providers?
There is this test

 

Moonhorse

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Do any independent labs ever check DNS providers?
Sadly it seems no.

Services such as NextDNS, ControlD and Quad9.
We have multiple times discussed about best dns providers here at MalwareTips, you just should post a thread asking wich suite is best for you....im sure we recommend the pros and cons of each of them

There are bunch of NextDNS users here
Few ControlD users
even i have tried every free dns available

so if you trust into members of forums youl find the best suite for yourself
 

TommyHillis

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Nah, its alot of BS people just try a DNS and stick to one.

Personally i have had extreme issues with every paid DNS - NextDNS has ping and routing issues; slow site renderings randomly; ControlD isnt even a real consideration its extremely slow (go read their reddit and see all the complaints in the past week); its a pos DNS from a POS company.

The best DNS is cloudflare zero trust. You can block ads, filter and do a whole lot more; including setuping up a Pihole on it. I personally have used every DNS, and adguard DNS is personally the best paid option if you get it on sale with the VPN; however, cloudflare zero trust is superior to all of them speed and price wise.

Common issues with paid DNS is blocking of alot of vital system services with their default blocklists; i have had hours and hours of these issues to solve where i find zero trust with regex or list blocklists had always worked superior, faster and with little to no troubleshooting; theres always a complex error, issue or behaviour related to them, i find them unreliable at best.

My recommendation, try the free options first, as it is superior if you put the time into learning it; the other DNS options are personally a waste of $.
 
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jetman

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Cloudflare zero trust looks a bit complicated.
Is it suitable for home use? Would it help to filter out malware?
 

TommyHillis

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Cloudflare zero trust looks a bit complicated.
Is it suitable for home use? Would it help to filter out malware?

Its not complicated, dm me if you're stuck and ill give you help on getting it working.
It easily filters malware and ads but its super fast - have this on my home network/router including adguard home for my mobile devices (with cloudflare zero trust as the DNS within the app).


Basic way to do this,

1) cloudflare account,
2) Zero trust area -> use the gateway section and setup a DNS location, then add it to your router.
3) Policies area and setup all your filtering.
 
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