Q&A NextDNS thoughts and experiences?

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Level 9
Apr 14, 2019
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I installed NextDNS on my computer, but had issues with my VPN ( Windscribe Pro). I have now installed it on Chrome (90% of my browsing) for a week and so far no conflicts. Likewise, I have disabled R.O.B.E.R.T (DNS included in Windscribe Pro) I still use Ublock Origin and Microsoft Defender Browser Protection.
 
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If you have an existing DNS provider installed (eg Nextdns) and you then turn on Apple Private relay which service gets precedence for your Safari DNS queries?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTdhLgsBkj8&t=1731s
 
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SecureKongo

Level 21
Verified
Feb 25, 2017
1,093
New AI-Driven Threat Detection popped up in my NextDNS dashboard:

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Morro

Level 11
Verified
Jul 8, 2012
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Well whenever I see the word "AI" then I become a bit sceptical. I start thinking " Is it really good... will it block things that it should not block? " But until I know a bit more about their AI Driven Threat Detection BETA, I am not going to activate it. Do not get me wrong, I trust NextDNS, but I will wait and see what is going to be said about it by other members here, before I activate it.
 

SecureKongo

Level 21
Verified
Feb 25, 2017
1,093
Well whenever I see the word "AI" then I become a bit sceptical. I start thinking " Is it really good... will it block things that it should not block? " But until I know a bit more about their AI Driven Threat Detection BETA, I am not going to activate it. Do not get me wrong, I trust NextDNS, but I will wait and see what is going to be said about it by other members here, before I activate it.
Aight, I will test it for sure as I was waiting so long for something new in NextDNS. Will keep you updated. :)
 

Kees1958

Level 1
Verified
Sep 5, 2021
17
New AI feature
I activated the new AI feature, because this is relative old technology. Always wondered why NextDNS was behind on this area. Glad to see they finally decided to use AI/ML. I don't mind that it is in BETA, Next DNS has so much traffic that the AI-engine is probably sufficiently trained for my average every day usage. Here is nice article explaining that OpenDNS/Cisco Umbrella started to experiment with AI in 2012 and decided to add it to their paid protection services in 2015:

- Umbrella CISCO article
- OPEN DNS (read page 6 and 7 of the pdf): [PDF] Automated Protection Against Advanced Attacks - Free Download PDF



Easy risk reduction
Another easy attack surface reduction tip (when your langauge uses latin characters) is to block all TLD's using non-latin characters. Near zero chance you will ever land on websites using a non-latin charset TLD ever by yourself. A risk reduction which should not impact usability (only increases security).

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