Q&A NextDNS thoughts and experiences?

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Level 9
Apr 14, 2019
412
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 22
Verified
Feb 25, 2017
1,151
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 22
Verified
Feb 25, 2017
1,151
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 2
Verified
Sep 5, 2021
63
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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SpiderWeb

Level 6
Aug 21, 2020
282
NextDNS is amazing. I pray they won't sell it to Cloudflare or whatever horrible company wants to capitalize on the data. It works well with Apple iCloud Private Relay. I'm not sure if the queries get sent separately or if they travel through Apple's VPN tunnel.
 
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