Q&A Windscribe ControlID - has anyone used it, if so what do you think of it?

blackice

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Apr 1, 2019
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ControlD links your IPs automatically when you interact with the website OR when you use DoH/DoT. It will work in parallel from your home IP using legacy DNS, your phone using DoT on cellular, and your roaming laptop using DoH on a random hotspot. In cases of your IP changing on your home network, and you're forced to use Legacy DNS because there is no support for DoH/DoT, what you can do is configure DoH directly in the browser that you use on this network, or something that generates DNS traffic. If your IP suddenly changes, the DoH/DoT query from your home network will authorize your IP to use Legacy DNS. This eliminates the need for Dynamic DNS setups using 3rd party services.
Thanks for the response. Actually not having to deal with DDNS would be great. I may give the trial a shot just to check it out.
 

windscribe

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Spamhaus is pretty good, in the future do you plan to partner with other big name threat intelligence providers?
We're still building out a list, as well as adding an IP blocklist from the intelligence feeds. Any domain that resolves to a "bad" IP address will also be blocked if you have the malware blocklist enabled. Something Pihole devs rejected: pihole-FTL: block IP's from lists
 

n8chavez

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One of the issue I had when trying it out on my android device, was that I was still seeing ether ads or ad-frames. Without rot it is impossible to install two vpns on an android device, so I could either use adguard for android or a secure encrypted connection. With DNS services like this I don't have to use AdGuard anymore to block ads. But with ControlD I am still seeing ads sometimes at the app level, and that is not the case with NextDNS. Could you possibly add another category dedicated to mobile ads specifically. I know I am not the only one in this situation.
 

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One of the issue I had when trying it out on my android device, was that I was still seeing ether ads or ad-frames. Without rot it is impossible to install two vpns on an android device, so I could either use adguard for android or a secure encrypted connection. With DNS services like this I don't have to use AdGuard anymore to block ads. But with ControlD I am still seeing ads sometimes at the app level, and that is not the case with NextDNS. Could you possibly add another category dedicated to mobile ads specifically. I know I am not the only one in this situation.
That likely suggests DNS cache. What ads in what apps show up?
 

Nightwalker

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I will definitively subscribe after my trial period; yeah NextDNS is pretty good, but Windscribe ControlID is much much better, it really left a good impression on me in this short period of time.

It is fast, privacy-oriented, has a comprehensive filtering capability with a low false positive rate and its geo-blocking is very convenient to use, just add the multi-device support (it is being developed) and it will be "perfect".

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Oh well, I guess I got enough "love" from my Windscribe VPN lifetime subscrition anyway ...
 

windscribe

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It's not a DNS cache issue. I flushed it just to be sure. One of the appds that I stil see the most ads using is the investing.com app (free version) from the google play store. There are still ads and visaible ad frames with ControlD. With NextDNS there are none.
I just installed the app, no ads are shown. They use standard Google Ads, which are 100% blocked. As soon as I remove the Ads filter, they show up, when I put it back, they go away.

You may need to clear the app cache.
 

Ouji

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Apr 27, 2021
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Another question, would the redirect feature work to like a local DNS? For example, with NextDNS, I can make all queries to mydomain.tld go to 192.168.1.10 if I want to.
And this should be the last question (I guess), how long will that promo for current Windscribe Pro subscribers last? I might trial it first.
 
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n8chavez

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Feb 26, 2021
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I just installed the app, no ads are shown. They use standard Google Ads, which are 100% blocked. As soon as I remove the Ads filter, they show up, when I put it back, they go away.

You may need to clear the app cache.

After clearing the app cache, I still see ad frames. When launching the app it takes a few seconds to 4rebuild the cache. Then, where there was a fullscreen ad before, now there's just a transparent box with an 'x' on the upper right to close it. Maybe that's not what you consider an ad, but it is still there and something that is blocked completely with nextdns. Anyways, that was just one example.
 

windscribe

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After clearing the app cache, I still see ad frames. When launching the app it takes a few seconds to 4rebuild the cache. Then, where there was a fullscreen ad before, now there's just a transparent box with an 'x' on the upper right to close it. Maybe that's not what you consider an ad, but it is still there and something that is blocked completely with nextdns. Anyways, that was just one example.
I'm unable to reproduce this. Can you provide a screenshot?
 
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