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

n8chavez

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I'm unable to reproduce this. Can you provide a screenshot?
Here is one that I could find right away. I tried taking a screenshot of the investing.com one we've been talking about, but it was just a black screen
 

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Trooper

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Signed up for the trial and so far so good. I do enjoy the granual controls of NextDNS better. I tried blocking "Social" category and added twitter.com to the bypass rule. However it did not work as the login page was not fully displayed.
 

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Signed up for the trial and so far so good. I do enjoy the granual controls of NextDNS better. I tried blocking "Social" category and added twitter.com to the bypass rule. However it did not work as the login page was not fully displayed.
Twitter is not just twitter.com but a bunch of other domains (this applies to most online services these days). To allow all of them, simply toggle the Twitter service on the Services page to Bypass (resolve to true IP) or Redirect via any location, which will override the Social Filter.
 

Ouji

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I asked the question about private IP but I think that should work with the redirect feature. Just missing the feature for different configurations in order to make it work real good. When does the promo for existing Windscribe Pro users end?
 

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I asked the question about private IP but I think that should work with the redirect feature. Just missing the feature for different configurations in order to make it work real good. When does the promo for existing Windscribe Pro users end?
Yeah, you can redirect any real or fake domain to an IP Address of your choice, or a CNAME.

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The discount will remain active for a while.
 

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Twitter is not just twitter.com but a bunch of other domains (this applies to most online services these days). To allow all of them, simply toggle the Twitter service on the Services page to Bypass (resolve to true IP) or Redirect via any location, which will override the Social Filter.

Thanks I appreciate it.

I am wondering where you get your list of domains to block for "Clickbait". Some websites that I normally go to were blocked.
 

Lord Ami

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@windscribe Do you have any plans to support Android TV. I would buy a subscription if I could use it on my Android TV box, running Android TV.
This can probably solved by developing an app...

However, much easier way is to use built-in Developer tools + Wifi + ADB
Easier than it looks!

EDIT:
Took me like 1 minute to change NextDNS to ControlD (Debugging was already active).
Literally that simple.
 
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@windscribe Do you have any plans to support Android TV. I would buy a subscription if I could use it on my Android TV box, running Android TV.

You can use ControlD in almost any device via Legacy DNS config, you lose the encryption offered by DNS over HTTPS or DNS over TLS, but you still get all the filtering and geoblocker bypass goods.
 

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You can use ControlD in almost any device via Legacy DNS config, you lose the encryption offered by DNS over HTTPS or DNS over TLS, but you still get all the filtering and geoblocker bypass goods.
Using Legacy DNS did not work, as ControID thought I was not using it on any device, and as a result would not let me configure any services. I wonder if there is any way to avoid this. I then sideloaded the beta Android app. Although I have logged into my account and am connected in the app, it is not working. For example, I opened a streaming app, and it recognised that I was not accessing it from the US.

I will try again tomorrow.
 

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So you are testing it out right now, right? What do you think, is it a better option than NextDNS?

From my limited experience with it I would say it is, seems faster than NextDNS, less false positive prone by default and its geoblocker bypass is really amazing.

NextDNS has better blocklists customizations, but it seems that ControlD blocklists are of a much higher quality.

Another good point of ControlD is the log policy (no storage of it) and it will have universal support of ECH technology in the future.

 

SecureKongo

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From my limited experience with it I would say it is, seems faster than NextDNS, less false positive prone by default and its geoblocker bypass is really amazing.

NextDNS has better blocklists customizations, but it seems that ControlD blocklists are of a much higher quality.

Another good point of ControlD is the log policy (no storage of it) and it will have universal support of ECH technology in the future.

The ECH support will probably make me try it out soon. Thanks for the info! :)
 

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@windscribe Will you give people the ability to implement their own lists of blocked/allowed domains? It would be really useful to create an "advanced user" section that allows you to choose your own blocklists/whitelists to use. Ex: Add my custom blocklist available on GitHub etc.
 

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Using Legacy DNS did not work, as ControID thought I was not using it on any device, and as a result would not let me configure any services. I wonder if there is any way to avoid this. I then sideloaded the beta Android app. Although I have logged into my account and am connected in the app, it is not working. For example, I opened a streaming app, and it recognised that I was not accessing it from the US.

I will try again tomorrow.
You can just configure Legacy DNS in the Android TV, or any device for that matter, it all should (and does work as per our tests). Just follow this guide: Nvidia Shield / Android TV Setup Tutorial

Keep in mind, the IP you're using to interact with with control panel must be the same as your Android TV, otherwise it will not work. This is the main limitation of using Legacy DNS over DoH or DOT, other than the encryption.

@windscribe Will you give people the ability to implement their own lists of blocked/allowed domains? It would be really useful to create an "advanced user" section that allows you to choose your own blocklists/whitelists to use. Ex: Add my custom blocklist available on GitHub etc.
We will probably not do that, as we see little point in it considering what I mentioned earlier. The major point of ControlD is that we do all the hard work for you and distill it all to a single toggle switch which enables a far better blocklist than what you will find online, as per feedback from people in this thread. You can always make custom rules to add/remove domains to the "house" blocklists.

The entire system was built for speed, especially on the backend. We use Redis as the sole database, so everything has to be in memory. This also includes the servers themselves which run from a live OS image, with no disk access, something we're trialing here and will be deploying to Windscribe servers shortly.

You may notice your custom rule changes are instantly enforced, and the panel should be lightening quick (assuming you're within 50ms of the closest POP). Adding all these extra blocklists is useless to 99% of people because they don't know the difference between StevenBlack, OISD and countless others, and will inevitably ask questions like "which one is better?". We prefer to avoid this confusion by providing 1 good list to rule them all, and it does do that.
 
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I'd love to see more testing results of the Malware blocking. Definitely considering switching from NextDNS after some testing, especially once links for e-mails/newsletters can be allowed.
 
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