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belham2

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PostPosted: Sat 18 Nov 2017, 08:09    Post subject:  Free 'Secure DNS' launched powered by IBM Threat Intel...  

Group Launches Secure DNS Service Powered by IBM Threat Intelligence
By Ionut Arghire on November 17, 2017

"A newly announced free Domain Name System (DNS) service promises automated immunity from known Internet threats by blocking access to websites flagged as malicious.

Called Quad9, because the IP address of the primary DNS server being 9.9.9.9, the new service was launched by IBM Security, Packet Clearing House (PCH) and The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) and is aimed to provide increased security and privacy online to consumer and businesses alike.

The Quad9 service was designed to keep users safe from millions of malicious Internet sites that have been already flagged for stealing personal information, infecting users with ransomware and other type of malware, or for conducting fraudulent activity.

The service routes users’ DNS queries through a secure network of servers and uses threat intelligence from.........

The service was designed to protect traditional PCs and laptops, along with Internet connected TVs, DVRs, and Internet of Things (IoT) products such as smart thermostats and connected home appliances.........."

http://www.securityweek.com/group-launches-secure-dns-service-powered-ibm-threat-intelligence


Have been using this (just set 9.9.9.9 for your DNS in your ISP Gateway router/modem) the past 24 hours as default DNS for the whole house; web page resolution/loading & regular webspeed & surfing so far is the same as Google, Comodo, OpenDNS and our ISP's (DNS servers) that we've used before. Nice to have another 'free' Secure DNS service backed by a large group, especially backed by IBM's "X-Force threat intelligence" which is one of the few products/services on the web known (by those in the industry) to be decently effective since it is not just 'passive' in nature (every minute newly found malware sites are added & thus actively blocked). But remember it is NOT a magic, silver bullet (us users are that) from stupid web browsing and surfing habits.
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PostPosted: Sat 18 Nov 2017, 08:59    Post subject: But is this new service also spying on us?  

And when are they going to start?
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belham2

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PostPosted: Sat 18 Nov 2017, 12:24    Post subject: Re: But is this new service also spying on us?  

purple379 wrote:
And when are they going to start?


Are we NOT already being monitored everywhere & anywhere? ISPs across Europe are mandated to keep 2 years, the U.S. just granted all ISPs the ability to monitor as much as they want for as long as they want. The U.K. monitors for 3 years. All 2nd and 3rd world tier countries monitor as best as they can, given the type of regime that exists in those places. Hell, even the Onion (Tor) is being monitored and the users know it (the rancor going on the last few months and right now thru the Tor accessed dominion(s) is amazing).

That "private" & "not being monitored" belief system long ago left the train station. Until the new and structured differently web backbones & nets get up and in place, where crypto is built into the system (unlike today, where it is an add-on), I think we just have to pick our poison.

I'd trust Quad9 before I would Google, OpenDNS, etc, etc---except for the Euro ISPs. Out of everyone monitoring, we in most of W. Europe at least exactly know what they are monitoring (nowhere near the deep data slurping that the U.K. and U.S. does) and know it keeps rolling over every two years.

If people actually still think that what they do on the web, outside of end-to-end encryption that you yourself have to set up & practice daily, plus using apps with strict end-to-end encryption, if they still think what they do is "private" and "not monitored", well, then, I got a bridge I'd like to sell them for Florida---right next to the Big Donald's quite nice golf course.
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