Tag Archive for ‘OpenDNS’

OpenDNS to Be Acquired by Cisco ➝

David Ulevitch, founder and CEO of OpenDNS:

This morning Cisco announced its intention to acquire OpenDNS. I often say we have the best users and customers in the world, and I mean it. […] Today we protect 65 million Internet users spread across more than 150 countries. That number includes the employees of more than 10,000 organizations, from small businesses to global deployments with Fortune 500 enterprises. Believe me – That’s a lot of motivation!

I stopped using OpenDNS months ago and, with this announcement, I can assure you I won’t be returning to it.

No More Ads or Redirections for OpenDNS Users ➝

Great changes to OpenDNS. I don’t use it personally because I’ve always had problems with streaming video when using a DNS server that isn’t my ISP’s default. But, if you’re currently using OpenDNS expect to see the changes within four days.

Ulevitch on Google DNS ➝

OpenDNS founder David Ulevitch:

Google claims that this service is better because it has no ads or redirection. But you have to remember they are also the largest advertising and redirection company on the Internet. To think that Google’s DNS service is for the benefit of the Internet would be naive. They know there is value in controlling more of your Internet experience and I would expect them to explore that fully. And of course, we always have protected user privacy and have never sold our DNS data.

It’s clear to me that David Ulevitch is upset about Google’s announcement. OpenDNS redirects you when you make mistakes typing a URL, it also shows you ads when you try to visit a web site that doesn’t exist. That’s exactly why I quit using OpenDNS, Google is making the right decision in releasing this product and I’m happy to use it.

In regards to why Google is releasing it, Jason Kottke nails it:

There’s been a bunch of speculation as to why Google is offering this service for free but the reason is pretty simple: they want to speed up people’s Google search results.

The more web pages people are able to view the more money Google makes.

Previously:
12/3/09:
Google Public DNS