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DNSFilter

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DNSFilter Features

Features Summary

Functionality

4.6

/5

82

Total features

33

6 categories

DNSFilter features

AI/Machine Learning
API
Access Controls/Permissions
Activity Monitoring
Activity Tracking
Alerts/Escalation
Anti Spam
Anti Virus

Common features of Cybersecurity software

AI/Machine Learning
API
Access Controls/Permissions
Activity Dashboard
Activity Monitoring
Activity Tracking
Alerts/Notifications
Anti Virus

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Functionality

4.6

/5

82

Price starts from

1

/user

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Total Features

33

Unique features

  • Monitoring

  • Endpoint Protection

  • Whitelisting/Blacklisting

  • Vulnerability Scanning

Functionality

4.4

/5

4.3K

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59.99

Per year

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Total Features

13

Features in Common

7

Unique features

  • Activity Dashboard

  • Real Time Notifications

  • Secure Data Storage

  • Secure Login

Functionality

4.7

/5

1.9K

Price starts from

2.99

Per month

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Total Features

41

Features in Common

10

Unique features

  • Security Auditing

  • Tagging

  • Encrypted Password Storage

  • Credential Management

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Matt H.

Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Finally, DNS Filtering that makes sense

Reviewed 2 years ago

Our overall experience has been great. No complaints from end-users regarding their internet connections, and the admins are very pleased with the intuitive management dashboard.

Pros

- The product has been incredibly reliable and any issues we've encountered were a result of a configuration on our end, not an issue with the product itself. - The overall configuration of sites and granular policies is very intuitive and easy to use. - The reporting features are far more in-depth than are previous solution.

Cons

The lack of alert notifications is the only issue we've encountered while using the software.

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Jon S.

Logistics and Supply Chain, 11-50 employees

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Decent way to content filter on a budget...kinda

Reviewed 4 years ago

I didn't decide to stick with it because the content filter isn't perfect, there are plenty of sites we were able to visit that got through the content filters, and doing content filtering by DNS isn't as accurate as a dedicated box for content filtering, that being said I would still have chosen to use it if it were 3 bucks a month, or 40 bucks a year or something.

Pros

I like that you can set policies for content filtering

Cons

price per user per month. I think it should just be a flat price per month up to a certain amount of users, like say 100 maybe... and then have a 2nd tier for over a hundred, paying per user is kind of stupid because some users might use a computer 2 times a month

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Adam B.

Libraries, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Solid Backup Solution

Reviewed 2 years ago

Overall, the service was easy to set up and even easier to install. They've improved over the years, too, making some options even easier than "way back when".

Pros

DNSFilter provides a quick and easy option for CIPA filtering, allowing some peace of mind that we are doing our best to maintain compliance at every step. Between the custom DNS options and the roaming client, we can cover our bases.

Cons

No options are foolproof, and DNSFilter is no exception. Without some pretty tight rules, it's easy enough to overcome most custom DNS settings.

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Shaheed M.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Fantastic additional layer of security

Reviewed 2 years ago

Overall DNSFilter has been a great additional to our security layer protecting us from malware and viruses before they have a chance to enter our network. The added ability to block certain categories is additionally hugely beneficial and aids in increased productivity for our organisation.

Pros

From sign up to deployment was only a matter of minutes. We now have an additional layer of protection and insight into what sites staff are using. In addition to our standard antivirus and firewall technologies this solution with DNSFilter helps us better manage our remote devices as well and ensures our fleet is protected even now with remote working becoming the norm.

Cons

No real cons though it'd be good to see the reporting capability further improved whereby we could get scheduled reports based on user activity.

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Taylor M.

Computer & Network Security, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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It doesn't get any easier

Reviewed 2 years ago

It has given us the ability to greatly improve web security for our customers and icrease profit margins for our business. We were early adopters of DNS Filter when the only other option on the market was OpenDNS Umbrella at a really high price point. Consistent improvements, and the DNSFilter team pays very close attention to what their partners would like to see in the product and implements those changes fairly quickly.

Pros

Global policies, ease of configuration, speed, integrations with AD, it just doesn't get much better than this.

Cons

I can't think of any cons. The software does exactly what it claims it will do and effectively.

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Breandan S.

Used daily for 2+ years

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Simple and Easy to Use. Needs more browser support.

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Filters like a boss. Can't beat the price. Easy setup and forget about it. Multi NAT, Filter by Catagory. CIPA compliance. Black/white list abilities. Filter by PC or Filter my Router / Switch / NAT / All depending on how you want to set it up. You can Set the DNS at your Security Gateway level and/or set it at the Switch and/orAP and/or machine level.

Cons

Sometimes I have to change browsers in the website to manage it. Short of that nothing else even comes close.

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Dennis M.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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DNSFilter Internet Security

Reviewed 2 years ago

Simple to install, with notifications via email.

Pros

DNSFilter gives us an addtional, always on, internet security layer to help protect our customers.

Cons

No active monitoring, it would be nice to have a quick app to see network status.

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John P.

Insurance, 51-200 employees

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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DNSFilter Review

Reviewed 4 years ago

As well as my comment in the Cons section, it is likely to early to actually tell the full business benefits however it's pretty obvious that by reducing the ability to waste time browsing the likes of Facebook and streaming media the benefits will be reflected in bandwidth consumption and work output.

Pros

1. Simplicity to configure. 2. Ability to monitor individual use through agents rather than Active Directory. 3. Ability to set schedules for policies including free time for surfing during lunch which appeases the staff somewhat from the shock of having filtering introduced. 4. Attractive GUI. 5. Superb value for money. 6. The additional features such as crypto mining protection, bot protection, etc are very welcome.

Cons

I really don't have any criticisms for this product. It does so much more than other cloud based DNS products on the market, and that I tested, that within a day of installing it for a 14 day trial I had already decided to buy this for my company.

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Rob E.

Broadcast Media, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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I have tried them all, DNSFilter exceeds all my expectations.

Reviewed 5 years ago

Save money, protect our users and network from Malware.

Pros

Quick response, low cost. Excellent alternative to the slow and expensive competitors. New features are constantly coming.

Cons

No email alerts available. Reports could be better, I would like the ability to drill down to the user/machine level.

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Christopher W.

Used daily for 1-2 years

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Overall software is great. It allows for easy management over multiple sites and groups within sites

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Ease of setup and configuration. I was able to get sites up and running in no time and with the templating option it makes it that much quicker.

Cons

If anything, web interface is a little clunky when trying to manage from a tablet or phone. There are times I'm not near a workstation to make minor quick adjustments and using a phone would be great.

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Dustin S.

Telecommunications, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Exactly the content filtering system we've wanted for a long time!

Reviewed 5 years ago

A solution to our content filtering woes. All other solutions were convoluted or expensive. This comes from a guy that held frequent video calls with OpenDNS engineers helping them design and beta test their early content filtering system even before it was re-branded Umbrella..

Pros

Ease of use. Reliability. Performance. Cost. Stellar support team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cons

AD integration is still a need. Would also like to see a master view map that shows stats from all locations with the bubbles.

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Mark P.

Used daily for 1-2 years

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Good function for good value

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Easy to use, easy to set up, easy to monitor. Very simple to use in multiple locations. Good support. Minimal performance impact.

Cons

The online reporting sometimes has issues when switching between time periods. It appears to get confused on the time period.

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Kelly E.

Education Management, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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New to this...

Reviewed 4 years ago

Overall, it fits our security needs for our students and our budget! Great service and product!

Pros

I loved that it was quick and easy to set up and "install". The weekly reports help keep our students safe and the faculty aware of nev'r-do-well activity. It gives our faculty, me and our parents an assurance that we are looking out for their student's best interest.

Cons

At first it was difficult to figure out where I could access the specifics of the weekly report. But after simply responding to the report email , I received an answer that was mostly helpful.

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Nicolas F.

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great Alternative To "Package Selling" Cisco Umbrella :)!

Reviewed 5 years ago

The fact that i can protect users connecting to our free wifi system at a short price is a real benefit !

Pros

Adding Networks is easy ! Dashboard is responsive ! A lot of informations ! Great pricing ! And Whitelabelling Options making it as yours ! Glad i found them !

Cons

Look like More and more features will come and dnsfilter will be even better in the future ! DNS over https is here ! but DNSSEC Please !

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Randy S.

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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As an MSSP, DNSFilter provides us a solution that's easy to implement, cost effective and brandable.

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

PRO: As a DNS-based filtering solution, DNSFilter is easy to implement as it does not require additional hardware and can be enforced on "corporate" & "guest" devices without any device-specific configuration.

Cons

CON: As a DNS-based filtering solution, everything is captured in the logs; user and system generated events. This makes its difficult to generate reports that show events that are exclusively generated by users.

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Austin M.

Consumer Services, 11-50 employees

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Business Review

Reviewed 4 years ago

I wanted to increase the security of our business

Pros

The software has a nice dashboard and is easy to configure

Cons

Currently we had MARCS updater update our Dynamic IP address to DNS O Matic which then pushes that to CloudFlare, our domain registrar to update our remote host-name. When switching our DNS servers to DNS filter instead of CloudFlare's public DNS it caused the MARCS updater to frequently flip flop between our real Public IP and some other IP. When we switched it back after a few days of this it was fine again.

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Jean-Pierre S.

Information Technology and Services, self-employed

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great Product, Awesome service

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

Ease of use, Ease of implementation, Ease of reporting

Cons

Whitelabeling of the apps would be a nice feature to be added

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Don B.

Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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DNSFilter is the best value for money in content filtering we've found.

Reviewed 5 years ago

Great feature set, solid performance, easy admin control, fair pricing. Gives us a way to do advance content filtering at a very affordable price.

Pros

OpenDNS went from free to unaffordable under Cisco. DYN got bought by Oracle, which then shuttered DYN's Internet Guardian. It was almost as if the market was conspiring to take away all affordable options. We were thrilled when we found DNSFilter (to their credit, the DYN people referred us!) DNSFilter gave us sound filtering at a very affordable price. We've got options to whitelist and blacklist...

Cons

Sometimes it can be hard to keep up with new features. The company does send email announcements out, but I'll have the experience of logging in, seeing something new and wondering how long it's been there. That's about the worst thing I can think of to say about our relationship with DNSFilter. They deliver what they promise, and they continue to innovate and improve their product.

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Kevin M.

Computer & Network Security, self-employed

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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DNSFilter is a great solution for the first layer of security

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

The ability to offer it to my clients and their MSP program. It is very easy to deploy it to my clients, easy to bill and manage.

Cons

In the beginning the reporting wasn't as well as I'd like but it has evolved.

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Gregg B.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great filter for MSPs to offer

Reviewed 2 years ago

We have been using the service since day one and it has been great to see how far it has come over the years. Truly a great service.

Pros

With one panel we can admin all of our clients and protect the users from many different threats.

Cons

With the addition of the client on the workstations giving detailed reporting, there is not much else we could want other than maybe even more detailed reporting.

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Marc H.

Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great Product

Reviewed 2 years ago

I'm very pleased with this product overall.

Pros

I've used this service for several years after switching from a pricier competitor. DNSFilter is very simple to deploy and maintain. I use it for 3 different networks. It's reliable, performs well, and the policies are very configurable. I don't currently use all the features they have to offer.

Cons

We started using DNSFilter when the pricing model was per internet request. They've since changed pricing to a per user model which recently made it more costly for us. However, the service is still tremendous value for the $ and is probably still less costly than competitors. I didn't even bother researching alternatives when our rates went up.

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Greg B.

Education Management, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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DNSFilter works well with pfSense firewall/router at our high school.

Reviewed 2 years ago

I found myself wanting to find and use all of the features of DNSFilter, so I called their excellent tech support and the sales rep, who also knew his product very well. It was necessary to learn more about Google Workspace for Education in order to take advantage of

Pros

First, it worked with my specific firewall/router, pfSense. Second, the cost was appropriate for our school. Third, it is easy to make separate policies for students, teachers, administrators, staff, and IT. Fourth, a roaming client is included. We successfully tested it's capabilities, and will be installing it on all of the students' Chromebooks by pushing it out from the Google Workspace for Education dashboard.

Cons

Insights Reporting shows yesterday's activity when you first use it. It is a small annoyance when you want to see current activity.

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Ali U.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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DNS Filter review

Reviewed 2 years ago

DNS Filter is amazing tool to have as a MSP. It adds another layer of security for our clients. We have been using it for past 2-3 years for all of our clients and it seems to do its job.

Pros

Easy to implement. Easy to navigate GUI.

Cons

Reporting can be better and better granular reporting per end point.

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Matt P.

Education Management, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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We've been incredibly happy with DNSFilter!

Reviewed 3 years ago

At our school, we switched from Cisco Umbrella to DNSFilter just before the 2019-20 school year and couldn't be happier. The initial setup only took 30 minutes or so, and that included creating a custom block page with our logo. Filtering is set by categories, blacklists, and whitelists. In addition, there are options to block threats like cryptomining, malware, phishing, proxies, and others. You can also create different policies based on the source IP address. So, we could have the faculty and staff VLAN have one policy while the student VLANs have different policies. The pricing is also great in comparison to Cisco Umbrella.

Pros

Easy to use filtering DNSFilter is an easy to use content filtering solution. Policies are easy to update, the DNS servers are fast, and support has been great the couple of times we've run into issues.

Cons

Like any DNS content filtering solution, you need to prevent users from using different DNS servers to get around the filtering. We use our firewall to block outbound DNS traffic to any other hosts which does the trick.

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Anthony J.

Hospital & Health Care, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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Went from usage to user pricing... Not impressed

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

It's easy to use. Cloud DNS filtering that was cheaper than an appliance? Great!

Cons

They changed the pricing model from usage based (Which they were so proud of) to user based. We have lots of users and many volunteers with little usage. This pricing strategy invalidates any reason to use this company over the competition.