DNS FILTERING: NAWALA PROJECT VS OPENDNS, WHICH ONE IS BETTER?


Let us see the features of each:

NAWALA PROJECT:

Gambling: Gambling sites including stocks and shares

Malware: Sites who host virus infected files or malware

Phishing: Sites attempting to trick people into giving out private information.

Pornography: Sites containing pornography

Proxy: Sites with proxies to bypass filters

SARA: All about “SARA”

while OPENDNS (free account):

DNS Infrastructure

Globally-distributed network

Anycast routing technology

SmartCache

Control

Web content filtering

Proxy/anonymizer blocking

Whitelist/blacklist domains Up to 25 domains

Customizable block page Basic

Security

Phishing protection

Botnet protection

Insight and Reporting

Detailed reports and stats

Archived stats and logs 2 weeks

Administration

Web-based dashboard

Intelligent Navigation

Typo correction

Shortcuts

Support

Standard support www.opendns.com/support

so looking at that we see that opendns is way over the the nawala dns, but according to the information from their website http://www.nawala.org that in the future they will add URL Filtering and AntiSPAM.

So what is the setting?

for the computer you want to filter their browsing activity, you can go to:

network>local area network (properties)>tcp/ip

in the Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server you change it to the OPENDNS/NAWALADNS.

Oh iya, the setting:

for OPENDNS:

208.67.220.220

208.67.222.222

for NAWALA DNS:

for non-telkom group internet connection:

203.34.118.10

203.34.118.12

for telkom group internet connection:

180.131.144.144

180.131.145.145

so what is the better one?

Since NAWALA DNS is IIX, so the connection will be faster, but you cannot modify the rules, for your own connection only.

While OPENDNS is from USA, if you have limited bandwidth for international connection then your connection will be a bit slower, but the great thing is you can customized the filtering and for free account you can have up to 24 sites for manual white/black list.

The bad side is that it shows ads from yahoo if you only have free account there, while NAWALA don’t.

Ok then, so in conclusion, NAWALA is better for parents or any admin user that like to block many thing without need to hassle with configuration.

While OPENDNS is great for company network admin to control the user from accessing out-of job sites.

Here is the screen shot for blocked website:

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