Duplicate Policies

New

We've added the ability to duplicate existing policies in the Dashboard.

This is an iterative feature update, with eventual plans for more robust policy control when applying to multiple networks.

Go forth and duplicate!

Support and Changelog in Dashboard

New

We've added two new features in the Dashboard header.

  • A Support button, which lists our most popular Knowledge Base articles, allows searching of the Knowledge Base, and allows sending us a support ticket.

  • A changelog feed, which keeps our customers informed of new features and improvements to our Dashboard and infrastructure (and probably the reason you're reading this post).

We plan to iteratively improve and refine these features in the near future.

DNS, now on :5353

New

We're now accepting DNS queries on port 5353 (TCP and UDP).

If your ISP is running a transparent DNS proxy, you can now create a firewall rule to redirect outbound :53 traffic to 103.247.36.36:5353 and/or 103.247.37.37:5353.

Transparent proxies are common with:

  • Government-regulated ISPs in Africa, Asia, and The Middle East.
  • Satellite ISPs
  • Mobile Networks

Auto-Categorization Improvements

Improvement

We've updated the behavior of the Auto-Categorization / Interstitial Blocking feature.

Improvement: Greatly reduced likelihood of being unable to automatically categorize a domain.

Improvement: Provide a 60-second counter to set expectations about the maximum duration of the categorization process.

Improvement: Greatly increased likelihood of automatically redirecting to an allowed domain, as dictated by the network policy, within 3 seconds. Also added a counter to reflect the maximum delay if automatic redirecting does not occur.

Improvement: Domains which could not be automatically categorized by our system resulted in the interstitial block page loading "forever". Now the we will stop trying to automatically categorize after 60 seconds and display a message.

Dynamic DNS for all!

New

Although our preferred method at this moment is still to use one of our supported Dynamic DNS providers, we now support any hostname whose IP changes (with a 60 second delay). We also added support for instant-updating of additional dynamic DNS providers: tunnelbroker.net, dns.he.net, dnspark.com, dynu.com, freedns.afraid.org.

We currently check all system hostnames every minute.

Here's our planned future progression of this feature:

  1. Provide email alerts to customers who may have their networks misconfigured, such that we're not seeing their dynamic DNS updates.
  2. Support more providers, and SSL updates.
  3. Monitor for a drop in DNS traffic, and only check those dynamic hostnames for a change (and do it more often than every minute)
  4. Start introducing Clientless Dynamic DNS support: You will no longer need to use a dynamic DNS hostname to use our service, and keep your IP with us updated.
  5. Introduce dynamic-hostname.dnsfilter.io.
  6. Support updating third-party dynamic DNS hostnames using our clientless technology.

Youtube Moderate Filtering

New

We now support Youtube Moderate filtering, along with restricted. You can learn more about what these settings mean, and how to tweak them here

We're starting a changelog

New

In addition to our Public Roadmap, Today we're starting our public ChangeLog.

Here you'll see a summary of every new feature, improvement, and fix to our system, to better understand how it affects you, or allows you to use the service in new ways.

We'll still promote really big improvements, but this is a great way to stay tuned to all the small things.

You'll always receive an update when we change something in the widget, or if needed all thing's we've changed is available on our public changelog page.

No published changelogs yet.

Surely DNSFilter will start publishing changelogs very soon.

Check out our other public changelogs: Buffer, Mention, Respond by Buffer, JSFiddle, Olark, Droplr, Piwik Pro, Prott, Ustream, ViralSweep, StartupThreads, Userlike, Unixstickers, Survicate, Envoy, Gmelius, CodeTree