• Cisco To Buy Cloud Security Company OpenDNS for $635M In Cash

    Cisco To Buy Cloud Security Company OpenDNS for $635M In Cash

    Cisco announced its intent to buy cloud security company OpenDNS for $635 million this morning. It’s probably not a coincidence that Cisco was one of its investors in a $35 million round in May, 2014. The $635 million will be paid in cash and assumed equity awards, plus retention based incentives for OpenDNS, according to information supplied by Cisco. OpenDNS gives Cisco, a network… Read More

  • OpenDNS Raises Cash From Sutter Hill Ventures As It Looks To Build Out Enterprise Network Security As A Service

    OpenDNS Raises Cash From Sutter Hill Ventures As It Looks To Build Out Enterprise Network Security As A Service

    Fast growing enterprise network security company OpenDNS is announcing a new investment this morning, raising an undisclosed amount of Series B funding from Sutter Hill Ventures. New managing partner and former Juniper Network Systems executive Stefan Dyckerhoff is joining the company’s board. While OpenDNS is not releasing the exact amount of the funding, founder and CEO David… Read More

  • With 50M Users In Tow, OpenDNS Looks To Bring Enterprise Security Into The Mobile Era

    With 50M Users In Tow, OpenDNS Looks To Bring Enterprise Security Into The Mobile Era

    Bring up the topic of “enterprise security platforms” around polite company, and you may be quickly shown the door. The subject can be boring, but the truth is that enterprise security writ large are critical, ideally making the Web a safer place for both businesses and consumers by policing malware, botnets, phishing and other malicious software. Of course, today businesses big… Read More

  • DNSCrypt Encrypts Your DNS Traffic Because There’s Always Someone Out To Get You

    DNSCrypt Encrypts Your DNS Traffic Because There’s Always Someone Out To Get You

    We’ve talked about OpenDNS quite a bit over the years, noting that these guys know what geeks like: free, fast DNS lookups that smooth out the Internet’s rough edges and shave seconds off of many web tasks. Now OpenDNS is offering DNSCrypt, a service that completely encrypts your DNS sessions, ensuring that evil ha><0rZ can't see where you're headed on the web. Read More

  • OpenDNS Now Serving 30 Million Customers

    OpenDNS Now Serving 30 Million Customers

    Everyone’s favorite alternative DNS service, OpenDNS, is now serving up DNS to 30 million customers world-wide. The company announced this milestone in a short release and notes that they are now sending out more DNS goodness than any other major ISP. The company says they are now used in one of three US schools, hundreds of thousands of households, and a plethora of major… Read More

  • D-Link And OpenDNS To Bring Parental Controls To Your Router

    D-Link And OpenDNS To Bring Parental Controls To Your Router

    Today’s kids have grown up in a world where the internet has always been around, Google has always been there to help, and having a smartphone is the norm. It only follows that they’d be super comfortable with the web, using it just as proficiently, if not more so, than their parents. That’s all well and good, but there’s this one pretty huge problem: the internet… Read More

  • DNS Service Provider OpenDNS Gets A $4.5 Million Injection

    According to an SEC filing, DNS service provider OpenDNS has raised more capital, $4.5 million to be specific. We’ve confirmed the additional financing with the company and learned that this was an inside round handled by Sequoia Capital and Greylock Partners (they took a stake in the company in July 2009). Chief executive David Ulevitch (see this SFGate profile for more about the man)… Read More

  • Foursquare, Scribd, And Spotify To Be Dubbed 2011 Technology Pioneers At Davos

    The World Economic Forum has announced its list of 31 Technology Pioneers for 2011. The Technology Pioneers are its list of up-and-coming startups. Last year’s list included Twitter, Playfish, and Boston Power. The year before, Mint, Etsy, and Brightcove were named. Joining the pantheon this year are foursquare, Knewton, Layar, Scribd, and Spotify. However, greentech is equally strong… Read More

  • 27 Billion Queries Served: OpenDNS Sees Record Traffic

    I personally love OpenDNS, at least as much as you can love a DNS service. It offers a number of admin features that are usually reserved for bigger and badder ISPs and the service is free, fast, and fun (not really, but I liked the alliteration). If you’ve never used it, it essentially replaces your current ISPs Domain Name Server which is like the Internet’s phone book. To use… Read More

  • OpenDNS wants to help you remind your boss about SysAdmin Appreciation Day

    System Administrator Appreciation Day is July 30. OpenDNS wants to make sure that you sysadmins get the recognition you deserve. That’s why they ran the SysAdmin of the Year contest. And now they want to remind your boss to say “thank you” to you on your special day. Read More

  • OpenDNS celebrates SysAdmin Appreciation Month with a contest for SysAdmin of the Year

    I’m on paternity leave for a bit, so I’m not doing any of my normal sysadmin stuff. But there are countless sysadmins still out there working hard to make sure that your systems and networks just work. The curse of the sysadmin is that the better you do your job, the less anyone really knows what it is you do. July is System Administrator Appreciation Month, which is a marked… Read More

  • OpenDNS Now Serves 1% Of The Internet (That's A Big Number)

    When you think of one percent of something, it’s usually not a very big number. But in some cases it is. Like when you’re talking about all of the users of the Internet in the world. Today, OpenDNS is announcing that over one percent of the world’s Internet users are using its services. It’s the first DNS provider to hit such a milestone, and it means that over 18… Read More

  • Namebench: Google's 20% Project To Find The Fastest DNS Server

    When Google launched its own DNS service last month, one of the main stated goals behind the project was speed. The problem is that most Internet users have no idea what a DNS server is, let alone how to configure one, or test how fast it is. But one Googler has taken it upon himself to create an easy tool for testing DNS and recommending what you use with his 20% time. Thomas Stromberg, a… Read More

  • Google Gets Into The DNS Business. Here's What That Means

    Google just announced Google Public DNS, a new service that lets consumers use Google as their DNS service provider. The benefits to users are a theoretically faster and more stable browsing experience, and some additional security against malware type sites. The benefit to Google – tons more data, and some potential revenue. Here are the basic instructions on how to use it (and Google… Read More

  • Netgear and OpenDNS to filter traffic, replace parents

    I’m guessing that a lot of households utilize filters on computers to, well, keep the kiddies away from, you know, the Internet sites you look at. Netgear and OpenDNS aim to take that task away from the individual computer and start filtering at the router. That way, every device connected to the Internet through that router – including iPod touches, game consoles, and every… Read More

  • Downside Of OpenDNS: It Can Extend Website Outages

    Hosting provider SoftLayer was partially taken down this morning from a DDOS attack, and several well known websites, including TechMeme and TwitPic, went down with it. The problem at SoftLayer was resolved, but some users of OpenDNS, a DNS service provider that is becoming more and more popular, still can’t reach those websites. The reason? OpenDNS caches IP addresses for domain names on… Read More

  • OpenDNS Makes $20k/day Filtering Phishing And Porn Sites

    OpenDNS, a San Francisco based startup founded by Minor Ventures and David Ulevitch, first launched in mid-2006 as a free tool to speed up web surfing and protect users from phishing and other malware sites. OpenDNS isn’t exactly a sexy service. Users have to do some basic configuration of their computer to get it going, and once it’s running they rarely see it again. Here’s… Read More

  • Why oh why does OpenDNS keep telling me Facebook is 'down'? It's not!

    For whatever nerdy reason I switched over to OpenDNS about a month ago. Actually, no. The reason was because I was tired of seeing that stupid Time Warner Road Runner every time I mistyped a URL or whatever. Well now OpenDNS refuses to load several pages, including CrunchGear and Facebook. What gives? I go to the main site and it says everything is up and running, yet I try to visit the… Read More

  • Phishing For Facebook

    I’m not sure what the bad guys want with a bunch of Facebook user account credentials, but phishing scams seem to be hitting the site. Scott Fish notes that some users are seeing Wall posts that contain links to phishing sites to gather Facebook credentials. An example message is: lol i cant believe these pics got posted….its going to be BADDDD when her boyfriend sees these… Read More

  • OpenDNS Honcho David Ulevitch Profiled in NYT

    Would you buy DNS from this man? Well, you don’t have to. We love us some OpenDNS. It’s useful — the new “short-cut” feature and pR0n blocking are great to keep us undistracted and working — its CEO, David Ulevitch, was a really cool guy. Plus the kid is only 25. Well, John “The Animal” Markoff wrote all about him and his company. It’s… Read More