Who Uses This Software?

SMB, Enterprise, Managed Service Providers, Internet Service Providers and IT Professionals


Average Ratings

25 Reviews
  • 5 / 5
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  • 5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $5.00/month
  • Pricing Details
    We offer education discounts and per user pricing for DNSFilter partners.
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • DNSFilter
  • dnsfilter.com/
  • Founded 2015
  • United States

About DNSFilter

DNSFilter is revolutionizing the DNS industry. We provide a DNS based threat protection and content filtering service for IT professionals. Our product is powered by artificial intelligence that analyzes domains in real time, meaning we stop more threats than our competitors whom often take weeks through human review. We're U.S. based and operate a global anycast network with the most advertised network peers in the industry and offer fair, transparent pricing and no contracts or commitments.


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DNSFilter Features

  • Anti Spam
  • Anti Virus
  • Email Attachment Protection
  • Event Tracking
  • Internet Usage Monitoring
  • Intrusion Detection System
  • IP Protection
  • Spyware Removal
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Vulnerability Scanning
  • Web Threat Management
  • Web Traffic Reporting

DNSFilter Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Great, very reasonable cost, and just works!

Jun 20, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Compared to the competition their service cost is very reasonable! The features are great and everything just works.

Cons: *Needs a mobile client (they are making one though)
*Does not currently support IPV6 (however neither does most of their competitors)

Overall: Filtering our internet connection.

Completely bulletproof

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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Pros: The interface is responsive, reliable and two factor authentication is a godsend. It's never gone down for even a minute in the 5+ years we've been using the service.

Cons: For some reason multi-select editing doesn't work. It's possible it's not meant to do this but the checkbox makes me thing it could?

Overall: Bulletproof reliability. Secure as all hell.

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

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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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 , to create a bypass password, to customize the appearance of block screens and even allow users to submit possible false positives for follow up. DNSFilter offers a range of reports on usage and blocks on a level you'd expect to see only in higher priced alternatives. Their "per DNS request" pricing scheme is an innovative approach that's fair and reasonable and puts advanced web filtering out there for organizations which otherwise could never afford the features and functionality. After the initial configuration, it's more or less "set it and forget it" if you choose to take that approach, but even if not, normal admin work takes little time.

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.

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

Excellent alternative to openDNS

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The price is extremely fair and the "interstitial filtering" is something that nobody else is offering.

Cons: Web interface is still in development, but they are growing quickly. Some of the integrations with active directory are not yet finished.

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Great basic web content filter

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to setup. Easy to block/whitelist domains.
Really affordable.
Good for offices from 1-250 employees.
Recently added end user client.

Cons: Reporting options too basic.
No free option.
Honestly, this product is pretty great for 95% of the use cases I've come across. Any organization needing really specific features may need to look elsewhere.

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DNS Filter is a great option for protection that is almost invisible and easy to administer.

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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Pros: You can easily configure DNS using the categories feature to block potentially hazardous or unwanted sites using DNS Filter's built-in database. You can also whitelist or blacklist sites in seconds. The pricing is usage based and straightforward. For SME's the pricing is very reasonable. Reports indicate sites that were blocked, and also identify where users are going. It's relatively easy to set up multiple filtering schemes for each location to have, for example, relaxed filtering before and after regular work hours, or to restrict certain activities during events (e.g., restricting streaming sports sites during March Madness).

Cons: Based on site and not user, this is not a good solution for mobile users. They recently introduced a mobile client, but for Windows only. Filter bypass passwords are universal, and not configurable for individuals.

Effective, affordable, and easy to setup

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The best thing about this software is the value. The same service as other big name providers, but at a fraction of the cost. The pricing based on usage is fair and beats the per user model. We've been very happy with it.

Cons: I haven't noticed any issues with this service. It works well and the billing is very straightforward.

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

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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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.

Overall: Save money, protect our users and network from Malware.

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The service works well and is reliable.

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use, setup was a breeze, and the service reliability has been 100% uptime. The response speed of DNS resolution and the reliability is better than the local ISP. DNS resolution affects the user's perception of the internet speed and reliability. This service is becoming a must-have for my customers.

Cons: I would like the ability to blacklist and whitelist IP addresses for customers who do not have a local router.

Overall: Better internet speed, and in today's world that is huge.

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

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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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.

Overall: 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..

DNSFilter was definitely the right choice for our company. Easy to install and easy to use .

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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Pros: DNSFilter is a software that offer a lot features that we may find somewhere else but really expensive. We have been looking for a good web-filter with a limited budget, DNSFilter offered a better, easy software to use and a perfect price for us. The support team are awesome, always answering quickly and efficiency. I will would recommend this software as they keep doing update and add more features without asking to pay more. Really good deal.

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

Jun 19, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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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.

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

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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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 !

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

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Excellent

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Simple to install and it actually works !! Support is excellent always prompt and knowledgeable. And the override button sorts out any issues

Cons: No fixed per month fee and sometimes bank websites don't work and need to be whitelisted. Otherwise it would be nice to have separate password levels for accessing websites

The product has been solid and works perfect for our needs so far.

Jun 19, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use and the fact that there is an agent that allows me to create filters per user. This is very useful.

Cons: There is no way to submit requests to a "wish list" in the panel or in general. If possible I would like a button in the panel where I could submit ideas for improvements. I would also like to be able to add my own RBL servers to the filtering.

Overall: Malware protection, end user surfing auditing, and general organization protection.

Vendor Response

by DNSFilter on June 20, 2018

Hey Christopher -- Thanks for your feedback! Actually we have always had a feedback function on the site where you can suggest, and upvote features. If you click your image in the upper right, there's a 'Feature Request' dropdown. You can also visit it directly here: https://app.dnsfilter.com/feature-request

Easy to use and setup. Great features at the most competitive price!

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The service is stable and the pay for what you use price structure is way more attractive than other competitors. It's easy to setup and has lots of features to restrict websites and block threats.

Cons: The whitelist/blacklist adding additional urls was confusing at first because it wasn't clear to me that I had to click a button to add another text box to type in the next url I wanted to add. Then click save.

Overall: Additional security through DNS filtering and employee safety online.

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

Jun 19, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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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.

Good function for good value

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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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.

As straightforward as it gets when it comes to HTTPS filtering and haven't had any complaints over t

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Fast to setup
Fast to update rule sets
Filtering is comprehensive
Pricing is very fair
Dns Servers are reliable
Instructions are clear and simple

Cons: Not as much a con as an suggestion but if it could detect/exclude your ddns provider from the rule set it would sure help deployment speed especially in smaller environments where you find equipment which do not always allow ddns to be setup in the device itself or static IP's . I know its not really meant for that type of environment but it is an potential market I am exploring and the product is well suited to it. If you could release something like the small DUC client from No-IP that would be great.

Overall: It is far far simpler than private HTTPS decryption firewalls hosted on site.

Vendor Response

by DNSFilter on June 20, 2018

Hi Alexander, Thanks for your feedback! We so already support/exclude a large list of dynamic DNS providers, which you can find here: https://help.dnsfilter.com/article/9-dynamic-dns-setup If you use one not on the list, please open a support ticket and we'll see what we can do!

Great service and affordable

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: It helps us block websites by name or classification which is great. It also allows us to setup multiple locations.

Cons: The reporting is a little light. Would like to see detailed reporting especially for those trying to circumvent the filter.

Overall: url filtering

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Great, awesome service, does what it describes

Jun 19, 2018
4/5
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Pros: Its quite easy to use and the dev team has a great plan for the future. They are actively listening to their customers and I personally hope to increase my 'Features and Functionality' rating to 5 in the near future!

Cons: Some of the missing features specific to my business, and the adaptation of the service in our business was slightly difficult. Its sometimes hard to determine the cause of a problem (ie, SMTP mail failures due to false positives by DNS Filter).

Overall: Security and reporting

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Superb product which is easy to manage!

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Continual development of new features, dead simple pricing, granular configuration and reporting mechanisms.

Cons: Lack of transparency when choosing a particular category to block. Would love to have granular control over items in blocklists, with the ability to add my own to the category (or create my own category)

Overall: DNS filtering without breaking the bank. Ability to rapidly deploy to potential clients with minimal configuration. Love the continual development as well.

Amazing value and an effective reliable service.

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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Pros: Very good value and constant improvement of services offered. Service has never been down and easy to implement.

Cons: Filtering sometimes has false positives but support is quick to respond. The interface Is light on details in the account management section.

We have been with DNSFilter for quite some time, and WE LOVE THEM!

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
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Pros: Great functionality, easy to use, easy to configure and manage. This software helps keep our systems safe and has increased employee productivity.

Cons: I honestly have no cons. We have been very pleased with every facet of DNSFilter. Any cons I ever have, the very quickly make an update that fixes them before I can even complain.

Overall: Secure data, employee productivity

Was easy to setup and change filters.

Jun 19, 2018
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Pros: Predefined filters make it easy to block content that we wanted blocked, while not blocking the content we wanted. It was also really easy to unblock a site if it was needed.

Cons: Using dynamic dns was a little bit more complicated. Our sites all use dynamic dns and would have just been easier if we did not have to go through the setting up of a dynamic dns name.

Overall: It was nice to have a cloud based option for DNS filtering without having to have an appliance.