Also, to anyone who has used PiHole - what do you do when a news site bugs you about using an ad blocker? What's the equivalent of "open up your other browser to access the page"?
Side note: why are people flagging this? Seems like a normal "Show HN"-type of post to me, but I'm not always savvy to the etiquette here.
It actually only sends your DNS traffic, which turns a pretty url (like https://www.adfree.life) into an ugly IP (like 126.96.36.199) and then returns to your computer to make the actual call with all of the important stuff. It is not to be confused with a VPN, where your traffic could actually be logged. You can read more about it here http://computer.howstuffworks.com/dns.htm
Without trying to be insulting, I think everyone is getting a little too greedy lately with the information they want sent into their "cloud".
I don't say that as a product criticism, I see why you can't do it another way and plenty of people won't mind. But if you're curious, that takes me out of the pool for this service. Shipping trusted hardware that could go behind a router is about all I'd be open to.
Why not just have one large instance?
Precious data –– there's only so much of it, and when we burn it all, it'll be gone.
I'm interested to see how this pans out.
Then again, if it saves a lot of people just a little bit of trouble, there's a lot of potential there. There's a lot of services that are like "dude I could have made that in a week!" but humans are lazy, and developers seem to be especially lazy, and many will happily pay for a pre-configured / hosted solution that "just works". :)
Yes, you can set up your own VPS for less than $9/mo. But not much less.
There is a lot of concern over logging the DNS entries. I'll put a notice on the site, but you are not only able to clear your logs at any time but are also able to turn off logging altogether. I do not keep your logs.
This is not a DNS provider, this is simply a layer that attempts to stifle known ads and trackers. You can already assume your DNS logs are being used somewhere, this does not stop that.
This does not use a VPN to hide your IP.
If you can afford it I would get a professional designer to take a look at the site. It looks pretty good but it's a little bit "off", rough around the edges somehow.
If you're targeting tech people it won't matter as much, but still, first impressions are important.
Best wishes :)
...but neither of those things tell me that you don't still have access to that data, which is kind of the whole issue.
The data is far less valuable than your original claim of "Why would someone route their traffic through your servers" which sounds like a VPN/Proxy.
FD - I recently launched an adblock as a service (listed in my profile.)
Edit1 - maybe it's security through anonymity. Don't tell anyone your DNS server address?
Our adblocker uses a much less intrusive idea than VPN to block unauthorized IPs from hitting 53.
My understanding is that this is a device on your network... your home network. Can you explain how this device/service would help your mobile data?
Nothing personal, but I really hope this business fails fast and hard.
TL;DR: submissions from new accounts that are flagged for any reason weigh heavily against you, keeping you from posting or answering questions in a timely manner. Also, it took 40 min for it to be public on New, starting on the second page.
TL;DR:TL:DR: don't create a new account to post something.