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· One min read
Yevgeniy Goncharov

OpenBLD.net Chrome Extension v1.1 Released

OpenBLD.net Blocker extension released on official Google Extension Store today 💪

This is OpenBLD.net add-on which can block some ADS services (such as Yad advertising) on some web resources that has HTML embedded ads...

OpenBLD.net service+Extension Blocker - Perfect combination for reducing Internet noise 🧘‍♂️

Try or Update OpenBLD.net Blocker from the Official Chrome Internet Store.

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Note: OpenBLD.net setup is required before using the Browser extension

Feedback is welcome! Contacts.

P.S. After an extension will update, re-enable extension is required.

· 2 min read
Yevgeniy Goncharov

zDNS v0.2.5 Release with Big Updates and Features

Few month ago I stared develop from scratch zDNS service, and now I hope, it is ready for production usage...

Features

  • Restrict DNS queries by type like as A, AAAA, HTTPS, CNAME, MX, PTR
  • Balancing DNS traffic between upstream servers
  • Providing Prometheus metrics
  • DNS responses caching by custom TTL
  • Has few working modes - Zero Trust, Allow/Blocking domain names
  • Has separated "Permanent" mode with additional custom upstream DNS servers
  • Can load allow/block lists from local and remote through HTTP(S)
  • Create/Delete custom users with different configs and hosts files
  • Can run as separated instance for each different users
  • Has TCP/UDP DNS interfaces
  • Can run as daemon or one-shot mode
  • Can parse DNS names with regular expressions...

Looking Forward

I am looking forward to the future of the OpenBLD.net project and hope that it will continue to grow and develop.

Now I'm testing exclusive option - unique DoH links with unique allow/block domain lists...

In the near future, I hope everyone will be able to use their own unique opportunity of OpenBLD.net usage in personal browsers and phones, where they will be able to independently manage their personal own white and black lists (for example, via Git)..

Be the first to try it, leave your contacts in this form and I will contact you as soon as the service is ready:

How to Use

All related content about zDNS you can find on the zDNS GitHub repository.

Feedback is welcome! Contacts.

· One min read
Yevgeniy Goncharov

OpenBLD.net and zDNS Blackhole Server

New OpenBLD.net points of presence have been added in the world thanks to AlphaVPS.com!

AlphaVPS.com - Fast & Cheap VPS, Cloud Servers and few servers from AlphaVPS stay which located in Bulgaria and Germany joined in to OpenBLD.net ecosystem.

As you know one of the our prioritites - fast DoH/DoT responses and 1GBit/s from AlphaVPS it is good base for this requirements.

One server already available for users (see status of Ada-h4), second server will be available in the next few days. Enjoy it 🚀

P.S. Few times ago I posted OpenBLD.net IPv6 Pre-Release notice, in few near weeks I'll plan implement DoH/DoT IPv6 for users in Europe, I'll tell about this later 😎...

· 3 min read
Yevgeniy Goncharov

OpenBLD.net Thanks Letter of End 2023

Dear friends and partners of OpenBLD.net,

With great enthusiasm and pride, I address you with this open letter of gratitude. My project, OpenBLD.net, could not have reached such heights without your invaluable support and contribution.

Together, we have created something extraordinary – a platform that unites, inspires and making your live is safer, and I would like to extend sincere thanks to each and every one of you.

To Companies

Thanks to the companies that provided us with resources, solutions, funding and expertise, I were able to significantly enhance the functionality of OpenBLD.net. Your contribution has enriched the experience of OpenBLD.net users and made our platform more accessible and effective.

DNS Cloud Providers

  • ClouDNS.net - for providing us with a best DNS hosting solution and free GeoDNS Plan for the OpenBLD.net project

VPS Servers

  • DigitalOcean.com - for providing us with a free credits for VPS servers for the OpenBLD.net project
  • GCore Labs - for providing us with a free VPS servers for the ADA OpenBLD.net project in Japan, Tokyo
  • GoHost.kz - for providing us with a free VPS servers for the RIC OpenBLD.net project in Kazakhstan, Karaganda
  • Unihost.kz - for providing us with a free VPS servers for the ADA OpenBLD.net project in Kazakhstan, Almaty
  • VEESP.com - for providing us with a free VPS servers for the ADA OpenBLD.net project in Latvia, Riga

Monitoring Solutions

  • Netdata - for providing us with a free Business Plan for the OpenBLD.net
  • UptimeRobot - for providing us with a free Pro Plan for the OpenBLD.net

Coding Solutions

Contrubutors

  • PowerDMARC - supported OpenBLD.net with a funding for the OpenBLD.net project

I am grateful for your support and look forward to continuing our collaboration in the future 🔮

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All company logos and links contains on the who helps to the growth 🚀 OpenBLD.net section.

To Individuals

To individuals who contributed their skills and time, I want to express deep gratitude. Your willingness to share knowledge and experience has made me stronger, and our project more valuable to society.

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Each who has contributed to the OpenBLD.net project has name in special Thanks section on the OpenBLD.net website.

With each new member of our team, we expand the horizons of possibilities.

Thanks to all of you

Thank you for your involvement, inspiration, and hard work. Together, we can achieve even greater heights and create something truly amazing.

Let's continue our journey together and make OpenBLD.net even better. Thank you for your excellence and belief in our shared success.

Best regards, Yevgeniy Goncharov, OpenBLD.net Founder

· 2 min read
Yevgeniy Goncharov

OpenBLD.net and zDNS Blackhole Server

Abstract: I'm happy to announce 🎉 that zDNS is now a part of the OpenBLD.net project. It is a DNS server that can be used as a blackhole for malicious domains. It is a great addition to the OpenBLD.net project, and I'm excited to see how it will evolve in the future 🚀

Befor begin

Following Zero Trust model practices, I recently wrote and am slowly beginning to introduce new “blackhole” functionality into the OpenBLD.net DNS ecosystem.

zDNS is a DNS server that puts security and control over DNS queries at the center. With new functionality, zDNS now supports regular expressions in hosts.txt files, allowing more flexibility in configuring allowed queries. Now you can use the power of regular expressions to precisely control permissions, including subdomains and patterns.

Main zDNS features

  • Denies all DNS queries by default
  • Allows you to configure allowed requests through the hosts.txt file
  • Uses balancing strategies to ensure reliable operation with DNS servers
  • 🛠 Easily customizable via YAML configuration
  • 🔜 Prometheus metrics coming soon..

Additional protection of your infrastructure or testing requests with zDNS is possible and may be useful to you! Download the latest version here and start using a DNS server with powerful customization options:

· One min read
Yevgeniy Goncharov

OpenBLD.net IPv6 Pre-Release

Last week, last month, this year... I've been meeting and talking to different people, and they all echoed the same sentiment - IPv6 is needed 💯

A few days ago, I got acquainted with VEESP.com, a company that generously provided OpenBLD.net with an incredibly fast server featuring a high-speed Ethernet connection 🛞

Abstract: Usually, I spend some time testing servers, then assign them a secondary role before introducing them to the production environment. However, this time was different...

I was so impressed 😱 with the veesp.com server's speed that it practically flew into production almost immediately... )

I believe this is a great opportunity to start exploring the IPv6 space. In this month or early 2024, I hope we can begin experimenting with IPv6!

If you're ready to participate in the preliminary testing, please let me know through this OpenBLD.net Pre-Release Testing Form. I will reach out to you directly when the time comes, and together we can strive to make this world even better.

P.S. Thanks to veesp.com and everyone who gives incentive to take a step forward 🤝