Marshall wrote a post about a new startup called OpenDNS today at TechCrunch. OpenDNS requires a fairly easy setting change to your computer or router and in return offers free protection from phishing sites (by not allowing you to go to them), as well as speedier surfing. OpenDNS will make money by serving ads when domain names are mistyped badly (minor mistypes are actually corrected for you). The service itself is free. For more details, see the post.
He gave it a mostly negative review after testing it and talking to a number of people who are experts in this area. He also mentioned, quite correctly, that SiteAdvisor provides some of the same protective features (but siteadvisor does not address the speed issue).
I tested out OpenDNS myself after his post and probably for the first time had a significantly different opinion than him on a product. It does seem to speed up my surfing, which alone makes the product worth using in my opinon. I don’t really care about the phishing protection, since I am unlikely to be fooled by, or even visit, such a site. But many people may find this feature useful.
It’s hard to let someone else express opinions that I may disagree with on the blog that I spent a year building up from scratch. But I also like that Marshall is willing to make controversial calls on new products and back up those calls with intelligent arguments. Different opinions are good.
But I’m right on this one.