Google just announced their Public DNS product in their blog post today. Does Open DNS have anything to worry about? I would say maybe. Google only offers basic DNS at this time so they do not even come close to what Open DNS offers. The reason I say this is because Google has enough money to do anything they want but then again if that was the case why didn’t they just buy Open DNS? Who knows but this could be the first step toward offerings like Open DNS. If you are not familiar with Open DNS it is incredible what they offer for FREE. I protect my whole household from many bad web sites with Open DNS. It is my first line of defense in keeping the bad guys out. You can even setup a customized block page with an image of your choosing. Here is mine:
The other day I set up my Father’s network (one computer) with it and he calls me up and says: “I tried to go to this link someone sent me and your picture came up. How did these people get your picture? I explained the process to him and I think he understood.
The bottom line is although Google says do no harm, many people worry that they may become the Wal-Mart of the internet. Big enough to push their weight around and push the little guy out of business. Boy people love those low prices at Wal-Mart and I have to say I love most of Google’s products. Google has what some call a less than free model which worries many of their competitors. However if Google just puts out competition and not domination that will be good for all consumers.