All About DNSFilter

How did we get started?

DNSFilter was born out of necessity. DNSFilter’s CEO and co-founder, Ken Carnesi, was fed up with existing content filtering solutions on the market. They were either overpriced, outdated or ineffective. Instead of settling for a subpar solution, he set out to create one that he’d trust for himself and his clients.

In June of 2015, Ken met our soon-to-be CTO Mike Schroll at a tech incubator. Ken pitched the idea for what would become DNSFilter to Mike and together, the two started to explore the viability of creating “The Best DNS Filter On The Market.” Less than a year later in 2016, Mike reached out to his longtime friend Brian Gillis who joined as our third co-founder and CIO.

In 2018, after being long-time customers, we acquired the company Webshrinker: an AI-driven domain categorization tool that powers our ability to classify and filter sites on the fly.

Our Mission

We’re here to help make the internet safer and workplaces more productive.

From the beginning, we had a few main tenets that we wanted to be the building blocks of our product:

  • Driven by AI and cutting edge technology
  • A fully redundant Anycast DNS Network
  • Do one thing really well: DNS Filtering

Since founding DNSFilter, we’ve made continuous product changes all in an effort to be a better DNS filtering solution. That’s all we’ve ever wanted our product to be: DNS filtering that keeps your end users productive and safe while working.

To us, a better product meant:

  • Not slowing down your network
  • Categorizing sites we’ve never seen before (and not being totally reliant on threat feeds)
  • Listening to our clients and MSP partners

We won’t slow down, and we will always find ways to improve. It’s why we implemented our roadmap and gave our users the ability to provide feedback. We take our customers, and their suggestions, very seriously.

Becoming DNSFilter

We thought of going with a clever startup name—you know, adding “ly” or “io” to some noun evocative of freshness. Maybe we’d drop a vowel or two and go all lowercase. Instead, we decided to keep it simple. Straightforward. As an essential tool, DNSFilter is named for exactly what it does. We filter DNS requests, sorting the good from the bad to help our users get through their work days feeling more secure.

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