The Internet can be a pretty confusing and sometimes dangerous place if you start thinking about all the cybercrime that seems to be on the rise. However, with the ease at which we look for and use information online these days, many of us don’t give a second thought to simply browsing the Internet. So, how do you know that the website you have found is safe? It could be riddled with viruses and malware, without you even realising.
Normal antivirus software can only go so far when it comes to keeping you safe online.
This is where DNS Protection comes in.
The DNS is kind of like a phone book or GPS for the Internet. When you type in a website address like www.iqpc.net.au, the DNS looks this up and directs you to that website.
Usually, these DNS requests go through your Internet Service Provider’s DNS system, which is unfiltered by design. An ISP is not responsible for dangerous or malicious sites on the Internet, they are treated just like any other normal website.
When you use a DNS Protection Service, like Webroot DNS Protection, the following happens:
- All DNS requests are redirected through a massive database that Webroot are constantly updating
- Any websites that are considered to be bad, are rejected and instead a website comes up that advises you that the website is blocked.
- This database of websites is also broken down into categories, so that you can block all websites related to a certain type such as gambling or pornography, for example.
So using a DNS Protection Service like Webroot DNS protection, achieves the following:
- Prevents you from browsing your way to unsafe websites, which significantly reduces the chances of identity theft, password stealing, virus infection, ransomware, malware, etc
- Keeps your staff productive by blocking them from visiting unsuitable websites