• 3 ways to hack DNS to speed up your Web browsing

    Posted April 16, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    Want to browse the Web faster, without paying extra for more bandwidth? It's simple to do. Just use one of these three free services to hack the DNS system for faster and more reliable surfing.
  • 6 must-have free downloads for your network

    Posted October 4, 2013 - 2:51 pm

    If you've got a small or medium-sized network and you need to manage it yourself, you're not alone. I've rounded up six great free network tools that make it much easier to handle and troubleshoot your network.
  • Use DNS services to get around region-specific content locks, such as Netflix and NFL streaming

    Posted September 19, 2013 - 2:19 pm

    Besides saving you money, they could also make websites run at top speed
  • How to setup Reverse DNS and PTR records

    Posted June 26, 2013 - 12:00 am

    DNS can be tricky. There is a lot to know and, even when you think you have a firm grasp on it, surprises still pop up. Reverse DNS and PTR record configuration is one of those sneaky topics, but it's crucial to SPAM prevention during email delivery.
  • Critical denial-of-service flaw in BIND software puts DNS servers at risk

    Posted March 29, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    A flaw in the widely used BIND DNS (Domain Name System) software can be exploited by remote attackers to crash DNS servers and affect the operation of other programs running on the same machines.
  • University researchers claim DNS boosting tool can speed Web performance by 40%

    Posted October 29, 2012 - 10:28 am

    Offerings such as Google Public DNS, OpenDNS and other public domain name system services promise increased security and privacy but can fall short on Web performance, according to a Northwestern University research team that has developed a tool it says can address that shortcoming.
  • Poor man's load balancing

    Posted June 24, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    If you have need to balance traffic among a set of servers and can't afford a load balancer, you can get fairly effective relief using what is often referred to as "poor man's load balancing" -- an easy trick that you implement on your DNS server.
  • ICANN domains .MIA; OpenNIC:Be a .pirate

    Posted May 17, 2012 - 10:45 am

    In 2008 ICANN announced it would add between dozens or millions of top-level domains to expand the virtual space available online.This week it again delayed the application deadline, again. OTOH, alternative registrar OpenNIC register as a .pirate (or anything else) for free.
  • No matter what happens to SOPA, GoDaddy's troubles are just beginning

    Posted December 29, 2011 - 3:39 pm

    Rabid opposition to SOPA from the core of its customer base, waffling on whether it will or won't support legislation it allegedly helped write and the failure to follow through on either support or opposition are making GoDaddy long-term enemies on both sides of a divisive issue.
  • New tool patches security hole in DNS

    Posted December 7, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    A new, free tool from OpenDNS promises to make domain name system (DNS) lookups--the conversion of a plain-English domain name into a numeric Internet address--more secure. DNSCrypt prevents third parties from intercepting your DNS requests and rewriting them to point your browser, email client, or other software to malicious or fake sites. That may sound like a tedious bit of Internet plumbing, but it profoundly improves your security.
  • F5 BIG-IP upgrade improves IP services, battles DDOS attacks

    Posted October 13, 2011 - 4:42 pm

    F5 is touting new DNS capabilities in its BIG-IP v11 software as a way for service providers to save money, stave off distributed denial-of-service attacks and scale to support rapidly expanding IP services.
  • Cloud-based DNS outperforms in-house systems, study shows

    Posted October 11, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    A new vendor-sponsored study of the 1,000 biggest websites quantifies how much better third-party managed service providers are doing at operating DNS services across the Internet cloud than enterprises that run this critical network service themselves.
  • Celebrate IPv6 Day holiday by continuing not to care

    Posted June 8, 2011 - 11:05 am

    IPv6-migration advocates fume because no one cares about the need to upgrade a critical piece of the 'net. They're right that IPv6 is vital, but not that anyone else to follow the details.
  • Infoblox upgrades DNS appliances to ease move to IPv6

    Posted May 3, 2011 - 10:01 am

    Infoblox is adding two new features to its DNS appliances to help its service provider and enterprise customers transition to IPv6, the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol.
  • Go Daddy CEO takes flak for shooting elephant

    Posted March 31, 2011 - 12:42 pm

    PETA calls for boycott of Go Daddy, the largest domain registrar in the world, which keeps its profile high with jiggle ads and hunting videos.
  • The Internet is full; please go home

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 5:21 pm

    Despite 12 years of warning, most companies appear to have done little to get ready; appearances are often deceiving.
  • Half of federal Web sites fail DNS security test

    Posted January 27, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    Half of U.S. government Web sites are vulnerable to commonplace DNS attacks because they haven't deployed a new authentication mechanism that was mandated in 2008, a new study shows.
  • Gov't crackdown spurs initiatives to route around DNS

    Posted December 7, 2010 - 1:57 pm

    Within days of the ICE/DHS seizures, at least three separate initiatives to work around the DNS had been announced. Here's a look at some of these proposals — two to route around and one to supplant the DNS — and the obstacles they face.
  • P2P-based alternative to DNS hopes to challenge ICANN

    Posted December 6, 2010 - 8:43 pm

    A group led by former Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde is forming to develop a peer-to-peer-based alternative to today's ICANN-controlled DNS system, according to a blog posted on Tuesday.
  • Pirate DNS could hatch a lawless darknet

    Posted December 2, 2010 - 6:45 pm

    Some of the shady crowd behind the Pirate Bay file sharing Website have announced plans for a peer-to-peer domain name system (DNS), called P2P DNS.
  • Is free DNS a good deal for business?

    Posted November 17, 2010 - 3:06 pm

    It's been almost a year since Google announced its free DNS service known as Google Public DNS, promising a speedier, safer way to surf the Web and sparking concern that Google would become the dominant DNS provider for ISPs and other large network operators.
  • Don’t blame DNS for Facebook outage, experts say

    Posted September 28, 2010 - 10:19 am

    Experts in the inner workings of the Internet’s Domain Name System http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_Name_System – which matches IP addresses with corresponding domain names—say the 27-year-old communications protocol does not appear to be the cause of Facebook’s high-profile outage last week.

  • Neustar, Infoblox team on cloud service

    Posted September 15, 2010 - 8:56 pm

    In another sign that DNS operations are migrating into the cloud, industry leader Neustar will announce on Tuesday a new managed service that allows companies to outsource all of their internal DNS and related network address management functions that run on Infoblox appliances.
  • Mobile DNS Isn't Boring

    Posted December 4, 2009 - 3:38 am

    There is no service more basic to Internet performance and security than DNS -- the set of functions that turns names users can remember and type into addresses that the computer uses to find stuff. There's only one part of the entire mobile enterprise infrastructure that gets less attention than DNS. (Which part is that?
  • Missing dot drops Sweden off the Internet

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 8:20 pm

    What was essentially a typo last week resulted in the temporary disappearance from the Internet of almost a million Web sites in Sweden -- every address with a .se top-level down name.
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