Our culture has a hyper awareness of Internet/IT Security in the business environment but is often over looked in our home environment, those with children should be even more concerned. If the business has been secured properly, maybe it is easier to gain access information through the business’s employees’ personal lives? It is! Criminal organizations are taking the same approach with “layered” attacks. The principal is to find the “soft” spot in an environment that is “trustworthy” and work your way to higher levels of access.
Most people do not have resources for a cyber security team working on their behalf and I want to share one “free” method of many, but this is often over looked.
What does DNS acronym stand for: Domain Name System
It is like a big phone book with names of websites directing you to that company’s server and their online services when you search online. Most of your devices are set to your Internet Service Providers DNS servers and they usually include Google DNS services, which will include internet traffic from everywhere and anyone, including: unsafe sites, pornography, mature content, abortion, alcohol, crime, cults, drugs, gambling, hate, sexual orientation, suicide, tobacco or violence.
I am showing one company called ‘Norton Connect Safe’… yes, the antivirus company and their DNS options you can use for free, and there are many more you can choose:
|Policy 1: Security||18.104.22.168||Blocks all sites hosting malware, phishing sites, and scam sites.|
|Policy 2: Security + Pornography||22.214.171.124||In addition to blocking unsafe sites, this policy also blocks access to sites that contain sexually explicit material.|
|Policy 3: Security + Pornography + Other||126.96.36.199||Ideal for families with young children. In addition to blocking unsafe sites and pornography sites, this policy also blocks access to sites that feature mature content, abortion, alcohol, crime, cults, drugs, gambling, hate, sexual orientation, suicide, tobacco, or violence.|
You can follow this link to review others too: Check Out Secure DNS Servers
Now use the IP addresses above and change your DNS settings on your device. Finding steps on how to changes your DNS server settings is easy as googling ‘Changing DNS Windows 10’ and if your new settings seems to blocking too many site or not enough, you can easily try other ones. Give it shot and learn how DNS services can help protect you and your’ family!