Symantec Releases Free Norton DNS Tool (beta)

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  1. hawki

    hawki Registered Member

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    Norton DNS does more than just ensure that domain names are translated correctly. It relies on Symantec's site reputation services to identify and block dangerous sites such as phishing sites and those hosting malware. Your computer never comes close to connecting with these dangerous sites.

    There are other options for secure DNS. OpenDNS offers a free basic service and paid plains aimed at business as well as the DNS-based FamilyShield Parental Controls. Comodo Secure DNS is free but pays for itself in part by redirecting site-not-found errors to ad-related search pages. Sunbelt's ClearCloud DNS service, now in beta, manages to do without the ads. Google's Public DNS made a splash last year. How do you choose?

    Symantec has identified and solved one definite pain point for those interested in DNS-based security. Typically the switch to secure DNS has required users to dig deep into network configuration dialogs. That's fine for computer professionals, but daunting for the average user. Norton DNS offers two simple tools to make the switch, one for Windows and the other for Mac. Just download the appropriate tool from www.nortondns.com and run it to properly configure your network settings.
     
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    Quite recently, I've seen Sunbelt's ClearCloud DNS preventing access to some websites and redirect to a Google page, saying that the websites didn't exist; they do exist.

    I wonder if they partnered with Google.
     
  3. PJC

    PJC Very Frequent Poster

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    ISP DNS (Local) offer faster Surfing (i.e. faster response time) than these AVs DNS.
    You don't need to run diagnostic tools, like DNS Benchmark , to prove this.
     
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    errr,

    the goal of those tools is not speed but security.
    some people don't mind waiting a few more milliseconds for extra security.
     
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    PJC Very Frequent Poster

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    Some ISP DNS offer security, too.

    BTW, the problem is Not just some milliseconds (when using AVs DNS) BUT
    -redirecting site-not-found errors to ad-related search pages
    and/or
    -preventing access to some websites.
     
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