Advanced threat protection using DNS
Cisco OpenDNS uses a novel approach to protecting your network from threats. Every time your computer goes online it uses DNS to turn web addresses into IP addresses. Much like the white pages used to provide a phone number based on a name, DNS servers allow your computer to find what it is looking for online. By using Cisco OpenDNS as your DNS server(s) you allow them to block access to sites that are a threat to your computer. Additionally, they categorize sites based on content and optionally give you the choice to restrict access to sites that are not appropriate in a business environment.
Of the many security solutions and practices that we employ at BNT the use of Cisco OpenDNS has had the biggest positive impact in the past several years. The rise of ransomware and other forms of malware have been a blight on the use of technology in recent years. Cisco OpenDNS makes a strong effort at stopping these threats in a unique way that complements the usual solutions of antivirus and firewalls.
Make sure to use the free version of OpenDNS on your home networks. It will help protect you from threats for free and optionally block objectionable content if you elect to use their free OpenDNS Family Shield offering.