What is Spectrum’s DNS Blocking Service, and why you should Opt-In?

This month is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and therefore a good time to ensure that your business has a layered defense to be fully protected from cyber threats. These threats can occur from something as simple as an employee opening a link in a legitimate-looking email, which could eventually lead to revealing sensitive information about the business. Alternatively, it could be that an employee innocently downloads software that could block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.

These threats could be partially eliminated by using an anti-virus that protects your devices when you’re not connected to a network. Additionally, to ensure full cyber-protection, businesses can conduct training for all employees, cyber-savvy or not, to help reduce preventable attacks. As a part of this layered defense to fully ensure the security of a business, a DNS blocker is crucial.

Fortunately, for our customers, there is the option to opt-in to our free Spectrum Internet DNS Blocking Service, powered by Quad 9.

What Does Spectrum’s DNS Blocking Service Do?

Spectrum’s DNS Blocking Service is an added security measure that can be included within your broadband package. The blocker works on the network and therefore any device that is connected to the router is protected.

The service works by collecting thousands of malicious websites, adding new ones daily. Therefore, if an employee mistakenly clicks on a link, if it’s a malicious website or any kind of malware, it will block that person from going to the destination of that link.

This blocklist is extremely powerful as any clicks on links, websites or attachments are cross-checked against the IBM X-Force threat intelligence database. This database analyses more than forty billion websites and tracks an estimate of 17 million spam and phishing attacks daily.

Global Cyber Alliances conducted a report to show the extent of how many attacks a DNS blocker could have prevented. They reported, ‘DNS firewalls could have mitigated one-third of the incidents of cyber incidents that we studied… It could have prevented an estimated $10 billion in losses in those incidents.’ By those statistics alone, you can see that a DNS Blocker is an obvious choice when it comes to protecting your business against cyber-attacks.

If you’d like to read the full report, click here.

The Spectrum DNS Blocking Service differs from many other security services currently on the market for three reasons.

Firstly, as previously mentioned, the blocker protects the network, and therefore any devices connected to that network. This means that it can cover multiple devices, including smart appliances, for example an office fridge or a smart thermostat.

Secondly, unlike other security systems, the service does not have a censoring component, meaning that you have full privacy over your network and devices. It will only block malicious content.

Lastly, its free! Spectrum’s Internet DNS Blocking Service can be opted-into with any of our broadband packages, so there are no add on costs, whatsoever.

Spectrum’s DNS Blocking Service

What Makes this Service a Spectrum Internet Service?

Whilst the DNS Blocker is run through Quad9, Spectrum Internet has access to the system. For example, if an employee tries to get onto a website, but it comes up as blocked, Spectrum is able to get that website unblocked within a couple of hours of it being reported.

This is because Spectrum Internet has exclusive access to whitelist any websites, links, or attachments that have been blacklisted by Quad9. This system is made simpler as we have a small team that can be contacted to report any incorrectly blacklisted websites. As always, our team will be more than happy to speak to you if you have any of these queries or just general questions about the service we offer.

If you are a Spectrum Internet customer and you would like to opt-in to our DNS Blocking Service, click here. Alternatively, if you are not yet a customer, if you purchase any of our broadband packages you can to tick ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the question, ‘I would like the Spectrum free security from dangerous websites’.