Malware Protection and Parental Controls

In every realm, with the good comes the bad. So it’s on the Internet! Using the internet can expose you to spoofing websites to steal your data. Among the methods people use to steal your data and identity is creating websites that download malware to your computer. This malware can collect your information over time and send it to their masters.

Comodo Secure DNS Review

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Comodo SecureDNS secures your browsing by identifying malicious websites. It also gives you options to control all the websites your kids can visit. Comodo Parental Controls categorizes the entire internet into 25 categories, allowing you to decide which categories your children can access. And since it’s a more cloud-based DNS offering, you only need to configure the settings once to apply them to all the devices you and your kids use to access the internet.

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We’ve covered free DNS programs and parental control software that show promise. A few days ago, we checked OpenDNS parental control and its anti-phishing security. OpenDNS also gives you protection against phishing. It also gives you parental control options at the DNS level. Some people have reported experiencing lag while using OpenDNS.

By using Comodo SecureDNS, you get malware protection in addition to phishing. Although OpenDNS provides protection against malware, it is absent in the case of the free package. For complete protection, you should opt for one of its professional packages.

Comodo SecureDNS claims to give you comprehensive malware protection in the free package. But before you can use Comodo SecureDNS, you need to change your DNS settings on Comodo servers.

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Since you don’t need to download or install any software, you need to change DNS settings manually. This page linked here gives you all the instructions you need to change the DNS.

You can change the DNS using the router or the main computer that connects to the Internet.

I would suggest using the main computer in your network as the router method is a bit complex and if something goes wrong you may lose internet access. Even if you change DNS addresses on the computer that connects directly to the Internet, I suggest you write down the original DNS addresses somewhere so you can roll back if you run into any problems.

Registration with Comodo Secure DNS is optional. If you want to use the Comodo Parental Controls feature to block certain websites, you need to register with Comodo Secure DNS.

You can still enjoy protection against malware and phishing sites by simply switching your DNS address to Comodo servers (preferred DNS: 8.26.56.26 and alternate DNS: 8.20.247.20).

You might be wondering what is the difference between your antivirus blocking a website and Comodo Secure DNS blocking the same. Well, that’s how it is! In the first case, your router establishes a connection with the website and when the page starts to load, it goes through the antivirus and then the malware is detected. In the case of Comodo Secure DNS, the malware is detected as soon as you enter the URL in the browser and press enter. This means that your computer/network/router will have no chance to interact with the malicious website. This is why I recommend using a trusted DNS service such as Comodo Secure DNS or the OpenDNS service.

Since Free OpenDNS will not filter malware in its free package, I recommend Comodo Secure DNS over OpenDNS. If you try Comodo Secure DNS, let us know of any performance issues you may be experiencing. go here for more details.

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Malware Protection and Parental Controls