On the Fifth Day of DNS No-IP Gives to You! 5 Reasons You Need Managed DNS!Continue Reading
The weather outside might be frightful, but prizes are so delightful! From Saturday, December 12 through Thursday, December 24, No-IP will be doing the 12 Days of DNS! During these 12 days we will be giving away No-IP swag, discounts, free services and much more.Continue Reading
At No-IP we rely on our customers for our success. This means not only our service users, but the manufacturers who make it so easy for you to use our dynamic DNS. Clinton Electronics is one of those manufacturers. They use a custom integration in their DVRs to give customers access to No-IP’s dynamic DNS in an simple andContinue Reading
Dynamic DNS can be a scary set of words. People don’t know what it is, don’t understand it or think that is somehow doesn’t apply to their life. I know, I use to be that same person. Had you asked me a few years ago what Dynamic DNS was, I would have looked at youContinue Reading
Visual Armor is a security company based in Ohio that specializes in security systems for businesses, schools and residential properties. They service more than 300 clients around the state of Ohio, providing video surveillance, access control, alarm systems and monitoring services. This is their Managed Access use case.Continue Reading
Last week a flaw was found that affects all versions of the BIND 9 software. This denial of service (DoS) vulnerability was rated critical by the Internet System Consortium (ISC) as it is difficult to defend against. The flaw named CVE-2015-5477, relates specifically to TKEY queries and allows for hackers to launch DoS attacks. When exploitedContinue Reading
Check out these 4 DNS tools everyone should use to make their lives a little less stressful (like that’s even possible). These tools are great for people that are trying to see if their No-IP hostname is resolving correctly.
To use these tools you will use the Dig command in terminal (Mac) or the command line (PC).
Dig is an acronym for “domain internet groper”. Dig is a useful tool for webmasters and system administrators, it can be used to query DNS servers and fix DNS related issues. Dig is a part of the BIND DNS software.
Check out these 4 useful DNS tools you should use:
Whois is an easy way to find information on the owner, nameserver, registrar etc. of a domain name. It is useful for getting all the detailed info you want from a domain, assuming the domain doesn’t have private registration enabled.
The Whois command can help you identify the responsible party for a domain. This is useful if you have problems sending to, or receiving from a domain; or if you just want to query the authoritative nameservers for that domain. To use these tools, open up Terminal on your Mac, or command line on your PC.
Type “Whois” followed by your domain of choice and hit enter.
Then type Whois mashable.com and hit enter. It will bring up all of the domain registration information.
Ping checks to see if you can actually reach a server. It is the go to command for making sure that a server is online and functional. You can also use this tool to see if a website is down for every one, or just you.
Type “ping noip.com” and hit enter
To stop this command hit “Ctrl + C”. Ping is a simple way to check if your domain name is resolving correctly.
Dig is a great way to get check records for a domain like A, MX, TXT, PTR and other advanced DNS records. We have done quite a few extensive Dig tutorials. We love Dig!. Check out this Dig tutorial for some cool ways to use it.
You can use Dig to lookup nameservers. NS lookup is useful for quickly looking up name server information, but it usually requires detailed parameters.
Type “dig noip.com ns” and hit enter.
This command will show all of the nameservers associated with noip.com.
Traceroute shows you the route (path) that was used to connect you to the IP address or hostname. It will show all of the routers it goes through until it gets to its destination, or it fails. A traceroute also tells you how long each hop to each router takes and if it fails, it will show you exactly where the IP packet failed. Our support staff uses it all of the time to help customers figure out if their hostname is resolving to the correct IP address. This guide will show you how to run your own trace route.
Have any other DNS tools that you find useful? Let us know in the comments!
When I tell people what I do for a living, they don’t get it. I mean, they get that I am a marketing manager, but they don’t understand what the company I work for does exactly. “Oh DNS, yeah no.” I often find myself going into a full blown explanation of DNS only to see theirContinue Reading
DNS is an integral component of your overall website strategy. So why should you invest? Individuals and enterprises alike spend valuable resources creating and promoting their brands and forget about managing perhaps the most important aspect of it – their domain name.
These are the Top 5 Signs you should invest in a managed DNS solution.
1. You have ever said, “Our website is up, but you can’t get to it.”
2. You rely on your website for revenue generation. Less downtime= more money in your pocket. Even a few minutes of downtime can end up costing you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
3. Your website only has one Managed DNS provider, or you rely on your hosting providers DNS.
4. You don’t have a budget to manage your DNS in-house, or the desire to worry about it.
5. If you want your website to be fast. With our 100+ points of presence across the globe on our Anycast network, your users will be connected to the server that is located closest to them. This makes connecting and loading webpages on your site faster.
So, why not invest today? Sign up for Managed DNS now.