Why Domain DNS Lookups Matter as Part of Preventing DNS Attacks

Why Domain DNS Lookups Matter as Part of Preventing DNS Attacks

When they proposed the Domain Name System (DNS) in 1983, computer scientists Paul Mockapetris and Jon Postel never intended it to become an attractive means for hackers to commit crimes. As a trust-based communications protocol, the DNS was first implemented in the early 1980s to connect devices to the Internet. It works by mapping domain names to IP addresses.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before unscrupulous actors found the protocol’s design and components easy to abuse. Open DNS resolvers abound on the Internet, and the same goes for the exploit kits that criminals can deploy even without any technical knowledge.

How to Maintain Your Domain’s Integrity for Better Cybersecurity with a Domain Name API

How to Maintain Your Domain’s Integrity for Better Cybersecurity with a Domain Name API

In a technologically-forward world we live in today, cybercriminals are employing more sophisticated attacks to compromise domains. In the latest report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), email frauds such as business email compromise (BEC) scams via spoofed domains have caused users $26 billion in losses.

For this reason, domain name security is now more important than ever. You can never be sure who is getting to you except when you take the time to get to know them. And that is possible with the use of domain name tools like WHOIS API.

Easing Threat Intelligence Contextualization with Domain Reputation API

Easing Threat Intelligence Contextualization with Domain Reputation API

We see about 500 new threats emerge every minute, and most of them come with unique or enhanced techniques. The rise of new technologies and trends in the way we do things, which include the adoption of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) concept, cloud services, and the ubiquity of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, among others, are also posing more dangers. All these changes have widened the perimeter that businesses need to protect.

In response, a majority of companies have started using threat intelligence to bolster their cybersecurity measures. They believe their threat intelligence investments have generated an estimated $2.26 million in cost savings, higher than the returns they got from investing in other technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and automation.

Brand Monitoring: Defending Your Company Against Cybersquatting

Brand Monitoring: Defending Your Company Against Cybersquatting

Cybersquatting made headlines in recent weeks when Facebook filed a lawsuit against domain registrar OnlineNIC Inc. and its proxy service IDShield for cybersquatting and copyright infringement. The lawsuit concerned domain names that use the word “Facebook,” “Instagram,” or variations of Facebook’s brands with the intent to trick users into thinking that they are legitimate sites of the complainant.

The domain names in question include www-facebook-login[.]com, facebook-mails[.]com, login-intstargram[.]com, and hackingfacebook[.]net. When we ran hackingfacebook[.]net on WHOIS API, the report stated that the registrar was indeed OnlineNIC Inc., which registered the domain in February 2010. However, the details of Domain ID Shield Service were the ones used as registrant information.

Why Your Business Needs Website Categorization Right Now

Why Your Business Needs Website Categorization Right Now

Website categorization is a term that may not seem too glamorous or super powerful at first glance. Classifying websites based on content and objective doesn’t strike fear or awe, yet if you’re a marketer or business owner, we dare you to stick around and learn more about this interesting method of scanning your online surroundings. We guarantee that, by the end of this story, you’ll change your mind about website categorization.

It is one of the most versatile and powerful tools you can acquire on your journey towards business success. Website categorization allows you to protect your website, company, and brand, find your target audience, keep tabs on your marketing strategy, and much, much more.

IP and WHOIS Database: How to Find APNIC Block Owners

IP and WHOIS Database: How to Find APNIC Block Owners

In the 1980s, detectives, investigators, and regular people who wanted to solve a mystery would need to sit in a car for hours, wear a disguise, and follow their subjects everywhere, be it on foot or by car.

The nature of crimes, however, has changed today. Most of them no longer happen physically; they’re committed in the virtual realm. And so, they call for new methods of investigation where legwork (in the physical sense, that is) is no longer required. Tracing the identity of a cybercriminal, for instance, now requires the right information and sources like an IP WHOIS database.

IP Geolocation API: Increasing Mobile App Engagement Using Location Intelligence

IP Geolocation API: Increasing Mobile App Engagement Using Location Intelligence

Mobile app development is on the rise, and there is no stopping it, perhaps, as a result of an increase in the number of device users, which has now reached 3.7 billion. To date, around 5 million mobile apps are available, with tons more in the works.

Even so, engagement seems elusive, as only 32% of users use an app more than 10 times before losing interest. How then can app developers compete for users’ attention and increase engagement?

Location intelligence may be the answer. And in this post, we’ll touch briefly on what the said intelligence is and how it can increase mobile app engagement through push notifications.

Marketing and Web Analytics Benefits of Checking Reverse DNS MX Records

Marketing and Web Analytics Benefits of Checking Reverse DNS MX Records

As email delivery is critical to most organizations that do business online, ensuring the integrity and reliability of their mail exchanger (MX) servers and their corresponding records is of utmost importance. But why is that so?

Well, MX records identify the mail servers responsible for receiving incoming emails and determining the recipients of outgoing ones. An incorrectly routed MX record, therefore, can cause problems with email delivery because of a mismatch in the sender’s details, which could lead the email to be marked as spam or blocked. This can definitely affect a company’s internal and external communications, particularly its marketing efforts.