A fresh blow for cybercrookery?

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Sick of clicking on sites that ruin your day because they turn out to be malicious entities run by cybercrooks, eager to infect your personal computer with their insidious ransomware and foul malware? Well, now there’s a filer for that.

Old-fashioned tech firm IBM, which, incidentally, you rarely seem to hear much about these days, has created a new free service which it says will automatically block your attempts to unintentionally access a website where fraudulent intent lurks.

The Quad9 Domain Name System (DNS) service accesses nearly 20 lists of internet-based nastiness, which it uses to identify threats and warn users.

However, tech-phobic or lazy types might be put off by the fact that you’re required to change the settings on your router to get it to work – but should you feel up to it, click here to find out how to.

IBM has built the service in conjunction with the curiously named Packet Clearing House (PCH), and the awesomely named Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), whose CEO, Phil Reitinger, said: ‘Protecting against attacks by blocking them through DNS has been available for a long time, but has not been used widely. Sophisticated corporations can subscribe to dozens of threat feeds and block them through DNS, or pay a commercial provider for the service.

‘However, small to medium-sized businesses and consumers have been left behind – they lack the resources, are not aware of what can be done with DNS, or are concerned about exposing their privacy and confidential information.’

According to the GCA’s press release, Quad9 can protect you and the devices you love without slowing down your internet speed, and goes on to say that ‘leveraging PCH’s expertise and global assets around the world, Quad9 has points of presence in over 70 locations across 40 countries at launch. Over the next 18 months, Quad9 points of presence are expected to double, further improving the speed, performance, privacy and security for users globally.’

Jim Brennan, from IBM Security, said: ‘Consumers and small businesses traditionally didn’t have free, direct access to the intelligence used by security firms to protect big businesses. With Quad9, we’re putting that data to work for the industry in an open way and further enriching those insights via the community of users.

‘Through IBM’s involvement in Quad9, we’re applying these collaborative defence techniques while giving users greater privacy controls.’

Could this initiative spell the end for phishing groups and the rest of the motley crew that bedevil the super information highway? Unlikely, but it should have some sort of impact.

And there other ways to make a difference: Click here to read our recent briefing on cybersecurtity, and why people are your most effective defence.

A fresh blow for cybercrookery?

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