What is a Recursive DNS server?

When you browse the internet, you don’t write IP addresses to go to the pages you want; you just write the domain. In the “backstage”, every request that you do, passes through a DNS query. It first goes to your internet provider’s recursive DNS server. If it can’t find in the cache, the information needed, it will continue to other recursive servers until it gets to an authoritative DNS server who can give the IP address of the required domain. Basically, it is a name server, that is a middle-man between you, the user, and the authoritative DNS server.

Tasks of the recursive DNS server:

1. Checks if the IP address is stored in the cache memory. There is a certain period of time, pre-defined by the domain’s owner called Time to Live or TTL. It says for how long the recursive server can hold the information. If it is still there, it will return the answer fast and won’t take further actions.
2. Searches for the IP address elsewhere. If it is not in the cache, it will continue the searching process until it gets to an authoritative server which has the information.
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How to resell DNS services? Add DNS to your product portfolio.

Did you know that you can be an official reseller of our services? Yes, ClouDNS allows you resell DNS services to others and earn money. By doing so, you can help many people enjoy our competitive prices and excellent service.

Who can join this reselling program?

Many can benefit from it, but mostly it can add extra value to your hosting or domain business. You can seamlessly integrate our DNS services to your product portfolio and resell DNS. Thanks to the API that we provide, every business function is easily accessible and fully flexible.Resell DNS

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Most significant DDoS attacks in the recent years

DDoS attacks are getting stronger, and they happen more often every year. With the technology advance, there are many more connected devices out there. Billions of mobile phones and many “smart” connected gadgets are easily hackable. As IoT (internet of things) is getting more popular, but not secure enough, this danger will keep rising.

DDoS Attacks

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TTL and how to check TTL

TTL – Time to live is a value that signifies how long should the data be kept before discarding. It is commonly used in computers. In the Domain Name System, it has a value in seconds (86 400 for a day, 43 200 for 12 hours and so on) that shows for how long, should a record be kept locally, before you need to make a new query to get this information. The TTL is set separately for the different records. They are set in the authoritative DNS server and the recursive DNS will keep the information depending on the predetermined time. This process of temporary having the record is called caching and the temporary stored data – DNS cache.

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Тools – DNS trace, Ping, Traceroute, Nslookup, Reverse lookup

In this article, we will use few different tools that will help you troubleshoot and monitor your DNS and network.

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DNS Spoofing (DNS poisoning)

Cyber-threats are behind every corner. Recently we wrote about DDoS attacks, and how hackers are using your computer and many connected devices to create a network of bots who can bring down even the best-protected network. Today we will review another danger – DNS spoofing.

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Why should you implement Managed DNS in your hosting company?

Are you a hosting provider who is searching for new ways to improve the user experience? The competition always looks like they are one step ahead and you struggle to keep up. You can’t afford to renew your equipment so often, so you are looking for another option.
Have you checked the possibility to implement Managed DNS in your hosting company?
Not yet!? Let us show you why this could be an excellent chance for you.

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Why does DNS use UDP?

There are various ways of sending data over IP – TCP, UDP, DCCP, SCTP, RSVP and more. We will focus our attention on the two that are most used – the UDP (User Datagram Protocol) and the TCP (Transmission Control Protocol).

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UDP and TCP

Both protocols are used to send packets of data over the internet. They do that on top of the IP protocol, which means that they direct the packets to IP addresses. They are treated very similar on their way from the users’ computers, through the routers and all the way to the end destination.

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Reverse DNS and PTR record

What is Reverse DNS?

You probably know already what is a forward DNS. It links the hostname/domain to the IP address. Now think from the opposite direction. Reverse DNS, also known as rDNS is doing the mirror action, using the IP address to find the hostname/domain. You might be surprised that this is actually needed, but it has significant application. It is very useful for e-mail verifications B2B and troubleshooting.

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What is Authoritative DNS server?

The authoritative DNS server is the final holder of the IP of the domain you are looking for. When you write a domain name in your browser, a DNS query is sent to your internet service provider (ISP). The ISP has a recursive server, which might have the needed information cached in its memory. But if the data is outdated, this recursive server need to find the IP elsewhere. It will try to find it in other recursive servers, but if it can’t, it needs to get the IP address from an authoritative DNS server.

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