A cheatsheet for defending against the DNS flaw

Follow the excellent instructions from OpenDNS

Michael Horowitz

Michael Horowitz wrote his first computer program in 1973 and has been a computer nerd ever since. He spent more than 20 years working in an IBM mainframe (MVS) environment. He has worked in the research and development group of a large Wall Street financial company, and has been a technical writer for a mainframe software company.

He teaches a large range of self-developed classes, the underlying theme being Defensive Computing. Michael is an independent computer consultant, working with small businesses and the self-employed. He can be heard weekly on The Personal Computer Show on WBAI.


Michael Horowitz

In my recent posting, What you need to know about the latest DNS flaw, I suggested using OpenDNS as a defense against the current DNS flaw. OpenDNS provides excellent step by step instructions for modifying the network settings on your computer to use their DNS services.

The only omission in their instructions is the need to make this change for every type of network connection. On a laptop computer, for example, you would need to modify both the network connection for wired Ethernet and also the Wi-Fi network connection. If you use dial-up, that too, needs to be modified.

Chose your Operating System:

The Continue button at the bottom of the instructions invites you to open an account with OpenDNS. This offers useful and free services but opening an account is not required.

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