Block those Domains

In this post, Pioneer Web Design shows you how you can Block those Domains at your router. Adding a blocked domain to a router is easy.

After reading this MSNBC Report on McAfee‘s yearly tally of the most unsafe domains, I have actively blocked the following domains at my Internet Router/Gateway:


Block those Domains

*.cn

*.hk

*.ru

*.ro

*.info

According to the article:

Companies that assign addresses for Web sites appear to be cutting corners on security more when they assign names in certain domains than in others, according to a report to be released Wednesday by antivirus software vendor McAfee Inc.

McAfee found the most dangerous domains to navigate to are “.hk” (Hong Kong), “.cn” (China) and “.info” (information).

Of all “.hk” sites McAfee tested, it flagged 19.2 percent as dangerous or potentially dangerous to visitors; it flagged 11.8 percent of “.cn” sites and 11.7 percent of “.info” sites that way.

A little more than 5 percent of the sites under the “.com” domain – the world’s most popular – were identified as dangerous.

Other risky domains include “.ro” (Romania), with 6.8 percent, and “.ru” (Russia), with 6 percent of sites flagged as dangerous…

The McAfee report is based on results from 9.9 million Web sites that were tested in 265 domains for serving malicious code, excessive pop-up ads or forms to fill out that actually are tools for harvesting e-mail addresses for sending spam…

Where McAfee found some of the least-risky domain names:

_ “.gov” (government use), with 0.05 percent flagged;

_ “.jp” (Japan), with 0.1 percent flagged and

_ “.au” (Australia), with 0.3 percent flagged.

Adding a blocked domain to a router is easy and will be shown clearly in the manual for your Router/Gateway.  If you cannot in fact do so with yours, get a new one that can!

If you have a specific need to visit a site in these domains, you can specifically allow it.