A new online service was launched today to keep your browsing habits out of the hands of marketers and help you automatically avoid millions of malicious websites.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Customised 404 error pages for web sites are a sensible idea. You arguably don't need a customised 418 page, but that didn't stop Google creating one -- complete with an animated teapot.
As you may have heard, DynDNS is shutting down its free plans, which is a bit of a bummer. Still, those plans are not the only option if you need a hostname to use to access your home computers from anywhere, and you don't want to spend money for it. Here are some alternatives.
Amazon's Route 53 DNS service is well-regarded for its ability to manage complex domain allocations. New features added to the service enable more sophisticated "health checks" to see if your site is up and running.
The most frequently-discussed elements of Amazon Web Services (AWS) are its EC2 virtual server options and S3 cloud storage. Yet some long-term AWS customers reserve their highest praise for a rather more obscure product: the Route 53 scalable DNS management service.
The web site for the New York Times was taken offline today by the Syrian Electronic Army, using credentials from a reseller for Melbourne IT. One tactic that might have helped prevent that? A registrar lock.
Windows/Mac/Linux: Namehelp is a DNS optimisation tool that can significantly improve your web performance, whether you use a public DNS (like Google Public DNS or OpenDNS) or stick with your default ISP options. Developed by Northwestern University researchers, the app runs in the background optimizing your DNS configuration and automatically fixing the interaction between DNS and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs).
On July 9 (US time -- we're already there in Australia), the FBI will be switching off the temporary solution it set up to help people work around the DNSChanger malware. Lifehacker readers are often the go-to tech support for their friends and family, so if you want to avoid a phone call tomorrow from someone whose internet access has suddenly stopped working, it could be worth reminding them to check.
Windows: If you're a fan of editing your hosts file so you're not tempted to visit some of your most distracting and time-wasting websites while you're trying to work, Bluelife Hosts Editor is a utility that looks up the IP addresses of the sites you want to block and adds them to the block list, all in one app.
Every millisecond counts when you're browsing the web, and if you'd like to eke a bit more speed out of your internet connection, you can change your DNS server to make those pages load a bit faster. Here's a brief introduction to what DNS is, how it affects your connection speed, and how you can easily change your computer's settings to use the fastest DNS possible.
OpenDNS already offered a great content filtering tool that you could set up on your home Wi-Fi router. Now the DNS provider is making it easier to block impressionable eyes from adult content—and clever proxies and other work-arounds, too.
Google Public DNS is designed to speed up browsing, but depending on the kind of content you want to access, it can often have the reverse effect.
Windows: Want to give Google Public DNS a go to see if it really speeds up your web browsing, but don't want to muck with your router and network? Google DNS Helper offers single-computer tryouts of the search firm's servers.
Windows/Mac/Linux: Last week Google announced a free DNS service designed to speed up your browsing, but just because Google wants to be fast doesn't actually mean they're the best option for you. Namebench finds the fastest DNS server for your connection.