What you need to know about the latest DNS flaw

If you’ve been hearing or reading about the latest DNS (Domain Name System) flaw, you may be confused about how to defend yourself. Think of this as a cheatsheet, it’s what you need to know in the fewest words possible.

The danger with the current DNS flaw is similar to someone modifying a phone book. Suppose you wanted call the Post Office to tell them to stop your mail for a few weeks while you won’t be home. You look up the Post Office phone number in a hacked phone book and instead of calling the actual Post Office you end up calling bad guys and telling them when they can safely come and rob you.

Everything you do online depends on translating the name of a website (or email server or any other computer) into an IP address. The recently discovered DNS flaw, lets the bad guys control this translation. Thus, they can steer people to fake websites. Input sensitive information or passwords at a fake website and you can kiss your identity goodbye.

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