Zim Based DNS Resolver Quad9

Quad 9 was launched last year  November in Zimbabwe by technology companies; IBM Security, Packet Clearing House, and Global Cyber Alliance,

The DNS Resolver is at a close proximity to users and if pinged  it is 5-6 milliseconds away because it is in Harare at the Internet Exchange Point.

Quad9 is the world’s first Domain Name System (DNS)  build from the ground up, to honor end user privacy and to provide security.

It is a free, recursive, anycast DNS platform that provides end users robust security protections, high-performance, and privacy.

Every website lives at a numerical IP address, your Domain Name Server, or DNS, translates these numerical IP addresses into readable domain names we all know and remember. If your DNS settings are not working correctly, or you’re still using defaults, you may be at risk for cybercrime and performance issues.

Quad9 is a free security solution that uses DNS to protect your system against the most common cyber threats. It improves your system’s performance, plus, it preserves and protects your privacy. It’s like an immunization for your computer.

Predominantly over the years internet users have familiarized more with Google Public DNS  that is, 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 for IPv4 and 2001:4860:4860::8888 and 2001:4860:4860::8844 for IPv6 ,the only problem with these servers is privacy violations as these servers tag the user’s device to what it is trying to connect to and they record you personal identifiable information and with this information they can create a rich profile of who you are and what you are doing on the internet.

Quad9 routes your DNS queries through a secure network of servers around the globe, the system uses threat intelligence from more than a dozen of the industry’s leading cyber security companies to give a real-time perspective on what websites are safe and what sites are known to include malware or other threats and If the system detects that the site you want to reach is known to be infected, you’ll automatically be blocked from entry – keeping your data and computer safe.

In an interview with TechnoMag Nishal Goburdhan an Internet analyst at Packet Clearing House  articulating some of the advantages of Quad 9 said that it safeguards users privacy online.

“Quad 9 protects users from accessing known malicious websites, leveraging threat intelligence from multiple industry leaders; it currently blocks up to two million threats per day” adding “all over the world there are  more than 180 copies scattered all over the world, so if the one in Zimbabwe goes down you’re routed to the one closest to you and in case of Zimbabwe  you are redirected to Jo’burg” he said.

Mr Goburdhan went on to say that the drive behind the creation was to make the internet safe for exchanges.

“We do not collect your data, we are not interested in who you are , we just want to make the internet safer for everyone to work and transact,” he said.

Quad 9 has been used as a trial for students in university in Mozambique since they are the demography that downloads more often, and in the first three months the students did not experience any anomalies in their servers.

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