DNSSEC

Every website has an 'IP address': a long ID number that computers use to find it. Long numbers are hard for people to remember, though. So we also have domain names. And a special system – the Domain Name System (DNS) – for translating between names and numbers. Unfortunately, it's possible to interfere with that system. Wrongdoers can misdirect people who are trying to reach your site, or they can intercept your mail. DNSSEC helps to prevent that kind of thing.

How does DNSSEC work?

With DNSSEC, whenever DNS data is sent, the message has a digital signature. So computers can tell it's genuine. That means visitors can reach your site safely. And no one can tamper with your mail.

Hoe werkt DNSSEC? / How does DNSSEC work?

Check your own domain name

Not all providers work with DNSSEC. So it's a good idea to do a test via internet.nl on your domain name. If you aren't protected, take the matter up with your registrar.

How do you arrange DNSSEC?

Do a the test via internet.nl or use theVerisign Debugger to see whether your registrar supports DNSSEC. If they do, you don't need to do anything. If they don't:

  1. Ask your registrar if he intend to support DNSSEC at short notice.

  2. If not, choose a registrar (hosting service provider) that does support DNSSEC. See which ones do by ticking the DNSSEC filter in the registrar list.

  3. Transfer your domain name to your chosen registrar. Your site will then be secured by DNSSEC.

Want to know more about DNSSEC?

Detailed information is available on dnssec.nl. SIDN Labs also publishes statistics on the use of DNSSEC in the .nl zone.

Frequently Asked Questions

DNSSEC stops wrongdoers misdirecting your visitors or intercepting your mail. It can't stop other forms of internet abuse, such as phishing or typosquatting.

DNSSEC beveiligt alleen tegen het omleiden van bezoekers of mails. Maar niet tegen andere vormen van internetmisbruik zoals phishing of typosquatting.

Yes, as long as your new registrar also supports DNSSEC and the (technical) protocol.

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