Looking for more ways to keep your browsing information private? Understanding how DNS (Domain Name Service) requests work, and how they expose the minutia of your internet activity, is a good place to start. Every time you visit a new website, your computer submits a request to the DNS servers system so it can translate the domain name to an IP address.

Let’s put it this way – DNS server information is like a detailed phone record showing all of your Internet use. And because DNS servers are what connect you to your internet service provider (ISP), this means that they can see what websites you are visiting, as well as when and how often you visit them.

While this might seem like a lot of snoopy behavior at first, there are productive reasons for ISPs to know what’s going on with your internet traffic. For example, queries to malware-associated domains can be a signal that a customer’s computer is infected with malware. Sometimes, like with parental control filters, ISPs can modify website requests to block children from inappropriate sites even though they type them in.

The flip side, however, is that ISPs can use your DNS records for things like targeting you for specific advertising.

Softcom DNS servers information policy

Softcom customers DNS internet traffic information is private because it will only be transmitted on our network and not where others can see it. Softcom has a strict policy to not use our customer’s DNS information for any sort of advertising, targeted marketing, or anything at all other than what DNS was designed for.