Clean DNS records

Importance Rating of 9/10

Imagine the internet as a vast network of roads (data paths) connecting the homes (websites) of the world. When you want to visit a friend’s house, you need their address.

A Clean DNS can be thought of as a well-maintained, up-to-date address book (domain name system) where all the street names and house numbers (website URLs and their corresponding IP addresses) are accurate, uncluttered, and safe from tampering.

In this scenario, a “dirty” DNS might be an address book that has been scribbled on, with some addresses redirected to the wrong houses, or listing places that are unsafe or untrustworthy. Clean DNS, on the other hand, ensures that when you look up a friend’s address (a website), you get the correct and safest route to their actual home (the legitimate website), without any misleading detours or dangerous neighborhoods (malicious websites or phishing attempts).


WordPress

  1. Choose a Reputable Domain Registrar: Register your domain with a well-known and secure domain registrar.
  2. Use Quality DNS Hosting: Opt for DNS hosting services that have a strong reputation for uptime, security measures like DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions), and active support for any issues that arise.
  3. Keep Software Updated: Regularly update your WordPress installation, themes, and plugins to prevent security vulnerabilities that could be exploited to manipulate DNS records.
  4. Implement Security Plugins: Use security plugins that help monitor and protect your site from malware and unauthorized changes.
  5. Access Control: Limit access to your DNS settings in your hosting account to trusted individuals only. Use strong authentication practices, such as two-factor authentication (2FA), to protect access to your DNS management.
  6. Monitor DNS Records: Keep an eye on your DNS records to ensure they are pointing to the right servers, especially after domain renewal or hosting changes.

Squarespace

  1. Use Built-in Features: Squarespace manages DNS if you’ve registered your domain through them. They provide clean, streamlined DNS management with little intervention needed.
  2. Keep Account Secure: Maintain strong account passwords and enable 2FA for Squarespace to ensure that only authorized users can make changes to your DNS settings.
  3. Regular Audits: Perform regular audits of your DNS settings through your Squarespace account to ensure no unauthorized changes have been made.
  4. Engage Support: If you suspect irregularities in your DNS records, contact Squarespace support as they can assist with maintaining the integrity of your DNS records.

Shopify

  1. Domain Setup: If you have bought your domain through Shopify, the DNS is managed automatically, much like Squarespace.
  2. Secure Account Access: Protect your Shopify account with a strong password and 2FA. Regularly review the users who have access to your Shopify admin.
  3. DNS Management: For domains not purchased through Shopify, ensure your DNS settings are correct as per Shopify’s guidelines. This might include pointing your A record to Shopify’s IP address and your CNAME record to their servers.
  4. Use Third-party DNS Providers Carefully: If using a third-party DNS provider, choose ones with good reputations and consider enabling advanced security features like DNSSEC.
  5. Monitor for Changes: Keep track of any DNS record changes through Shopify’s domain settings area or through your third-party DNS provider’s tools.

In all cases, using a reputable DNS provider or web hosting service with a solid track record for security will greatly contribute to keeping your DNS clean. Regular monitoring and being proactive about updates and security practices are key to maintaining the integrity of your DNS.

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