Top 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Your Registrar’s DNS

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The last thing on your mind when you register a domain and start building a new website is your website’s DNS. When you rely on your registrar’s DNS service, you are relying on a company that doesn’t necessarily specialize in managed DNS. This means you run the risk of your site going down or being slow. When that does happen, if their support team isn’t knowledgable about the DNS service, you may have a hard time getting it fixed. As they say, what is free isn’t always good, and it is important to understand all the risks you take when using your registrar’s DNS.

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No-IP Welcomes D-Link DDNS Customers

On July 2, 2020, Oracle Dyn and D-Link terminated their relationship affecting hostnames on the dlinkddns.com domain. We know remote access is important to you. Let’s get you started with No-IP.

At No-IP we understand this means thousands of customers will be looking for a new DDNS service provider. With more than 20 years of experience and over 30 million customers, No-IP is the world’s leader in Dynamic DNS.

Let Us Introduce Ourselves 

No-IP was founded in 1999, and has grown into a business we never could have anticipated. From our beginnings as one of the first Dynamic DNS companies, to becoming one of the world’s last Free dynamic DNS providers, we’ve always stayed true to the values that helped us grow from the start. Our Dynamic DNS is built on a robust network with over 100 points of presence located across the globe.

No-IP Dynamic DNS

Our Free service you are allowed to use up to 3 hostnames. Do you need more hostnames or want to use your own domain? Simply upgrade to our Enhanced Dynamic DNS or Plus Managed DNS services for a small fee.

Think No-IP is Right for You? Sign-Up Now! 

When we say free, we actually mean free – no credit card is required, ever.  Sign up now to start creating your Free Dynamic DNS hostnames!

Want to upgrade to one of our paid services? Upgrade to Enhanced Dynamic DNS now for only *$19.95 (*Regular price $24.95)  Coupon Code: DLINK5. Just enter the coupon code at check out to receive the discount! (Offer not valid on renewals and expires July 30, 2020.)

Want more information? Don’t hesitate to call our knowledgeable Customer Support team at +1.775.853.1883 or open a Support Ticket. We hope we can make the switch to No-IP a seamless and happy one. 

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Self-Hosted Security Camera Solution with No-IP

Now that most of the world is shut down and many people are without an income, things can get interesting. There are often spikes in crime during economic downturns. Just last week, one of my co-workers had someone break into his garage in the middle of the night while he and his family were asleep. Thankfully, he had No-IP enabled security cameras all over his house, so he was sent a notification when there was motion detected and he was able to call the police and provide some clues with video footage. Are you doing all you can do to keep your home and business safe?

No-IP enables you to set up your own security cameras without relying on the security and vulnerability of a Cloud-Hosted Camera Solution. You simply purchase a camera that has No-IP included as an Integrated Dynamic DNS provider, configure the camera, and set up your own network. You control the data and the network which means you are less likely to fall victim to security breaches, hacking and you will know who has access to your video content.  We recommend the following cameras.

The only problem with this solution is that sometimes your home or business has a Dynamic IP address, which makes it difficult to access your camera feed remotely. 

We solve this issue by replacing your IP address with a memorable hostname. (yourname.ddns.net) When your Dynamic (one that changes from time to time and is not static) IP address changes, we update your hostname to the new IP address. Meaning even though you have a dynamic IP address, your hostname will never lose its connection, even when your IP address changes.

Why Can’t I Just Use a Cloud Hosted Camera Solution?

Sure, they are easy to set up, but did you know that when you use a cloud-hosted security camera and use their built-in networks to view and manage your account, you may be opening your home and business to many vulnerabilities including hacking and spying? You also trust the company that is storing your video in the cloud that they are storing it securely and aren’t sharing it with other people and/or companies.

It even happened recently with a company that so many of us have found ourselves relying on, Zoom. Zoom is a highly prominent Enterprise video conferencing software and it was the most recent victim of a severe bug that let random strangers join secure video conferencing streams.

According to a recent Wired publication, a security researcher, Jonathan Leitschuh, detailed the bug, including how an attacker could easily access a meeting link.

These security bugs are nothing new. The good news is that when you are using No-IP, you configure the camera and build your OWN personal network to view and manage your camera. This means you no longer need to rely on the vulnerabilities of these large networks.

But Doesn’t No-IP view my connection too? No. At No-IP, we are simply the connecting piece. We help connect you to your device, but we don’t have any access to the content that you are hosting. We are simply assisting you in making a direct connection from your network to your device.

Ready to set up your own camera to secure your home or business? Check out this detailed guide for information on how to set up and configure your own security cameras with No-IP. 

Need help? Don’t hesitate to contact our Support Team. We are here to help!

Check out these other helpful guides for more information

Using Security Camera Systems with No-IP

How to Setup DDNS in a Hikvision Camera

Foscam DDNS Configuration

How to Setup DDNS in a Trendnet Camera

How to access your Raspberry Pi Camera from anywhere

 

 

 

 

Working From Home? Six Easy Steps to Get Started with Remote Access

Working From Home? Six Easy Steps to Get Started with Remote Access

Now that the entire world is practicing social distancing, working from home has gone from a luxury to a necessity. Companies across the globe have taken the leap to empower their workforce to work from home to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Now that your team is working from home, it can be quite confusing to give them access to important documents and networks that are located within the office. This post should shed some light on how it can be done because let’s be honest, remote accessing a device (or network) can be hard.

First things first, Dynamic DNS is the “thing” that solves the issues surrounding Remote Access, but it is often viewed as a complicated process that someone can easily get confused by. Remote access is very common these days. People use it to connect to their home network while away, remote into an office network or computer, view an IP camera while they are on vacation to make sure their house is safe, or even monitor an elderly relative who would like to still enjoy the freedom of living alone.

The most common devices that people remote access are computers, webcams, networks, NAS (Network Attached Storage), DVRs, music libraries, thermostats, or any device that has remote access capabilities.

Follow These 6 Easy Steps to Access your Device from Outside Your Network.

1. First, create your No-IP Dynamic DNS hostname. You can even register/transfer a domain and use our Plus Managed DNS to create a hostname on your very own personalized domain. (i.e. home.yourname.com and officecamyourbusiness.com) If you are a business trying to set up access for many users across your company, you will want to choose Enhanced Dynamic DNS. It will give you the ability to create 25 or more hostnames.

You can do this by creating a new No-IP account. If you already have a No-IP account, log in and go to the Dynamic DNS tab on the left-hand side. Click “Create Hostname.” Type in your desired hostname and choose a domain. Leave all of the settings as is and click “Create Hostname” to save.

2. If you have a Dynamic IP address, (A Dynamic IP Address is one that does NOT stay the same. It could change hourly, daily, or once a twice a year. if you aren’t sure, you probably have one. Another good indicator that you have a Dynamic IP is that if you aren’t paying your ISP for a static IP, your IP is dynamic) You will need to run our Dynamic Update Client (DUC) on your computer to keep your hostname updated with your current IP address.

You can also check to see if your Router or Device includes No-IP as an Integrated DDNS provider. This will make things a bit easier for you. If your router or device supports us, you won’t need our DUC and you can simply enter your No-IP hostname into your device and it will update your hostname with the correct IP address when it changes.

3. Configure the device or service on your local network you want to forward traffic to with either a static IP address or a static DHCP lease. You can do this by going into the admin settings of your router and going to “DHCP Reservation”. You will want to do this so that your device can always be found by the same IP address on the network.

4. Test the device from your LAN. You will have to use the internal IP address 192.168.1.xxx:8080 to test this in your browser.

5. Next, in order to access the device from outside your network, you will need to configure your router to let the traffic through to your device. This is called Port Forwarding. If you are unsure how to forward the ports on your router, you can check out PortForward.com. Please note that Portforward.com is a tricky site to navigate. You DO NOT need to pay for the guides.

Also, if you are unsure about which ports to open, check out this list of the most common ports and their uses.

If you are using a browser and a port other than port 80, you will need to append the port to your hostname, so yourname.ddns.net8080. This often solves many problems and is a step that most people don’t realize they have to do. You can also use our port 80 redirect host type, which will send your hostname to the port you provide us, however, this is designed for web browsers only and won’t work correctly for applications or games.

**If your ISP blocks port 80, you will need to use a different port. You will then need to use the Port 80 Redirect feature (turn this on via modifying hosts) this will let the traffic go through on port 8080. You will not need to append the port to the end of your hostname.**

6. Lastly, test your port connection from outside your network. You can do this by visiting portchecktool.com. Type the port in that you just forwarded. It will tell you if the port is open and accessible from outside your internal network.

Remember, opening and forwarding ports on a router effectively expose your internal network to the outside world. You should only open the ports that are needed to get your devices to work and always make sure your computers have all the latest patches and security updates applied in order to minimize the possibility of someone compromising your network.

If you find that your device is accessible from within your network, but not from outside, it is probably a port forwarding issue. Our suggestion to you would be to redo that section. If it is still not working, open a Support Ticket and we will try to troubleshoot the issue.

Have you set up your own Remote Access to your network? What kind of device did you configure and why? How much money has our Dynamic DNS saved you over the years, compared to using an insecure cloud solution?

Have any questions or comments? Leave them below. Having trouble getting your device and network configured?  Give us a call or open a support ticket.

A Note From Our CEO – COVID-19 and No-IP

At No-IP, our hearts go out to everyone affected by the coronavirus (COVID–19) pandemic, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our employees and our community.It is because of this that we have decided it is best if our team works from home so we can do our part to prevent the spread of the virus.

Please understand that there should be no service disruptions because of this change. Our teams will be operating at the same service level as if they were in the office. Our Customer Support team will also be working the same hours as usual. This means that if you need help or support, our award-winning team will be here for you as always.

For over 20 years, No-IP has been offering top-rated Dynamic DNS and Managed DNS services to our customers. On behalf of the entire No-IP family, I want to thank you for putting your trust in us and supporting a small business. We’re committed to working through these challenging circumstances with you together.

Dan Durrer
CEO and Owner