5 Reasons To Be Thankful For DNS

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It is easy to take the Domain Name System (DNS) for granted. It is something that performs so quietly and seamlessly that so many people don’t even know what it is. DNS is not exactly something that family and friends talk about with passion around the dinner table. (Except if you work at No-IP) However, DNS is exactly what saves people during Black Friday shopping, staying connected with loved ones you’re unable to break bread with, or frankly just being able to enjoy some alone time when you need a break from all the social interactions. DNS is what makes all our searching and researching on the internet possible from looking up Thanksgiving dinner recipes to which stores have the best holiday deals. Without it, we’d be banging our heads against our computers and phones trying to figure out the IP addresses of all our favorite websites.

Let’s take a look at some reasons to be thankful for DNS:

  • Instead of dragging yourself out of bed before sunrise to wait in line in your PJs to go holiday shopping, you can shop online from the comfort of your cozy and warm home. You don’t even need to leave your bed!
  • You can stay connected to friends and family across the country or on the other side of the world – These days, it is not uncommon to video chat with your loved ones during dinner or throughout your party.
  • Traveling for the holidays means being away from home. Being able to peek in at any time at your home security cameras helps you not only keep an eye on things but also makes for a relaxing and stress-free vacation.
  • Football season is in full swing during Thanksgiving, and you can place those last-minute bets knowing that those websites are being hosted reliably and are equipped to handle the surge in traffic. When placing bets, timing is everything!
  • No one likes waiting in line, whether you are at the store or sitting at home on your computer. Online retailers will have dependable access to Point of Sale (POS) devices, which means you don’t have to wait in line all weekend to purchase all your great deals for everyone on your gift list.

All of that reliability with a fast and easy set-up.  If you’re not using a Managed DNS service provider, set aside some time over the holiday weekend to check it out.

There is a lot for No-IP to be thankful for, as well!

  • The spirit of giving – No-IP was able to give back to the community in a number of ways this year by sponsoring local events, contributing to scholarship funds, and donating funds to local non-profit organizations. During December, we are also hosting our 9th Annual Giving Thanks Virtual Food Drive and will be hosting an event to benefit a local animal shelter.
  • Staying in the game – No-IP celebrated its 23rd birthday this year! So much has changed in two decades, but what hasn’t changed is our mission statement.
  • Our team was recognized with some pretty cool awards this year!
  • Growth is good and we have experienced more growth this year than ever. We have added new members to our team for Development, Customer Success, and Marketing.

Taking time to give thanks and appreciate what we have is a great way to embrace the holiday season. At No-IP, we are so thankful for our amazing customers that we are excited to announce that on December 20th, we will be kicking off our 5 Days of No-IP. It is chock full of giveaways, amazing deals, and offers, so stay tuned for more information.

 

Best No-IP Products for WFH

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Companies have embraced the Work from Home (WFH), or work hybrid model that many have decided to keep these avenues for their employees. Employers have found that employees are not only thankful but working successfully. The ability to not only stay safe but also have a better work/life balance has given employees a new vigor for work and an enthusiasm to stay at their current company.

As an employer, it might be a little scary at first trying to figure out how to support and maintain your employees’ access to internal networks and devices. Thankfully, No-IP has some products and features that can help:

Enhanced Managed DNS Service

First thing is first: you will need to make sure there are enough hostnames for your employees to access your devices such as your Network Access Storage (NAS) or internal network server. Whether you have a number of employees ready to access these devices remotely, or you are anticipating a growing number of employees that will soon need access, it is good practice to have these things in place and the ability to add users quickly so that no one experiences any downtime. Although No-IP has a robust free package with lots of great features, Enhanced Dynamic DNS and Plus Managed DNS packages allow you to create additional host names as your company grows so you are only paying for what you need. Not only will you have a means of access for your employees to access internal data, but you also have a means of ensuring they will always be connected.

DNS Monitoring

Although this service is typically used for businesses that want to ensure that their sites are up and accessible to customers, it can certainly be applied to ensuring your employees have access as well. Monitoring is fairly simple: It works by checking your web services remotely. If the monitoring service can get to your site, database, FTP server, etc., and verify it’s working, Monitoring will log its result and continue. Should it get a bad response from your service, or a slow response, Monitoring will then notify you of the problem. No-IP offers basic and advanced monitoring packages that you can pick between depending on what you’re looking for. The Advanced Monitoring service offers enhanced features the Basic package provides, AND Failover Support. The Failover Support is the key feature for Advanced Monitoring – Should your service go down you can have all your traffic diverted to another IP address, website, or to a custom web page stored on No-IP’s servers. When your service comes back up online, Monitoring will undo the failover settings and normal operations will continue. When you have employees working remotely and around the clock, ensuring they have access is not just necessary, it is crucial.

Load Balancing

If you find yourself running a company that is getting a lot of traffic due to more remote users trying to access your servers or customers visiting your site, then you would be a perfect fit for Round Robin DNS. This type of advanced record is used by companies with a lot of users and customers clamoring into their servers. Instead of bogging down one IP address, you can route different users or customers to different IP addresses and thus balancing the load of traffic. Load balancing is a way of managing, but also preventing any IP network issues caused by the rush of traffic.

No-IP Special Features:

Some of the best WFH aspects of No-IP come from our basic features:

Unlimited Queries

Texting these days is one of the basic ways we keep in touch with anyone from friends and family to work or even your doctor’s office. Texting has been such a common way for us to communicate with one another that it is almost unfathomable that we all used to pay for each text sent and received! Slowly, but surely, phone companies have increased the limit of texts a person could send in a pay cycle until unlimited texting became not only the norm but the standard. The same goes for queries to your devices. It would be counterintuitive if you told your remote employees to work within the confines of a number of queries to your servers, which might be like limiting the number of times you want customers to visit your site. With unlimited queries, you don’t have to worry about any repercussions about the number of queries so long as your servers can handle the traffic. This is a breath of fresh air considering there are a lot of other companies that seem to still be practicing the “old texting” method with customers.

Data Privacy

Privacy is crucial when thinking about your internal data, especially if you have employees accessing it remotely numerous times a day. There are a number of cloud server companies that also provide Managed DNS services. In the short term, this may be convenient for you and your employees to have one place to store and access your internal data. However, passing data through a cloud server means your data is stored and potentially accessed through security breaches, thus putting your company, and your employees, at risk. At No-IP, we merely serve as the connection between you, your users, and your IP network – That is it. Therefore, your data stays secure and private.

As we embrace remote work to be a common way of being part of the workforce, we can do so with the right tools to set us all up for success. Turning toward the leaps and bounds that technology has to offer and the limitless possibilities can only make us more hopeful for the future.

Work Devices You Can Access from Home or Anywhere

Work Devices You Can Access from Home or Anywhere

Just a few years ago, the concept of Working from Home (WFH) was mainly a privilege. A lot of people had to endure long commutes, bumper-to-bumper traffic, and juggling work/life balance. However, after the last few years of enduring multiple lockdowns and quarantines, WFH has become not just a luxury, but a necessity. Whether you are the primary caregiver in your home or would rather not lose a few hours of your day banging your head on your steering wheel in traffic, WFH has allowed a lot of workers to be able to get their life back while still being happy and productive employees. More and more companies are not only accepting WFH but embracing it by allowing employees to work from anywhere, not just from home. The results have been nothing but monumental and have forever changed the modern workforce.

In this series, we are looking to you as the employer of a new work style. As an employer of a small business or a growing startup, you might be between continuing support for employees working from afar, or ramping up to allow them to do so in what is now our “new normal”. When it comes to your IP network, you’ll want your employees to easily access everything they need so that they can continue working without any hiccups.

Below are some examples of devices that you can use to connect via No-IP:

Network Attached Storage (NAS)

A NAS is a device, typically used by small businesses, that connects to a wireless router and consolidates storage in one place. It supports archiving and backup, and allows users to share and access data remotely from anywhere, even via a mobile device. A NAS device can hold a variety of different things like audio and video files, websites, and Microsoft Office documents, and is commonly used as a storage filer for the work cloud. This is a great place for employees to access anything internal documents or projects that you are still collaborating on. Check out this full tutorial on how to set up a Synology NAS device and use No-IP to access it remotely.

Cameras

There are so many reasons to install cameras in and around your business or office buildings. Fortunately, there are so many different types of brands of security cameras, and each includes a long list of cool and fancy features. Sure, you can install cameras that are hard-wired to a modem in a nearby location that you could always access physically. However, these days people want to be able to not only check up on their locations but also be alerted if there are any disturbances or if someone is where they are not supposed to be. Being able to access and pull up a live feed from your cameras at any given moment is both crucial and liberating, especially as a business owner.

Digital Video Recorder (DVR)

A DVR captures video digitally and saves it to a hard drive. These can be hooked up to analog cameras with a coaxial cable, thus making them remotely accessible. DVRs go even further and do more than just record video – DVRs can also have cool features like searching for specific events, times, or dates. If you or any other users need to take a peek into who was in the office, any customer that came through your storefront doors, or any funny business in or around your properties, then this is where you would pull it up. Sure, there are cloud storage options on the market, but keeping this type of information private is extremely important not just for record-keeping, but for security measures as well. We have a tutorial for configuring a HikVision Camera and using a Turbo HD DVR to save the data.

Work Computer

Another method employees can do is directly access their work computers remotely. Work computers that are on site are already outfitted with all the security features. First, the computer needs to be accessed remotely via software or an app and then using VPN to ensure they have approved access. As long as the computer at work stays on, then your employees can easily access it. Ready to setup your computer to access it remotely? This tutorial will help you learn how.

 

You might be thinking, does it matter the type of device you are trying to connect with via No-IP? And the answer is, no! It doesn’t matter if you are trying to remote access a work computer, or a security camera in your warehouse – The process is all the same and extremely simple to set up. If you add your employees as hostnames or users, then they will have access to any of these devices. Furthermore, with our Managed DNS service they can count on continuous access without any intermittent issues. If you are still scratching your head, you could always reach out to our Customer Success team to help you further. Ready to create your No-IP account and start using our Dynamic DNS to access your devices remotely? Get started now.

 

Invest in Your Success: Paying for Managed DNS Services for your Growing Business

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When your business is growing and expanding, you might find yourself trying to find solutions to grow along with it. Those free subscription solutions that helped you get on your feet are now what is holding you back – While you initially save money not having to pay for subscriptions and start-up costs, you end up spending more money managing your network or paying others to help you do so. Paying for a Managed DNS Service not only helps support your growing IP network but allows you to maximize it as well. Below are some reasons why it’s a worthy investment:

Uptime All the Time

Not only does a Managed DNS service provider help you offload the work, but a superior provider with an extensive network infrastructure will allow you to have access to 100+ Points of Presence (POPs) through Anycast. The way Anycast works is simple: If Unicast is one-to-one, Anycast is one-to-many. Anycast takes the same IP address and assigns it to multiple locations across the network. If your website is down, that means no customers can access it, and no sales can be generated. Anycast is used to help distribute traffic and query load across the entire network, so one POP isn’t always doing all of the work. Service providers like No-IP have 100 points of presence in geographically redundant locations located across the globe, and therefore help your queries get answered quickly, while also ensuring your website will experience 100% uptime. In other words, if any server is down, the user will be rerouted immediately and not experience any downtime.

SEO Impact

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is how you can help your website rank higher than other websites when customers are researching queries on search engines such as Google, Bing, or Firefox to name a few. Search Engines use special algorithms that take into account things like speed, availability, and security to determine which sites should filter to the top of a search page, and which ones can fall to the bottom. A Managed DNS service not only will give your customers a good experience finding your site, but it will ensure that customers can find it online, to begin with.

Growth is Good

Never sell yourself short – You can easily go from simply starting a business to growing a business faster than you anticipate, which can be exciting, but a little nerve-racking. As more devices get added to your IP network, you will not only need a service that can help you manage the extra moving parts but one that is ready to give you plan options. There is no one size fits all scenario, especially in business. For example, you might need to add more zones or support managing different advanced records like:

  • A
  • AAAA
  • CNAME
  • Web Redirect
  • Port 80 Redirect
  • MX
  • TXT
  • SPF
  • DKIM
  • SRV
  • CAA
  • DMARC
  • PTR

As more traffic rushes to your site, you will see that the number of queries escalates to a degree you never thought possible. While this can be an exciting and auspicious business trend, there are some service providers, especially those from highly reputable companies, that tack on additional fees and charges to customers that experience this type of growth boom. Fortunately, there are other service providers like No-IP that celebrate customer growth instead of penalizing it by providing another great feature: Unlimited queries. Plus, the process of moving from a free service to a dedicated Managed DNS one is seamless, easy, and can be done with the flip of a switch.

Elite Support

Sure, you can manage your DNS yourself, or use the basic DNS that is included with your domain registration, but both of these situations will leave you frustrated and your DNS underperforming. The task of managing your own DNS server can be confusing and can leave your network vulnerable to downtime and other security issues, all while taking you away from the most important parts of your business.

Our Managed DNS service will give you something that not a lot of service providers can offer: immediate support. There is something very valuable about getting in touch with a friendly and tech-savvy Customer Success Representative to answer all your questions or help solve any of your issues. Plus, our Customer Success team has even created an extensive knowledge base and easy-to-use DNS editor that you can access and use independently whether you are a paying customer or not. When you migrate to our paid service, you are not only getting the same great customer service, but you also get higher priority. Sadly, it can take some companies days or even weeks just to receive your complaint, or respond back to you and in business, any downtime, even for a few minutes, can cost you money.

Branding

Your customer’s experience is crucial to the success of your company. Everything from the company email address to the URL they type into their computer affects how the customer perceives your business as legit and professional. The more consistent your branding is the more professional you portray your company. However, if you have a lot of nuances like random ads on redirect or different domain names in the URL, your professional front starts to decline. Paying for a unique domain for your company or paying to remove ads not only makes you look like a scaling business but also keeps your customers focused and undeterred.

As you can see, these are the ways that a great service provider like No-IP can set your business up for success. Take a look at all the customizable options that No-IP has to offer and see how you can best maximize and support your growing network.

 

How Dynamic DNS Saves You Time and Money

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Money management is one of the most crucial parts of a business. Naturally, most people want to save money and take on as many roles themselves as possible in order to maximize their bottom line, including managing their own IP network. This involves a number of things like setting up and managing various security cameras, accessing servers remotely or ensuring their websites are up and running at all times. Although it is possible to manage all of these moving parts yourself, the logistics are difficult to manage and check up on independently, especially when you have to deal with changing IP addresses and connections going down. Thankfully, it is fairly easy to find a Managed DNS provider that provides Dynamic Domain Name System (DDNS) services. Even if you are running a single business that doesn’t require a lot of capital, a DDNS service will work well for you in so many ways.

Stay Connected

These days, technology is embedded in our everyday lives, especially if you are running a business. It doesn’t matter how big or small your operation is, the more you incorporate technology into your business, the easier it is going to be to manage it and stay connected to your customers. A DDNS service provider is going to help you not only manage but stay on top of a lot of moving parts such as:

  • Security cameras

  • Web servers

  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

  • Point of Sale (POS)

  • Virtual Private Network (VPN)

  • Digital Video Recorder (DVR)

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Once you have all your IP devices set up, you might think you can relax and move on. However, setting up devices that are IP enabled means you will also be responsible for reconfiguring all of the links manually if your IP address changes, which it definitely will whenever your connection goes down or something happens with the hardware. Taking the time to resolve these issues manually not only takes a lot of time but can cost you money when your business has to come to a halt. Luckily, DDNS will always keep your hostname updated with no effort on your end. A perfect service is one that runs so smoothly in the background that you almost forget it exists!

Consolidate Costs

If you don’t want to pay for a managed DNS service, then a self-sufficient option is to request for a static IP address from your Internet Service Provider. However, this is easier said than done – While you gain independence from a Managed DNS service provider, getting your own static IP address is already hard to come by and can cost you an additional $75 a year. A static IP address is also less secure than a DDNS system, which means you’ll have to pay for and manage your own antivirus software. Plus, you’ll want to use a cloud-based service for your cameras, VPN, etc., so you’ll have to pay an average of $30 per month for three cameras and $10 per month for a VPN. To top it all off, you would need to download and toggle between different apps to manage all of those. All these extra costs are not worth the headache when you can just use one subscription payment to a Managed DNS service that will take care of all these things anyways.

Keep Tabs From Afar

Being able to manage your business from afar is a sign of a healthy and growing business. Whether you are on a business trip, spending time with family, or simply at a different onsite location, it is so empowering to be able to feel confident that everything is running smoothly and at the same time be able to check up on it whenever you want. Remote access technology through DDNS gives you the power to ensure that your security cameras are up and running, your web server is running smoothly, and there are no hiccups for you or your customers.

Full Support

Starting a new system or changing it up altogether can be intimidating even to the most seasoned technical person. Having the ability to not just email, but call and reach out to a kind and helpful human makes things a lot easier. Instead of scrolling the message boards to hopefully find some helpful tips, you can save time getting help from someone that wants to make sure you succeed. Plus, Having a Managed DNS service provider not only helps you manage everything in one place but also gives you the means and the tools to make changes at any time. Just because you have a managed DNS provider does not necessarily mean you have no control -You can be as involved and as hands-off as you want.

No-IP.com’s free service allows you to keep what you have and the tools to bring it all together and make it more manageable. However, as you acquire more devices or your business starts scaling, you might find yourself needing a package that better fits your growth. No-IP.com’s Enhanced Dynamic DNS and Plus Managed DNS packages are not only easy to upgrade to but they are priced competitively with lots of great tools and additions to equip your expanding IP network. Learn more about what No-IP’s products can do to help you and your business.