Enhanced Dynamic DNS Now Includes 1 TrustCor Standard DV SSL Certificate


We are very excited to announce that all Enhanced Dynamic DNS Subscriptions now include one TrustCor Standard DV SSL Certificate to ensure that your hostname is always secure. TrustCor Standard DV certificates are ideal for individuals and small businesses desiring a high-quality certificate quickly.

What are SSL Certificates?

SSL stands for secure socket layer. This means that your domain is given a secure connection between it, the Internet browser, and the web server. This allows websites to transmit private data online. It does this by encrypting the information between the user and server, so that third parties can’t hack the information. SSL certificates verify the identity of the user and the web server. You can easily tell which websites have an SSL Certificate because the HTTP in the URL will end with an S, making it an HTTPS. There will also be a lock symbol next to the domain in your browser.

Why is a TrustCor Standard DV SSL Certificates (Included with Enhanced Dynamic DNS) better than a free SSL Certificate solution?

  • Validity
    • Our free TrustCor DV SSL Certificates are valid for a year, but can be easily reissued. Free SSL Certificates from others are only valid for 90 days.
  • Domain Validation
    • Automated and happens instantly. No more waiting around for your domain to be verified. Other solutions can take days.
  • Customer Support
    • Getting help when you need it is important. We are here to help. Most free SSL certificates do not offer this type of support.

New Features Now Included with Enhanced Dynamic DNS:

  • Easily add an SSL Certificate to your Enhanced Dynamic DNS Hostname
  • TXT Record automatically added for domain validation
  • Very rapid time to issue and validate (typically within 20 minutes)
  • Keep your hostname secure
  • Strongest SSL encryption using SHA-2 algorithms and either 2048-bit or 4096-bit RSA keys

If you are already an Enhanced Dynamic DNS customer, follow these simple instructions to add your TrustCor Standard DV SSL Certificate to your hostname

Not currently a No-IP customer? Let us introduce ourselves to you. 

We are a Dynamic DNS and Managed DNS company that has been around since 1999. We have over 30 million customers, all around the world who utilize our services for remote accessing devices in a simple and secure way that eliminates the need to use third-party cloud services.

We offer a Free Dynamic DNS service that millions of customers use daily to access their devices from anywhere. Whether it is checking in on a loved one via a remote security camera, accessing a computer remotely, or even running a game server to play games with friends and family safely, No-IP has a remote access solution that works! To learn more about our Free Dynamic DNS, check out our Remote Access and sign up for your Free Dynamic DNS account now.

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DIY Home Security Checklist


Now that we are hopefully moving into a more “normal” summer after over a year of dealing with a global pandemic, we think it is important to talk about home security and simple steps you can take to ensure that your home, family, and belongings are safe when the summer months start.

Setup a Security Camera and Access It From Anywhere. Purchase an IP camera that includes No-IP as an integrated Dynamic DNS provider, and set it up so that you can access it from anywhere you are on any easy-to-remember hostname.

Did you know that 34% of burglars enter their target house through the front door or front, first-floor windows? Going to sleep? Lock your doors! Leaving to run a quick errand? LOCK YOUR DOORS! Going on vacation for a few days? Take a few moments to walk around your home to ensure all of your windows and doors are locked. If you have a sliding glass door, consider getting a wooden dowel or metal security bar in the track to prevent it from being opened if the lock is bypassed. You can also install a pin-style lock on the slider to give you even more protection.

Setup a home automation system. Home automation is the best way to control your entire home, even when you are there! You can buy easy-to-configure devices that let you control them from your phone. You can even use No-IP to set up an easy-to-remember hostname that points to your dynamic IP address. This means you will never lose your connection to your devices, which will ensure your home automation is always working. Home automation can be used to control your lighting (indoor and out), TVs, thermostats, and much more.

Landscape Upkeep. Grass grows fast in the summer and nothing gives away an empty home or someone on vacation for an extended period of time more than an uncut yard. Consider paying a lawn maintenance company to cut your yard for you if you will be out of town for an extended period of time, or even consider paying your neighbor’s teenager to do it.

On that note, friend your neighbors! Neighbors can be a great asset to have. They can watch your home for suspicious activity while you are out of town, or grab packages for you. This one works out really well for me because we have many neighbors with whom we have become close friends. They know when we are out of town and always keep an eye on our house for us. They even bring our packages in to keep them safe. We have had many packages stolen in the past, so this has been so helpful!

Lockdown Your WiFi network. We have an entire post that explains how to do regular maintenance on your WiFi network. Consider doing this a few times a year to ensure your home network is secure.

Get a safe that bolts down and hide it somewhere that a thief wouldn’t look. Master bedrooms are often the first place where an intruder will look for valuables, so don’t hide them there. Think of a closet or another place that is hidden to keep your safe and valuables. Be sure to put all of your important documents like your passports, birth certificates, and jewelry in it and KEEP IT LOCKED.

Install Smart Locks. Lots of people have grown to love coded door locks and for good reason! They are so easy to use and let you and your kids have easy access to your home without having to keep track of a key. But on that same notes, be sure to change door lock combinations and garage door codes periodically. Also, it is important to keep a list of people you have given access to (house cleaners, contractors, pet sitters, etc) because it’s a good first place for the Police to start if your home is ever broken into.

Install Motion Detection Floodlights. Thieves love dark, poorly lit homes and yards because they are an easy target. Consider installing motion detection floodlights, some even have cameras that record if the lights are triggered. These lights will help deter people from coming onto your property.

Install a Home Alarm. Many reputable companies offer home alarm systems. They even have mobile apps that let you alarm and disarm your alarm while you are away. If you have a home alarm, be sure to post the alarm company signs and decals on the exterior of your home and doors. Even if you don’t have a home alarm, consider purchasing alarm signs and decals.

Install a Doorbell Camera. We have a doorbell camera at our home and it’s very nice to be able to see who is at the door when I am not home. It is also great because I can see when a package is delivered, and if it has been retrieved from the doorstep. It also spots cars pulling into our driveway and even traffic on our street.

Hopefully, this will help shed some light on the things you should be doing at your home to help keep your family safe.

Each season, you should spend an hour running through the items on this list to ensure that your home security is ready for the new season.

While you’re going through the assessment, ask yourself the question, “what have I done to prevent theft?” This can be a scary topic, but if you spend time keeping your home safe, it will be 100% worth it. Also, be sure to have this conversation with anyone living in your home, especially children. Let them know that you should always keep your doors locked, and never open the door to a stranger, even if they look official.

DNS Records Cheat Sheet


DNS (Domain Name System) records can be quite confusing. They all do their own things and are helpful in so many ways. So, we built this DNS Records Cheat Sheet so you can easily understand what each DNS Record does and why they are important.

What is a DNS record?
A DNS record is where DNS servers create a record that provides important information about a domain, specifically the current IP address.

DNS Records do many different things. They all work together to tell the Recursive DNS Server particular details and information about a domain, including the IP address of where it lives, email server information, redirects, and much more.

The most common DNS Records are the following:

Record Type Description
A Record  This maps your hostname to an IPv4 address.
AAAA Record Similar to an A Record, but this allows you to point to an IPv6 address
NS Record (Name Server) An NS record or (name server record) tells recursive name servers which name servers are authoritative for a zone.  Recursive name servers look at the NS records to work out who to ask next when resolving a name.
CNAME Record (Canonical Name) The target host is a hostname that the host you are creating resolves to. This host must be an actual hostname that resolves to an IP address.
MX Record (Mail Exchange) Directs email to a mail server
TXT Record (Text) Text records are used to describe a host or a DNS entry. You can enter anything you want as long as it is 255 characters or less.  
SRV Record (Service Record) An SRV record describes services offered by a host. It defines the location of a server (port number and hostname).  They are commonly used in SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) and XMPP Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol protocols.
SOA Record (Start of Authority) The SOA resource record is an essential part of the DNS zone file, it indicates the basic properties of the domain name server and the zone that the domain is in. Each zone file can contain only one SOA record. At No-IP, we build this record automatically by pulling from email, TTLs (Time to Live), and NS (Name Server) settings.
PTR (Pointer Record) Provides the domain name associated with an IP address. This record is the exact opposite of an A Record.
CAA Record (Certification Authority Authorization) This record is a way for you as a domain owner to make it known to everyone which certificate authorities can issue SSL/TLS certificates for your domain.
Round Robin This maps your hostname to multiple IP address. Only used for DNS based load balancing (not common).

The Importance of DNS Diversification

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The lack of DNS diversification is a serious problem that has been brewing since the inception of the Internet. A few years ago, we saw what happened (October 21, 2016) when a major DNS provider went down and took half of the Internet with it, including major companies like Twitter, Spotify, Airbnb, and even Reddit.

Do you know how much a Managed DNS outage would cost your business? According to Gartner, 98% of organizations say a single hour of downtime costs over $100,000. 81% of respondents indicated that 60 minutes of downtime costs their business over $300,000. 33% of those enterprises reported that one hour of downtime costs their firms $1-5 million. Can your company afford downtime? The answer is probably NO.

Let’s Start at the Beginning Though, What Exactly is DNS?

Understanding the above is essential. However, it makes no sense if one does not realize what DNS is in the first place. Broken down, DNS stands for the Domain Name System. It can easily be referred to as the phonebook of the Internet. As an Internet user, you usually access websites through domain names such as noip.com, facebook.com, or reddit.com, and so on. Your web browser interacts with the Internet through an Internet Protocol (IP) address, and this is where DNS comes in.

DNS translates domain names into IP addresses that can then be read by browsers on the computer, thereby allowing the loading of Internet resources. Typically, every device that is connected to the Internet has a unique IP address. This address is used to identify the device and track the activities on the device. DNS servers help to remove the need to memorize IP addresses, thereby allowing for a smooth and efficient user experience.

How Does DNS Work?

When you type www.noip.com into your browser, your device’s recursive DNS server checks to see if it knows what IP address www.noip.com resolves to. If you are going to this website for the first time, it will not know the IP address and it will have to do a lookup to see who controls www.noip.com. The lookup will show No-IP as the authoritative DNS provider with the name server of ns1.no-ip.com. Your device’s recursive DNS server will then ask ns1.no-ip.com what IP address does www.noip.com resolve to. Then, ns1.no-ip.com will respond and return that the IP address is

Your recursive DNS server will now remember this for a pre-defined amount of time,  this is known as cache. Now, anytime you go to www.noip.com within the cache period (typically 30 days), it will remember the IP address it remembered without having to ask again for the IP address again.

Managed DNS Services

With Managed DNS, you can be assured your customers will reach your website by utilizing the Managed DNS authoritative DNS servers that store your DNS records, all while providing DNS resolutions in the background. This allows your customers to reach your website, quickly and efficiently.

If your customer does not have the IP address stored in its’ computers cache, the operating system of the computer will kick off a recursive search to find the IP address for the domain that the user is trying to fetch.

This search often ends at an authoritative server, which then provides the “authoritative” answer to the user’s query. With Managed DNS, these authoritative servers are run on behalf of the customers.

No-IP Plus Managed DNS allows your website to perform optimally, because our network infrastructure is backed by a redundant Anycast network that spans the globe with over 200 points of presence. More importantly, with Plus Managed DNS, you will no longer have to set up and build a redundant and resilient infrastructure on your own. With No-IP’s Plus Managed DNS, your website will always be available, and all of your client requests will always be answered.

No-IP Plus Managed DNS is just $29.95 a year. This includes our award-winning Customer Support, SSL upgrades, up to 50 hostnames, and a 100% Uptime Guarantee.

DNS Diversification
Now that we have explained Managed DNS and the benefits associated with a Managed DNS services, it is only fair that we finally get to the point and talk about DNS Diversification. As a business, it is always the safest bet to diversify your services, including your DNS services.

This means that if you have one provider who handles your web hosting, you should have a different one managing your DNS and one for your email. That way, you will have a fail-safe therefore avoiding a single point of failure. Whenever possible, you should have backup solutions in place. When it comes to the end-user, the use of redundant systems will help ensure that if one system is down, the entire customer experience is not compromised.

Remember the issue we highlighted with the DNS provider outage above? Well, if those impacted companies had embraced DNS diversification, they would not have had a single point of failure. If they had a secondary DNS provider in their records, their DNS would have kept resolving and their customers would have never noticed a problem. But since they did not have a secondary DNS provider defined,  once their primary DNS service was down, their entire website was down.

No-IP  offers a vey simply and affordable solution to this problem. Squared Backup DNS is our secondary DNS service that allows you to easily get a secondary DNS configuration on your domain. You simply provide your primary DNS provider with our authoritative master DNS servers IP address then, you allow zone transfers and automatic updates to our server. Once this is completed, you update the name servers at your domain’s registrar to also include No-IP’s name servers and you are DONE. Moving forward, any changes you make at your primary DNS provider will automatically be sent to No-IP’s name servers. By doing this, you have now increased your website’s DNS redundancy which is backed by your primary DNS provider and also backed by No-IP’s redundant and robust Anycast DNS network.

It may seem complicated, but you essentially just have your main DNS provider and a backup DNS provider. If you are familiar with NS Records, this is how the configuration would look:

Example of a Diversified Zone File:


In the example above, if the first NS record, ns1.otherdns.com happens to go down, it will still resolve because the zone file includes another DNS provider (in this example, No-IP is the Secondary DNS provider) and is located in the 4th and 5th name server records.

As mentioned earlier, it is the 21st century, an era where having a website is of the utmost importance. You do not want to have downtime, ever, as it can make all the difference between earning a customer and losing them for good.

If you are looking for a primary managed DNS provider, No-IP Plus Managed DNS is backed by a robust infrastructure that comes with a 100% uptime guarantee. We recommend finding a secondary DNS provider for peace of mind that your customers will always be able to access your website.

If you already have a primary DNS provider, No-IP Squared Backup DNS is a great Secondary DNS solution that will diversify your DNS and leverage No-IP’s robust and redundant Anycast network.

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