It's no secret that TikTok is popular. But overnight, we noticed a spike in TikTok DNS queries that doubled the total usage on our network. It made us curious, so we decided to look into why this spike happened.
In the last year at DNSFilter, it’s been a goal of our product team to better connect the user to the query. After conversations with our customers in the summer of 2020, it became clear that our reporting wasn’t giving our users the visibility they needed to make network decisions.
DNS filtering is a defense tool that prevents cybersecurity threats by following simple logic: if a website has something potentially dangerous within it, DNS filtering blocks a user from visiting it in the first place. It’s a zero-trust solution that leaves nothing to chance.
Malicious site trends will often follow what happens in the news. Industries weakened or pushed to capacity make for easy ransomware targets. It’s no surprise that malicious actors have been using the pandemic to both propagate their schemes and to choose their victims. Hospitals are at the top of the list of most vulnerable industries because of the pandemic.
In 2016 Utah’s governor, Gary Herbert, officially declared porn addiction a “public health crisis.” This resolution didn’t have any practical impact. But it signaled a state-level commitment to curbing porn consumption. Now in 2021, Utah's state legislature wants to block porn on new devices.