Free DNS Filtering For Businesses Now Remote Due To Covid-19

Free DNS Filtering For Businesses Now Remote Due To Covid-19

Serena Raymond
March 10, 2020

Why DNS Filtering is a Work-From-Home Necessity

Threats are everywhere. And when you're not tethered to the company network anymore as a remote employee, that means employees are vulnerable to any malware, cryptojacking, botnet, phishing, or ransomware attacks hidden in links that seem harmless. The world has moved to a work-from-home environment, and DNS protection is the best defense against suspicious links.

DNS protection is lightweight yet powerful security that you can download as a Roaming Client on a single device. It will then filter out the threats and any other content you don't want to see on your network. This also means you can block employees from distractions during working hours.

Working from home doesn't mean not working. If anything, employees are working longer hours which means they're spending more time on company machines open to attack. Harmful links can be found in the form of malicious advertising, phishing emails, and even newly registered domains. With DNSFilter, you can block all of that.

Get our work-from-home cybersecurity checklist.

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Note: The 90-day offer referenced on this blog post is no longer available.

Coronavirus is about to make working from home the new normal

Remote work isn’t a new concept for us here at DNSFilter. We embraced the work-from-home model early on because it allows our employees greater work-life balance. It’s also allowed us to put together an amazing team where location is rarely a restriction in our hiring process.

The past few years, more companies are moving to either fully remote or semi-remote workspaces. We’ve even worked to support this move with Roaming Clients.

But while we’re accustomed to this style of work, we understand it’s new to a lot of workers. Now that the outbreak of Coronavirus is officially declared a global pandemic by WHO, it seems imminent that a large majority of the world will be moving to work-from-home setups. Google, Apple, and Amazon are already on-board with the move, and plenty of schools have transitioned to online classes.

Let’s face it: Coronavirus is affecting our day-to-day lives in ways a lot of us probably haven’t anticipated.

That’s why we wanted to do something to help those who suddenly find themselves working from home during this time.

Free DNS Filtering For 90 Days

While businesses temporarily closing down their offices and transitioning to a work-from-home setup can help mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, it opens the door to new online threats.

Employees working at home aren’t protected under your usual network security settings; they’re completely on their own. Malware creators are already taking advantage of Coronavirus fears. There are now phishing sites set up capitalizing on Coronavirus fears, only meant to steal your computer passwords.

These are the types of threats that employees using their home internet are not protected from.

That’s why we’re extending our usual 14-day trial for small and medium enterprises. Sign up for a trial, and you’ll get free DNS filtering through July 1, 2020.

Companies must have a minimum of 5 users.

Enable roaming clients

Once you set up your account in  DNSFilter, take advantage of our roaming clients feature to ensure that your employees are protected while they’re at home.

Here are the steps you need to take:

  1. In your DNSFilter dashboard, navigate to “Roaming Clients” under “Deployments” on the left
  2. Navigate to the “install” tab at the top, and click the download link that matches your device (MacOS, usually 64bit Windows, Linux)
  3. Copy the secret key value
  4. Start your installation, and when prompted enter the secret key value
  5. Say “yes” to any security prompts
  6. Now test your filtering to make sure it’s working

You can find additional support for setting up roaming clients on MacOS and  Windows in our knowledgebase.

We know this is a scary time for businesses, and employers everywhere are making tough decisions about closing the literal doors to their businesses for an unknowable amount of time. Without the right security precautions in place, some employees may fall prey to malicious sites  taking advantage of this situation. And we don’t want that to happen to you.

As you get set up with your extended free trial, we’re here to help. Follow our setup documentation or reach out to support (top-right of the app) if you run into a deployment issue.

We’re watching this situation with the rest of the world, and while we hope things are back to normal soon, we’re prepared to help companies in the best way we can.

Disclosure: Offer only valid for SMB and Enterprise customers.

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