That initial spike we saw in February is now nothing compared to the steady growth TikTok has seen on our network, particularly since September of this year. After traffic plummeted on Christmas Day, traffic skyrocketed to double its usual traffic between the 26th and 29th of December.
But doing that would be unfair to Microsoft, Apple, and the other top-placing sites that have an ecosystem all their own.
So what were the top sites on DNSFilter in 2021? And what did we block the most? Let’s find out.
The top domain of 2021 was Microsoft, followed closely by Apple, two different Akamai domains, and finally Amazon. It shouldn’t be too surprising that Microsoft is at the top of the list since it powers so much web infrastructure related to our working lives.
As for the most-blocked domains, the numbers aren’t all that different…
Microsoft is such a popular domain, plenty of our users block it. They also block ad-related domains like Doubleclick, social media sites like Facebook, government sites like Bldrdoc.gov, and shopping sites like Gv2.com.
These sites relate to our most-blocked categories (excluding threats):
IT, business, advertising, social networking, and media sharing topped the lists of categories our users wanted to block. Now as for threats…
It’s not that surprising that there are more proxy sites than there are phishing sites in 2021, so we wind up blocking more of them. Our users seem to be concerned with blocking the ability to bypass filtering (we can’t blame them) as well as privacy.
When you tall it all up from January through November 2021, this is how many threats we blocked:
In December alone, not included in the above numbers, we blocked nearly 50 million threats.
We expect more of the same in 2022. The threats will evolve, and we’ll be here to protect you from them.
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