Before we get into what has changed, let's start by discussing what DNS is. DNS is the Domain Name Service, the protocol that translates domain names into IP addresses. Basically, when you type in www.plughitzlive.com, DNS is what translates it into 22.214.171.124. Obviously you would rather remember the name, not the number - thanks, DNS!
Now, to the news. GoDaddy, now under new management, has implemented a new policy restricting who can access their DNS servers. Now, they're not going to black out service providers like Time Warner or Comcast, but they might block services like Alexa, who shows domain traffic for the top websites on the Internet, from accessing their servers. This could significantly damage the way companies and individuals find out how well their sites are doing. Rich Merdinger, Director, Domain Services, released this statement,
Go Daddy monitors DNS queries to ensure our customers' information is being accessed properly and not being harvested for unintended uses.
If we suspect that any service is gathering DNS data, we will limit access to that specific source. This is done to maintain our high level of system integrity.
If a company or service has questions about accessing Go Daddy DNS, they can email dns (at) jomax.net.
To find out exactly what this means for you and how it could affect the rest of the Internet, hit the break.