Network Notification

DNS Record Monitoring

Avoid DNS hijacking and get notified when your domain DNS records change.

What is DNS Monitoring?

DNS monitoring refers to the process of continuously observing and analyzing Domain Name System (DNS) activity to ensure proper functionality, security, and performance. The DNS is a critical part of the internet infrastructure, translating user-friendly domain names (like into IP addresses that computers use to communicate.

Why is it necessary ?

DNS record monitoring is vital in defending against cybercriminals because these records are prime targets for various types of cyber attacks. For instance, if criminals alter the DNS records through DNS hijacking, they can redirect users to fraudulent websites that look identical to legitimate ones. This technique is often used to steal sensitive information such as login credentials, financial data, or to distribute malware. By closely monitoring DNS records, organizations can detect unauthorized changes or suspicious activities early. This proactive stance helps in preventing or minimizing the impact of attacks such as:

DNS Cache Poisoning

This occurs when a hacker introduces false information into your DNS cache. This false data can redirect users to a counterfeit version of your site or enable the theft of sensitive information, such as credit card details.

DoS (Denial of Service) and DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) Attacks:

These attacks involve overwhelming a website or service with excessive requests. A DoS attack is carried out by a single computer, whereas a DDoS attack involves multiple systems.

Lack of DNS monitoring increases the vulnerability of your website and its users to these attacks. Consequences can include unexpected downtime, risk to user privacy and security, loss of revenue, and damage to your brand’s reputation.

Regular monitoring helps maintain the integrity of web traffic and ensures that users are directed to the correct, safe websites. It also reinforces trust in digital platforms by ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of data, which are core tenets of cybersecurity.

What are DNS records?

DNS records are instructions that live in authoritative DNS servers and provide information about a domain, including its associated IP address(es), mail servers, and other attributes. Each record serves a specific function. Here are some of the most common types:

A Record (Address Record):

  • Purpose: Maps a domain name to its corresponding IPv4 address.
  • Example: Associates with the IP address

AAAA Record (Quad-A Record):

  • Purpose: Maps a domain name to its corresponding IPv6 address.
  • Example: Associates with the IPv6 address 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334.

CNAME Record (Canonical Name Record):

  • Purpose: Redirects one domain to another domain. It’s used for aliasing domain names to other domains.
  • Example: Maps to, so queries for both return the same IP.

MX Record (Mail Exchange Record):

  • Purpose: Directs email to servers for a domain, specifying the mail server responsible for accepting email messages.
  • Example: Points to a mail server like

TXT Record (Text Record):

  • Purpose: Provides arbitrary text values for various purposes, often used for verification, such as proving domain ownership or implementing email security measures like SPF (Sender Policy Framework) and DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail).
  • Example: “v=spf1 ~all” specifies a policy for email sent from the domain.

SOA Record (Start of Authority Record):

  • Purpose: Holds essential information about the domain, like the primary name server, email of the domain administrator, domain serial number, and more.
  • Example: Contains metadata about, including its primary name server and contact information for the domain administrator.

How does DNS Work?

DNS is the system that turns the website names you know into the numerical addresses your browser needs to get you to the right place on the internet.:
Your computer possesses a “hostname” like “,” which is simple for humans to recall. However, this name alone is insufficient for your computer to interact with other computers. It also requires an IP address, a sequence of numerals divided by dots. This address is used by computers to direct traffic amongst themselves.
DNS serves as a translator, converting hostnames, which are human-friendly, into IP addresses, the language computers use for internet communication. Additionally, DNS converts subdomains into IP addresses corresponding to their primary domain names, such as translating “www” in ““