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Features: DNS

LAD provides you with your own domain name resolution services, including DNS logs that let you see where your computers actually go on the Internet. By placing DNS service right on your own LAD device you are in control, with no intermediaries, so you know for sure that whatever resolution of a domain name happened was true and correct at the time. Even if someone hacks your ISP's domain name server, it would not affect you. Even if you get a virus that changes the settings on your computer to go to a false domain name server (a common tactic), LAD's DNS service would block this off so you still get true resolution.

In addition to standard domain name resolution, LAD's DNS services include LateralDNS, a feature that lets you control domain name resolution at a granular level. This makes it possible both to resolve domain names and block the resolution of domains selectively, with scheduling and device-level distinctions (read more about LateralDNS).

DNS is a critical element of the Internet's infrastructure, but one that often gets overlooked or taken for granted. As such, it gets frequently exploited. A hacked DNS server may allow resolution of most domain names normally, except for the domain name of your financial institutation it may send you first to the hacker's server, so that your communications with your financial institution's website pass through the hacker's equipment and your passwords get harvested by their server. You would likely never know that they inserted themselves, because the appearance and functions of the website would be completely normal. In this situation a standard firewall would have no effect because the traffic passing through would appear legitimate and not trigger any red flags. By using LAD's DNS services, you remove the possibility of being caught by this exploit as LAD itself would cross-reference the domain names and check directly with the domain registries and specific individual servers to confirm that they are who they say they are.

While LAD protects you from DNS exploits and hacks affecting the DNS settings on your own PC, you could still be vulnerable if a legitimate domain name server gets hacked as neither LAD, nor a firewall nor antivirus would have a way to verify whether a legitimate domain name server is operating properly or has been compromised. See LateralDNS for more information on how you can control the domain-based content coming in to your network.

Other LAD Features

  • Wi-Fi for 2.4Ghz, 5G and 6G: Full support of the latest Wi-Fi 6E for both 5G and 6G wi-fi networks plus the mainstay 2.4Ghz band lets you connect, protect and manage a wide range of Wi-Fi clients [read more].
  • Lateral Firewall: Thousands of sophisticated rules let you control specifically what is allowed and what is not allowed, down to as granular a level as you like, with device-specific, date-specific and time-specific variability [read more].
  • Date & Time Scheduling: Want your computer to disconnect at the end of the day, when you do? LAD's scheduling features let you cut off Internet access partially or fully on a schedule of your choosing [read more].
  • LateralDNS: Simplify and streamline the blocking of unwanted online content and services using domain names for consistent and reliable results [read more].
  • Packet Capture: LAD's packet capture feature lets you capture as much or as little of the Internet and network traffic as you like. This information comes in handy should a network incident require investigation [read more].
  • NAT: Network address translation obscures private/internal IP addresses from the public internet, so that only the Internet-facing IP address is used for communications leaving the private/internal network.
  • DNS: LAD's DNS services monitor and control domain name resolution with no intermediaries, making you impervious to DNS-based exploits and vulnerabilities [read more].
  • Switching & Routing: LAD provides switching and routing services, meaning you can plug all of your devices directly into your LAD without an intervening switch or router.
  • Local Access Control: Locally you can limit which devices on the network can talk to each other and with the Internet, as well as specify the types of communications allowed [read more].
  • Automatic Activity Report: LAD generates reports every eight hours, giving you an overview of your network traffic, plus individual graphs on bandwidth usage for each device on your network.
  • LateralTime: Use LAD's LateralTime feature to sychronize the devices on your network to the same time.
  • Network Management & Monitoring: LAD provides a number of tools for network management and troubleshooting, including ping monitors, Wi-Fi monitoring, LAN and WAN activity monitoring, new device detection and individual client management.

 

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