SafeDNS Tackles Wi-Fi Router Security

It’s tough enough securing wireless networks against threats like KRACK, many corporate and home environments also have to be wary of the online contents they access over those networks.

SafeDNS wants to help with a new, “integration-ready” solution for Wi-Fi hardware providers.

A lot of work (and play) gets done over Wi-Fi, but aside from some basic security measures, most Wi-Fi routers are ill-equipped to protect their users against today’s sophisticated online threats. SafeDNS, an Alexandria, Va.-based internet security and web filtering company, is helping Wi-Fi hardware makers secure their routers for the sake of the users’ online safety.

Many routers manufacturers offer some rudimentary site-blocking functionality, but that generally applies to HTTP sites. However, Google’s support for HTTPS sites is radically ramping up online security for websites and their users.

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The search giant’s popular Chrome browser warns users when they’re about to visit non-HTTP sites that lack SSL/TLS certificates for over-the-wire (increasingly over-the-airwaves) encryption. SafeDNS argues that a solution that can filter both HTTP and HTTPS sites is the way to go.

There are other shortcomings to most built-in Wi-Fi security implementations.

“Even if there’s some filtering system on a Wi-Fi router it has no granular settings for parental control and web filtering, no customized per device filtering rules,” noted the company in a Dec. 8 announcement. “And this happens in a world where an ordinary family of three people can have up to 15 devices connected to the web. Parents can’t filter the internet differently for each family member.”

Households may want to establish individual settings for their little ones, teenagers and the grown members of their families, but may run into all-or-nothing filtering schemes. “The same is true for corporate and guest Wi-Fi networks – there’s a need for a granular multi-policy filtering which is lacking on most routers,” added SafeDNS.

Manually managing blocklists is a big challenge, considering there are over 300 million websites and roughly one billion registered domains on the internet, according to the company. It’s much easier to tap an online safety and threat intelligence platform that operates in real-time.

SafeDNS is enabling this with new solutions that allow Wi-Fi router makers to add its cloud-based web filtering and internet security capabilities to their routers. The solutions enable vendors to add granular web content filtering and online protection.

So far, some notable hardware makers have taken the company up on its offer. D-Link, Zyxel, Dovado and Fältcom have all begun to incorporate SafeDNS solutions into their offerings, the company noted.

Pedro Hernandez
Pedro Hernandez is a contributor to eSecurity Planet, eWEEK, and the IT Business Edge Network. Previously, he served as a managing editor for the network of IT-related websites and as the Green IT curator for GigaOM Pro.

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