Block Known Malicious Sites from Home

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has announced a new security service to protect individual Canadians from accessing malware sites. It’s called Canadian Shield and it provides three levels of protection: ‘private’, ‘protected’ and ‘family’, by filtering DNS queries. User friendly instructions are provided to set up a full range of devices and there is no charge for the service. Learn more here.

When set to ‘protected’, the service will block HTTP and HTTPS connections to known malware and phishing sites as well as protect the privacy of DNS queries. In the case of HTTP, users receive a notification explaining why access to a site was blocked, whereas HTTPS attempts will result in an error message.

This type of DNS protection is known to be effective in blocking malicious sites, reducing the likelihood of malware infections and reducing the effectiveness of phishing attacks.

This article from the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security provides a detailed explanation.

This video from Waterloo University demonstrates where to make changes in your router.

Image shows how Canadian Shield protects from from accessing known malicious sites