Thursday, January 24, 2013

[Review] Norton Connectsafe (Aka Norton DNS)

The Good :

- Easy to setup via installer (for beginners) or directly in router (for advanced users).
- Efficient against malicious/unwanted websites.
- 3 modes of protection.
- Parental control.
- Multiple servers around the world for faster connections.
- Free.

The Bad :

- If the server near your location is down, you will suffer a slowdown in browsing.


Norton Connectsafe


Hi guys,

Today i will review Norton Connectsafe commonly called "Norton DNS " , it is one element of my layered protection; its role is to check the hostname of a website against its list and block me to access it if it's malicious/unwanted.

What is a DNS (Domain name Server)

for short the DNS is the cyber-equivalent of our phone book:

The Domain Name System (DNS) is a hierarchical distributed naming system for computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet or a private network. It associates various information with domain names assigned to each of the participating entities. Most prominently, it translates domain names meaningful for users to the numerical IP addresses needed for the purpose of locating computer services and devices worldwide. By providing a worldwide, distributed keyword-based redirection service, the Domain Name System is an essential component of the functionality of the Internet.

An often-used analogy to explain the Domain Name System is that it serves as the phone book for the Internet by translating human-friendly computer hostnames into IP addresses. For example, the domain name translates to the addresses (IPv4) and 2620:0:2d0:200::10 (IPv6). Unlike a phone book, the DNS can be quickly updated, allowing a service's location on the network to change without affecting the end users, who continue to use the same host name. Users take advantage of this when they recite meaningful Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) and e-mail addresses without having to know how the computer actually locates the services.


Server Location

Your internet service provider has its own DNS server that is the closest one, closer it is faster you will reach it , faster will be the connection to the website.

If you decide to use an alternative DNS , you must be sure that its location is not too far from yours.

Norton DNS is composed of multiple servers across the world , as shown below

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To use Norton DNS you don't have to use any softwares and doesn't use any resources of your system.

You just have to set up your router/computer here:

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with the appropriate IP adresses

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note: a small installer is available if you feel unsafe to do it manually.


Layer of Defense: Norton ConnectSafe automatically blocks known unsafe, fraudulent, phishing and infected websites from penetrating your home network and infecting your devices.

Blocks Unwanted Content: Norton DNS can act as a simple parental control, by keeping your kids safe from Web sites with undesirable content.

Real-Time Protection: Norton ConnectSafe contains information on millions of websites.
It uses data from Symantec content filtering that categorize datas of sites in 23 languages on more than 50 million sites.

Works in the Background: Norton ConnectSafe works quietly in the background. Norton ConnectSafe notifies you when it blocks an unsafe site.

No Slow Downs: Norton ConnectSafe does not take up disk space or memory so performance and efficiency of your computer is not affected.

No Software to Install: Norton ConnectSafe is a cloud-based service and does not require any software or hardware installation.


Here is a video testing Norton DNS and some others.

Final Note:

I tried many DNS and Norton is the one that gave me a good protection with a decent browsing speed, i like its 3 modes.

I rate it 4/5.

Norton DNS or any others will not replace a good Antivirus but will help it to secure you more.

Thanks for reading.


  1. is not opening in browser. Is there any alternate URL through which I can check whether Norton DNS is configured properly. I don't want to test the effectiveness of Norton DNS by visiting any malicious or pornographic website. I simply want an acknowledgement from Symantec that NORTON CONNECTSAFE IS PROPERLY CONFIGURED IN MY COMPUTER which I could previously using

  2. Try a non exist url to test Norton ConnectSafe.