DNS is now more important than ever for internet traffic

In 1992, librarian Jean Armour Polly coined the phrase “surfing the Internet” and for anyone that has since ridden its waves of data and information, chances are you have come across the term DNS. Today, the domain name system (DNS) is one of the foundations of the Internet, working quietly in the background to ensure smooth navigation in this space.

But before DNS, navigating the Internet was a gruelling task. In the early days, messages were manually sent from network to network, using a series of IP addresses. The rapid growth of the Internet caused massive problems when it came to maintaining records of these addresses and, given there are now over 360 million domain name registrations, this method was unsustainable.

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