What's DNS Hijacking & How to defeat that?
DNS is the short name of Domain Name System. It's used to translate the Domain Name to IP address of the server you requested.
For example, if you want to connect to www.google.com in your web browser, it will be tanslate to some IP address like 188.8.131.52 at first, and then get web page contents from that server.
DNS hijacking means your requested Domain Name is translated to a wrong IP address by purpose.
It can be used for malicious purposes such as phishing to acquire your information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details.
To defeat DNS hijacking, you can
1. Use trusted DNS servers, such as
|Google DNS servers:||184.108.40.206||220.127.116.11|
2. Modify local hosts file to assign IP address for some important Domain Name, such as your bank account web page.
For windows, the file is X:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.