Google has announced a service that it says will speed up web surfing and prevent browser redirection by malicious programs or internet providers.
The service takes aim at how the web addresses users type in, such as www.cbc.ca, are translated into the internet protocol numbers that computers use to communicate with each other. This Domain Name Server (DNS) resolution service is like the “switchboard of the internet,” said Google product manager Prem Ramaswami in a blog post Thursday.
Typically, when a user types a web address into their browser, their internet service provider automatically translates it and connects them to their desired website. That connection, however, can sometimes be hijacked by malicious code on the user’s computer, whereupon they can be redirected to a harmful website. Some ISPs also redirect users who have mistyped an address to a website they themselves operate.