A new free service to improve internet security for consumers and businesses has been launched this week.

The Quad9 Domain Name System (DNS) service has been created through a collaboration between the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), IBM Security , Packet Clearing House and the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA).

There is an easy four step process to setting up the platform, which is designed to cut out the threats posed by malicious websites that infect systems, steal information, or undertake activity that is fraudulent.

“Protecting against attacks by blocking them through DNS has been available for a long time, but has not been used widely. Sophisticated corporations can subscribe to dozens of threat feeds and block them through DNS, or pay a commercial provider for the service. However, small to medium-sized businesses and consumers have been left behind – they lack the resources, are not aware of what can be done with DNS, or are concerned about exposing their privacy and confidential information,” explained Philip Reitinger, President and CEO of the GCA. “Quad9 solves these problems. It is memorable, easy to use, relies on excellent and broad threat information, protects privacy, and security and is free.”

Find out more – and how to set up it up – via the Quad9 website.