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Value Proposition

  • DNS
    Faster Web Browsing
  • Forward Whols
    Automatic Sourcing
    Automatic Drill-down
  • Reverse Whols
    Internet Awareness

Supported Platforms

  • Service Delivery Options
    Cloud / SaS
    M1 Platform
    5B Platform

Optional Features

  • Query Models
    DNS Anonymizer
    Forward WhoIs Anonymizer
    Reverse Whols Anonymizer
  • Software & Intergration
    Windows Client
    Mac OS X Client
    API for C, PERL & PHP

Performance Characteristics

  • DNS Queries
    Tens of thousands of cached DNS queries per second *
  • WhoIs Queries
    Contact us for details
  • * = Performance characteristics and published statistics are examples only and are dependent on operating environment and software policies.

cQuery Service

Unique Directory Solutions for Government and Enterprise

cQuery Service facilitates fast and reliable Internet directory services without disclosing the identity of the client. Alternatively, Internet usage without utilizing this service precariously reveals a client's identity or intentions.

The Problem

Through normal Internet usage, the DNS queries you make publicly say a lot about you: what operating systems you run, which anti-virus software package you use, what web sites you visit and whom you e-mail, to name a few. They also describe "what you're interested in." This information is available to many Internet service providers, foreign governments and private companies involved in large scale DNS infrastructure (including those "free" DNS services that have become so popular). This disclosure of interactions and associations is dangerous, unnecessary and has the potential to compromise investigations, provide an adversary valuable intelligence to formulate an attack or even endanger operatives--all with seemingly harmless clicks of a mouse, sending of e-mails to trusted contacts or lookups of public DNS or WhoIs records.

To make things worse, neither DNS nor WhoIs queries are generally available via secure encrypted transactions, which means anyone in the Internet path or DNS hierarchy can see them. As depicted in the diagram below, the Internet has become so distributed, there are now too many opportunities in the path or hierarchy to guarantee your queries won't be surveilled.

Source: Wikipedia

On a lighter note, did you know DNS is also the #1 culprit for slowing down your web browsing? Just visiting one website may cause dozens of DNS lookups, all of which require back-and-forth communications with computers across the Internet to resolve locations of advertising, images, video and other web objects--none of which are part of your connection to the actual web server. To improve performance, modern web browser software attempts to improve your experience using tactics like DNS pre-fetching and smarter cache management. This increases your DNS queries and gives you less control over when they're happening and what path they'll take.

The Solution

In the same way you pay a little extra for an unlisted number and block your caller-ID when making calls, you should do the same thing when using the Internet. Only on the Internet, things can be a little more complicated with proxies, tunneling, DNS and other factors. cQuery Service by Packet Forensics solves these problems while actually improving performance in many situations because it takes a completely different approach to DNS resolution and caching. And DNS is only one piece of the solution. cQuery offers unique, secure solutions for forward and reverse WhoIs queries as well, keeping you covered from every perspective of your research or investigation.

Key Advantages of cQuery Service:

• Millions of queries are cached so we don't re-query publicly
• Saves time by automatically determining the correct WhoIs source
• Your queries are anomymized, revealing nothing publicly
• DNSSEC and cache poisoning defense are built-in without upgrading
• Your cache is refreshed automatically to keep aging data current
• We pre-cache top queries from around the world automatically
• Your transactions are secured with encryption for privacy
• Direct, web-based or Windows/Mac OS X software clients available

In-the-Cloud or On-Prem

Turning-up cQuery service couldn't be easier. We can keep things simple for your IT department by delivering a completely cloud-based service with no software to install. Alternatively, we'll deliver one of our high reliability, security-hardened devices that gives you even better performance and has several other advantages.

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