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Who should manage your DNS?

The decision who to allow to update your DNS zone should be based on factors such as trust, expertise, and the specific arrangement or agreement between you and them.

When it comes to granting someone access to update your DNS zone, it's important to consider the following:

  1. Trust and Expertise: Ensure that the person is trustworthy and has the necessary expertise in managing DNS configurations. You should have confidence in their ability to make accurate and appropriate changes without causing any disruptions or security risks.
  2. Listen to Their Advice: If you have the trust in the person and they have the expertise, then listen to, and consider their advice carefully. DNS is not a simple system and changes that may appear simple to you may have consequences. 
  3. Access Control: If you decide to grant access to a person, consider providing them with limited access or specific credentials only for the purpose of updating the DNS zone. This helps maintain security by limiting their access to other sensitive areas of your infrastructure.
  4. Clear Communication: Clearly communicate your requirements and expectations. Ensure they understand the changes you want to make to the DNS zone and any specific guidelines or restrictions you may have.
  5. Regular Oversight: Even if you grant access, it's essential to periodically review and audit the changes made to your DNS zone. Regularly monitor the DNS configurations to ensure they align with your requirements and haven't been modified without your knowledge.
  6. Backup and Recovery: Before making any changes, ensure you have proper backups of your DNS zone file. This allows you to restore previous configurations if any issues or mistakes occur during the update process.
  7. Responsiveness: Make sure that those responsible for your DNS will act promptly. Issues with your DNS zone can be very costly.

Ultimately, the decision to let a person update your DNS zone should be based on your confidence in their abilities and the level of trust established between both parties. It's essential to strike a balance between providing access for necessary updates and maintaining control over your domain's DNS settings.

If you lack the necessary expertise, we're here, please get in touch. If you want to learn more about why DNS is important, please see our article 'Is DNS Important?'.