The Domain Name System (DNS) is a central part of the Internet, providing a way to match names (a website that you are looking for) to numbers (the address for the website). Anything connected to the Internet - laptops, tablets, mobile phones, websites - has an Internet Protocol (IP) address made up of numbers. Your favourite website might have an IP address like 64.202.189.170, but this is obviously not easy to remember. However a domain name such as bestdomainnameever.com is something people can recognise and remember. DNS syncs up domain names with IP addresses enabling humans to use memorable domain names while computers on the Internet can use IP addresses.

Let’s explore what keeps more than 2 billion Internet users and 252 million domain names* connecting—and how Verisign helps to make it happen.

* Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief, April 2013

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This whole process might seem complicated, but really takes very little time at all. An average user interacts more than 30 times a day with Verisign’s infrastructure. In fact, Verisign resolves up to 1 million queries per second and is continuously working to make the Internet fast and reliable.

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