DNS means “Domain Name System” which stores information about host and domain names in a “type of distributed database on networks, such as the Internet.” Information stored includes the physical location (IP address), mail exchange servers accepting e-mail for each domain, and address and routing information for the domain.
DNS as a tool for typical users is fairly limited. What it can do is possibly help you track down potential spammer sites and back track web addresses to track down the owner, also known as WHOIS.
If you are looking for a one stop shop for tracking down referers, comment urls and other domain ownership information, DNS Stuff is the place. From there you can search the WHOIS, traceroute, spam databases, ping, determine geographic locations, and even test email accounts. There is even a DNS Stuff extesnion for Firefox users to provide easy access to DNS Stuff tools.
Here are some more DNS tools and utilities:
- DNS Stuff
- Linux.ie – All About DNS
- DNS Report
- DNS Links and Resources
- DNS Watch – DNS Look up
- Domain Name System Links, Whitepapers, and Research
- DNS Forgery
- Geek Tools – WHOIS Look up
- WHOIS Source
- Web Hosting – WHOIS
- Better WHOIS
- Who Owns the Domains – Methods and Links for Finding That Out