Improve security and speed of Browsing using alternative DNS

You know you can improve both the performance of your Internet browsing and security by choosing alternative DNS; The good news is that it is free and you'll need about one minute of your time to switch to another provider.dns internet

What is a DNS resolver?

Domain Name System (DNS) is known to Internet users, but an average or novice user probably does not know or care about what DNS is, or what they can do.

DNSs link domain names or domains and IP addresses. If you own a server and want to allow it to connect to it, it is best to use a name. It's easy to remember, or rather it's easier than an IP address number. There are several online services selling domain names. Once you buy a domain, you need to connect it to your server's IP address, and then whoever is interested will be able to access it, your domain name instead of having to type the IP address.

A DNS resolver server allows a computer (or user) to search for a domain name (such as iguru.gr) and find the IP address of the server hosting the website. Think of the DNS resolver server as a computer directory.

So when you type the domain name of a web page in your web browser behind the scenes, there is the DNS resolver server, which will turn your computer to the correct IP address by analyzing the domain name in numbers. So your browser will discover the webpage you typed.

Which DNS resolver are set up for you?

Most home users use the Internet Service Provider (ISP) DNS resolver, or Internet Service Provider. They are usually used automatically when you configure your router. You can find out which DNS resolvers you use if you go to your router's settings page through the "WAN" tab. There, look in the "DNS Servers" section. There are usually two, one main and one alternate. These DNS servers may or may not be hosted by your ISP.

You can also see the DNS server used on your computer by opening a command prompt window and typing "nslookup" and then enter. You will see the "Default DNS Server" and the IP address.

Why would I want to use an alternate DNS Resolver from the one my ISP gives me?

Your ISP may have done a good job with the DNS Resolver servers, and can be completely secure. But it may not be. Their servers can have endless pores and awesome hardware, offering you super fast response times. But it may not.

You may want to use an alternative for three main reasons:

1. Alternative DNS resolvers can give you very fast web browsing

Some alternative DNS providers claim to use DNS public servers to provide a faster browsing experience for end users with a noticeable reduction in the delay for DNS searches. Of course, to observe it, you should have the relevant experience, but you probably know when a connection is slow. You can try and if it seems slow, you can always go back to your old ISP by changing DNS whenever you want.

2. Alternatives to DNS Resolvers improve security while browsing

Some alternative DNS providers claim that the solutions they offer improve security by filtering out malware, phishing, and phishing or malicious sites. This reduces the risk of attacks DNS cache poisoning.

3. Some Alternative Reselvers DNS Providers offer automatic content filtering

Do you want to try adding filters for your children so they do not have access to porn sites, or other "non-family" websites? You can select a DNS provider that filters the content. The service Norton ConnectSafe DNS servers offers DNS resolution servers filtering inappropriate content. This does not mean that your children cannot simply type in the IP address of an inappropriate website and gain access to it. But then we are not talking about children but "hackers."

How do you change your DNS Resolver with an alternative DNS provider?

The best way to change DNS providers is from your router. This will change them from one place only. Once you change DNS Resolvers to your router, all your network applications will use the new DNS servers automatically.

Check your router's manual for how and where to change the DNS records. There are usually two to three locations to enter DNS Server IP addresses.

Before making any changes, write some of the current settings in case your changes do not work.

Alternative DNS Providers Worth to Use:

Google Public DNS:
8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4

Norton ConnectSafe DNS:
198.153.192.50 - (includes malware, phishing, and porn sites)
198.153.194.50 - (includes malware, phishing, and porn sites)

For a more extensive list of alternative DNS providers, see below.

Provider

Primary DNS Server

Secondary DNS Server

Level3 209.244.0.3 209.244.0.4
Google 8.8.8.8 8.8.4.4
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 84.200.70.40
Comodo Secure DNS 8.26.56.26 8.20.247.20
OpenDNS Home 208.67.222.222 208.67.220.220
DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1 156.154.71.1
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10 199.85.127.10
GreenTeamDNS 81.218.119.11 209.88.198.133
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39 195.46.39.40
OpenNIC 216.87.84.211 208.115.243.35
Public-Root 199.5.157.131 208.71.35.137
SmartViper 208.76.50.50 208.76.51.51
Man 216.146.35.35 216.146.36.36
FreeDNS 37.235.1.174 37.235.1.177
censurfridns.dk 89.233.43.71 91.239.100.100
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42
puntCAT 109.69.8.51

 

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