If you have set up your Internet to automatically assign a DNS (Domain Name Service) – and most of you do – then you’re allowing your ISP to control what you can view online, what sites you can visit, and so on.
When you allow your ISP to control what you can view online, you are allowing someone to control your connection. When you allow someone to control your connection, you may find certain sites are slower than they should be or they’re blocked. When certain sites are slower than they should be or blocked, you get angry.
When you get angry you eat too much comfort food. When you eat too much comfort food, you get fat. When you get fat, you have to go on a diet. When you go on a diet, you have to eat lettuce. When you eat lettuce you get depressed and grumpy.
When you get depressed and grumpy, no one likes you. When no one likes you, you have no friends. When you have no friends you have no one to go bowling with.
If you have no one to go bowling with, you have to bowl alone. Don’t bowl alone – take control of you DNS.
What the heck is DNS?
The following information is from Network Solutions – one of the top domain registrars in the world.
“Domain Name Servers (DNS) are the Internet’s equivalent of a phone book. They maintain a directory of domain names and translate them to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.
This is necessary because, although domain names are easy for people to remember, computers or machines, access websites based on IP addresses.
Information from all the domain name servers across the Internet are gathered together and housed at the Central Registry. Host companies and Internet Service Providers interact with the Central Registry on a regular schedule to get updated DNS information.
When you type in a web address, e.g., www .jimsbikes com, your Internet Service Provider views the DNS associated with the domain name, translates it into a machine friendly IP address (for example 126.96.36.199 is the IP for jimsbikes com) and directs your Internet connection to the correct website…”
Most of you use the DNS of your Internet Service Provider – thus you are allowing them to control what’s in the phone book and they can, if they choose, make it difficult or impossible to access some sites. And they can slow down your connection to any site they wish.
If you don’t like your ISP (potentially) controlling how fast some pages load and blocking other pages – then you can thumb your nose by using one of the following DNS services.
The oldest and one of the most trusted DNS providers on the Internet. Open DNS offers both free and premium DNS services. If you know how to set up DNS, just use the DNS numbers on this page. If you don’t, read below and use the DNS listed after our instructions.
To change your DNS servers all you need to do is go to Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center and click on Change adapter settings (in the left pane) then:
Select your Internet connection from the list of connections, right-click on it and select “Properties”. Select your Internet Protocol almost all of you will select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties:
Tick the circle that says Use the following DNS server addresses. Replace the numbers you see there with the numbers provided by the DNS service you chose. Below you can see the server addresses for OPEN DNS.
If you want to use OPEN DNS just use the server addresses you see above. If you can’t see them, they are:
What is Google Public DNS?
Google Public DNS is a free, global Domain Name System (DNS) resolution service, that you can use as an alternative to your current DNS provider.
To try it out:
Configure your network settings to use the IP addresses 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 as your DNS servers or Read our configuration instructions (IPv6 addresses supported too). If you decide to try Google Public DNS, your client programs will perform all DNS lookups using Google Public DNS.
Why does DNS matter?
The DNS protocol is an important part of the web’s infrastructure, serving as the Internet’s phone book: every time you visit a website, your computer performs a DNS lookup. Complex pages often require multiple DNS lookups before they start loading, so your computer may be performing hundreds of lookups a day.
See, now you won’t have to eat lettuce, get grumpy, and bowl alone!