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OpenDNS, should you use it?

Are you having problems doing so? Also, its no harm to assign the IP, Subnet, and Gateway statically as well. If you are on a college network I wouldn't think there would be too big of an issue, don't think they intend on this though. Assigning a static IP could increase the chance that the IP you are assigning with be given to another pc on the network as well causing an IP conflict. I'm not on any college network at home, so I can change everything, basically.

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Just make sure to use a well known and established DNS server, not something oddball or random that may have been set up maliciously. Right, I will stick with the Big Boys. I'm leaning toward OpenDNS. It's the fastest from my office, so we'll see how well it works at home. That's what I use at home as well. You can also look into the free features they promote on their site including dynamic DNS features and security features.

But that's the ad revenue that pays for their free DNS, and they have free content blocking. There may be a way to disable that feature, but I don't think there was last time I used it, which was over a year ago. For instance, there are servers who don't log. Tor can do DNS resolves too! It trades some speed but it is more liberal, more privacy and it is anonymous. DNS is used to govern by a central root, that is, somebody.

There are some ongoing projects you can try to set DNS free, see Namecoin. Supposedly there can be speed benefits, but I've never seen anyone actually test each service and it seems like it would be minimal anyway. The other benefit is reliability - I moved to Google because Comcast's DNS and our own at work was crapping out repeatedly.

But there's nothing stopping you from just stacking up all six DNSes and having your router fall through each of them if any go down. The final concern is privacy, but any of these services can see what domains you're pinging.

It's the cost of doing business with the internet. The question is basically who do you trust the most. You can actually test your connection to DNS servers yourself. One common program is namebench. Essentially it pings numerous different DNS servers and tells you which server you have the best connection to. I personally use OpenDNS with the configuration setup at the router level to provide content filtering.

I've been using GoogleDNS for a while. Like, 3Mbs to k slow. I had to remove my custom DNS on my router for it to speed up again. This isn't my area, but surely DNS has nothing to do with download speeds? After you've connected to the service and started the download, it doesn't need to keep resolving the domain name, does it?

It's what happened to me. If its problematic you can try google, but your ISP is going to be the most efficient route. Or some sort of gateway server supplying DNS to other clients? If the latter, one of the many caching DNS servers would be a good idea. Many small DNS servers on the net will do this, whereas the big players can be the most abusive.

Why not use multiple? I can't feel a difference between the two, but Open dns does offer a few extra things, like logging and blocking of websites you do not wish people to visit. That's always been the fastest for me, and since it's talking directly with the root servers, it's more reliable and clean, being straight from the horses mouth. They are going to track and store all the websites you visit then if you use their DNS. No to mention they will be able to determine things like programs you use, and games you play since those things all look up DNS.

It's easy for them to then tie that back to your account since they see the same IP when you are logged into your account later. Actually, they're very upfront about what they log about you and it's not that bad at all. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. Log in or sign up in seconds. The subreddit is only for support with tech issues. Please be as specific as possible. Rules Try to research your issue before posting, don't be vague.

No [Meta] posts about jobs on tech support, only about the subreddit itself. If it should be avoided, what are the alternatives? I am basically looking for a way to block certain sites from my home network, but at the same time, I don't want to use a service which isn't safe interms of privacy and freedom. In my opinion, it's perfectly fine to use, and probably a very good option for a home user. Perhaps you should elaborate on your specific concerns?

I think it's OK because it seems well resourced due to its business success , and has otherwise signaled "good" intentions. By virtue of its size, it is well placed to protect against malicious websites.

OpenDNS is a company and service which extends the Domain Name System DNS by adding features such as misspelling correction, phishing protection, and optional content filtering.

It provides an ad-supported service "showing relevant ads when we [show] search results" and a paid advertisement-free service. This does mean that you have to trust OpenDNS not to do bad things - because they will see all your DNS requests, they can tell what websites you're visiting. Again, signals of good intent will factor into your decision about whether or not to trust them. Many other companies offer similar DNS services: Almost any major antivirus vendor will have it built into their product, plus there are companies targeting businesses with dedicated appliances that do the same thing.

By using appliance your privacy concerns could be safe but you need some technical expertise to configure these appliance, because it will be installed at your home. If you have enough technical expertise you can use free tools like Untangle. By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service , privacy policy and cookie policy , and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

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