Replace OpenDNS with Google Public DNS

By Posted 2009 Updated   GoogleSecurityTutorials

I have been using OpenDNS to browse faster, safer, and fix DNS errors. But now Google Public DNS is a new challenger which is encourging web users to use their settings on Networks to speed up your browsing experience and get improved security.

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. Since a faster and safer DNS infrastructure could significantly improve the web browsing experience, Google Public DNS promises to do just that.

Get started with Google Public DNS
Read the configuration instructions and then configure your network settings to use the IP addresses 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 as your DNS servers. Remember after that your client programs will perform all DNS lookups using Google Public DNS. For once .. no Google account needed.

Quick Start on Windows Vista
Go the Control Panel > Click Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Manage network connections > Right-click Local Area Connection / Wireless Network Connection > Click Properties > Select Networking tab > Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) > Click Properties > Replace Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server with Google DNS servers: 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 > OK.

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So which is better – OpenDNS or Google Public DNS? Both are really good and only time will tell. The best part is that short Google IP addresses are really much easier to remember than OpenDNS.  I switched and its working lightening fast as of now. Another ace by Google to speed up the web. And if you are still using the DNS settings of your ISP, try out these DNS services and feel the difference … and secure your browsing.


5 comments on “Replace OpenDNS with Google Public DNS

  1. John Seiffer at http://www.BetterCEO.com says:

    I switched from my ISP to OPEN DNS a while ago – don’t really see any difference, so I don’t know what difference this will make.

  2. SocialBlogr says:

    Beautiful number! 8.8.8.8 :)
    Thanks for sharing this. Usually I use OpenDNS, but I’m gonna try this.

  3. Harsh Agrawal says:

    I tried Google Public DNS and its fast
    My report shows almost 50% less latency but when I changed name server for one of domain
    it took time to reflect that changes on my local PC and as soon as I changed it to Open DNS
    I can see name server change

  4. Sunil says:

    Fantastic Performance. Not only DNS , within few days Google will change DNA of the web

  5. Sagar Gholap says:

    Although I have been using OpenDNS mostly for a year now, this option too is an alternative just in case OpenDNS has any issues.

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