Free and Public DNS Servers - Updated June 2017

A while ago, I wrote an article on how to change your DNS to improve your speed across the board. If you have not read that article, click here

DNS servers change from time to time and you might want to re-visit your DNS settings. 

This is an updated list of the most common, Open DNS servers, you can use outside of your ISP's DNS. 

Remember, after you put in your new DNS settings flush your DNS cache. 

- Open a command prompt as Admin (just easier). 

- Type: ipconfig /flushdns 

Remember, since you flushed your DNS cache, it can take a few pages of Internet browsing before you see a difference. 

Oh, and just so everyone knows, my favorite DNS servers I use are: 

4.2.2.1 
4.2.2.3 

Also, of note, Parents who want to automatically block their kids from harmful sites (I would recommend this for teenagers under 14) please note these newer DNS servers and what they can do.  

Note: this is a pretty easy setup but has to be done at the router level so the DHCP provides these DNS settings to ALL the devices that connect. Mom and Dad, you will be subject to them also!  

[6] The Norton ConnectSafe free DNS servers listed above block sites hosting malware, phishing schemes, and scams, and is called Policy 1. Use Policy 2 (199.85.126.20 and 199.85.127.20) to block those sites plus those with pornographic content. Use Policy 3 (199.85.126.30 and 199.85.127.30) to block all previously mentioned site categories plus those Norton deems "non-family friendly." Be sure to check out the list of things blocked in Policy 3 - there are several controversial topics in there that you may find perfectly acceptable.

[7] GreenTeamDNS "blocks tens of thousands of dangerous websites which include malware, botnets, adult related content, aggressive/ violent sites as well as advertisements and drug-related websites " according to their FAQ page. Premium accounts have more control. 

Also, if you just not into manually changing your DNS and going a lot of work just to get the best speed, look at a utility called DNS Jumper (click here). I use it when I am in a hurry or just want to see what DNS happens to resolve the fastest. All that said, sometimes ANY DNS tool can be wrong. For my area, I was shown ULTRA DNS was the fastest. Yet, when I used the DNS Settings provided, pictures and Icons would not appear. So, I went with the second best and those DNS Servers seem to be pretty damn fast. 

dns jumper main 1

DNS Jumper has a very compact interface but can do a hell of a lot. Just play around with it and see what works and what doesn't. You can even add your own DNS servers you think are fast and have the application check those also! Very cool utility. Really like it. Quick, simple, perfect for the busy admin. What I really like about it is when I am traveling I can quickly find the fastest DNS server around me (wherever I may be) and simply click "apply" and I'm off and running. Great for folks who travel. 

Good luck and happy speeding! 

//Digital//

Last modified on Saturday, 17 June 2017 16:31

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