We live in today’s world, the 2019 internet world. Internet, now is a need for all. People connect with the world, watch Netflix shows, listen to Spotify music. Imagine, a slow internet speed, when watching your favorite movie. It’s very painful.. But, don’t worry, we know the trick 😉 It’s our very own private dns resolver.
A DNS Resolver is a domain name system server that connects to a webpage when an user tries to browse the web. For example, when you try to access www.google.com, your WiFi or network dns server first converts the domain to an IP address then the dns server connects to the IP address and you see the Google website in your browser. It’s the same process for any website you visit.
But, the main issue here is, anyone in between your device and the websites you visit, can snoop on your DNS queries and get to know about the websites you visit. These parties include your ISP, mobile carriers.. So here comes the savior, TLS (Transport Layer Security). It encrypts the dns queries and makes very hard for anyone spying in-between. DNS over TLS (DoT) and DNS over HTTPS (DoH) are two techniques used for this.
What Can We Do?
A DNS resolver not only helps a secure internet connection but also it improves the internet speed that you don’t find on your ISP. And if you use a private dns, then everything is protected, and your dns provider doesn’t store your any data.
First you need to get the hostname of the dns provider that you want to connect through. Here’s a list of some big companies who provide public dns. Check for their hostname and privacy statements before using their service.
Connect through devices..
1. Windows (Ex. Cloudflare 18.104.22.168):
- First click on the Start menu or Windows button or search for, then click on Control Panel.
- Click on Network and Internet.
- And Click on Change Adapter Settings.
- Then Right click on the Wi-Fi network you are connected to, then click Properties.
- Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (or Version 6 if desired).
- Click Properties.
- Write down any existing DNS server entries for future reference.
- Click Use The Following DNS Server Addresses.
- Replace those addresses with the 22.214.171.124 DNS addresses:
- For IPv4: 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52
- For IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001
- Click OK, then Close.
- Restart your browser. You are now connected!
2. Mac (Ex. Cloudflare 184.108.40.206):
- Open System Preferences.
- Search for DNS Servers and select it from the dropdown.
- And click the + button to add a DNS Server and enter 220.127.116.11
- Then + again and enter 18.104.22.168 (This is for redundancy.)
- After that click + again and enter 2606:4700:4700::1111 (This is for redundancy.)
- Click + again and enter 2606:4700:4700::1001 (This is for redundancy.)
- Click Ok, then click Apply. Good to go..
3. Linux (Ex. Cloudflare 22.214.171.124):
- Click the Applications icon on the left menu bar.
- And click Settings, then Network.
- Find your internet connection on the right pane, then click the gear icon.
- Then click the IPv4 or IPv6 tab to view your DNS settings.
- Set the “Automatic” toggle on the DNS entry to Off.
- For IPv4: 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52
- For IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1111,2606:4700:4700::1001
- Click Apply, then restart your browser. Congrats 🙂
4. Android 9 Pie (Ex. Cloudflare 184.108.40.206):
- First open the system Settings.
- Then open Network & Internet settings.
- And click on the Advanced option.
- Now you will see Private DNS, click on that, a popup will be opened now.
- For custom DNS Provider, click on the Private DNS provider hostname. and enter the hostname like 1dot1dot1dot1.cloudflare-dns.com (for Cloudflare), dns.google (for Google) and click on “Save” button. You are done now… ✌️
Cheers, now you are connected through a more private and fast DNS provide, start browsing.. And if you face any difficulties, ask us on the comments section below. Click here to check the DNS provider performances..
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