Many of you may have heard about different DNS services which claim to offer a faster and safer experience over the web by protecting you from Malware, phishing, bad content etc. right at the DNS server level. Today we will be trying to put together the free DNSÂ services available for FREE.
Just a small Introduction on how DNS works (Quoted from Clearcloud Forum)
Itâ€™s really a big phone book of all the IP addresses and website names, known as URLs (Universal Resource Locator), the address â€œnameâ€ of the website. Itâ€™s much easier to remember â€œwww.sunbeltsoftware.comâ€ than to remember â€œ22.214.171.124.â€
Every website URL has an IP address. Computers talk to each other using the numeric IP address, while us humans remember the address based on the URL.
(Imagine simply writing on an envelope, â€œJohn Doakes, my brother,â€ and the Post Office knows exactly what John Doakes it is. You can do it on the Internet as long as every website has its own URL, and they do.)
Keep in mind, the list below is not in any order. It is random and top one doesn’t mean its best. The services provided are almost same in general terms until you go for details. Hence I am not covering those general details.
I have already written about OpenDNS in much detail here and here. It is one of the best available DNS service which can be configured to a large extent to suit your needs like content filtering and phishing protection e.g protection from malware, phishing, Porn and much more. Read my previous post for more details.
One bad thingÂ or drawback about it is that, it is ad supported even though not in large extent. It will redirect you to OpenDNS search page if you make a typo mistake in the URL or the Website you want to browse is down.
Preferred DNS server :126.96.36.199
Alternate DNS server: 188.8.131.52
2. Norton DNS
It is a free DNS service provided by Well know Symantec which are behind the whole range of Norton Products. They use the technology behind their security products to safeguard you online from threats like Malware, phishing etc.
Preferred DNS server: 184.108.40.206
Alternate DNS server: 220.127.116.11
I have talked about ClearCloud DNS service already few days back. If you want a robust security from Malicious stuff right at the DNS level, then this is for you. It blocks phishing sites, malware, trojans etc even before they can reach you.
Preferred DNS server: 18.104.22.168
Alternate DNS server: 22.214.171.124
It is free DNS service provided by Google. If you want a faster browsing experience compared to your ISP DNS, you can use this.
Preferred DNS server: 126.96.36.199
Alternate DNS server: 188.8.131.52
It is a DNS service provided by COMODO. Comodo Secure DNS gives you a safer, smarter and faster Internet
Preferred DNS server: 184.108.40.206
Alternate DNS server: 220.127.116.11
It usesÂ UltraDNS Directory Services Platform of a mesh of fifteen (15) globally synchronized DNS network nodes located on five (5) continents. It does provide you protection from malware and phishing.
Preferred DNS server: 18.104.22.168
Alternate DNS server: 22.214.171.124
Scrubit by default block out any pornographic, phishing, and many other potentially harmful sites. Users who wish to customize which sites are blocked and allowed may sign up for BETA and customize their ScrubIT.
Preferred DNS server: 126.96.36.199
Alternate DNS server: 188.8.131.52
If you are concerned over privacy, then this is for you. FoolDNS can destroy 90% of advertising, delete tracking cookies, avoid profiling with just one click, for FREE. It also provides you protection from Phishing and Malware.
Preferred DNS server: 184.108.40.206
Alternate DNS server: 220.127.116.11
If you don’t like any DNS resolver that “alters” the traffic in any way, including typos and non-existent domains then DNSResolvers is for you. It does the job ofÂ Pure DNS resolutions with no traffic shaping and no monetization.
Preferred DNS server: 18.104.22.168
Alternate DNS server: 22.214.171.124
The speed of browsing is dependent on the location of these servers and how far or near they are from you. So I cant make a general statement on how good or bad they are compared to others or even your own ISP.
You can use a simple tool called Namebench to find the fastest DNS server for you.
To use any of the above, You just need to change your DNS servers in TCP/IP configuration (LAN Properties normally). You can read the instructions on how to change DNS servers here.
Apart from speed, My recommendation :
For Content Filtering : use OpenDNS
For Protection against Malware, Phising etc : Clearcloud
For Privacy Concerns : FoolDNS
These are strictly my opinion and it can vary from person to person. So dont come gunnign at me if I forgot your Favorite.
Also, Keep in mind that some of the above like Open DNS, Fooldns also provide paid services bt free ones are good enough for personaluse.
I would like to hear from you guys if you are using any one of these services and how it works. Feel free to comment here.