OpenDNS: What is OpenDNS ? Advantages of OpenDNS

OPENDNS  is one of the most popular cloud based internet security and DNS service recommended by millions of users worldwide. OpenDNS will help you secure and protect you from malicious malwares, bot-nets,phishing attacks using award winning industry best practices.

What mean by DNS ?

Do you know what is mean by DNS service ? if your answer is No, then no problem we will explain little bit.Domain Name System or DNS is a standard technology used to managing the websites and other names on the internet.It’s an integral part of internet communications working behind the scenes.

DNS service is based on the client / server architecture where Your Web browser functions as a DNS client (also called as  DNS resolver) and issues requests to your Internet provider’s DNS servers when navigating between Web sites.

DNS servers allows you to type any website address(Domain name)  into your computer web browser such as Google Chrome,Mozilla Firefox,Internet Explorer and many more ;These web browsers will automatically find that computer from the internet.

For example if you typed in to your web browser your computer don’t know where actually my website pointed, there for it will ask the DNS servers.Now the job of domain name servers will start; The DNS servers will now translate our domain name in to computer readable IP addresses( ).Once they find the location of my domain name it will open my website on your computer.

Normally most of the internet service providers will add the DNS servers ip address information into their devices such as routers or modems or in some enterprise case they will add it in the web browsers network settings.Most of the lower level DNS servers are owned by internet service providers.


What is OpenDNS ? 

Now we are coming back to OpenDNS; DNS servers performance varies between internet service providers.If your ISP’s DNS servers are slow,the time it will take to load the website on the client computer will increase and it will lead to the overall loading time of your website.Here comes the OpenDNS,it’s a simple and reliable service that allows you to speed up your internet connection without any additional cost.

Advantages of OpenDNS ?

OpenDNS got powered by globally distributed ultra-reliable cloud network.It’s simple,super fast and more secure DNS Service that we got so far.Millions of users already using the best  DNS service on the web. why not try it ?

OpenDNS  stores millions of website addresses into their cache.Means you will get your requests on the web browser resolved quicker than your present internet service provider DNS servers. OpenDNS also corrects the typos in your web browser quickly and automatically to redirect you to the correct website.

Another main reason,why most of the people switching to OpenDNS include the ability to block phishing websites. OpenDNS using the Phish-tank database( one of the best community website to determine  any online phishing scam)  to block the phishing website to load on your computer.

OpenDNS provides you complete control over what type of website you want to be allowed.For example if you are setting up OpenDNS for your company maybe you want to block all the social websites such as Facebook,Myspace etc .You can do it easily with OpenDNS. Another example for home users, if you are worried about kids visiting adult websites then you can use OpenDNS to block Porn websites.

Choose OpenDNS Home VIP if you wish to pay for them or you can sign up with OpenDNS home( it’s totally free ) and free your network of frustrating, intermittent Internet outages and make your Internet noticeably faster.

Setup OpenDNS 

Setting up OpenDNS will take only two minutes.Once you setup OpenDNS it will change the way you browse the web. OpenDNS is an incredible free Filtering system on the internet. It allows you to reroute your internet content through Open DNS servers. It will definitely keep your internet safe and clean, and most importantly,your kids are protected.If you are an expert computer user you can configure OpenDNS on your network router.

Go to Control panel in windows

Open the network connections.

Now click on the primary connection/ local area connection.


Click the properties button.

Select ‘Internet Protocol Version 4’ and click Properties.


Now click the radio button ‘Use the following DNS server addresses:’ and type in OpenDNS’ addresses in the Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server fields.


Click OK button, then the Close button, then Close again.Once done flush your DNS cache and browser cache to test your openDNS configuration.

I hope you got some idea on what is DNS and what is OpenDNS and how to setup OpenDNS. Let Me know if you have any questions ?


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