What is OpenDNS?

according to OpenDNS itself…

“no matter where you are in the world your DNS requests are answered by our closest datacenter. Anycast routing also means that you are automatically routed to our next closest datacenter in the event of maintenance or downtime. This makes your Internet faster and more reliable.”

This means your connection to the internet isn’t relying solely on your connection with your ISP, as your DNS (domain.com > 111.111.111.111) queries are sent to OpenDNS instead.

Another fantastic benefit of using the free service is shortcuts. For example, when I want to access my site http://kevinsprograms.net, I simple type in “fp” without the quotes, and it sends me there.  You can also set parental controls to block certain sites, and OpenDNS blocks websites known to be troublesome or fraudulent, so you don’t put your computer at risk.

Your ISP doesn’t correct domain name typos, or care what sites you visit, legit or not, and often they’re DNS servers are slow because so many customers are using them. OpenDNS avoids this.

To setup OpenDNS on your home computer network go to:

https://www.opendns.com/homenetwork/start/computer/


My only beef with the service is their website is a little hard to navigate, so they could improve on that.

I do not work for, or am in any way affiliated with OpenDNS. I’m just a very satisfied user of the service.

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