Google has opened up public assess to a new Domain Name System (DNS) service that allows users to look up Internet hosts quickly, accurately and securely.
The new service enables users to bypass their own Internet Service Provider's DNS to use Google's performance-optimized name lookup servers. Internet users constantly access DNS in the background every time they enter a URL in their browser, click a hyperlink, send email, or perform any other task that requires resolving the IP address of a given host name.
A user's currently assigned DNS server may be overburdened, slow, or even maliciously poisoned to provide bad information. That makes Google's new service both potential performance and security improvement.
Users can try the new service by entering Google's easy to remember DNS IP addresses (126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52) in place of their existing DNS settings, either individually on each computer they use, or centrally on their AirPort base station or other router, which will then access Google's DNS to perform all network host name lookups.
No redirection, blocking or filtering
Other free DNS services are already available, but most cover their costs by redirecting failed lookups (for mistyped or incorrect URLs) to ad supported pages that suggest alternatives. So far, Google isn't performing any such commercial redirects. Instead, the company is providing the service for free as a way to collect information about how users use the Internet on an anonymous and aggregated level.
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Hmmmm...Google is really trying to expand. Anyone going to try this?
Thanks, I'll try them. I've been getting stalls on the net, 30 seconds or so. When it does my mail still works and Remote Desktop still functions so I am leaning towards my ISP's DNS servers since Remote Desktop is IP based. Even OpenDNS stalls for me. I've changed routers, but not the modem yet.
There are plenty of these DNS services available. This one works not better or worse than OpenDNS as far as connectivity.
But OpenDNS shines because you get a Dashboard where you have more control over your Internet connection. You can set up parental controls, and shortcuts. Shortcuts in particular are nice. You can set it up so that if you type "Library" in your URL bar, it goes to your preferred local library site, etc.
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