Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/167239/7-reasons-to-use-a-third-party-dns-service/
Your Internet service provider runs DNS servers for you, but you don’t have to use those. You can use third-party DNS servers instead, which offer a variety of features that your ISP probably doesn’t.
If you live outside of the US and you use a third party dns provider, do you create download problems for yourself? I thought there were file caches located around the world to avoid files being dragged half way around the globe all the time. If you are no longer connected to you ISP's local DNS do you increase the distance that you pull these files from?
I have been using OpenDNS since day one. There service just keeps getting better. I have used their categories to protect my home network and the kids. Very little in false positives of filtered sites. You wouldn't believe how many malware/adware sites have been blocked and the bonus of identifying misspelled domains so you don't hit a squatting site. Also I really love the popup of my "Picture of Doom" when the kids try to get to a web site that OpenDNS has blocked.
I must be blind. On OpenDNS you used to be able to adjust the filtering categories. Is that no longer the case?
I've run the Namebench twice and each time it gets to what appears to be the end and says it stopped working. When I ask to find a solution it searches for a minute or so and closes. Windows 7 Pro, 64 bit Acer
OpenDNS offers encryption. Some protection from the "man in the middle" privacy compromisers.
Make my Internet horribly slow and non responsive. It's been 3 year until I figure out what causes this slowliness on my line. Remove it and it works like a charm!
With my last ISP, someone claimed the entire DHCP subnet block with OpenDNS and turned on High filtering for everybody. OpenDNS refused to turn it off for my IP address saying "Your ISP turned it on".
My ISP said "We have no idea what you're talking about".
So, things were extremely fast, since with OpenDNS, YouTube, FaceBook, MySpace, Vimeo, half of the other sites, etc... were gone.
I assume surfing got a little bit faster when I switched both ISP's and DNS services.
I'll pass on OpenDNS, thank you.
P.S. Google's is 126.96.36.199
Download namebench run it and set your dns servers from that. Dns bench is another one you can use to check your servers.
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