Some of you might be wondering, so what is a DNS Server and what can it do for me?
DNS stands for Domain Name System. You can often notice that using a third-party DNS Server will help improve your browsing experience. DNS helps you increase your browsing speed (and not your downloading speed), the time it takes to load a web-page are often improved using third-party DNS services such as Google & OpenDNS, but that isn’t always the case as sometimes your ISP may provide better DNS than these third-party ones.
The simplest task of a DNS is to translate host names such as (google.com) to a ip address like (188.8.131.52). But most of the third party DNS Servers provide more functionality and are much more secure and up to date than the DNS server of your ISP. They are dedicated DNS servers and well designed for handling all sorts of complicated DNS tasks and requests. So these third-party DNS servers can offer just more than the basic DNS functionality. Many use third-party DNS Services to bypass website block or censoring by your internet service provider.
For example: When your ISP blocks your favorite website (such as Facebook or Twitter), you can trying using third-party DNS to bypass that block (but remember that it does not always work); or if you know the IP Address of the desired website you can use that to access the website, but then again that doesn’t always work either.
ping www.google.com or just
The Command prompt will resolve the IP for the hostname when you ping it.
List of Public DNS Servers
Now that we have cleared that, I will be posting some good, fast and FREE DNS Servers below:
Google’s Public DNS Server
Google Public DNS is a free, global Domain Name System (DNS) resolution service, that you can use as an alternative to your current DNS provider. If you want you can read what Google has to say about the Google Public DNS service.
SmartViper Public DNS
Read more about SmartViper’s Free DNS Service
OpenDNS DNS Server
DNSadvantage DNS Server
DNSReactor provides FREE Public DNS servers that you can use as an alternative to your local ISP DNS servers.
Norton ConnectSafe DNS for Home
Norton ConnectSafe for Home is a free dns service that provides a first layer of defense by blocking unsafe sites automatically. Norton ConnectSafe provides basic browsing protection and content filtering for all Web-enabled devices on your home network.
|Preferred DNS||Alternate DNS|
|1 – Security (malware, phishing sites and scam sites)|
|2 – Security + Pornography|
|3 – Security + Pornography + Non-Family Friendly|
Comodo Secure DNS
Comodo Secure DNS is a domain name resolution service that resolves your DNS requests through our worldwide network of redundant DNS servers. This can provide a much faster and more reliable Internet browsing experience than using the DNS servers provided by your ISP and does not require any hardware or software installation.
Pakistan’s PTCL Broadband DNS Server
Pakistan’s BrainNET DNS Server
Note:- I already stated above but just like to clearly say again that changing your DNS will not improve your downloading speed and it does not bypass all sorts of blocks from your ISP either.
dscacheutil -flushcache (for Mac OS X 10.5 and newer)
/etc/rc.d/init.d/nscd restart (for Linux)
Which DNS Server do you use? have something that isn’t posted above? let us know 🙂
Last Updated: December 17, 2012
This article was last updated on December 17, 2012