What is Open DNS and How to Use It?

Open DNS, one of the DNS servers we often hear about due to the bans imposed on some websites all over the world, actually offers a firewall to its users, much more than entering prohibited sites. We answered the questions of what is Open DNS for you, how to use it.


When talking about changing DNS settings, banned websites are the first to come to mind. However, changing your DNS settings and getting service from a different server offers you much more. The service provided by different servers, such as Open DNS, builds a wall that protects you from the malicious purposes of the internet. So what is Open DNS?


Open DNS is a different DNS service server. When you enter different websites with your DNS settings, your IP address and personal information will be free, and you will be open to all kinds of threats. But Open DNS prevents this situation. We answered the curious questions about Open DNS for you, how to use it, and explained what you need to do to use the Open DNS server.


What is Open DNS?


Open DNS is a free DNS server service founded in 2006 by businessman David Ulevitch. You are currently using the DNS settings given to you when entering the internet, most likely the Google server. Open DNS only offers you a different server service.


There is no software to download, a subscription to, or a cost to switch to the Open DNS server by changing your DNS settings. As a result of a standard DNS change process, you can move your DNS server to the Open DNS service. There are different advantages to using Open DNS.


What are the advantages of Open DNS?


If you access the internet with the DNS settings that came with your computer's first purchase, it means that all the sites you log into are reaching your visible information. Under normal circumstances, this is not a problem, but things change when you enter an unreliable site or when malware infiltrates your computer.


With Open DNS, you add another layer to the DNS service that connects you to websites. So you can navigate the internet world more discreetly and with a minimum of potential identity theft threats, even if you don't eliminate them.


Another advantage of using Open DNS is distance. The longer the gap between the DNS servers, the website's server, and you, the slower your connection speed will be. Therefore, using different DNS servers will positively affect your connection speed.


With Open DNS, you can prevent access to some sites on your network. For example, if you have a child, you can restrict access to places you do not want. Some companies are known to use Open DNS to prevent their employees from accessing social media platforms over the network during work hours.


How to use Open DNS?


Step # 1: Open the Network and Internet Settings page from your computer.

Step # 2: Click the Develop Adapter Options button.

Step # 3: Find and open your network.

Step # 4: Click on the Properties button.

Step # 5: Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4) and click the Properties button.

Step # 6: Check the Use the following DNS server addresses option.

Step # 7: Type Open DNS addresses in DNS servers and click the OK button.

Step # 8: You may need to restart the computer.

Step # 9: Done.



Step # 1: Open the Network and Internet Settings page from your computer:

You can access the Network and Internet Settings page of your computer through the Control Panel. As a shorter way, you can open the Wi-Fi screen by clicking the Wi-Fi icon in the lower right corner, then open the page by clicking the Network and Internet Settings text located at the bottom of the screen.


Step # 2: Click on the Develop Adapter Options button:

On the Network and Internet Settings page, you will see a detailed page showing your network status. You can open the Network Connections page by clicking the first option under the Change Your Network Settings heading, the Enhance Adapter Options button.


Step # 3: Find and open your network:

On the Network Connections page, you will view all connection types that your computer is actively or passively connected to. To change your DNS settings, you must turn on your Wi-Fi connection network. The title of the connection you need to open will say Wi-Fi, you will see the name of the modem you are connected to in the subtitle, and the connection icon will be green, probably because you are actively connected.


Step # 4: Click on the Properties button:

After finding and opening your Wi-Fi network on the Network Connections page you open with the Adapter Options button, you will see the Wi-Fi Status screen. Here you can find detailed information about the Wi-Fi connection status. Click the Properties button to change the DNS settings. You will see the administrator confirmation screen, confirm it.


Step # 5: Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4) and click the Properties button:

When you click the Properties button on the Wi-Fi Status screen, the Wi-Fi Properties screen will appear. You can edit all settings related to your Wi-Fi network in the Network Communication subheading. To change the DNS settings, select the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4) line and click the Properties button.


Step # 6: Check the Use the following DNS server addresses option:

With the Use the following DNS server addresses option, you can use the DNS servers you want. If you continue to use it the other way, DNS servers will be acquired automatically, so you will continue to connect to the internet with the first DNS addresses given to you.


Step # 7: Type Open DNS addresses in DNS servers and click the OK button:

At this point, you switch to the Open DNS server. The addresses you need to type to use Open DNS are as follows;


First line: 208.67.222.222

Second line: 208.67.220.220

After typing in the DNS addresses here, click the OK button and exit the screen. You may prefer to restart the computer for a better result. You are now using Open DNS.


We answered the question of Open DNS for you, how to use it, and explained the advantages of using Open DNS. If you are using Open DNS, you can share your experience or your opinion about different DNS servers in the comments.

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