Sunday, 27 January 2019 17:35

DNS - Increase your browsing speed and security for FREE

In a world where the internet is becoming an ever-increasing part of all our lives and the worry of personal data security is never far from everyone’s mind, there is a simple solution that can not only help speed up how long it takes for you to load a website but also help keep you just that bit more secure.

DNS may seem like another weird internet term that is difficult to understand, but in fact it’s really simple to get your head round. Web and IP addresses are the equivalent to phone numbers, you put them in to a browser to get through to the right place. Well DNS is the phone book your browser uses to look up those numbers and point it in the right direction. Thing is that these DNS phonebooks are usually assigned automatically by your internet provider and they push you to the service they want. The issue comes where some of those services can be unreliable, prone to going down at any time and often. They can be far slower than many other DNS providers out there and worst of all they can record every time you use their service, recording your own IP address, what sites you visit and how often which can all be sold on to third parties without your knowledge. This can open you up to targeted ads sent across all your devices.

What no one has ever told you is how easy it is to change this, with a few numbers in your router or device you can easily switch to a service that avoids these problems. There is even an App for iPhone and Android that can configure your phone or table automatically so you can be faster and more secure as you go.

While there are many free DNS services out the from Google’s own Public DNS to Cisco’s OpenDNS they have been known to collect data and in many independent tests are not the fastest around. The one we recommend and the one what we use ourselves is a service called 1.1.1.1 from Cloudflare, they are the fastest out there, completely open and free to use and they don’t collect personal information that can be used to target you with ads.

They have instructions on how to set up DNS on your devices as well as more about it on their website. Find out more about or to download the App here https://1.1.1.1/

Any one who would like help setting it up we have an offer at the end for anyone local, for those who would like it free it is a simple set up with instructions on their site and below.

For mobiles it’s as simple as running the App and running through the instructions they give, you only need to do it the once and can be done in less than a minute. The other advantage of mobiles is that it protects you whether at home on Wi-Fi, using hotspot or using data anywhere in the world (well with the exception of China, North Korea and other less free internet countries).

However, to get the most from it you need to set up your home router to automatically use their DNS service over your internet providers, once done any device from mobile, laptop to smart TV should use the service as a default. To set it up follow the instructions below.

  • Connect to your preferred wireless network.
  • Enter your router’s gateway IP address in your browser.
  • If prompted, fill in your username and password. This information may be labelled on the router.
  • In your router’s configuration page, locate the DNS server settings.
  • Write down any existing DNS server entries for future reference.
  • Replace those addresses with the 1.1.1.1 DNS addresses:

For IPv4: 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1

For IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001

  • Save your settings, then restart your browser.

You’re all set!

If you need help setting this up or any other advice on improving your internet security then please don’t hesitate to call us or send us an email. For those local to the Freethorpe, Acle and Yarmouth Area, for £10 we will come and get you set up with the 1.1.1.1 service across all of your devices. Terms may apply, subject to availability, businesses charges will be more.

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