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Today, as part of our ongoing effort to make the web faster, we're launching our own public DNS resolver called Google Public DNS, and we invite you to try it out.
If you're web-savvy and comfortable with changing your network settings, check out the Google Code Blog for detailed instructions and more information on how to set up Google Public DNS on your computer or router.
As people begin to use Google Public DNS, we plan to share what we learn with the broader web community and other DNS providers, to improve the browsing experience for Internet users globally. The goal of Google Public DNS is to benefit users worldwide while also helping the tens of thousands of DNS resolvers improve their services, ultimately making the web faster for everyone.
Charter, my ISP does it, and even though I've opted out, if I mis-type a domain, they forward me to their own "error" page which means I have no idea what my error was and I have to re-type the domain again.
I just switched to Google's DNS and they don't hijack the DNS error's which is the ONLY reason I thought about trying their service.
Don't particularly like giving them additional info, but the DNS hijacking pisses me off even more at the moment. :)
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with a "Google Toolbar" logo on, when you try to go to a site that doesn't exist. The problem is, often, when you refresh the page, the link is actually fine. This happens to me 1-2 times every single day.
Reading their gumph, they claim that having a large, common caching database will mean faster performance for all, but is it really worth the slight boost in performance in exchange for giving Google even more of your data?
exactly, now no matter what site you type in, where you go, or what you do...they'll know it even if you don't use their search engine.
oh but its fun friendly and free - so give it a try we are the nice guys remember! *fake smile*
if i need faster dns i'll use opendns.
states that some I.S.P.s hard code their D.N.S. server into their equipment. I notice that on my I.S.P. I can change it to Google DNS, save and write it to flash etc. But if we re-boot the router the I.S.P.s D.N.S. is rewritten into the router.
Thus some folks will have to do this on each computer.
In our case we use a cache server and updated it with the Google D.N.S. and it works great so far.
Configure your network settings to use the IP addresses 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 as your DNS serverssource [code.google.com]
What a memorable IP indeed. and I can type it with one hand and only 7 keystrokes. much better than my own IP which I can't remember, ever. I always have to look it up.
Yet, people immediately allow Google to act as their DNS provider providing yet another monitoring facet to their search, email, desktop, advertisements, analytics, 100 year cookies providing volumes of personally identified tracking.
It also sounds like a way that they can determine the true popularity of a site (but not individual pages) for the purpose of page rankings - which can be good or bad, depending on the site. If a site is less popular than they think it should be, they might give it worse rankings in search results.
Just a random thught
Just tested the ping times from a few of my servers in various cities and countries. In all cases (except Atlanta) OpenDNS was much faster.
I don't think they're really going to expect many to switch their settings (most people have no idea they can change the DNS).
What Google is building this for is for the default DNS in Chrome, Google OS, Android, to gather yet more date from those users.
If you're going to change your DNS, OpenDNS is still a much better choice (more features as well).
For example, when I mis-type an address in my PS3 browser, I get these Yahoo! sponsored listings and really crappy search results from my ISP here in Germany. It got to be really annoying so I plan to use these alternatives in my PS3 config :)