Open DNS Alternative: Google Public DNS

Discussion in 'Application Software' started by ICEEXOL, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. ICEEXOL

    ICEEXOL MDL Novice

    May 1, 2007
    4
    0
    0
  2. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

    Jul 23, 2008
    5,833
    1,748
    180
    8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4
    Seems to work fine

    sebus
     
  3. JBenal

    JBenal MDL Senior Member

    Nov 2, 2009
    431
    156
    10
    Another way for Google to gather information about us. Not only will they have a record of searches associated with your IP (when you use Google as your search engine), they will also have a listing of all sites your computer visits - information that is now held only by your ISP. No thank you.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  4. HSChronic

    HSChronic MDL Expert

    Aug 25, 2007
    1,213
    55
    60
    actually I don't use my ISPs DNS servers, since they suck.

    As far as using google for DNS goes who cares, all DNS does is translate IPs to names.

    You have never heard of tracking cookies? How do you think that ads know how to find local singles in your area? They do a reverse lookup on your IP or the ad people put a cookie on your machine to track info you put into input boxes.
     
  5. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

    Oct 3, 2009
    1,639
    56
    60
    Regarding those tracking cookies, I've made a post about opting out from those advertising companies.
    I think everyone should do that. It doesn't kill the adds, but they can't deliver any behaviour related adds no more.
     
  6. JBenal

    JBenal MDL Senior Member

    Nov 2, 2009
    431
    156
    10
    Tracking cookies don't pinpoint all your activities if you remove them automatically when your browser shuts down (Firefox add-on "cookie-culler"). What I'm saying is that your ISP can (does?) log all DNS requests to its DNS servers. When run in debug mode, detailed log entries show all requests by each IP address and which host names it asks to be resolved by the server(s). That information could prove embarrassing (or worse) if associated with the owner of the IP address. Google already logs all searches associated with your IP address (if you use Google) unless you go through a proxy server. Add to that the log of all host names you request when your apps run automatic DNS requests for web sites, email servers, torrent sites, etc., etc., and that produces a rich database of your online activities. Best to separate your searches and DNS requests, in my opinion. Even better to use a proxy server to mask your IP address when browsing "questionable" sites.

    As a long-time administrator of DNS servers and having had state/federal agencies request logs for their investigations, I know what I'm talking about. I'm careful who I allow to log my online activities as a precaution and you should be, too. That's all I'm saying.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  7. groovesection

    groovesection MDL Novice

    Aug 27, 2009
    25
    0
    0
    #7 groovesection, Dec 5, 2009
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2009
    Agreed,
    however Google already collect what sites you visit..(although they wont admit it) via google-analytics.com
    (unless you block it with No/Script in FireFox) :D

    Fire up FireFox and go to any site (check No/Script) and you will see google-analytics.com is trying to run on EVERY website) wankers!
     
  8. kukubau

    kukubau MDL Addicted

    Dec 15, 2008
    690
    45
    30
  9. RedSpider

    RedSpider MDL Junior Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    85
    13
    0
    Thanks for the heads up JBenal. Just another ploy to get more traffic then other search engines. Just part of Googles way of staying a head of the pack. Go with Open DNS or proxy sever.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  10. smyttor

    smyttor MDL Novice

    Jul 5, 2009
    21
    0
    0
    Well, I used Google DNS this week for a client on a small independent cable ISP and it made a big difference. If an area has poor service with no choice in providers, then I think the Google DNS option can be very good option.
     
  11. iNO12

    iNO12 MDL Member

    Jul 27, 2009
    142
    6
    10
    Google can gtfo, I aint touching anything related to them. Them having the ability to log my searches is the most i'll give them.

    Since my ISP's DNS servers are really bad however, I am using OpenDNS. Atleast with OpenDNS you can disable all the logging/statistics in the control panel, plus you can turn off their advertisment-based proxy. :)

    End result: Super-fast dns for me, no redirections, no logging. :D
     
  12. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

    Oct 3, 2009
    1,639
    56
    60
    +1 for that !!

    I totally agree on the google comment and OpenDNS
     
  13. wtarkan

    wtarkan MDL Member

    Sep 1, 2009
    139
    184
    10
    #15 wtarkan, Dec 12, 2009
    Last edited by a moderator: May 23, 2017
  14. alextheg

    alextheg Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 7, 2009
    1,776
    805
    60
    Interesting thread, thanks for the info people. Just switched to Open DNS, will see how it goes. As Genuine555 said, if using FF then you really wat to be using Adblock and select the option to clear all cookies whenn FF shuts down. Works for me. :D:D
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  15. Matrix Leader

    Matrix Leader MDL Addicted

    Dec 8, 2009
    857
    175
    30
    My internet connection becamse slower after I used Google's DNS!

    Maybe it's coz I live in Dubai?
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...