5 Best Public DNS Servers for faster Browsing

A faster Browsing is the one that every one of us loves. It not only loads websites faster but also pleases us. Apart from making websites faster, end users can make them even faster.

Browse faster with Public DNS Server
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For an end-user, the “load time of a website” starts from when he types the URL and hits the ‘enter’ button (or when he clicks on a URL in a webpage) and ends when the total page loads. This is affected by many factors such as DNS resolutions, Internet connectivity of the user, web server responsiveness and some other things.

Internet connection speed, server responses may not be in hands of the user, but DNS resolutions are!

I don’t mean that you have to set up a private DNS Server for yourself which is totally awkward. Rather you can switch to a Public DNS Server from your traditional ISP server. By default, if you didn’t specify any DNS Server, then your requests are handled by your ISP.

But, if you specify a Public DNS Server, then all your requests are forwarded to it which is faster and more secure than the ISP’s DNS Servers.

Additionally, some of these third-party Public DNS Server providers offer security from malicious websites and some gives parental control – which is essential now-a-days.

Here is a list of 5 good Public DNS Servers to browse faster and to protect yourself from threats.

1. OpenDNS

208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220

OpenDNS offers a free service and a paid service, which is more robust than the free service.

Free services include filtering, security and adult content blocking, but you will have to sign up for these services. Paid service comes with greater controls.

OpenDNS has solutions for all kinds of organizations both big and small, schools and colleges, libraries and businesses. These are dealt by Umbrella. Learn more about Umbrella.

Learn more about OpenDNS

2. Comodo Secure DNS

8.26.56.26
8.20.247.20

Comodo Secure DNS maintains a realtime block list (RBL) of harmful websites like phishing sites, malware sites, spyware sites and parked domains with excessive advertising of pop-up and pop-under, etc.,.

Whenever you make a request (intentionally or accidentally), the Comodo Secure DNS will alert and warn of the harm in the sites.

Learn more about Comodo Secure DNS

3. Norton ConnectSafe

To block sites with malware, phishing content and scams, use these servers.

199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10

To block above said sites and adult content, use these servers.

199.85.126.20
199.85.127.20

To block all the above sites plus those sites that Norton considers “non-family friendly”, use these sites.

199.85.126.30
199.85.127.30

Norton ConnectSafe also offers services for all kinds of businesses.

Learn more about Norton ConnectSafe

4. Securly

Securly is mainly intended for schools and colleges. They also offer services for home users.

Securly DNS servers block adult websites by default, including adult related pages on Wikipedia, adult themed searches in Google and many more.

Learn more about Securly and their pricing

5. Google DNS

8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4

Google also offers IPv6 DNS Servers

2001:4860:4860::8888
2001:4860:4860::8844

Recently, I observed a lot of delays in resolving many websites including Facebook. I don’t know why, but I think as Google DNS are easily remembered and used by a large part of the Internet and so this would take down the Facebook’s traffic as they are a major competition for Google Plus. Note that this may not be true and is totally my opinion.

I have switched to OpenDNS and so far I don’t have any problems using it.

Google DNS offers great security from various threats.

Learn more about Google DNS

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