Is OpenDNS Safe?Posted: December 26, 2011
When you type www.tek-corner.com into the address bar of your web browser, your computer has absolutely no idea what that is. Tek-corner.com is as foreign as a KY tobacco patch in the summer to your PC; it doesn’t know what to do with that any more than Rosie O’Donnell knows what to do with a salad. In reality tek-corner.com, google.com, RosieWantsACheeseburger.com, or any other web address is strictly for our benefit. The real address for Tek-Corner.com is actually http://18.104.22.168. Can you see where it could get real confusing if we had to read URLs like they really are? So, instead of saying something like, “I Googled a map to your Mom’s house” it would be,” I 22.214.171.124′d a map your Mom’s house.” Thanks to something called the Domain Name System (DNS) we don’t have to worry about speaking gibberish….well most of us…if you work in IT you should already be fluent in that…
DNS takes a human readable name (e.g. Tek-Corner) and matches it up with its respective computer readable number (i.e. IP Address). This is vital to our daily activities and task navigating the internet. Typically DNS is supplied by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), and tends to be slow at resolving your web requests; this lag in resolving the requested web address affects the load time of the site. Yeah, but they’re the almighty ISP; they have all the power, so there is nothing we can do about it right? Well, there is something…
There is a service out there called OpenDNS that claims to speed up your web connection, and make it more reliable as well. This is done by resolving your web address requests much quicker and more efficiently than the general ISP DNS provides you. Additionally, with OpenDNS there is no software install and no money to pay, as it is free! While this is all well and good on paper, DNS is very critical so, the most important question to be answered has to be, “is it safe?”While free is nice; secure is better. So, is OpenDNS safe to use? ABSOLUTELY!!!!
OpenDNS caches (preloads) millions of website addresses, so when you request one; odds are it’s one of these, and it will load a fraction of the time as your ISP’s DNS servers. How does that make it safe to use you ask? Well it doesn’t, but the fact that OpenDNS adds in a robust set of extras that your ISP can’t – or won’t, is what, not only, makes it safe; but also safer to use than your current ISP DNS configuration. OpenDNS throws in tools such as anti-phishing from Phishtank.com, which is a site that companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, and Yahoo use to protect their customers. OpenDNS also throws in some very nice parental controls to block sites that, while not malicious, are still inappropriate for kids. In addition, your ISP DNS servers crash ALOT!!! However, OpenDNS has a solid uptime track record; thus making your Internet connection reliable. OpenDNS also corrects typing mistakes, do of you fat finger google.com as type goggle.com instead, it will automatically correct this for you; thus saving you more time. However, don’t let the “Open” in OpenDNS fool you, IT IS NOT Open Source! While, it may behave like Open Source (free to use, secure, fast, etc.), its code is not open. Although, just because it’s not open source does not mean you shouldn’t use it, in fact, I recommend you do. So how do you go about setting this up? Great question
However, don’t let the “Open” in OpenDNS fool you, IT IS NOT Open Source! While, it may behave like Open Source (free to use, secure, fast, etc.), its code is not open. Although, just because it’s not open source does not mean you shouldn’t use it, in fact, I recommend you do. So how do you go about setting this up? Great question!
To setup and use OpenDNS, all you have to do is open your network connections or your routers set up page (if you are unsure how to do this, ask in the comments of shoot us a message and we’ll walk you through it) and change your default DNS settings to point to the OpenDNS servers; which are, 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.
That’s all there is to it, it literally takes just a few seconds to do, and you just made your Internet connection, faster, safer and more reliable…you’re welcome!!!