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April 30, 2018 10:54 am

DNS Server Address

When you’re trying to gain the upper hand on the competition, efficiency is crucial, and here at AMEinfo, we’ve found the solution: Change your Domain Name System (DNS) to 1.1.1.1, according to The Verge.

What is a DNS?

It is no different to your phone’s contact list; you use your phone book to search for a number, listed under peoples’ names.

DNS, on the other hand, is the phone book of the internet.

When you type a name of a website, let’s say AMEinfo.com, a DNS will search for an Internet Protocol (IP) which can be 12 numbers (very tedious to memorize).

A DNS looks it up on their servers and loads the website for you.

The time it takes for one DNS to look up a website’s IP varies, and that is why switching to the fastest one is essential.

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Why switch to 1.1.1.1?

There are a few reasons to change your DNS. First and foremost is speed.

Although you might not realize it at first, it is rated to be 1.5 times faster than your current default DNS, meaning opening any website will be snappier, and its faster than Google’s 8.8.8.8 public DNS.

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Second is privacy; your ISP usually doesn’t strongly encrypt the default DNS resolvers, meaning your current DNS can and will be vulnerable to hackers trying to see what you are browsing.

Not only this, but hackers can also overload a DNS resolver, making your browsing much slower and sluggish.

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How do I switch?

Windows 10, 8, 7, XP:

1-Open the Control Panel through the search

2-Select Network and Internet

3-Select Change Adapter Settings

4-Right click on the WiFi or Ethernet network and choose properties

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4.1-For Internet Protocol V4: Choose “Use the following DNS server address” and type in 1.1.1.1 for the preferred and 1.0.0.1 for the alternative

4.2-For Internet Protocol V6: Choose “Use the following DNS server address” and type in 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001 for the alternative

Other devices such as Android and iOS have a little different way of doing this.

iOS and Android: Go into your setting choose Wi-Fi, then the “i” icon and scroll down to DNS, choose manual, and add 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1

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Edmon Abdul Nur
By Edmon Abdul Nur
Technology Editor
Edmon Abdul Nur has more than 3 years of professional experience in technology research, cybersecurity testing, and IT understanding.



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