Google Public DNS

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Google in their hopes of making the web faster has just launched their own DNS service called the Google Public DNS.

Their selling points are:

  • Performance
  • Security
  • Correct results

Alternatives

This is big, as there are limited options for alternatives to public DNS servers.

Now with Google Public DNS, we generally have three competitors to the DNS scene.

Comparison

My ISP is the fastest in terms of connecting to the DNS, with a ping rate of 20ms. But is it the fastest to return a query?

Google Public DNS has a ping rate of 75ms, whilst OpenDNS is at 310ms. But how the other 2 criterias Google gave? Security, and correct results? Well those are subjective. I’ll test it out for the next week and will tell you.

For Malaysians, Google Public DNS provides a great alternative to our current ISPs, and even OpenDNS.

What does it mean for Google?

Through using the Google Public DNS, this means that Google will know even more about user trends, they will know which websites you visit. The best part is, you can’t possibly evade as DNS. The only option then is to get off the Google Public DNS.

We built Google Public DNS to make the web faster and to retain as little information about usage as we could, while still being able to detect and fix problems. Google Public DNS does not permanently store personally identifiable information.

Whilst Google doesn’t plan to store data, it can still recognizes trends even faster. Why don’t you check out its privacy page?

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What do I like best about it? The IP addresses of its DNS servers are so simple to remember, you’d be crazy not to experiment with it. Why do I say experiment? Because you normally don’t change your DNS, you only change it when need to make sure its not your ISP that has screwed up, and you don’t want to go searching for the IP address. There are a lot of social implications such as diagnosing a friends computer as well. Personally, I can’t remember OpenDNS’s at all.

Why don’t you give Google Public DNS a try?