OpenDNS – A Safer and Faster DNS

After reading a recent article in PCWorld, I switched my DNS server on my router from those operated by my ISP to those from OpenDNS. In my unscientific tests, I noted a drop in delay in the time taken to lookup a given website.

The following information is from OpenDNS:

Why should I use OpenDNS?

Why is OpenDNS safer than what I’m using now for DNS?

OpenDNS intercepts phishing attempts. OpenDNS customers will be warned if they attempt to visit a phishing site.

Why is OpenDNS faster than other DNS services?

Two things make OpenDNS faster than similar services. First, OpenDNS runs a really big, smart cache, so every OpenDNS user benefits from the activities of the broader OpenDNS user base. Second, OpenDNS runs a high-performance network which is geographically distributed (see network map) and serviced by several redundant connections. OpenDNS responds to your query from the nearest location. That means we’re very fast (and extremely reliable, to boot).

Why is OpenDNS smarter?

We fix typos in the URLs you enter whenever we can. For example, if you’re using OpenDNS craigslist.og will lead directly to

If we’re not sure what to do with an error, we provide search results for you to choose from.

Does using OpenDNS cost me money?

No. OpenDNS is free to use.

How do I start using OpenDNS?

Change your DNS settings to the OpenDNS servers:


More details are in the Getting Started section, with step-by-step instructions for different routers, operating systems, and networks.

Reminder: there is no software to install, no cost, and you can switch any time.

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