Changing your DNS server settings can be a quick and easy fix to lots of common Internet connection problems, especially if your ISP is unreliable or if your country likes to censor stuff. Here’s a quick and easy guide on how to do that. Living in Jordan, I face lots of problems with Jordanian ISPs. They are becoming way more unreliable than they usually are. For some reason, random websites suddenly become unavailable, and they become a bit slower to load. I have no clue if this has any relation to the proposed censorship laws in Jordan, and there’s no way I can confirm that, but most of the times it seems that they fail to serve random websites.
Also, they’ve been notoriously susceptible to hacking. One random ISP I will not name was famously hacked recently and kept serving Russian malware websites at random. Thankfully, there’s a fix, that can make your Internet experience more secure, and more reliable, and best of all, faster, and all you need to do is to start using an alternative DNS service than the one provided by the ISP.
There are two major services, the one I use is Google Public DNS which is very reliable, and incredibly easy to use. You just need to switch your DNS servers to 22.214.171.124, and 126.96.36.199. If this looks like Chinese to you, just go to their website and follow their easy instructions.
There’s also Open DNS which is also pretty popular, but you need to create an account. Here’s a hint to Open DNS, what you need if you’re a home user is what they call “Premium DNS”, which despite the name is meant to be free. They also give Enterprise and Parental Control options, if you need those.
EDIT: jockerspalette says
Btw .. OpenDNS can be used without creating an account by simply using 188.8.131.52 or 184.108.40.206 just like Google DNS servers, and if you need a family-safe internet you can use 220.127.116.11 or 18.104.22.168, if you need their “premium” features, then you have to create an OpenDNS account.
PRO-TIP: If your router supports it, try to set the DNS on a router level, so that everybody who uses the router can benefit from it.
In summary, I recommend that every person stop using their ISP’s DNS servers, they tend to be unreliable, and gives your ISP way too much control over what they think you can see or cannot see.