As everyone knows, open source is taking over the world one highly useful, well-implemented app and utility at a time. OpenDNS is not only faster than your ISP’s DNS, but it’s more secure and help keep your searches to yourself.
When it comes to squeezing every drop of performance out of the Internet, in addition to cleaning out your caches and cookies on a regular basis, you can also configure your Mac to use a third-partyDomain Name System (DNS) service, which can significantly (your mileage may vary) improve how fast you get from here to there.
Thereupon, last week Google announced their eponymous Open DNS service, which is an open, public and completely free service that might just be faster than the DNS service you’re using now. Benefits are said to include:
- Performance — OpenDNS implements “smart” caching to increase the speed of responses
- Security — DNS is vulnerable to various kinds of spoofing attacks that can “poison” a nameserver’s cache and route its users to malicious sites
- Correct results — OpenDNS does its best to return the right answer to every query every time, in accordance with the DNS standards
How to do it
- Go to System Preferences > Network > Click “Advanced”
- Click the “DNS” tab
- In the DNS Servers and Search Domains boxes, select each item and remove by pressing the “-” (minus) button
- In the DNS Servers, click “+” and then paste or type in 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11 one at a time.
- In the Search Domain box, click the “+” and then paste (or type) guide.opendns.com
That was easy but, as noted above, it’s only one of the things you can easily do to make your Mac a little faster on line. Stay tuned for a tutorial on how to clear Safari’s caches and cookies.
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