Mike Becky

Tag Archive for ‘DNS’

Fighting Turkey’s Twitter Ban With DNS Graffiti ➝

This story from 2014 keeps coming to mind. I fear we’re much closer to this than we think.

We need to de-escalate.

➝ Source: mashable.com ➝

A nifty new DNS service from Cloudflare and APNIC that‘s incredibly fast and treats your privacy with the utmost importance.

No More Ads or Redirections for OpenDNS Users ➝

Great changes to OpenDNS. I don’t use it personally because I’ve always had problems with streaming video when using a DNS server that isn’t my ISP’s default. But, if you’re currently using OpenDNS expect to see the changes within four days.

Ulevitch on Google DNS ➝

OpenDNS founder David Ulevitch:

Google claims that this service is better because it has no ads or redirection. But you have to remember they are also the largest advertising and redirection company on the Internet. To think that Google’s DNS service is for the benefit of the Internet would be naive. They know there is value in controlling more of your Internet experience and I would expect them to explore that fully. And of course, we always have protected user privacy and have never sold our DNS data.

It’s clear to me that David Ulevitch is upset about Google’s announcement. OpenDNS redirects you when you make mistakes typing a URL, it also shows you ads when you try to visit a web site that doesn’t exist. That’s exactly why I quit using OpenDNS, Google is making the right decision in releasing this product and I’m happy to use it.

In regards to why Google is releasing it, Jason Kottke nails it:

There’s been a bunch of speculation as to why Google is offering this service for free but the reason is pretty simple: they want to speed up people’s Google search results.

The more web pages people are able to view the more money Google makes.

Google Public DNS

Google Public DNS ➝

Today Google announced their own public DNS resolver. I had been jumping back and forth between OpenDNS and my ISP’s default DNS, needless to say I haven’t been happy with either of them. Google has been on this kick of attempting to speed up web browsing for their users and this is the next piece to the puzzle.

Switching to Google’s DNS server is very easy, it only took me about 3 minutes, and from what I can tell it’s well worth it.

Their DNS server is focused on speed and security, if you’d like to take a look at their privacy policy it can be found here. It’s easy to read and reasonable.

Update 12/4/09: Ulevitch and Jason Kottke on Google DNS