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  • Tasks for the weekend – February 27, 2021 Check your DNS

    Posted on February 27th, 2021 at 22:36 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Youtube video here

    There is one command that I have used for many years. It’s the command ipconfig /all. With that command I can see what network I’m on by reviewing the Internet protocol address that the system has.

    It’s also a quick and dirty way of determining what DNS provider I’m using. Often with ISP provided routers you don’t have the ability to adjust your DNS settings. DNS or domain name service settings are how your computer system knows where to  connect to web sites. DNS settings can also better protect your system. Often using something like OpenDNS can automatically protect your system while surfing.

    Some of the key DNS settings that you can choose are

    Google DNS 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4

    Cloudflare 1.1.1.1

    OpenDNS 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220

    Quad9 9.9.9.9

    You can follow the instructions here to manually change the DNS settings on your local machine – or you can make a change up on your router – assuming it allows you to.

    So what DNS settings do you use?