A DNS (domain name service) translates a human-friendly internet address such as “yahoo.com” into an IP address, such as “126.96.36.199”.
However, many ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and public DNS providers log your DNS queries and censor websites via DNS.
Here’s a list of DNS providers that do not censor or log your DNS queries:
- FreeDNS — open, free and public DNS — “188.8.131.52” and “184.108.40.206”
- DNS.Watch — free, no logging, DNSSEC enabled – “220.127.116.11” and “18.104.22.168” also “2001:1608:10:25::1c04:b12f” and “2001:1608:10:25::9249:d69b”
- Censurfridns.DK — two Danish uncensored DNS servers – “22.214.171.124” and “126.96.36.199” also “2001:67c:28a4::” and “2002:d596:2a92:1:71:53::”
Here’s how to change your DNS:
Linux users will need to click on their network applet, choose Edit Connections, click on “Edit” for your network device, and under the “IPv4 Settings” tab, choose the “Automatic (DHCP) addresses only” profile, and then add the DNS servers into the DNS servers textbox, with each server address separated by a comma.
Windows users will need to go into their network device’s properties, then go into the IPv4 properties, and then change the DNS servers in the bottom section of the window.
Mac OS X users will need to go into their System Preferences, click on “Network“, choose their network device, click on “Advanced”, and then enter DNS servers after clicking on the DNS tab.
You can also visit this page for more detailed instructions on how to change your DNS.
When using a VPN, make sure you perform a DNS leak test to make sure that you are not revealing your ISP name servers (your ISP is the company giving you access to the internet).