Your Internet service provider provides you with the DNS servers that work well most of the time. But, at times, you may need to use the third-party DNS servers for various reasons one of them being the cache related problem on your computer that you may face if you work on the server and hosting department. If you are planning to change the DNS server to a third-party DNS server, then the Google Public DNS server should be your first choice.
For example, if you are facing the dns_probe_finished_nxdomain error then changing the DNS server can resolve the issue. Although you can use any third-party DNS server address, Google DNS server would be one good option as well.
Now even if you are not facing any problem with your internet service provider’s DNS server, here are the 7 reasons to use Google Public DNS server instead of your ISP provided DNS servers.
1. Google Public DNS Server is Free
Well, to be honest, there are a number of public DNS servers that are available for free but nothing may work like Google’s Public DNS server. Using the Search Engine giants DNS server has their own pros. You get security, reliability, privacy and most importantly it is fast. If you fire up the DNS jumper tool and search for the fastest available Public DNS server, Google Public DNS server is listed among the fastest DNS servers.
2. It is Fast, and May Provide Improve Speed
Google DNS server is undoubtedly faster than most of the public DNS servers available out there. I did a simple DNS speed test using the DNS Jumper tool, and Google public DNS server took 64 milliseconds to respond as you can see in the image below.
3. It is Secure and Safe
Third-party Public DSN servers like Google Public DNS server provide that extra layer of security that your default ISP may not provide. The Google Public DNS server offers DNSSEC that makes sure that the DNS requests are securely signed and accurate. You can read more about DNSSEC to know how it works.
4. Google Public DNS Server is Reliable
If your Internet service provider is not doing a good job in keep the DNS servers fast and up all the time, you may find it difficult to open the websites as they may don’t load properly or may take forever to load all the page contents.
That won’t be the problem if you use Google’s Public DNS server. The servers have 100% uptime, and anything will load with a breeze.
5. Bypass Web Censorship
Some of the ISPs may only block a website at DNS level. So, when you try to access any website and if your ISP is blocked it at the DNS level then you won’t be able to access it. This is where the third-party Public DNS servers come in handy.
Changing your DNS server to the Google Public DNS server or any other third-party DNS server can do the trick and allow you to access the blocked website.
However, do note that most of the ISPs block the websites at IP level. In such cases, changing your DNS server won’t make any difference.
How to Use Google Public DNS
Now that you know the different reasons to use Google Public DNS server, it is time to learn how to use the Google Public DNS server.
- Open Control Panel on your PC.
- Click “Network and Internet” and then click on “Change Adapter Settings”.
- Right-click on active internet connection and select “Properties”.
- Double-click on “Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4/TCP)”.
- Select “Use the following DNS server address” and enter the following address.
Save the changes, and you have successfully applied Google Public DNS server to your PC.