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Poll

Which DNS Service Do You Use Most Often?

Your ISP provided DNS (If you didn't change it, this is what you are using)
GoogleDNS
OpenDNS
Level3
Comodo, or Other Anti-Virus Company DNS Services
Other (Please Explain)

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Offline Gingerbread Man

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DNS Preference
« on: May 29, 2014, 08:28:43 PM »
I am just polling here to see what the current trend is...
I know many of us use alternative DNS servers in order to preserve our privacy or for other reasons...;).

What DNS do you use? And why?
Have you checked for leaks?

Does your ISP use transparent DNS proxying? Do they inject ads or other things into failed queries? Did this factor into you decision to use another service?

Thank you to all those that respond.

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Re: DNS Preference
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2014, 09:33:00 PM »
Hey peeps,

I have been using a mixture of DNS servers available here at the OpenNIC Project: http://www.opennicproject.org/ They suit my needs and until recently have been up consistently, Some "temp outages" have been occurring lately which i haven't looked into as of yet. Gives me a piece of mind that my activity is harder to track but i don't believe that there is such a thing as browsing anonymously, That's just me.

As for DNS leaks i use the simple https://www.dnsleaktest.com/ but have never looked into other/better ways of testing for leaks.

As for my current ISP i have no idea sorry, it's still in the last tenants name and i also don't have a permanent residential address. My current ISP is great in the sense of not injecting ads etc. I still use there DNS's quite frequently along with my housemates, None of which have had any issues and we have a great sense of freedom, Unlike my dear German friends.

I sometimes add google to my DNS list just to be nice or if i have dropouts etc. Great idea for a poll.

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Re: DNS Preference
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2014, 09:44:24 PM »
I currently have my settings through google. 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4

Google is in california and so am I. Some people cry about switching DNS because it may actually slow down your connection depending on what DNS server. Again since I am in CA, then getting with google is not an issue.

I use http://ipleak.net to test my ip and dns settings.

Free & Public DNS Servers (Updated May 2014)

Provider                          Primary DNS Server   Secondary DNS Server
Level31                               209.244.0.3           209.244.0.4
Google2                               8.8.8.8                   8.8.4.4
Comodo                                8.26.56.26           8.20.247.20
OpenDNS                              208.67.222.222   208.67.220.220
DNS Advantage                       156.154.70.1           156.154.71.1
Norton ConnectSafe4               199.85.126.10   199.85.127.10
GreenTeamDNS5               81.218.119.11   209.88.198.133
SafeDNS6                               195.46.39.39           195.46.39.40
OpenNIC7                               216.87.84.211   23.90.4.6
Public-Root8                       199.5.157.131   208.71.35.137
SmartViper                       208.76.50.50           208.76.51.51
Dyn                                       216.146.35.35   216.146.36.36
censurfridns.dk9               89.233.43.71           89.104.194.142
Hurricane Electric10               74.82.42.42   
puntCAT11                       109.69.8.51   

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Re: DNS Preference
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2014, 10:50:41 PM »
I use VyprVPN the whole time,
and what they have just implemented is their own DNS, they don't log anything, and its immune to 3rd party manipulations, adds, pharming and so on. Plus they have automatic Geo-location for faster browsing depending on where you are at

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Re: DNS Preference
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2014, 12:06:35 PM »
Good post Gingerbread! A good note I would liek to add to this post would be to always use your VPN's own DNS service if possible and if you want to check for leaks this is a good site

check for DNS leaks:  ipleak.net

and if you want to lock down your /etc/resolv.conf file you could always use the chattr + command to write protect your file like I show below. DHCP may update your resolv.conf after a reboot or even while your browsing...etc and you may not even know it that's why you need to lock down your file. If your VPN goes out so will your net if you used the chattr command on your resolv.conf and you won't have to worry about leaking out your DNS request to your ISP provider.


Write protect file:  chattr +i /etc/resolv.conf

Remove write protection:   chattr -i /etc/resolv.conf
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Re: DNS Preference
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2014, 10:38:36 AM »
This is a great poll GB... I will have to check my setting later on today...

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: DNS Preference
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2014, 08:04:02 PM »
yea thanks for sharing this. I have used Google's in the past. thanks guys for the info.

whats level 3?
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Re: DNS Preference
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2014, 06:18:14 PM »
Their Linkedin page best describes Level3 and what they do. Hope this helps   :)

http://www.linkedin.com/company/level-3-communications

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Re: DNS Preference
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2014, 10:19:32 PM »
Just another IP tool that gives you a range of data, I have noticed discrepancies among certain sites like this. Not a huge issue but this seens to show you results of a few sites. Not much to do with DNS but oh well su mii ;)

http://www.iplocation.net/