How to change DNS settings on Windows 10

How to change DNS settings on Windows 10

This guide shows you how to change DNS settings on Windows 10. When your broadband is set up you are often set up with the standard one supplied by the ISP.

You may be up and running and don’t have a worry in the world about your connection, but did you know that the standard DNS servers your ISP comes with often will not be the fastest and lacks security that we all should be considering now.

 

It is not something that you have to do if you would like the potential of speeding up webpages and feel like you are a little geeky like us then changing your DNS server could be helpful. An increase in speed and security can make the biggest difference.

 

What Is DNS?

The term DNS stands for Dynamic Name Service and is a process where the address you type such as www.google.com the request is processed and a database is checked the result is the IP address that comes back. For example, using the example of www.google.com if you access the CMD prompt and type ping www.google.com it translates to 216.58.213.68.

Generally, users don’t care about DNS as memorising IP addresses would be impractical, we agree but there is a use case to use a DNS service.

 

Why change DNS server?

As stated above your ISP?s DNS server may not be as fast as using a third-party service. This will have a minor impact on browsing speed,?we find more important is the security improvements changing your DNS server could have.

 

ISPs do collect data on your browsing habits. Every website you visit using their DNS server can be tracked. The ISP also has your personal details, they can easily compile quite a lot of information affecting your privacy.

 

Changing your DNS makes data collection much more difficult to do.

If you need help changing DNS or troubleshooting then contacting us can help resolve your difficulties.

 

How to change DNS settings on Windows 10

Here are the steps on how to change DNS settings on Windows 10:

  • Open Settings and select Network & Internet.
  • Select Change Adapter Options
  • Right-click your Network Adapter and select Properties.
  • Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then Properties.
  • Toggle Use the following DNS server addresses and type in two DNS addresses.
  • Select OK when done.

Suggestions Of DNS Servers To Try

Some of the servers we recommend are:

OpenDNS:

Address One: 208.67.222.222

Address Two: 208.67.220.220

Google:

Address One: 8.8.8.8

Address Two: 8.8.4.4

1.1.1.1 (CloudFare great for speed):

Address One: 1.1.1.1

Address Two: 1.0.0.1

You should now know how to change DNS settings on Windows 10.

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