Google plans a new DNS protocol Extension

Google has some big plans. It has made a series of attempts in the last few months to change the way Internet and the things built on it work. Where do I begin? Ok, lets start with Google Chrome. They have a browser to surf the Internet. Then they have a complete Operating System- the Google Chrome OS, to access all their web services easily. Just a few months ago, Google released its public DNS and also proposed a redesign of the HTTP protocol.

Now, we have Google aiming for some more speed. Google wants to change the way DNS works. It has proposed an idea according to which a proposal was placed to add information of the user’s IP address to the DNS. This would help cache local requests and reduce the load on servers.

This might raise some privacy hues and cries, so Google has taken care to propose that the user’s IP address, which is a part of the DNS might include only the first three octets. This will give Google an idea of where the request came from and protect the privacy of the user at the same time.

This is just a proposal currently, but if it gets approved, we can see it appear sometime this  year. For more information on this and to read the draft, check out the Internet Engineering Task Force website.

OpenDNS Serves 20 Billion DNS Queries in a Single Day

OpenDNS, which provides users with a safer and more reliable Domain Name lookup service has hit a huge milestone. When I say huge, I mean really really huge. They served 20 billion DNS queries in a single day, which is quite huge considering that back in April 2009 they had reached a 10 Billion milestone.

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So has the Internet exploded? Or, are we just seeing more and more users switching to public DNS servers like OpenDNS and ?

OpenDNS has come for some flak for the advertisements they display when a domain lookup is unsuccessful, this is not the same with Google DNS. It would be interesting to see the figures of both Google DNS and OpenDNS side by side in a month or so. However, that aside, this is a really really huge achievement for OpenDNS and kudos to them for it.

You can read more about it in the OpenDNS newsletter. Don’t forget to also catch up on the OpenDNS founders response to the launch of Google DNS.

Google DNS Helper Automatically Changes DNS to use Google’s DNS

We have written some lengthy tutorial to setup Google DNS for and ( users follow the Windows 7 tutorial). However, not many users would have the expertise, or want to perform the listed steps in the tutorial.

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Google DNS Helper is a small written in C#, which will automatically backup your current DNS records, and update it to use Google DNS servers. You can also easily restore your old DNS with the click of a button.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Very helpful tool, specially for lazy people like me, who want everything done with the click of a button. What is Google DNS? Don’t know yet? Visit our earlier post where we told you about Google DNS and also our editorial where we dissected some view’s by the OpenDNS founder, who is the closest rival of Google DNS.

This software is only 89 KB and works well on Windows 7. It is portable, so you can drop it on a flash drive and change the DNS setting of any computer.

Rating: 2.5/5 (Good)

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Change Your DNS Settings Fast with Dns Jumper

If you don’t know what a DNS is, or how to access your DNS settings, I recommend that you read an article I posted nearly two weeks ago: How to use Google Public DNS on Windows 7 and Windows XP

If you already know what DNS is, then you might get a real kick out of Dns Jumper.

Dns Jumper is a small, portable freeware application which makes changing your DNS settings as easy as clicking a button.

Here’s what it looks like:

You’ll need to download and unpack a ZIP file in order to gain access to the Dns_Jumper.exefile. There is no installation. Just move the EXE file to a safe folder and double click it to run Dns Jumper.

The home site for this little utility is fairly new, so it’s not rated by anyone yet, but this particular app seems to be quite safe to use.

Download Dns Jumper

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Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Using this free little app sure beats having to dig into the Control Panel settings. The fact that it’s portable freeware is just icing on the cake. However, since I’m not familiar with the site and it’s author, I’ll reserve giving Jumper a higher rating. Oh, one thing I’d suggest to the author is … get rid of the music.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

OpenDNS Founder Talks About Google DNS

Google is known for launching bombs on users in the form of startling news, or coming up with something which no one will have any clue about. The most recent bomb being the introduction of Google Public DNS. Naturally the biggest provider of DNS services, OpenDNS, would have to say something about it.

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And befittingly, David Ulevitch, the founder of OpenDNS wrote a blog post, where he talks about the critical points that this launch means, both for OpenDNS as well as the general public, who want faster website lookups. I will try my best to highlight the views about the blog post, the rest is up to you.

Google DNS Retains Control, OpenDNS Gives it to You

One of the most important points I found in the article was where David highlighted the fact that Google DNS did not give the end users any control, except for providing a DNS lookup server. Agreed that it is still too early, and features may be rolled out in the future, but Google matching the features that OpenDNS provides would be foolish if not outright stubborn, considering that OpenDNS is a free to use service.

OpenDNS throws in several features where you can block websites, have parental control and more. Google DNS on the other hand does not.

More Choice for DNS

If you have to chose between several evils, choose the least evil one. No matter who lookups websites for you, everyone will have access to that data, may it be Google, OpenDNS, or your neighborhood ISP.

How they use that data is beyond anyone’s imagination. They could sell that data to advertising companies and make sure that the next time you see personalized ads, or for that matter do anything with it. However, David does say that Google DNS will add more awareness and choice which is good for the Internet overall.

Everyone sits up and notices when a market leader announces a new product or service, eventually this will benefit OpenDNS itself as awareness about DNS grows. Try searching for Free DNSon Google, and hit the I am Feeling LuckyButton.

Google Wants To Rule The Internet

For me saying something like this is foolish, because Google already controls the Internet. Google accounts for more than 90% of search traffic worldwide, and has a analytics service which runs on millions of blogs and websites. They know what you have been searching for all year and which websites you visited, so what is new with this? For that matter every search engine or website you visit knows what you did when you visited them. If you start acting like a control freak just because of this, you might as well kiss Goodbye to the Internet forever.

Agreed that using Google DNS would give them some more data, but I believe that they have more than enough data to do all the tweaking and personalization of their services than they would ever require.

Of course privacy pundits will have their own arguments. However no matter how much you argue, most of the personalization and customization benefits users and users have control over that in most cases.

Practice What You Preach: Google has Ads and Redirection

Google says that their DNS service does not contain any ads or redirection, however rival services do. David counters on this by saying that Google is the largest ad service and redirection company in the World.

David puts up a very good argument about this, it is worth noting that most of it is true. Google DNS is just a overlay over information Google might want to access.

Concluding

Many of David’s point in his post are very valid, some are arguable. However, the choice is up to you. Choose wisely and make your own decisions. After all, in the end you will be handing over your personal website visiting data to someone on a platter, no matter who it is.

How to use Google Public DNS on Windows 7 and Windows XP

Google recently announced that it’s offering a new public DNS server. It caught me by surprise. However, I’m not new to using public DNS services, and I gave Google’s new service a try. If you are using Windows 7 or Windows XP, I’ll show you how to set it up.

First, let’s get a couple of questions out of the way.

What is a DNS server?

DNS stuff can get pretty complicated, and I don’t want to go into details, so I’ll just give you a general idea. A DNS server is like a phone book. If you want to call someone using your phone, you may need to look up their phone number. Every website on the net has a 12 digit number (IP Address) that your PC needs to know in order to contact it. When you type a website name into a browser, your PC queries it’s assigned DNS server (the phone book), the DNS server reports the IP address (the phone number) back to your PC, and the PC initiates a connection with the site you requested. This all happens automatically and you really don’t need to know about DNS to use it. Most people are using a private DNS server that’s assigned by their Internet Service Provider, however, there are many open (public) DNS servers out there that anyone can use. Google’s new DNS server is only one among thousands.

Why would you want to use Google’s Public DNS?

I’m not sure that I completely agree with the reasons given at the Google Public DNS home page, but they state that their DNS service is faster, more secure and fairly private. Personally, I prefer OpenDNS, but that’s a topic for another time.

And now – on to the How toportion.

Set up Google Public DNS on Windows XP

How To Setup Google Public DNS on Your Computer

Recently Google unveiled a new product called Google Public DNS, which will allow your PC to perform faster NS lookups while converting domain names to machine readable IP address.

Here are some ways in which you can setup Google Public DNS on your PC.

Video Tutorial to setup Google Public DNS on Windows

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Step by Step Instruction to Setup Google Public DNS

You can find step by step instructions to setup Google Public DNS on , , , Ubuntu, Mac OS X on this instructions page.

What is the Google Public DNS IP

The Google public DNS IP address is 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. You can use these IP address to setup your main DNS server and the alternate DNS server.

What More?

You can find all the help and instructions you require to setup Google Public DNS on your computer by visiting this Google Public DNS page.

If you need more help, feel free to ask us in the comments.

Google Public DNS an OpenDNS Competitor by Google

Looks like Google just wants to rule over the Internet. They have recently launched Google Public DNS, an OpenDNS like solution which allows you to change the DNS of your ISP and use a much safer solution.

Today, as part of our ongoing effort to make the web faster, we’re launching our own public DNS resolver called Google Public DNS, and we invite you to try it out.

Google Public DNS also claims to be much faster than what your ISP can provide you with. A DNS server is basically a lookup server which converts domain names into machine understandable IP address. OpenDNS has been providing a similar service for ages now and this introduction from Google will definitely hurt them a bit.

What do you think of Google Public DNS? Would you switch to it from OpenDNS? Do let us know about your thoughts.

Introducing Google Public DNS [Official Google Blog]