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Most users are content to use the default DNS servers run by their ISP, but it turns out that quite a few folks have made the jump to a third-part solution. Google announced today that its public DNS system is no longer “experimental” and has become the largest in existence with upwards of 70 billion requests every single day. To top it off, 70% of that traffic comes from outside the U.S..
DNS servers are used to turn the URL you type into the address bar into the IP address your computer actually connects to. Since Google Public DNS launched in December 2009, Google has been hard at work making the system faster for users in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Google also added access points in new regions like Africa, India, and Japan. There are also IPv6 versions of Google’s DNS servers.
Anyone that wants to try Google DNS can change their DNS servers to 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124. Your ISPs servers might work just fine, but users in many places fear government mandated DNS blocking. If you’ve been using Google Open DNS, let us know how it works for you.