Most of our internet connections are directly or indirectly from our ISP Default DNS Server (Internet Service Provider), and these are the guys in charge of whatever network you’re currently using, and all ISPs offer a service which enables you to surf the Internet, view various contents across multiple websites. This offer is simply known as DNS (Domain Name System).
If by now you haven’t changed your DNS, you’re currently using the default DNS. Privacy is not a strong foot of the default DNS, and that isn’t what you would want, coupled with the fact that it is slower than some alternatives out there.
Brief History Of ISP Default DNS Server
I promise not to waste your precious time. DNS came around in 1983 and was recognized as of the internet standards three years later (1986). Two, documents that signalled that DNS had come to stay were the RFC 1034 and RFC 1035. They explained the whole protocol and included packets it could carry. It didn’t offer much protection since it couldn’t safeguard against third parties like an unsecured HTTP traffic.
The contents of your internet visits cannot be seen by a third party even if you are using HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol), but the websites can be seen.
A solution was brought about to tackle the HTTP issue. It was referred to as DoH (DNS over HTTP). This feature can mask DNS from being detected by third parties by encrypting the query. Most DNS providers support this feature.
It is capable of nipping DNS attacks in the bud, making it a much safer solution for everyone to embrace. But, enabling the DoH feature on your browser is dependent on your DNS provider to activate it.
To enjoy DoH, you need to opt into a different DNS.
Your ISP Might Be Watching You
If you’re someone who values your privacy online, you wouldn’t want to be caught using your ISP Default DNS Server as that alone can pose a great threat. Almost everything you do is being recorded by your ISP ranging from websites you visit, as specific as the hostnames and subdomains. Somehow your browsing history and your personal information might be sold to companies who might want to do a survey and run adverts (ads).
Even though it is legal for US ISPs to record your activities, they boast that they frown on such disastrous activities. Also, some agencies are set up to checkmate infringement of privacy. What works for Country A might not work for Country B, it’s a question of “Do you trust your ISP?
DNS is just one of the various ways ISPs track you. The IP addresses you connect to can be seen by them, irrespective of the DNS server you use. They can garner a trailer load of information about your browsing activities. Replacing DNS servers doesn’t take the target off your back but makes the Cat & Mice chase more fun.
Reasons, And Why You Should Play The Cat And Mice Game.
Privacy Assured: To really enjoy yourself out there on the Internet World without anybody spying on you with or without your consent, you need a VPN (Virtual Private Network). You can use it for your regular visits to the Internet and keep them guessing what you’re up to.
More Speed: Some of us here are not really the patient type once; it has to do with the Internet, we always want things to load faster, and once we fail to get it we become put off and opt for something else.
Well, reports have it that third-party DNS is faster than the ones provided by our ISP. Although, it depends on how close the third-party DNS servers are to you.
Reliable Service: You might want to change your style by switching your DNS service should you notice that your ISP is no longer being loyal. If your ISP is too lazy to keep their DNS servers up with, you may start noticing an unexpected lag in surfing. Jumping boats shouldn’t hurt a fly.
Defender Of The Harmless Young – Once again, alternative DNS comes to the rescue, helping you keep an Eagle eye on what your kids might be doing online, where they visit, and whatnot. You can set up Web filtering, by changing your DNS server and using a service like Open DNS once the DNS server on your router is changed. You’ll be able to tweak Parental Control settings within the Open DNS website, giving you the ability to you to disable some not so cool categories of websites as well as the ones that were visited from your home network.
On a wireless network, you can block access to contents to all devices (tablets and smartphones) connected to your network.
Freedom: Your ISPs and sometimes alongside your Government limits the websites you can access; this is known as geo-blocking.
DNS and URL filtering, IP address blocking keeps off pages from search engine results, and even up to the point of disabling the Internet completely are a part of the geoblocking techniques.
For example, in China, you can’t access websites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Wikipedia. There may be more unknown websites.
Some special third-party DNS offers the tunnelling service, which somehow changes your immediate location and putting you in a non-restricted location. This is similar to VPNs.
That should be enough to put you through; thanks for staying put.