You may ask, why do we even bother?
Well, for 2 reasons,
One, to have a more stable and fast DNS server to handle all our name resolving inquiries.
Since DNS is such a vital piece directing us to the right place on the Internet, having a stable, fast performance is equally important as your internet bandwidth.
Two, to have a safe surfing experience
Why having a good DNS server has anything to do with the safe internet browsing? Nowadays, those well-known public DNS providers, such as Google Public DNS, OpenDNS, and Yandex.DNS offer not only a good basic DNS service but also the extend services that act as your content filter, phishing protection. Yes, it can be your anti-malware system to protect you while you can freely and safely surf the web.
Ok, that makes sense. But changing DNS is not trivial, is it? Is there a quicker and easier way?
Yes, here are 3 tools that you can use to quickly switch your DNS server settings bundled on your network adapter. All 3 tools work on most Windows systems, from XP to Windows 8. Both 32-bit and 64-bit editions are supported.
QuickSetDNS is a simple tool that allows you to easily change the DNS servers that are used for your Internet connection. You can set the desired DNS servers from the user interface, by choosing from a list of DNS servers that you defined, or from command-line, without displaying any user interface.
By default, it comes with Google Public DNS as one of the preset DNS servers you can switch to. You can go to File menu to add new DNS servers. To quickly change, right-click one of the DNS servers listed in the program, and choose Set Active DNS.
DNS Angel is another free portable tool that lets you quickly switch your DNS settings to one of 5 DNS servers presented in the tool. It has 2 Norton servers, OpenDNS FamilyShield, MetaCert DNS, and Yandex.DNS integrated. Just simply clicking one of the buttons available in the program, your DNS server setting will be changed right away. You can also use the Restore button to quickly restore the setting back to default.
ChrisPC DNS Switch
ChrisPC DNS Switch continues the series of connectivity tools that are useful for a safe and anonymous Internet browsing. This tool makes DNS change more easy and faster giving you a series of options like choosing from preset groups of DNS servers the one that fits your browsing habits.
It has a lot more DNS servers pre-built in the system, total 32 in place right out of the box, include a number of ones that offer anonymous DNS access. You can also add, edit, or delete any of the presets under DNS Database tab. It also lets you bundle the setting to a specific network adapter, which is very useful to those who have multiple network adapters installed on the computer.
DNS Jumper is another DNS switcher that is free and portable with main features like:
- Quickly and easily change your IPv4 and IPv6 DNS settings
- See your selected network card’s current DNS IP address.
- Easily backup and restore your current DNS settings.
- Check your DNS server response time.
- Automated checking of all listed DNS response times, finding the fastest available.
- You can then quickly apply it to your DNS settings.
- Add your own custom DNS server.
- CMD (command line) support
- Clear/Flush the DNS cache
DNS Jumper 2.0 has some new and important features, such as Turbo Resolve which can apply the fastest DNS at startup. Speaking of Fastest DNS, it’s a feature built in the app that tests and finds out the fastest DNS for you based on your location and network speed.
Other than 3 tools mentioned above that let you quickly switch DNS server settings from one to another, there are also 2 bonus tools we’ve covered before to benchmark your DNS performance. Even if you are not in favor of changing your DNS settings, it would be a good idea, at least, using one of these tools to get to know how good your DNS servers perform.
That’s it for today’s DNS tour. Happy browsing.