Earlier this year I started using OpenDNS and it has completely revolutionized the way that I navigate the web. In the old days I accessed websites by typing in the URL or by searching for the link in a mess of bookmarks.
Now I use OpenDNS shortcuts.
Shortcuts are my favorite benefit of using OpenDNS, but there are many more:
- It’s faster
- It automatically corrects spelling mistakes (www,google.cmo becomes www.google.com)
- It warns me against phishing attacks
- It only takes about 30 seconds to set up
If you are not using OpenDNS yet, I recommend that you try it. I promise, once you use it, you’ll never go back.
The slightly-less-technical explanation for my mom:
Every time you view a website, your computer sends out a request to a domain name server. This domain name server is used to convert human readable domain names (www.google.com) into computer readable IP addresses (188.8.131.52). The average person does hundreds of DNS lookups every day. Usually these lookups are handled by your internet service provider (ISP), but you can actually use whichever service you like. OpenDNS is the world’s largest and fastest-growing DNS service. They are currently handling over a billion requests a day.