How to configure DNS for better speed and security on the Internet

How to configure DNS for better speed and security on the Internet

Not only megas lives the man (nor the woman). We have already told you on numerous occasions the importance of DNS servers in your internet connection in addition to how to find the fastest through the Namebench tool . Choosing a good server DNS will improve both our security and our browsing speed so having clear which are the best alternatives is a must for those users who want to enhance their connection.

For the most lost, remember that DNS servers are those that are responsible for translating the URLs of a website to the IP address necessary to enter . The lower the latency between the information we send and the response we receive, the sooner we will access the website.

DNS, one of the best ways to improve your connection

When talking about DNS, we find free variants and of payment . To safeguard your economy, we wanted to choose the fastest DNS within the public domain, so you can connect at no cost.

Remember also that, depending on your connection, there will be more appropriate DNS servers than others ] That is why it never hurts to take a look at Namebench a tool that will advise us which are the most suitable DNS for us. Independent of this, the numbers speak for themselves and, as shows us DNSperf the performance of public DNS is more than proven so it is easy to establish a general order on the speed that we can reach with them.


 Cloudflare Dns

Cloudflare promises to be faster and more secure than Google's own DNS counting even with applications for Android and iOS that configure DNS automatically on our phones . The American company has a good reputation on its back, and the advantage of is the fastest DNS that we can currently use .

This DNS has a query time (speed of URL query) in Europe of 9.48ms, the best time recorded according to DNSperf (up to 57% faster than Google DNS). This means that Cloudflare is the best option if you're looking for speed when surfing the Internet.

Cloudflare's primary and secondary DNS are and [19659008] OpenDNS


Currently under the umbrella of Cisco ] OpenDNS has a long history. Specifically, 14 years of free service offering good speed, customizable filters, and promising security when browsing.

OpenDNS European times tell us about 16.92ms, close to double what Cloudflare has come to take . However, remember that at the level of functionalities (especially if we decide to jump to the payment options) of OpenDNS is quite broad, so it is a server to be taken into account.

The primary DNS and secondary of OpenDNS are and .


 Google Dns

The Big G how could it be otherwise, has its own DNS server. In his case, as we read in Engadget anonymized user data are stored, for the purpose of diagnosis and problem solving. Google promises to erase your IP address between 24 and 48h a point to keep in mind for those who love privacy. While it may have the disadvantage of knowing that our data go through Google, maintains a good balance between speed and security .

It is the third fastest DNS, according to DNSperf, throwing us a time of 22.31 ms These Google servers, as the main advantage (apart from their speed), protect us against DoS attacks quite common in the current times.

The primary and secondary DNS of Cloudflare are 8.8 .8.8 and .


 Norton Dns

Norton the famous division of Symantec well-known for its antivirus, also has its own DNS servers. Going public in 2010, the company's DNS service was born to offer greater speed and security when browsing promising to block malware and attacks from phishing .

In the DNSperf tests the Norton DNS reaches a query speed within Europe of 23.43ms, figure quite close to that offered by the Google DNS .

Norton primary and secondary DNS are and .


 Neustar Dns

Neustar, American company known for offering telecommunications services , has the fifth fastest DNS service, according to the tests on which we are basing the list. Like its competitors, Neustar promises a safe and fast browsing experience with protection against DDoS attacks and its own Firewall.

Stroking by a few tenths at the speed achieved by Norton's DNS, Neustar gets a response time of 22.93ms . Taking into account the variability of said ms based on our own connection or the temporary moment in which we do the test, the difference between one and another is ridiculous.

The primary and secondary DNS of Neustar are 156.154. 70.5 and .



SafeDNS occupies the sixth position as far as public DNS speed is concerned, and the seventh if we include private ones. This solution enables ad blocking, contains filters against malware and allows custom locks . However, if we want to use the free version, most of these functions will be stored, being exclusive of the paid version.

The speed obtained in the DNSperf tests was 26.01ms ]a value quite close to the alternatives of DNSFilter and Newstar.

The primary and secondary DNS of SafeDNS are and


 Verisign Dns

With 24 years of age, Verising is a veteran company on the Internet focusing on the world of network infrastructures. Regarding its DNS, it stands out as a good alternative in terms of security and privacy, although its speed begins to be notably below the rest of alternatives .

In the tests that concern us, the Verising's DNS is the first to break the 30ms barrier reaching a response time in Europe of 31.1ms. A difference that begins to be noticed (remember that Cloudflare falls 10ms), but there is his proposal, completely free.

The primary and secondary DNS of Verisign are and ]



Centrada on security products, the company Comodo is pleased to offer its DNS service for free . In this part of the ranking you should not expect the best response speeds, but a strong commitment to security focusing on blocking phishing spyware and even ads.

The speed of the Comodo DNS is 33.68ms, high compared to the first DNS of the ranking but the price to pay for an extra security that must be taken into account.

Comodo's primary and secondary DNS are and


 Quad9 Dns

Arriving at the last positions of the ranking we find Quad9, young DNS service (activated in 2016), focused on those users who seek security when navigating .

With a speed in Europe of 34.43ms, it is proposed as a good alternative to navigate calmly on the Internet with an acceptable speed, despite not being the fastest.

The primary and secondary DNS of Quad9 are and 149,112,112,112 .


 Yandex Dns

Last, but not bad, the Russians of Yandex offer users their DNS services . From their website they tell us the kindness of security that their servers have, protecting us from malicious pages using their own algorithms (aided, of course, by the people of Sophos ).

The Yandex European servers are able to translate the URLs in 46.1ms, lower speed than the rest of the alternatives discussed, breaking the 40ms barrier. However, the extra security it brings makes it worthy of a good position in the DNS world .

The Yandex primary and secondary DNS are and

Privacy and speed: why change the DNS


By default, our network connection will depend on the servers that our own company has established for our router. Changing the DNS by an alternative of Cloudflare, OpenDNS or Google, our navigation speed can improve considerably by reducing loading times on web pages.

On the other hand, and although it is not common in the case of European users, it could be the case that governments blocked access to certain websites . This block can be skipped if we change the configuration of our DNS.

Finally, we find in the DNS a bastion for security as shown by Quad9 or SafeNDS for all those concerned for your privacy and security when browsing. Being that way, we are in short with a basic, free and fast way to improve our experience with the browser available to any user.

Measuring DNS speed

 Namebench Dns

DNSperf is one of the best web pages to check the speed of a DNS (both in Europe and worldwide), as well as to access the list of which are the fastest and most stable.
However, we found several tools to measure the speed of DNS and check which is the best according to our connection, such as DNS Benchmark available for Windows and Wine DNS Jumper available only for Windows, or Namebench available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS.

Being knowledgeable about the different tools to measure the speed and quality of DNS, Namebench is our option to recommend for its simplicity.

The most popular of them, and one of those that has worked best for us has been Namebench, since we only have to open the program, and this will look for the most suitable DNS for our connection automatically . This way it will not be necessary to compare the times of each DNS by ourselves.

How to change your DNS

Changing the DNS is a simple process, which will depend on the device that we are using. We can change the values ​​from the computer or telephone from the settings that the different operating systems offer us.

 Dns En Macos

In the case that we are using a Linux or MacOS distribution, to change the DNS we only have to access the network panel of the settings . From there we will access the DNS section, in which we can add a new one, assigning the relevant primary and secondary values.

 Change Dns Engadget Basics

If, on the other hand, our platform is Windows the process is quite similar, since we can do it from on control panel . From this, we will access the section of network connections and within Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP / IPv4) we will see the option of Use the following DNS server addresses . When activated this option, we can fill in the fields corresponding to the primary and secondary (shown as preferred DNS server and alternative DNS server.)

 Change Dns in Android

When mobile operating systems are concerned, changing the DNS is possible from Android and iOS. In the operating system of Google, we must go to the section of Networks and Internet to search within it our Wi-Fi connection. By clicking on it we can access the menu of advanced options to find the IP settings that we must change from DHCP Protocol (default), to Static IP . Once changed, we can access the sections DNS 1 and DNS 2 . Change to taste and save.

 Change Dns In Ios

Changing the DNS in iOS is quite similar, so we start looking for our Wi-Fi network in the settings and access its advanced options. Here, will click on DNS Settings and we will change the automatic setting for the manual. In the subsection Servers DNS we will press on Add server to introduce the primary and secondary DNS. After saving, the process will be finished.


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