Best Free Public DNS Servers

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DNS ( Domain Name System ) is an important protocol which serves the website you visit everyday. When you point your browser to a website it directs to it, just like any place you look for a website too has a location. And just like an address for any place is defined by various names and numbers, the website too has an address i.e. IP address. Here is where DNS helps you, DNS acts like a phonebook which locates the IP address of the website for you when you enter its name.

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Your Internet Service Provider ( ISP ) assigns a DNS server for you, and it is added by default in your router which connects to the internet. But there are a few problems with your ISP’s DNS, they are often slow, slowly updated and the most of all ISP has control over which website to block by blocking its record on their DNS server. To get around this problem and have much faster loading website it is recommended to use alternate DNS servers. There are a few paid DNS servers too but in this post we will only look at the best free DNS servers.

Free DNS Servers doesn’t mean they are bad or slow, these are as excellent as they can be. In fact most are extremely fast, improve security and are the most updated ones.

Some Free DNS Services even allow you to register at them and give much more control over blocking scam websites, phishing sites, porn sites, hacked sites etc. But for the most basic stuff you do not need to register to use them.
The process of changing DNS Servers is simple, you can do it in your router settings or just on your computer. Doing it at router level ensures that anything that connects to your router will using the same DNS settings. You can find the guide of changing DNS by clicking on any of the links below from the chart of the Free Public DNS Servers.

Last Updated on 26th April 2016
  • Added Verisign Public DNS, they promise to be the most stable & secure public DNS out right now.
  • Edited Google Public DNS location. Google Automatically chooses the closest DNS subnet to you.
FREE PUBLIC DNS SERVERS (IPv4)
NAMEPRIMARY DNS SERVERSECONDARY DNS SERVERDNS SERVER LOCATION
Google Public DNS8.8.8.88.8.4.4USA
OpenDNS208.67.222.222208.67.220.220USA
Verisign Public DNS64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6USA
SafeDNS195.46.39.39195.46.39.40USA
DynDNS216.146.35.35216.146.36.36USA
Neustar DNS Advantage156.154.70.1156.154.71.1USA
Level3209.244.0.3209.244.0.4USA
DNS Watch84.200.69.8084.200.70.40Germany
Yandex Basic DNS77.88.8.877.88.8.1Russia, CIS & Western Europe
OpenNic ProjectCheck hereDisplays the Closest DNS Server Location to you
censurfriDNS91.239.100.10089.233.43.71Denmark
Hurricane Electric74.82.42.42USA
puntCAT DNS109.69.8.51Spain
FREE PUBLIC DNS SERVER WITH SECURITY (IPv4)
NAMEPRIMARY DNSSECONDARY DNSSECURITY FEATURESLOCATION
Norton ConnectSafe DNS A199.85.126.10199.85.127.10Blocks Malware, Phishing sites and scam sitesUSA
Norton ConnectSafe DNS B199.85.126.20199.85.127.20All the Above Features + PornographyUSA
Norton ConnectSafe DNS C199.85.126.30199.85.127.30All the Above Features + blocks mature content, abortion, alcohol, crime, drugs, file sharing, gambling, hate, suicide, tobacco or violenceUSA
Yandex Safe77.88.8.8877.88.8.2Protects from Infected sites, Fraudulent Sites and botsRussia, CIS & Western Europe
Yandex Family77.88.8.777.88.8.3Security from Safe + Blocks Adult sites, Adult Advertising, Yandex Family SearchRussia, CIS & Western Europe
Comodo Secure DNS8.26.56.268.20.247.20Auto blocks phishing sites, malware sites, spyware sites, and parked domains.USA

These DNS servers are also available for IPv6 users
If you aren’t sure if you are on IPv6 then visit Kame to verify the working IPv6 IP address.

FREE PUBLIC DNS SERVERS (IPv6)
NAMEPRIMARY DNSSECONDARY DNSLOCATION
Google Public DNS2001:4860:4860::88882001:4860:4860::8844Worldwide
OpenDNS2620:0:ccc::22620:0:ccd::2Worldwide
Verisign Public DNS2620:74:1b::1:12620:74:1c::2:2USA
censurfriDNS 2001:67c:28a4:: 2002:d596:2a92:1:71:53::Denmark
DNS Watch2001:1608:10:25::1c04:b12f2001:1608:10:25::9249:d69bGermany
Hurricane2001:470:20::2USA
Yandex Basic DNS2a02:6b8::feed:0ff2a02:6b8:0:1::feed:0ffRussia, CIS & Western Europe
OpenNic ProjectCheck hereChoose the Nearest To You
puntCAT DNS2a00:1508:0:4::9Spain
FREE PUBLIC DNS SERVERS WITH SECURITY (IPv6)
NAMEPRIMARY DNSSECONDARY DNSSECURITY FEATURESLOCATION
Yandex Safe2a02:6b8::feed:bad2a02:6b8:0:1::feed:badProtects from Infected sites, Fraudulent Sites and botsRussia, CIS & Western Europe
Yandex Family2a02:6b8::feed:a112a02:6b8:0:1::feed:a11Above features + Blocks Adult sites, Adult Advertising, Yandex Family SearchRussia, CIS & Western Europe

For IPv6 it is recommended that you take this IPv6 test after changing any of the Free DNS servers.

OpenNic Project even has a list of all the available Free DNS Servers if you want to choose one yourself.

These are the best free Public DNS servers that are not just fast and updated but give some basic and extra security as and when you need it. This list will be kept updated all the time, so when you visit this page it will always have the list of Best Free DNS Servers which are not only active but also the most secure and the best free Public DNS servers.
If you know any other good Free DNS Server which is missing from the list, feel free to mail us or leave a comment below.

 

 

2 Responses

  1. James

    April 16, 2016 4:21 PM

    Note that Google Public DNS is not just located in the USA, I suggest putting “Wordwide” or similar.

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