DNS stands for Domain Name Service and it is in charge of translating domain names that we can easily understand such as Facebook.com into an IP address like 188.8.131.52. One thing to keep in mind is that many Internet Service Providers and public DNS providers log your DNS queries and apply censorship on websites via DNS. Thankfully, there are some DNS providers that don’t do this. Here we’ll check a list of the DNS providers that allow you to enjoy an logless, censorship free experience and will also tell you how to change your DNS.
Censurfridns.DK – These are tow Danish DNS servers that are not censored. The addresses used are: 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11, as well as 2001:67c:28a4:: and 2002:d596:2a92:1:71:53::
FreeDNS – This is an open, free and public DNS that doesn’t keep logs. It uses these addresse: 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124
DNS.Watch – DNS.Watch is also free and doesn’t keep logs. It is DNSSEC enabled and it supports the following IP addresses: 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52, as well as 2001:160:10:25::1c04:b12f and 2001:1608:10:25::9249:d69b.
How to change your DNS
Changing the DNS settings in your access point (the router that you got from your internet service provider) will allow you to use and configure different DNS solutions. If you can’t access the router/access point, you can modify the DNS settings directly on your device.
If you use Windows, go to the network device’s properties and then go into the IPv4 properties. You will need to change the DNS servers in the bottom section of the window.
In Mac, you will have to go into System Preferences. Then click on Network. Select the network device, click on Advanced and then enter the DNS servers after clicking on the DNS tab.
If you use Linux, you can change the DNS by clicking on your network applet, then select Edit Connections. Click on Edit for your network device and under the IPv4 Settings tab, select the Automatic DHCP addresses only profile. Then you can add the DNS servers into the DNS servers textbox. Separate each server address using a comma.
When using a VPN, make sure you perform a DNS leak test to make sure that you are not revealing your ISP name servers (your ISP is the company giving you access to the internet).
VPNs add privacy and security to your connection and they also allow you to get around restrictions. Many VPN services offer DNS leaks protection that prevent that you ISP name servers are exposed. In order to perform a DNS leak test, you can visit dnsleaktest.com. After performing the test, check the results to find out if your actual IP address and location are being exposed. If the IP address shows the location and IP of the VPN server you are connecting to, there is no reason to worry as it means that your DNS data is not leaking.