When your ISP first sets up your Internet connection, it also configures the default network settings for you. And with these default network settings, a specific configuration, called DNS (Domain Name System), is essential for your online connectivity.
For most ISPs, however, the security or privacy of your DNS is not much of a priority; this, however, leaves you vulnerable to all kinds of security issues: DNS hijacking; cache poisoning etc. are just a few examples that come to mind.
In this article, we will see how to work around this problem by changing the default DNS settings of your Windows 11. So let’s get started.
How to change DNS settings in Windows 11
A Domain Name System (DNS) translates human readable domain names into IP addresses so that browsers can load web pages on your screen. In most cases, when you get a new Internet connection, your ISP will establish one for you.
However, aside from the default DNS server provided by your ISP, there are a lot of good options to choose from.
For example, Google has been providing free DNS services since 2009, which they describe as an effort to make the web faster and more secure. Cloudflare and OpenDNS are also some of the best alternatives for safer and faster DNS service. We have provided the IP addresses for the individual public DNS below.
To get started with the DNS switch, follow the steps below:
Go to Windows Settings (Win + I) and go to Network and Internet.
To select Advanced network settings.
From there, click on the network adapter available under the Network adapters option. For example, if you are using an Ethernet connection, select it. Likewise, choose Wi-Fi if you are using the internet via Wi-Fi.
Click on the View additional properties.
Now select the Edit in front of the DNS server assignment.
Under the Change DNS settings, click on Manual and choose the IPv4 or IPv6 setting.
We have chosen the IPv4 setting for this example. Also note that as soon as you enable IPv4 you will get a new set of empty fields to fill out. These are Preferred DNS, Preferred DNS Encryption, and Alternate DNS.
Here are the alternative DNS and DNS numbers from Cloudflare, Google and OpenDNS that you can use for your new DNS server:
- Cloudflare: 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168
- Google: 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199
- OpenDNS: 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206
In the example above, we used Google’s DNS. You can choose any DNS server you want to go with, enter the numbers in the appropriate empty fields and click to safeguard. Within seconds, your Windows 11 DNS settings will be changed.
Changing DNS Settings in Windows 11
DNS is an essential part of the modern Internet. And while ISPs provide us with automatic DNS configuration by default, you might want to take matters into your own hands if you want better security. Using the simple method described above, you can change your DNS settings without any problem and keep your systems safe.
Follow these tips to secure your home router and prevent people from intruding into your network.
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