When your ISP first sets up your Internet connection, they'll also set up the default network settings for you. And with these standard network settings comes a special configuration called the Domain Name System (DNS), which is critical to your online connectivity.
However, for most ISPs, the security or privacy of your DNS isn't a top priority. However, this leaves you vulnerable to all kinds of security problems: DNS hijacking; Cache poisoning, etc. are just a few examples that come to mind.
In this article, we'll cover how to work around this problem by changing the default DNS settings on your Windows 11. So let's start.
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 the web pages on your screen. In most cases, your ISP will set up a new Internet connection for you.
However, aside from the standard DNS server provided by your ISP, you have a number of good options to choose from.
For example, Google has been offering free DNS services since 2009, which they describe as an attempt to make the web faster and more secure. Cloudflare and OpenDNS are also some of the best alternatives for more secure, faster DNS service. We have given the IP addresses for each public DNS below.
To get started with the DNS switch, do the following:
Go to Windows settings (Win + me) and navigate to Network & Internet.
Choose Advanced network settings.
There click on the network adapter that is located under the Network adapter Opportunity. For example, if you are using an ethernet connection, select that. Similarly, if you are using the Internet over Wi-Fi, choose Wi-Fi.
click on the Show more properties.
Now choose the To edit Button in front of the DNS server assignment.
Under the Edit DNS settings, click on Manual and select the setting IPv4 or IPv6.
For this example we have chosen the IPv4 setting. Also note that as soon as you turn on IPv4, you will receive a new set of blank fields to fill in. These are Preferred DNS, Preferred DNS Encryption, and Alternative DNS.
Here are the DNS and alternate DNS numbers from Cloudflare, Google, and OpenDNS that you can use for your new DNS server:
- Cloud flare: 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206
- Google: 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168
- OpenDNS: 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199
In the example above, we used Google's DNS. You can select any DNS server you want to use, enter the numbers in the appropriate blank fields, and click Save on computer. In a few seconds, your Windows 11 DNS settings will be changed.
Change DNS settings in Windows 11
The DNS is an important part of the modern internet. And while ISPs provide us with a standard automatic DNS facility, if you want better security, you might want to take matters into your own hands. With the simple method outlined above, you can easily change your DNS settings and protect your systems.
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Shaant is a staff writer at MUO. As a graduate in computer applications, he uses his passion for writing to explain complex technology in plain English. When he's not researching or writing, he can enjoy a good book, run, or hang out with friends.
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