In this second exciting instalment in the Digital Economy Bill series, The Manchester SEO Blog Just Roger IT! will demonstrate how you can reconfigure your computer to make use of Google’s own DNS system. I will also explain why this might provide another valuable tool to add to your Swiss Army Knife of tactics that will subvert any level of control the UK government might attempt to impose upon the Internet itself.
What is DNS (Domain Name System)?
Basically, DNS is a giant Internet phonebook – every time you access a website using a domain name, your computer resolves that name into the IP address of the machine that will serve out your desired website. For example, this website www.manchester-seo-blog.co.uk is hosted on the machine with the IP address 220.127.116.11. Although the reality is more complex, this is essentially why DNS is an important part of being able to access a website.
Google’s DNS and Blockages
DNS may become important if our government tries to block ‘undersirable’ websites that may have found their way on to Santa’s naughty list. One possible block the government may attempt to use, would be to do something to the DNS itself. While the machine itself may be reachable from yours, the website will become – in effect – ex-directory and you will therefore not be able to connect to the website through the domain.
A few months ago, Google began offering a free and fast DNS service, and with some minor reconfiguration of your computer, you can use Google’s DNS instead of your ISP’s own. Because Google operate this service from the United States, the UK government will be unable to stop your machine using this service.
How To Configure Your System
Configuring Google’s DNS for Windows XP
To add Google’s DNS servers to your Internet configuration, simply follow these steps:
- Click Start, then Control Panel and from here double click Network Connections
- Right click on the network connection you use and click Properties.
- From this dialog box, highlight the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) option and cilck Properties
- Next, simply click the radio button: ‘Use the following DNS server addresses:‘ and enter Google’s DNS servers 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124
Right click on the network connection you use and click Properties.
Configuring Google’s DNS for Windows 7
- Click Start, then Control Panel and from here click Network and Internet
- From this control panel, click Network Center and then click the Personalize link.
- From this dialog box, highlight the Internet connection your computer uses, then cilck the Properties button.
- Click the Properties button in this next dialog box (you may need to provide admin password at this point)
- Highlight the TCP/IP Version 4 option and click ‘Properties‘ and in the next dialog box, click: ‘Use the following DNS addresses‘ and enter 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52..
Okay, by now you should be all done! Click OK and apply all of those settings. Google’s DNS System is so awesome that you may well improve the speed and responsiveness of your Internet as a by-product. The important thing is that nobody within the UK would be able to stop you, and should the government attempt to block domains using some DNS tricks, this would provide a neat way around it!