Leo has been trying a new DNS service called NextDNS. Not only does it keep your online activity private from even your ISP, but it also blocks ads and has great parental controls. And it's free for most types of online activity.
Gary wants to be able to know when members of his family login, where they go online and for how long. Leo suggests NextDNS. It's a new DNS standard that has a lot of great features. It's known as a "pie hole," and it can be used to monitor and block suspect websites and bad activity. You go into your router and input the NextDNS DNS settings. It'll also give you privacy since your activity is no longer routed through your ISP. And you can get blacklist and whitelist options, and a huge page of analytics by device.
Does Richard have to create a VPN to set up his DNS settings? Leo says no. DNS is essentially the phone book that the internet uses to look your address up. You don't use a VPN for that. VPNs are for encrypted net traffic. OpenDNS is the best DNS that Leo likes. CloudFlare is another. Quad Nine. Google even has a secure DNS. All are great if you're concerned about privacy, as it allows you to filter traffic at the router level. Log into your router, look for the DNS settings, and input the DNS address of your DNS server.
Laurie has a business with a website on Google, and now her website is offline after making a few changes to it. Leo says that it's very easy to make a coding mistake and take a site offline. It's possible that her GoDaddy DNS record has been modified and it no longer resolves to the right web host. So giving GoDaddy a call and having them fix the lookup to reflect the proper DNS address may help solve the problem.
Tom is having issues with Google's DNS server not responding. DNS is the phone book for the internet. It takes the URL and converts it to the unique IP address for that website. It will look in local memory first, then the router, and then the Internet Service Provider for the address. It can even go beyond that to the master servers that house all domain names and DNS lookups. If it can't find it, you get an error message that there's a kink in the chain. That could mean there's something broken on your PC, or even your ISP's servers.
Rick wants to know how domain names and DNS settings work and why sometimes it takes awhile to get his DNS listed. Leo says that DNS, which stands for Domain Name Servers, is basically the phone book of the internet. Not all DNS are alike, though. OpenDNS is pretty good. But chances are his ISP's DNS will be the fastest.
Garth is having trouble on his browser accessing the internet. It's very slow. Leo says that if he's tried different browsers and different websites, then it sounds like the DNS configuration with his router is screwed up. He can use a third party DNS like OpenDNS, which is free and easy to set up.
Don wants to be able to cut off access to the internet with a touch of a button. Leo says that some routers allow him to do this by MAC address (called an "access control list"). They can set the internet to go off at certain times. He can also go to OpenDNS.com and use their DNS system to filter out unwanted websites. This will work for smartphones as well.
Victor wants to know about IP version 6. The way IP version 6 works is like the current system of numbers, but instead of a dotted "quad", which is four 8 bit digits surrounded by dots, they've added two more to make it a dotted "sextet." This allows for a large amount of IP addresses.
Leo says that the domain name server (DNS) is basically the phone book for the internet. When you type in an address, the DNS then takes that address and looks up the actual IP address of the website. It's numbers separated by periods. Tom can change his DNS on his computer quite easily. On the Mac, it's in the network settings of OS X.