How to: Set up OpenDNS on your Mac
Last week, the hard disk in my five-year-old iMac died — c’est la vie. A new hard drive installed and my apps restored (yeah, Mac App Store!) later, and I thought everything was all set up. Until, that is, I noticed an unrecognized URL in Safari returned a DNS search page for Time Warner’s Roadrunner service — Ick! Not only is service provider DNS search less useful and slower, who the heck wants Comcast, Roadrunner or whomever knowing what you’re up to?
Here’s a straightforward guide for upgrading your Mac from service provider DNS lookup and search to OpenDNS:
1. Go to System Preferences -> Network -> click “Advanced”
2. Click the “DNS” tab and then the “+”
3. Paste or type in 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.
4. Click the “+” under search domain and type or paste in “opendns.org”
See also: Google Public DNS
Yes, OpenDNS is faster (your mileage may vary) than ISP DNS and it’s also one less data point they can track…
What’s your take?