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How to: Set up OpenDNS on your Mac

12 March 2012 3,541 views 4 Comments

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 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220.

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…

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