How To Speed Up Your Internet Connection In Just 5 Minutes

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We’ve been huge fans of OpenDNS for years now. (Ever since David Pogue turned us on to the service). It’s a quick and easy way to tweak your computer’s network settings for faster, more secure browsing.

What is DNS? It stands for Domain Name Server, which is what translates those weird internet addresses like 123.45.67 into something humans can understand like

The service OpenDNS helps speed up your internet connection because it stores a large cache of internet addresses to translate and deliver them to your more quickly.

Setting up OpenDNS is free, and very easy to do. You can also create an account for monitoring your activity and protecting your computer from phishing attacks.

We’ll walk you through how set up OpenDNS on both PC and Mac. Head over to the OpenDNS home page to get started.

Here' OpenDNS' home page. Let's create an account. Click the yellow button to begin.

Select the plan you'd like. For personal use, you can use the free Basic service.

Enter your email address and password you'd like to use. Then click continue.

You'll see some grey numbers in your DNS server window. That's from your internet service provider. Ignore it, and click the plus button at the bottom left of the window.

OpenDNS suggests clearing your browser history after you set up the new DNS address.

Make sure you clear everything: history, cookies, cache, etc.

Restart your computer to enable your new network settings. You should notice faster browsing speeds. Now let's set up OpenDNS for Windows 7...

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