Free Public DNS resolver list (public DNS servers)

drmike

100% Tier-1 Gogent
Now that Level 3 supposedly is capturing and redirecting folks to their search monetization page on failed lookups, thought it was a good time to introduce other DNS resolver / DNS server options.

Opennic - http://www.opennicproject.org/

Different locations all over.  Ran by members.  Many have no logging of queries. THIS IS WHAT I AM NOW USING.

He.net, you know the bandwidth provider and IPv6 company :)

ordns.he.net or 74.82.42.42

Level 3 4.2.2.1 4.2.2.2 4.2.2.3 4.2.2.4  209.244.0.3 209.244.0.4

Long used and easy to remember.  Now doing the same search redirection on failed lookups as others are.

OpenDNS 208.67.222.222 208.67.220.220

Innovative  DNS company with advanced features like family friendly DNS filtering.  Downside is they do the redirect / fake IP on failed lookup that search redirects.

Comodo Secure DNS 8.26.56.26 8.20.247.20

SecureDNS references a real-time block list (RBL) of harmful websites (i.e. phishing sites, malware sites, spyware sites, and parked domains that may contain excessive advertising including pop-up and/or pop-under advertisements, etc.) and will warn you whenever you attempt to access a site containing potentially threatening content. Additionally, our 'name cache invalidation' solution signals the Comodo Secure DNS recursive servers whenever a DNS record is updated - fundamentally eliminating the concept of a TTL.

They do the DNS redirect BS too... blah.

Norton.com
Security
198.153.192.40
198.153.194.40
Security and Pornography
198.153.192.50
198.153.194.50
Security, Pornography and "Non-Family Friendly"
198.153.192.60
198.153.194.60

Google 8.8.8.8 8.8.4.4

Hazards: Google's all-knowing policy and single login + capturing your wifi details isn't for fun.  It's about total tracking and monetization of you as the product. I avoid the Google DNS offering.

Your own ISP... Don't do it typically.   They are likely selling, reusing the data, etc.  Plus their DNS often is less than great on performance and reliability.
 
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scott2020

New Member
Norton DNS also has a service like comodo.

From Wikipedia and dns.norton.com

Security
  • 198.153.192.40
  • 198.153.194.40
Security and Pornography
  • 198.153.192.50
  • 198.153.194.50
Security, Pornography and "Non-Family Friendly"
  • 198.153.192.60
  • 198.153.194.60

Use the resolver IP based on what level of security or filtering you are needing.
 

drmike

100% Tier-1 Gogent
I remember seeing Opennic a long time ago @sleddog.  Thank you for bringing that project back to mind.

Anonymous logs/no logging of DNS queries (depending on server).   That's more my speed.
 

bizzard

Active Member
I have been a fan of OpenDNS for a longtime and it worked good. Using their filtered DNS IP's 208.67.220.123 and 208.67.222.123 at home to keep myself and my brothers away from porn :p and their default ones at office and the place where I stay.

I hate the redirection at times. Got introduced to the OpenNIC project few days ago and trying those out. The downside I see is that the IP's are't as easy to remember, when compared to Google DNS or OpenDNS.
 

Magiobiwan

Insert Witty Statement Here
Verified Provider
If you don't want anyone tracking you, set up your own local recursive resolver (restricted so its not open; of course).
 

drmike

100% Tier-1 Gogent
Means nothing, there still needs to be another lookup process done to an upper level resolver.

Mun
True.

What you need to do is aggregate lookups.  Plug them into active IPs doing lookups across multiple randomized DNS servers.
 

drmike

100% Tier-1 Gogent
Keep them coming folks.   I'll rearrange the list in a bit.   

Will try to work with Mann to get a list of these reference resources socked away for long term reuse.

I think vpsBoard needs a wiki or something to highlight key stuff.
 

drmike

100% Tier-1 Gogent
Would people be interested in a free (maybe anycast?) resolver service?

--Adam
Always good to have options.  Make sure the service has clear ToS + Privacy Policy.  No logging.   Hey logs just slow things down anyways and provides a government interest pile / attack vector.
 
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