DNS tips and tricks

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The Domain Name System (DNS) is a very simple, yet extremely important, service that most of us take for granted. Without it, Web browsing would be a much different experience. Instead of typing google.com into your browser, for instance, you would have to remember one of the company's many IP addresses.

A sluggish DNS service can slow your browsing, and website DNS changes can trigger that dreaded Not Found page.

Here are some tips and tricks to help DNS be all it can be for your business or home network.

[For more about how to use DNS to protect your network from phishing sites, botnets and other security issues, read 6 DNS services protect against malware and other unwanted content.]

Test DNS server speeds with namebench

Many DNS providers tout their fast speeds, but the rates you see are based upon many different aspects. Among these characteristics: The speed and geographic distance between the network's router and your computer on one end and, on the other, the DNS server used for the domain lookups and the DNS host of the websites you're visiting.

Remember, DNS speeds vary based upon which websites you visit as well. So one DNS server may be fast for one user while not so much for another user, even if on the same network.

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