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vhdsl_user
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DNS Servers

Action Fraud (uk) are recommending that internet users make use of a free service from Quad9.net. Essentially it has a list of unsafe domain names and blocks access to those sites. It is offering this as an addition to any other malware system that the user might have (eg Norton offer a website name check for safety  https://safeweb.norton.com/ ) . Does anyone have any experience of or advice about Quad9.net ? Is it even feasible to access a DNS which is not the DNS used by your ISP ?

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licquorice
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Re: DNS Servers

You can use any DNS service you like, however, you can't change DNS servers on a BT Home Hub, you would need to change it on your PC/device http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm  is a better option to block unwanted sites on a PC.

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Anonymous
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Re: DNS Servers


@vhdsl_user wrote:

Action Fraud (uk) are recommending that internet users make use of a free service from Quad9.net. Essentially it has a list of unsafe domain names and blocks access to those sites. It is offering this as an addition to any other malware system that the user might have (eg Norton offer a website name check for safety  https://safeweb.norton.com/ ) . Does anyone have any experience of or advice about Quad9.net ? Is it even feasible to access a DNS which is not the DNS used by your ISP ?


Googles DNS  servers are fast, safe & free to to use by the public. Likewise OpenDNS.

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icepuffin
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Re: DNS Servers

It says in the websitethat some routers cannot be changed, so am I able to change my DNS to Quad9 or will my smart hub 6 reject it?  and I suppose another question is, is it worth it?

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licquorice
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You can't change DNS servers on any BT Hubs. You either need to have a third party router or change your device to have fixed DNS server addresses rather than using the hub ones.

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icepuffin
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Re: DNS Servers

OK, I don't want to change anything on my smart hub, ( wouldn't know how to anyway) so presume I cannot change the settings on my laptop as it will not be accepted by the hub - is that right?

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Liam_
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Re: DNS Servers

The hub is not an issue here.  Just change the DNS servers in the properties section of the network card see example.

NIC Properties.png

Some alternate DNS servers you can try.

OpenDNS

208.67.222.222

208.67.220.220

OpenDNS Filtered servers: DNS servers that block adult content(apparently)

208.67.220.123

208.67.222.123

OpenDNS IPV6

2620:0:ccc::2

2620:0:ccd::2

Google

8.8.8.8

8.8.4.4

Google IPv6

2001:4860:4860::8888

2001:4860:4860::8844

Verisign

64.6.64.6

64.6.65.6

Verisign IPv6

2620:74:1b::1:1

2620:74:1c::2:2

If you want more than that look here:

https://www.lifewire.com/free-and-public-dns-servers-2626062

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licquorice
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@icepuffin No, that's not right.  You CANNOT change DNS servers on hub, you NEED to change them on your laptop.

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