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How to Access Blocked Websites Using Google Public DNS

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How to access blocked websites? How to increase Internet speed and security? If you are having one of these questions on your mind, this article will bring you an easy solution! As you may know, many websites are getting suspended in countries like China and India everyday. The good news is there are some ways to break all these restrictions helping you to regain your Internet freedom. Proxy websites is probably one of the solutions you can think of to unblock any banned websites. However they might force you to fill surveys or your browser to open adwares. So if you are looking for something safe and permanent, you should change your DNS address using Google Public DNS IP addresses.

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Following are step-by-step tutorials for you to change your DNS server settings to Google Public DNS on both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. The changing procedure is very easy and you can probably get it done within minutes! Now you can access any websites you want to enjoy the freedom of Internet!

How to Change DNS Server Settings on Microsoft Windows 7

1. Go the “Control Panel”.
2. Click “Network and Sharing Center” then click “Change adapter settings”.
3. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:

  • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, right-click “Local Area Connection”, and click “Properties”.
  • To change the settings for a wireless connection, right-click “Wireless Network Connection”, and click “Properties”.

If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

4. Select the “Networking” tab. Under “This connection uses the following items”, select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” or “Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)” and then click “Properties”.
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5. Click “Advanced” and select the “DNS” tab. If there are any DNS server IP addresses listed there, write them down for future reference, and remove them from this window.
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6. Click “OK”
7. Select “Use the following DNS server addresses”. If there are any IP addresses listed in the “Preferred DNS server” or “Alternate DNS server”, write them down for future reference.
8. Replace those addresses with the IP addresses of the Google DNS servers:

  • For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4.
  • For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844

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9. Restart the connection you selected in step 3.
10. Test that your setup is working correctly; see “How to Test Your New DNS Server Settings” below.

How to Change DNS Server Settings on Mac OS 10.5

1. From the “Apple” menu, click “System Preferences”, then click “Network”.
2. If the lock icon in the lower left-hand corner of the window is locked, click the icon to make changes, and when prompted to authenticate, enter your password.
3. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:

  • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, select “Built-In Ethernet”, and click “Advanced”.
  • To change the settings for a wireless connection, select “Airport”, and click “Advanced”.

4. Select the “DNS” tab.
5. Click + to replace any listed addresses with, or add, the Google IP addresses at the top of the list:

  • For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4.
  • For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844

6. Click “Apply” and “OK”.
7. Test that your setup is working correctly; see “How to Test Your New DNS Server Settings” below.

How to Test Your New DNS Server Settings

To test that the Google DNS resolver is working:
1. From your browser, type in a hostname, such as http://www.google.com. If it resolves correctly, bookmark the page, and try accessing the page from the bookmark. If both of these tests work, everything is working correctly. If not, go to step 2.
2. From your browser, type in a fixed IP address. You can use http://18.62.0.96/ (which points to the website http://www.eecs.mit.edu/) as the URL*. If this works correctly, bookmark the page, and try accessing the page from the bookmark. If these tests work (but step 1 fails), then there is a problem with your DNS configuration; check the steps above to make sure you have configured everything correctly. If these tests do not work, go to step 3.
3. Roll back the DNS changes you made and run the tests again. If the tests still do not work, then there is a problem with your network settings; contact your ISP or network administrator for assistance.

(Source: Using Google Public DNS)

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