Looking for a quick, easy speed-up for your Internet? Try OpenDNS. Simply log in to your router and substitute the IP addresses of their DNS servers for your ISP's DNS. Reboot your PC's and Router. Presto — internet pages which used to load slowly are now lickety split.
The brainchild of entrepreneur David Ulevitch, OpenDNS is a speedy, modern and secure DNS system. Designed to be faster, outwit phishing schemes, and support applications as well, it's a clear and immediate improvement over the old system I was using. For example:
- it can automatically correct spelling errors in site names, taking you to the domain you wanted, rather than the one you typed. Type Yahoo.cmo, and it will automatically make it Yahoo.com.
- it can be configured to block porn sites, and automatically blocks known phishing sites.
- it has HUGE DNS caches, and they're distributed all over the world on their own network. Fast, and reliable.
- you can create shortcuts to your favorite sites or applications. For instance, you can configure it so that when you type "call andy abramson" into your browser, it will launch Skype and call Andy.
The price? It's all free, apparently subsidized by an advertising deal with Yahoo search.