What is DNS?

DNS or Domain Name System

When you enter a URL into your Web browser, your DNS server uses its resources to resolve the name into the IP address for the appropriate Web server. Credit to ©HowStuffWorks.com

You might not know it but if you go on to the internet, you are relying on DNS. What is Domain Name System or better known as DNS? We are not going to bore you with technicality. In layman terms, DNS works like a phone no. directory of the internet. But instead of pointing to a phone no. when you look up a certain name, the DNS compare and match the requested domain name with the actual IP address. The domain name, for instance http://www.maxis.com.my is created for human to identify a particular website. Computers only recognize the IP address of the devices that are connected to the internet. DNS is a mean to resolve the domain name into the associated IP.
Each and every ISP have their own DNS and you do not have to tinker with the DNS configuration if you are satisfy with your the internet experience as provided by your ISP out of the box.
There 3rd party DNS that you can use if you wish to improve on what you are getting from your ISP. OpenDNS and Google Public DNS are 2 of the most widely used 3rd party DNS.

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