How to Bypass a DNS Block (And Access Blocked Websites)

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How to Bypass a DNS Block (And Access Blocked Websites)

What is a DNS server? What is a DNS block? WHAT IS A DNS???

All of us who surf the internet are users of the DNS server, even if you are aware of it or not.

 

DNS EXPLAINED

A Domain Name Server (DNS) works like an address book of the internet. Whenever you think of visiting a website, you probably think of its URL name such as www.bolehvpn.net. However on the internet, the true name of a website is an IP address.

Our computers generally use the DNS from our Internet Service Providers (ISP) such as 202.188.0.133 and 202.188.1.5 for Streamyx and UniFi. When ISPs use their own DNS, this effectively gives them the control over the websites which they wish to restrict. There are many sites which are blocked because of directives by the Malaysian government to censor these sites. And the easiest way to deny you internet access is by using a DNS block to intercept the content they do not want you to see.

 

DANGERS OF EXPOSED DNS REQUEST

By default, most internet users use unencrypted DNS, which your computer can keep records of all the website IP addressed you visited before.

DNS servers tend to log information of the sites you visit and may sell them to advertisers or pass them on to authorities.

Some VPN providers do not host their own DNS servers, but this can be a problem because that would mean having to resort to the default DNS servers that are provided by each server provider’s ISP, Google’s DNS servers (which wipes its logs every few days), or OpenNIC’s no log servers.

In case you were wondering, no, incognito mode would not stop people tracking you with your DNS records.

 

HOW TO BYPASS A DNS BLOCK

To cut to the chase, you are probably reading this because you are seeking some way to circumvent around a DNS block which is censoring a website you would like to be on.

The easiest way to do this is by using a DNS server by configuring your network connection to lookup a separate DNS rather than the one recommended by your ISP.

To change it to Google’s DNS server, observe the following:

  • Firstly, go to your computer’s ‘Control Panel’ > ‘Network and Internet’ > ‘Network and Sharing Center’. Then click on ‘Change adapter settings’.

  • Click on your ‘Wi-Fi’ In the Wi-Fi status box, click ‘Properties’.
  • Scroll down until you see ‘Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)’. Click on it.
  • Change the DNS Server settings to the numbers shown (Preferred DNS 8.8.8.8 and Alternate DNS 8.8.4.4).

If you prefer OpenDNS, follow the same steps but use these following configurations:

DNS Server: 208.67.222.222

Alternate DNS Server: 208.67.220.220

 

However, as mentioned before, the issue with using these types of DNS servers is that the administrator running them are still able to capture your info such as:

  • Your VPN server’s IP (if your VPN does not use its own DNS servers)
  • The time of the DNS query
  • The destination address of the query

 

Alternatively, VPN providers like BolehVPN maintains our own DNS servers, which comes with the VPN subscription. All your DNS queries will be signed and encrypted, so that your ISP cannot see what you are surfing as all your queries are going through the encrypted tunnel.

Your internet activity stays protected from anyone seeing them, or attempting to block it. Rest assured, BolehVPN does not keep user logs or pass on any information to advertisers.

 

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