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Google Public DNS turns years old
by Alexander Dupuy, Software Engineer, Google Online Security Blog
August 11, 2018

Once upon a time, we launched Google Public DNS, which you might know by its iconic IP address,

Sunday, August 12th, 2018, at 00:30 UTC marks eight years, eight months, eight days and eight hours since the announcement.

Though not as well-known as Google Search or Gmail, the four eights have had quite a journey—and some pretty amazing growth! Whether it’s travelers in India’s train stations or researchers on the remote Antarctic island Bouvetøya, hundreds of millions of people the world over rely on our free DNS service to turn domain names like into IP addresses like

If you haven't tried Google DNS or other DNS alternatives like OpenDNS, there is a free small utility called DNS Jumper that makes it easy to

  • scan and identify the fastest DNS server in your area, with speed comparisons to all the others tested
  • switch to the DNS server of your choice
  • switch back to your original default DNS server (usually the one used by your Internet Service Provider or ISP) at any time

Download DNS Jumper 2.1 for Windows at: Download DNS jumper 2.1 (Free) for Windows

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