Just a few days ago our government had released an order to the local ISPs to block file sharing sites. The likes are megaupload and thepiratebay are affected. I didn’t notice it until a friend called up to complain. It’s no big deal really as the blocking are done in DNS level which can be bypass easily.
What are DNS?
DNS means Domain Name Server. I know it sounds fancy but it’s nothing more than a gigantic phone book for the internet. You see computer don’t read what you type in as an URL and understand it but need DNS to translate them for your computer to understand where you want to go.
I have been using Google public DNS for quite some time now because sometimes the government just love to censor something they don’t like on the webs and I like my information to be free from any censorship. If problem persist and they are getting serious about this then a seedbox or a VPN is required if you are a heavy downloader. However, these service are not cheap but still affordable to most people.
And if you are not in favor of using google dns then here’s a list of other public dns you can use. In the meantime, let me tell you what’s the magic number to make those sites work again.
The magic numbers
Punch in these two rolls of magic numbers into your internet option or your router and everything will be back to normal in no time.
To those to who less internet savvy I got a simple guide for you
1. Open your network and sharing center located in your task bar (That one that’s near your clock!)
2. Click Local Area Connection on your first active network.
3. Click properties.
4. Double click “Internet Protocol Version 4″.
5. Click the radio button “Use the following DNS server address”
6. Change the value accordingly.
*Note: This does not only apply to Malaysia only as it can work all around the globe.