What is the downside to DNS?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by d3si9n, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. d3si9n macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2013
    I live in a country where I don't have access to Pandora and popular video streaming sites, so my options are a proxy/VPN service or DNS.

    For a reliable connection you need to pay for the first one and even then it slows down your internet speed. On the other hand DNS is free, doesn't seem to slow you down and you don't need to have another app open.

    DNS sounds too good to be true, is there a downside? Am I opening a portal to hackers? If there's nothing unsafe about it, then why do people still pay for VPN services?

    If all is nice and good, do you have a recommendation of a good DNS address specifically for the purpose of accessing Pandora and the like? Does it even make a difference?

    Is it true you can even set it on a time machine router so that you can access pandora from any device connected to that signal?
  2. MeUnix macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2013
    San Francisco
    Regarding the safety/security of DNS (and some other things, if you didn't already know), here is an article about the Pros/Cons of DNS.

    - Kyle
  3. d3si9n thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2013
    Very informative, thanks.

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