DNS stands for Domain Name System. A DNS server makes it so that we can access websites by their URL instead of remembering IP addresses.
DNS sinkholing is the practice of directing domains to a non-existent IP or to the local machine's IP.
I run one Aguard Home (Adguard Home is a forwarding server) instance that is open.
It blocks ads, and a variety of other services including porn.
It keeps client IPs and stats for 24 hours.
My blocklists are public.
To learn more about how to switch your DNS provider, here are tutorials for common operating systems:
You can also use a desktop browser. Cloudflare has a good guide on how to configure all browsers, just make sure you choose custom and enter the one of the URLs below.
I have DNS-over-HTTPS, DNS-over-TLS, and regular DNS enabled.
dns.andrewnw.xyz uses its own Unbound DNS server.
The URL for DNS-over-HTTPS is:
The URL for DNS-over-TLS is:
The IP is