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1.1.1.1 — A New Privacy-First DNS Service

by web master •

Cloudflare, a content delivery network (CDN), has launched a new privacy-friendly DNS service. The service operates from the address “1.1.1.1“.  Cloudflate claims that “1.1.1.1” is the fastest DNS overall:

We’ve built 1.1.1.1 to be the Internet’s fastest DNS directory. Don’t take our word for it. The independent DNS monitor DNSPerf ranks 1.1.1.1 the fastest DNS service in the world.

Since nearly everything you do on the Internet starts with a DNS request, choosing the fastest DNS directory across all your devices will accelerate almost everything you do online.

DNS or “domain name service” is the directory for the Internet. Whenever you click on a link, send an email, open a mobile app, your device looks up the address of a domain.

The problem is that DNS services are often slow and do not respect privacy. Most ISPs and WiFi networks record every website you visit.

DNS is also often used for censorship. In March 2014, for instance, the government of Turkey blocked Twitter after a government corruption scandal leaked online. The Internet was censored by the country’s ISP’s DNS resolvers blocking DNS requests for “twitter.com”. People literally spray painted 8.8.8.8, the IP of Google’s DNS resolver service, on walls to help fellow Turks get back online.

You can check out the full “1.1.1.1.”annoncement here.

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  1. @Greycoder: You’ve posted a fair bit about DNS services but I don’t get a sense of who you recommend. Any suggestions?

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