Cloudfare Launches The 1.1.1.1 Public DNS With Support For DNS-Over-TLS & DNS-Over-HTTPS; Claims Industry Leading Speed And Security

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Apr 2, 2018
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We’ve got an important development related to consumer internet use today. Cloudfare has announced its own Domain Name Service (DNS) – that’s publicly available for use. The company is known for its security services and this is a welcome development, especially for the more paranoid among us. According to the company, its 1.1.1.1 DNS is the ”fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service”. Curious? Hear over below to find out more.

Cloudfare Launches The 1.1.1.1 DNS Server; Claims To Resolve Myriad Of Issues Present With ISP Issued DNS Resolvers

Just like gadgets, appliances and automobiles, a lot of folks use the internet but only a few understand how it works. Which is well and good since knowledge of this working is hardly a prerequisite to gain advantage from the myriad of benefits available. For the uninitiated, DNS (short for Domain Name Service), is one of the building blocks of how everyday users access the internet.

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Every website has its information stored on a server. This server, has a unique IP address requested by the browser when you type the site’s address in it. The browser uses a side of the DNS network known as the ‘Resolver’. The Resolver DNS is responsible to run queries by the Root, TLD and Authoritative name servers respectively – which provide it with the appropriate IP address for a website’s name.

Now, for an average user, the DNS lookup service is set by default or provided by the ISP (Internet Service Provider). This allows the ISP to keep a track of all webpages visited by a user, which ruffles some feathers as you’d expect. Cloudfare partners up with APNIC (the regional internet registry for Asia Pacific), to offer 1.1.1.1 as a proper DNS resolver. According to the company’s CEO, “We offered Cloudflare’s network to receive and study the garbage traffic (on 1.1.1.1) in exchange for being able to offer a DNS resolver on the memorable IPs. And, with that, 1.1.1.1 was born.” A lot of folks already used 1.1.1.1 as a dummy address, which is the data referred to by Mathew Prince, CEO Cloudfare.

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1.1.1.1 supports both DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPs. Privacy and data security is one of Cloudfare’s most important concerns behind launching the service. Of course, if users do migrate to 1.1.1.1 then Cloudfare will know what they’re accessing on the internet  – after all, someone has to store your data access, whether it’s an ISP or Cloudfare. Still, big news for the internet and a protocol which needs drastic updates in today’s privacy conscious environment. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated on the latest.

 

Source: Cloudfare

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