Cloudflare has launched what it claims to be the biggest news in DNS in a long, long time. Not an April Fool’s prank rather is said to launching its own consumer DNS service.
As of now, Cloudflare is offering a free- privacy-focused DNS service that can be reached at https://126.96.36.199.
When compared to its competitors and rivals, including Google as alternatives, this offering is accepted to be the Internet’s fastest (Google DNS speed: 20ms, OpenDNS: 34ms, Cloudflare: 14ms), privacy-first consumer DNS service.
Cloudflare also says that it will delete all DNS logs within 24 hours cache, something the likes of Google do not offer. It not a joke but an actual DNS resolver that anyone can use. Here, Cloudflare claims it will be “the internet’s fastest, privacy-focused consumer DNS service.” Because Cloudflare is focusing heavily on the privacy aspect of its own DNS service with a promise to wipe all logs of DNS queries within twenty-four hours.
DNS? It all means of a Domain Name System, not everyone will be familiar with, without it nothing you type into a web browser’s address bar would work. With DNS, something like techgiri.com is translated into an IP address, the real address that computers use in order to communicate. This translation from a name to IP address can take time, and this is often were received slow internet browsing speeds come from.
DNS services are typically provided by internet service providers to resolve a domain name like Google.com into a real IP address that routers and switches understand. Technically, it’s an essential part of the internet, but DNS servers provided by ISPs are basically slow and unreliable. ISPs or any Wi-Fi network you connect to can also use DNS servers to identify all sites that are visited, which otherwise, presents privacy problems. DNS also played an important role in helping Turkish citizens avoid a Twitter ban.
That’s where services like Cloudflare’s come in. Services like this are also used to get around blocks on certain websites and violating services, such as countries in which things like Twitter and Facebook are routinely banned.
Cloudflare has worked with APNIC to offer its DNS service through 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206. Lots of people have used 220.127.116.11 as a dummy address, and APNIC have tried in the past to analyze the flood of traffic to the IP address and been overwhelmed, due to the volume, Cloudflare offered its assistance. Cloudflare CEO, Matthew Prince explains, that:
We talked to the APNIC team about how we wanted to create a privacy-first, extremely fast DNS system. We offered Cloudflare’s network to receive and study the garbage traffic in exchange for being able to offer a DNS resolver on the memorable IPs. And, with that, 18.104.22.168 was born.
Cloudflare’s DNS will offer support for both DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPS, and the company is hoping that its HTTPS support will see more browsers and operating systems support the protocol.
If you really want a fast DNS service but don’t trust Google with your browsing history, then this may be one worth trying out. You will be using 22.214.171.124 as your primary DNS, followed by 126.96.36.199 as the Secondary DNS.
For more information on changing your DNS on an iOS 11 iPhone or iPad, we’ll soon be posting the steps here. Mac and Windows user can head over to their respective Internet Settings and add the aforementioned DNS address. Alternatively, you can also set this as your DNS in router’s settings section.
If you’re interested in enabling Cloudflare’s new DNS you can find all the information over at https://188.8.131.52 right now.
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