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1.1.1.1 Cloudflare & APNIC Introduce Fastest & Most Secure DNS Service
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1.1.1.1 Cloudflare & APNIC Introduce Fastest & Most Secure DNS Service

Almost everything on the Internet initiates with a DNS request. The Domain Name System (DNS) is used for resolving the human made hostnames into machine readable IP addresses.

It is like an Internet’s directory, in that, whenever you send an email, the first thing it will search is the address of the sent mail.

But, many of DNS are slow and are not that secure. Plus our Internet Service Provider (ISP) or anyone else who is connected to our Internet can easily see your daily online activities and get an access to your details even if the details are encrypted.

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This surely makes us feel bad and uncertain. But not anymore!

On April fool’s day, a free DNS resolving service known as 1.1.1.1 was launched and revealed that it will make the DNS lookup faster for Internet address. This provides not only faster service but also ensures privacy.

This DNS service is a joint venture by APNIC and Cloudflare. APNIC owned the domain address 1.1.1.1 and Cloudflare will use the network of their own to host this DNS service.

This project was initiated as both the organizations had concerns about the speed and security of the existing and currently running DNS services. Both the companies developing teams lined up for creating the service that is not only for safe browsing but is also a fast running service. So, Cloudflare’s distributed network was used to make the service more fast and secure.

As said earlier one of the major concerns for the teams was that existing DNS services store your IP address and the activities happening on the respective IP address. This gives them the access to track the record of our daily Internet activities and they can even sell your data and information to third parties that can be used for many unwanted purposes.

Here 1.1.1.1 has a feature that promises to never write the IP address of a client into hard disk and will wipe the transaction log of activities within 24 hours.

On this, Cloudflare said,

“We began talking with browser manufacturers about what they would want from a DNS resolver. One word kept coming up: privacy. Beyond just a commitment not to use browsing data to help target ads, they wanted to make sure we would wipe all transaction logs within a week. That was an easy request. In fact, we knew we could go much further. We committed to never writing the querying IP addresses to disk and wiping all logs within 24 hours.”

Later KPMG, one of the Big Four auditors was also hired to audit the code and practices of 1.1.1.1 to make sure that they deliver what they promised.

According to DNSPerf, the DNS performance analytics and comparison tester, 1.1.1.1 is now the fastest out of all the existing DNS services globally.

DNS performance analytics
Source: dnsperf.com

 

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How to Setup 1.1.1.1?

It is pretty easy to use 1.1.1.1. Just follow these steps to activate 1.1.1.1 DNS service on your system.

In Windows,

1. Go on the Start menu, and open Control Panel.

2. Now, Select Network and Internet.

3. Click on Change Adapter Settings.

4. Now, right-click on the Wi-Fi network connected and select Properties.

5. Choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) and select Properties.

6. Write any existing DNS server entry for future purposes.

7. Now, press Use the following DNS Server Addresses.

8. Once you have done that, replace those addresses with the 1.1.1.1 DNS address.

9. Press OK & Close.

10. Restart your browser.

In MacOS,

1. Go to System Preferences.

2. Search and find for DNS Servers and select it.

3. Now, press the + button to add a DNS Server and enter 1.1.1.1

4. Click OK. And press Apply.

Now you are ready to use more private and faster DNS service that is 1.1.1.1.

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