1.1.1.1: Free DNS Server for Faster Internet, Better Privacy

Every time you visit a domain like mymoneyblog.com, you use a DNS server to find its “address”, specifically IP address. However, your internet service provider (ISP) may be logging every single request then selling this data to other advertisers. CloudFlare and APNIC partnered to create 1.1.1.1, an alternative free DNS resolver that doesn’t sell data to advertisers. It also uses CloudFlare’s network of servers to even faster than other DNS servers, even Google’s version.

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Better privacy and faster internet? Sounds good to me. The main concern is that this is a private effort and you have to trust that they will maintain this unprofitable venture. I’ll try it out while it lasts. Learn more here. Installation directions (you must change a few settings) here.

Comments

  1. How does it keep your browsing private from ISP ? ISP will still know which IP address you go to. They can convert it back to the text web address with ease..

    • You could be using a VPN to hide all of your traffic, but if you don’t change your DNS away from the ISP DNS, they will still have that data from DNS queries.

      Also: “ISPs do not always use strong encryption on their DNS or support DNSSEC, which makes their DNS queries vulnerable to data breaches and exposes users to threats like man-in-the-middle attacks.”

  2. OpenDHS, is what I use, have been for 11 yrs. Thank to Steve Gibson, a programmer and a very smart guy. Listen to his podcasts, you’ll learn EVERYTHING about computer security. Caution, some things will keep you up at night. grc.com Gibson Research Corporation. He has a free tool to analyse which dns is actually faster for YOUR LOCATION. https://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm
    Domain Name Speed Benchmark
    Are your DNS nameservers impeding your Internet experience?
    divider NEW RELEASE adds nameservers 1.1.1.1, 1.0.0.1 and 9.9.9.9
    A unique, comprehensive, accurate & free Windows (and Linux/Wine) utility to determine the exact performance of local and remote DNS nameservers . . .
    “You can’t optimize it until you can measure it”
    Now you CAN measure it!

    And you can check how bad has your computer been slowed down as a result of CPUs hacks. Meltdown and Spectre and if you are still vulnerable.
    “Easily examine and understand any Windows system’s hardware and software capability to prevent Meltdown and Spectre attacks.
    Now determines and displays whether Intel has produced a microcode update patch for the Spectre vulnerability.”
    https://www.grc.com/inspectre.htm

    I have been a listener of his for like 12yrs

  3. Jonathan, you could delete the above post. I have re-written it to easier understand…

    By the way, the guy does an overcome job of distilling complex computer security issues in plain words that I have to tell about his Spinrite. I had it, also, for 10 yrs. It costs like $99 for a lifetime support.
    So what this utility does is to analyse your hard drive for any problems, mechanical defects and that is what some PC repair shops use and charge over $100 per incident.

    This utility is complimentary to the Windows error checking feature, Windows repairs if there is a problem with software, Spinrite checks and repairs other mechanical defects, kind of in the same league as a SMART feature, a drive failure feature. Works w/ Macs too. Spinrite does a more thorough job and can prevent(possibly, there are no guarantees of course) loss of data due to surface problems.

    This utility applies to any mechanical spinning hard drive, not directly for SSD or FLASH (i still do it on my flash disks). Such mechanical disks are found in NVR (video recorders), play consoles, back up drives, Tivo and such. One caveat, is that you have to connect a hard drive directly to you PC sata ports, but others found a way around it.
    Does SpinRite TRULY work?
    https://www.grc.com/sr/testimonials.htm

    https://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
    “The problem is economics: Drive manufacturers only make hard drives that are “reliable enough” to work “most of the time”. It’s just like with Microsoft and Windows. Windows is good enough that we put up with the annoyances when it breaks. SpinRite is here to be your tool to pull today’s modern drives back from the brink ..”
    https://www.grc.com/sr/faq.htm

  4. Steve Gibson is still selling snake oil? Interesting.

    Jonathan, APNIC is essentially Chinese and several other Asian countries. It is notorious in the security world and most firewall admins block it entirely, only allowing very specific exceptions. Unless there’s some VERY trustworthy assurances of how the data will be used, I wouldn’t touch this.

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