Cloudflare's new consumer DNS service promises a faster, more secure internet
Cloudflare has launched a new consumer DNS service aimed at speeding up your internet while making it more secure.
You'd be forgiven if DNS news wasn't on your radar for April Fool's day, but that's just what Cloudflare served up this weekend. In what is very much not a joke, the company announced a new consumer DNS service called 188.8.131.52, with a focus on speed and privacy.
The problem that Cloudflare is trying to solve is what it sees as a system that is often slow and insecure. From Cloudflare:
The company's alternative, 184.108.40.206, places a large emphasis on privacy, with a promise to wipe all logs within 24 hours and to never log your IP address. Cloudflare says that it has also hired a firm to audit its code and practices annually and produce a public report to ensure that it is keeping its privacy promises.
Cloudflare's service also offers support for DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPS. Both protocols ensure greater security of web traffic, and Cloudflare is hoping that its support for DNS-over-HTTPS, in particular, will result in greater support for the protocol. "We're hoping that with an independent DNS-over-HTTPS service now available, we'll see more experiments from browsers, operating systems, routers, and apps to support the protocol," the company says. Cloudflare is also positioning the DNS service as a way for citizens to work around internet censorship during government crackdowns.
What's more, Cloudflare is promising that 220.127.116.11 currently ranks as the fastest DNS resolver, averaging around 14ms globally.
If you're interested in trying out Cloudflare's DNS service for yourself, you can visit the 18.104.22.168 website to learn how to get started.
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I'm trying it now and it's really fast 😃 Note:
Set your primary DNS to 22.214.171.124 and the secondary one to 126.96.36.199