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    How to Speed Up Your Internet and Protect Your Privacy With Cloudflare's New DNS Service

    Cloudflare has launched its own consumer Domain Name System (DNS) service that not only promises to keep your browsing history safe, but appears significantly faster than any other DNS service available.

    Cloudflare, known primarily for DDoS mitigation, launched DNS resolver 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 on Sunday and, at time of writing, analytics show it processing queries at 14.01ms, officially making it in the internet’s fastest DNS resolver.

    DNS services are an essential component of the internet, translating IP addresses into easy-to-remember names like “Gizmodo.com.” Until yesterday, OpenDNS was the fastest service to do this, clocking in at around 20.6 ms per query (global average). The difference between 14 ms and 20 ms might seem negligible, but those fractions of a second add up quickly over time and your workflow will inevitably benefit.

    “While being a few milliseconds faster might not seem like a big deal, since DNS is the foundation of everything online, whenever you click on a link, or send an email, or open a mobile app, almost every action you take requires as DNS lookup,” Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince told Gizmodo. “So those milliseconds add up pretty quickly.”

    Read more: How to Speed Up Your Internet and Protect Your Privacy With Cloudflare's New DNS Service

    Windows
    1. Click on the Start menu, then click on Control Panel.
    2. Click on Network and Internet.
    3. Click on Change Adapter Settings.
    4. Right click on the Wi-Fi network you are connected to, then click Properties.
    5. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (or Version 6 if desired).
    6. Click Properties.
    7. Write down any existing DNS server entries for future reference.
    8. Click Use The Following DNS Server Addresses.
    9. Replace those addresses with the 1.1.1.1 DNS addresses:For IPv4: 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1; for IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001
    10. Click OK, then Close.
    11. Restart your browser.
    iPhone
    1. From your iPhone’s home screen, open the Settings app.
    2. Tap Wi-Fi, then tap your preferred network in the list.
    3. Tap Configure DNS, then tap Manual.
    4. If there are any existing entries, tap the - button, and Delete next to each one.
    5. Tap the + Add Server button, then type 1.1.1.1
    6. Tap the + Add Server button again, then type 1.0.0.1. (Again, this is for redundancy.)
    7. Tap the Save button on the top right.
    Android
    1. Connect to your preferred wireless network.
    2. Enter your router’s gateway IP address in your browser.
    3. If prompted, fill in your username and password. This information may be labeled on the router.
    4. In your router’s configuration page, locate the DNS server settings.
    5. Write down any existing DNS server entries for future reference.
    6. Replace those addresses with the 1.1.1.1 DNS addresses:For IPv4: 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1; for IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001
    7. Save your settings, then restart your browser.

    #2
    I made these changes and all is good. Main reason I changed my DNS is because I do not want my ISP selling my browsing history.

    God bless,
    William

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    • islandrazor
      islandrazor commented
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      Thanks William, Changed it on my Linux machine.
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