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Cloudflare DNS Promises Faster and More Secure Internet Browsing

Cloudflare DNS is a new free alternative DNS service that promises faster speeds and increased privacy for your web activities.

Recently, Cloudflare announced the launch of its own DNS service. Similar to other services like OpenDNS and Google Public DNS, it promises to make your browsing speeds faster compared to using your ISP. However, in addition to faster speeds, the company is promising users will get greater privacy during browsing sessions. DNS stands for “Domain Name System” and it resolves domain names into IP addresses. DNS makes it so you don’t need to remember the specific IP address of all the sites you want to get to.For example, instead of typing in 74.125.131.106 all the time, you just use google.com.

Cloudflare DNS 1.1.1.1

Using an alternate DNS, instead of your ISP’s, is a good way to get faster browsing results. Cloudflare DNS is touting 28% faster results over other services like OpenDNS. It offers both DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPS and is currently sitting at a 14ms response time compared to 20ms or OpenDNS and 34ms for Google DNS. But most importantly, Cloudflare DNS is focussing heavily on privacy for the user. The company says it will wipe all logs of DNS queries within 24 hours. The company has also hired the global network auditing firm KPMG to verify that privacy claim.

You can add Cloudflare DNS to an individual device or, add it to your router might be a better option. That makes it so every device that joins your Wi-Fi network will use Cloudflare DNS without configuring each one individually. We have covered alternative DNS servers for quite some time. Notably OpenDNS and Google Public DNS, but they don’t always mean faster browsing. Usually, the difference is barely noticeable as we’re talking milliseconds.

There are other reasons other than speed to use an alternate DNS service. And services like OpenDNS provide a lot of other features and functionality. For example, you can configure OpenDNS to block offensive sites and more as it’s a rather robust service offered by Cisco. However, that does require you to create an account first. But, to use Cloudflare DNS, you just need to pop in 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 as preferred and alternate DNS servers.

If your online privacy is a major concern, as it seems to be thanks to the recent Facebook scandal, Cloudflare seems like a good one to try out versus Google. Still, even with a bit more security that Cloudflare DNS offers if you’re serious about your web activity being exposed and tracked by ad companies, then set up a VPN. We have a great guide on how to use a VPN and why you should.

Give Cloudflare DNS a try and let us know what you think. Have you used other DNS services like OpenDNS or Google Public DNS? Let us know what works best for you in the comment section below.


3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Thanks for an excellent read, ByBrian Burgess! I’ve been using OpenDNS since 2007. I’ve tested other providers during this time and always found OpenDNS to be faster, safer and offer lots of customization so, in my experience, OpenDNS is the best provider. Like this article advises, I set up my router to use OpenDNS for convenience so all my devices are automatically connecting with OpenDNS without any extra work for me to worry about. I’m certainly interested in the new Cloudflare DNS service so I’ll be testing and comparing this new service. The claim of better speed and security are worth looking at and I like Cloudflare’s promise to delete user records after 24 hours because it’s a big incentive, especially in today’s era of surveillance and Facebook scandal etc.

    • Edy M.  

      Ditto. I was also on Open DNS for a while now. I have just changed it to Cloudflare and have a go at it to see how it performs compared to Open DNS. My reasons are the same as yours: better speed and security. They are really a good incentive not to ignore when one considers what’s going on in the cyber world nowadays.

  2. Frank Lobach  

    Opera has a VPN built in automatically now?Am using it now mostly, instead of Firefox.

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