Cloudflare, a company that provides CDN, DDos mitigation and other services, has launched a new free consumer DNS service called 188.8.131.52 yesterday. Although the new DNS service was released on April 1, this is not a joke-in fact, the release date was deliberately chosen because 4.1 (April 1) and their new DNS 184.108.40.206 (1 + 1 + 1 + 1/1) Match. In short, DNS is used to “translate” human-readable domain names (such as www.linuxuprising.com) into machine-readable IP addresses.
According to Cloudflare, the new DNS services available for IPv4 and IPv6 are Faster Pay more attention to privacy than other similar services (such as Google or OpenDNS):
We promise that we will never write the query IP address to disk and clear all logs within 24 hours. Cloudflare’s business has never been built around tracking users or selling ads. We do not consider personal data to be an asset; we treat it as a toxic asset. Although we need some logging to prevent abuse and debug problems, we cannot imagine that we need more than 24 hours of information under any circumstances.
220.127.116.11 supports both DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPS. These two open standards were created in consideration of user privacy and security, which can prevent eavesdropping, man-in-the-middle attacks, manipulation of DNS data and other things, and avoid certain Limitations of some Internet service providers.
I think I should mention that although DNS over TLS and DNS over HTTPS do provide higher privacy and security, if you do not want to expose network activity, you still need a VPN.
DNS-over-HTTPS will be included in Firefox Start Version 60, currently in beta (see here, how to install it in Linux Mint or Ubuntu from PPA).
With the promise of most technology companies, you may wonder whether you should trust Cloudflare. I don’t have a definite answer, but in the end, you can choose to trust someone who says they delete the log after 24 hours and don’t write the query IP address to disk, or trust your ISP or Google not to make such a statement at all.
In addition, Cloudflare stated that they will hire a respected auditing company every year to review its code and publish a public report to show its users that they are doing what they want. To set up Cloudflare’s new DNS (18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124), please visit their new website: 126.96.36.199. By the way, if you decide to use it, it is recommended that you enter DNS in the router settings instead of entering DNS on the computer so that everyone on the network can take advantage of the new DNS service.