Cloudflare brings its privacy-focused DNS switching service to phones

Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 DNS service comes to Android on 11.11

For privacy, Cloudflare is suggesting that since this is their DNS resolver, they don't plan to track or sell any of the information on you, like your ISP could now try and do from their own DNS.

The company first launched the 1.1.1.1 service to great fanfare on April 1, earlier this year. Additionally, your IP address is never logged or saved on CloudFlare's servers.

It also helps battle censorship in countries like Turkey and Venezuela which have been known to censor and block several websites. Thirdly, you may very well find that the 1.1.1.1 DNS is faster than whatever you're now using. and who doesn't like a little extra speed for free?

While mobile users can manually route their traffic through the DNS resolver by changing their smartphone's network settings, Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1 mobile app aims to make the experience even easier. It is darn easy to set up. And the best part?

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It is the right thing to do. Cloudflare now lists out 7 million or so domains on the Cloudflare platform that 1.1.1.1 should instantly connect to. That makes Cloudflare better, and it makes the Internet better, a win-win.

DNS, for those unaware, is short for Domain Name System, essentially describing the "directory of the Internet", according to Cloudflare's very informative blog post detailing the initial 1.1.1.1 release. It doesn't require root or any other modifications as it uses Android's VPN API to connect to the alternative DNS resolver.

To get started, you hit the link below, install 1.1.1.1, let it create a VPN profile on your phone, and then turn it on. Worse, ISPs are often also their own DNS resolvers, which practically means they can, if they wanted or needed to, take a peek at what address you're trying to access.

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