CLOUDFLARE DNS 1.1.1.1

Priderock Joy
2 min readAug 25, 2020
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The Domain Name System (DNS) is one of the foundations of the internet. It is the phonebook of the internet. It converts human-readable domain names like www.hooptelecoms.com into Internet Protocol addresses like 173.194.39.78.

At its most basic, DNS is a directory of names that match with numbers. The numbers, in this case, are IP addresses, which computers use to communicate with each other. So DNS was developed as a sort of phone book for your web browser that translates the domain you enter in your browser into a computer-readable IP. DNS servers eliminate the need for humans to memorize IP addresses such as 192.168.1.1.

Cloudflare launched its own DNS service on April 1st, 2018. DNS services are typically provided by Internet Service Providers (ISP) to resolve a domain name into IP address that routers and switches understand. DNS servers provided by ISPs are often slow and insecure. The ISPs, and anyone else listening in on the internet, can see every site you visit and use-even if their content is encrypted.

Cloudflare said that with the launch of its DNS resolver, they are fixing the foundation of the internet. The public resolver is faster, more secure, and privacy-centric. The DNS IP addresses are 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1. And they promised not to sell your data or even keep debug logs for more than 24 hours.

Cloudflare resolvers use Cloudflare’s global network and Cloudflare says they want to “operate the fastest public resolver on the planet while raising the standard of privacy protection for users.” Google also has a public DNS (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) but Cloudflare is faster than google and faster than OpenDNS and Quad9. The reason to be faster is that instead of relying on a centralized cache, Cloudflare DNS resolver, 1.1.1.1, uses a distributed cache.

Cloudflare’s solution is a completely free, blazing-fast DNS resolver. And they promised not to sell your data or even keep debug logs for more than 24 hours. If you’re interested in enabling Cloudflare’s new DNS you can find all the information over at https://1.1.1.1/

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Priderock Joy

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