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How to Make Your Internet Faster with Privacy-Focused 1.1.1.1 DNS Service

How to Make Your Internet Faster with Privacy-Focused 1.1.1.1 DNS Service

DNS: Internet’s Directory

1.1.1.1

Nearly everything on the Internet starts with a DNS request. DNS is the Internet’s directory. Click on a link, open an app, send an email and the first thing your device does is ask the directory: Where can I find this?

Unfortunately, by default, DNS is usually slow and insecure. Your ISP and anyone else listening in on the Internet can see every site you visit and every app you use — even if their content is encrypted. Creepily, some DNS providers sell data about your Internet activity or use it to target you with ads.

We think that’s gross. If you do too, now there’s an alternative: 1.1.1.1

1.1.1.1 DNS

Cloudflare, well-known Internet performance and security company, announced the launch of 1.1.1.1—world’s fastest and privacy-focused secure DNS service that not only speeds up your internet connection but also makes it harder for ISPs to track your web history.

Domain Name System (DNS) resolver, or recursive DNS server, is an essential part of the internet that matches up human-readable web addresses with their actual location on the internet, called IP addresses.

How To set DNS

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  • Open System Preferences.
  • Search for DNS Servers and select it from the dropdown.
  • Click the + button to add a DNS Server and enter 1.1.1.1
  • Click + again and enter 1.0.0.1 (This is for redundancy.)
  • Click + again and enter 2606:4700:4700::1111 (This is for redundancy.)
  • Click + again and enter 2606:4700:4700::1001 (This is for redundancy.)
  • Click Ok, then click Apply.
  • You’re all set! Your device now has faster, more private DNS servers 

 

  • Click on the Start menu, then click on Control Panel.
  • Click on Network and Internet.
  • Click on Change Adapter Settings.
  • Right click on the Wi-Fi network you are connected to, then click Properties.
  • Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (or Version 6 if desired).
  • Click Properties.
  • Write down any existing DNS server entries for future reference.
  • Click Use The Following DNS Server Addresses.
  • 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
  • Click OK, then Close.
  • Restart your browser.
  • You’re all set! Your device now has faster, more private DNS servers 

While these steps are for Ubuntu, most Linux distributions configure DNS settings through the Network Manager. Alternatively, your DNS settings can be specified in /etc/resolv.conf

  • Click the Applications icon on the left menu bar.
  • Click Settings, then Network.
  • Find your internet connection on the right pane, then click the gear icon.
  • Click the IPv4 or IPv6 tab to view your DNS settings.
  • Set the “Automatic” toggle on the DNS entry to Off.
    • For IPv4: 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1
    • For IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1111,2606:4700:4700::1001
  • Click Apply, then restart your browser.
  • You’re all set! Your device now has faster, more private DNS servers ✌️✌️
  • Connect to your preferred wireless network.
  • Enter your router’s gateway IP address in your browser.
  • If prompted, fill in your username and password. This information may be labeled on the router.
  • In your router’s configuration page, locate the DNS serversettings.
  • Write down any existing DNS server entries for future reference.
  • 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
  • Save your settings, then restart your browser.
  • You’re all set! Your device now has faster, more private DNS servers

Who’s behind this?

1.1.1.1 is a partnership between Cloudflare and APNIC.

Cloudflare runs one of the world’s largest, fastest networks. APNIC is a non-profit organization managing IP address allocation for the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions.

Cloudflare had the network. APNIC had the IP address (1.1.1.1). Both of us were motivated by a mission to help build a better Internet. You can read more about each organization’s motivations on our respective posts: Cloudflare Blog / APNIC Blog. For more information see: What is 1.1.1.1?

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