The new DNS hosting service looks to make internet connection more private
Yesterday was both Easter and April Fool’s day, which obviously made it a very special day and called for some celebrations. As we have often seen in the past, companies do come up with some kind of prank or mischief on this day. But that doesn’t mean that everything which pops up on 1st April is an illusion, especially for the tech industry.
Cloudflare, a tech company that deals mainly in content delivery network and Internet security services, launched its own consumer DNS (Domain Name Service) service yesterday, that promises to speed up your browser’s connection and assist in keeping it away from any prying eyes. The company claims it to be the fastest consumer DNS service which uses https://22.214.171.124 as its DNS resolver that can be used by anyone. In the offering of its new service, Cloudflare is focusing heavily on the privacy aspect of its own DNS service.
A DNS resolver is basically a server that stores database of all the website names and connects them to their respective IP addresses. In the wake of privacy-related issues, the company promises to clear all logs of DNS queries within 24 hours. The DNS servers of Cloudflare will be competing with other DNS services like OpenDNS and Google DNS both exist.
Cloudflare said, "What many Internet users don't realize is that even if you're visiting a website that is encrypted -- has the little green lock in your browser -- that doesn't keep your DNS resolver from knowing the identity of all the sites you visit. That means, by default, your ISP, every wifi network you've connected to, and your mobile network provider have a list of every site you've visited while using them."
As the primary Cloudflare’s DNS server, IP address "126.96.36.199" is quite easy-to-remember. The significance of naming it like this can be related to the involved numerics. The IP has four ones and 1st April can also be written as 4/1. That does make some sense. Cloudflare has also offered secondary DNS server as 188.8.131.52.
"Network operators have been licking their chops for some time over the idea of taking their users' browsing data and finding a way to monetize it. In the United States, that got easier a year ago when the Senate voted to eliminate rules that restricted ISPs from selling their users' browsing data. With all the concern over the data that companies like Facebook and Google are collecting on you, it worries us to now add ISPs like Comcast, Time Warner, and AT&T to the list. And, make no mistake, this isn't a US-only problem -- ISPs around the world see the same privacy-invading opportunity," the company further added.
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