1.1.1.1 Reviews

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Speed and privacy improvements compared to your normal DNS.

Initially, my cynical side made me think that 1.1.1.1 brought no technological or moral advantage over Google's DNS services or those of any other ISP. But that's not the case. Here's why 1.1.1.1 is good for you, the internet and even online privacy.

Technological advantages

1.1.1.1 Consistently out-perform other DNS services for speed. At least for US-based users. They also implement a range of security improvements over the average ISP's DNS service.

Privacy

If you search online for something, even over https, whoever resolves your requests - typically your internet service provider - will know what you searched for and can record that and use it to profile you, sell that information (which became legal in the US in 2017) or give it away to government surveillance on request. If you change your DNS to 1.1.1.1, Cloudflare will still need to know what you are searching for (of course) to allow you to connect there, but - and this is a big but: they have pledged to erase all logs of this within 24 hours, and have agreed for that to be verified by KPMG. This has profound advantages to those wishing to circumvent censorship and ensure their ISP isn't profiling browsing habits. Of course, that doesn't mean you won't need a VPN (which you should still get: I recommend Private Internet Access or ProtonVPN).

It's easy-peasy to set up, even for non-techies:

  1. Go here: https://1.1.1.1/
  2. Scroll down, and follow the instructions for your device.

If you're interested in how this works, the privacy advantages or the speed improvement you might get for your internet browsing speed, click here for a Youtube video explaining what it is and how to implement it on your computer:

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Another clear, honest and reliable review. Thanks once again, John.