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Speed Up Your Internet With CloudFlare’s New 1.1.1.1 DNS Service

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Cloudflare, a company known primarily for its DDoS attack protection on the internet, has just announced its own consumer Domain Name System (DNS) service, that promises to keep your browsing history safe while also speeding up your internet significantly. The service is using https://1.1.1.1 as its DNS resolver which is currently processing queries at 14.01ms, making it the internet’s fastest DNS service.

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The company has worked with APNIC to offer its DNS service through 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1. “We talked to the APNIC team about how we wanted to create a privacy-first, extremely fast DNS system,” says Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince. “We offered Cloudflare’s network to receive and study the garbage traffic in exchange for being able to offer a DNS resolver on the memorable IPs. And, with that, 1.1.1.1 was born.”

“The answer to why we built the service goes back to our mission: to help build a better Internet. People come to work at Cloudflare every day in order to make the Internet better, more secure, more reliable, and more efficient. It sounds cheesy, but it’s true.

Walk around the office and our team’s laptops are adorned with 1.1.1.1 stickers because we’re all proud of what we’re doing. That alone made building this a no brainer.”

Setting up Cloudflare’s DNS on your device is very easy. All you need to do is visit this link on your device and Cloudflare will automatically recognize your hardware and give you the instructions for switching over to its DNS service.

Below is a quick tutorial on how to set up 1.1.1.1 DNS on your Mac:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Search for DNS Servers and select it from the dropdown.
  3. Click the + button to add a DNS Server and enter 1.1.1.1
  4. Click + again and enter 1.0.0.1 (This is for redundancy.)
  5. Click Ok, then click Apply.

That’s it! You have successfully setup CloudFlare’s free DNS service on your Mac. CloudFlare also says “We committed to never writing the querying IP addresses to disk and wiping all logs within 24 hours,” as well, which is a huge win for privacy.

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