When you order an Internet connection from your ISP, you will also get some data, like DNS server “number” (address), to get your product work. DNS is good service. In short, instead of typing long numbers with dots – IP addresses – in your web browser, you will type something like “www.dsl.sk” and that’s all. No nothing-saying numbers, but normal addresses readable by human way. But it can be abused. For example, your ISP may see which websites are you visiting. It won’t reveal your passwords, but it’s a big threat to your privacy. Mozilla sayed stop and offered its solution with Cloudflare’s services.
Mozilla will set DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) as default in its browser Firefox, so DNS queries will be encrypted via HTTPS protocol. Your ISP won’t be able to monitor which domains are you visiting by analyzing DNS requests.
This feature is already present in stable versions of Firefox, but by default is turned off. In the second half of September, Mozilla plans to activate it on small numbers of Firefox users in USA and later, if no issues found, it will activate it globally, though it’s not clear if “globally” means USA-based users or whole World. Mozilla will announce when it will be 100% ready.
Firefox for DoH feature won’t use settings from operating system, but its own built-in DoH server. By default, it’s DoH server from Cloudflare, but it can be changed.
If you have smartphone with iOS (iPhone) or Android OS, you can already benefit from Cloudflare’s services. On iOS and some Android devices (based on manufacturer, OS version, root/jailbreak status, etc.) there is no easy way to change DNS server globally. You will need to download mobile app (links are at the end of this article) and enable it. On iOS, it will create a VPN profile, so don’t be afraid when you spot a “VPN” indicator in the status bar.
Many tech-savvy users use Google Chrome. I was using Google Chrome on my Mac as a secondary browser too (primary was Safari), mostly because in the past I needed Flash and in Chrome was Flash sandboxed. But later, I moved to Firefox as my secondary browser, because of privacy issues with Google’s Chrome. Firefox also reduces digital fingerprinting technology like Apple’s Safari does and also protects you against tracking – like Safari with its Intelligent Tracking Prevention. If your privacy matters and you are using Windows or Linux, or if you are using Apple products and you don’t trust Apple, I strongly recommend Firefox.
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