Cloudflare is now launching its competing DNS server, hosted at 184.108.40.206, but according to the company, the service is implemented and operated based on “privacy-first” principles.
Cloudflare said that most DNS servers by default not secure, not encrypted, and they certainly aren’t too privacy-focused. As we’ve seen recently, ISPs have started tracking users’ browsing habits, similarly to Google and Facebook, because all the data goes through their cables. Encrypted data transferred over HTTPS is protected, but if you use the default DNS resolver provided by your ISP, then the ISP will be able to see the requests you make to specific websites.
Cloudflare claimed that its 220.127.116.11 DNS resolver supports encrypted DNS and DNS over HTTPS, and that its data logs are deleted after 24 hours. No user data or IP address is stored.
Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare, said:
We think it’s creepy that user data is sold to advertisers and used to target consumers without their knowledge or consent. Frankly, we don’t want to know what people do on the Internet—it’s none of our business—and we’ve designed 18.104.22.168 to ensure that we, along with ISPs around the world, can’t.
Cloudflare also claimed that the 22.214.171.124 DNS resolver is already one of the fastest on the internet. The company plans to eventually lower the latency between any user requesting a website in their browser and its DNS servers to under 10 miliseconds.
APNIC is a non-profit organization that helps Cloudflare operate this service for the Asia-Pacific region. It also provided Clouflare with the easy to remember 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 IP addresses. Geoff Huston, Chief Scientist at APNIC, said:
At APNIC Labs, we’re aware that the DNS is not always private, fast, or secure, and we’re always looking for ways to improve how it works. We’re working with Cloudflare to refine this basic Internet function so that users have a much more private and faster experience.