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anarcho_pirate wrote

I want to use this, but I am trying to be cautious. Just a few questions if anyone knows the answers.

It's got:

  • No Data Selling
  • No ads
  • Gratis

So where does the money come from to provide this service?

Also, besides increased speed, does this actually offer any more security/privacy?

Unfortunately, by default, DNS is usually slow and insecure. Your ISP, and anyone else listening in on the Internet, can see every site you visit and every app you use — even if their content is encrypted. Creepily, some DNS providers sell data about your Internet activity or use it target you with ads.

This seems to suggest that if you use their DNS service, your ISP cannot see what sites you visit. Yet they must see to direct your traffic. Is this not still the case?

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HEEEEEEEEEEEYHAAAAAAA wrote

Also, besides increased speed, does this actually offer any more security/privacy?

If you use DNS-over-HTTPS or DNS-over-TLS with it, then yes, only Cloudflare can watch your traffic. Otherwise, no.

This seems to suggest that if you use their DNS service, your ISP cannot see what sites you visit. Yet they must see to direct your traffic. Is this not still the case?

It's still the case with regular DNS, you must use DNS-over-HTTPS or DNS-over-TLS if you don't want your ISP to see your DNS queries (but they can always make a reverse DNS lookup, so use Tor :).

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zombie_berkman wrote

wait is dns over https a thing? why not just use secure dns? also i dont think i trust cloudflare

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HEEEEEEEEEEEYHAAAAAAA wrote

wait is dns over https a thing?

Yup.

why not just use secure dns?

DNS was never secure, it's a completely plaintext protocol.

also i dont think i trust cloudflare

Yup, that's why I said: "despite the promises, don't use it for anything privacy sensitive". That said, I'd happily setup DNS-over-HTTPS for my family with this resolver since it's better than the current plaintext disaster.