CloudFlare launches new public DNS service: 1.1.1.1

CloudFlare launches new public DNS service: 1.1.1.1

CloudFlare has just launched a new public DNS service called 1.1.1.1

Matthew Prince wrote a nice post on it in the CloudFlare Blog:

The problem is that these DNS services are often slow and not privacy respecting. What many Internet users don’t realize is that even if you’re visiting a website that is encrypted — has the little green lock in your browser — that doesn’t keep your DNS resolver from knowing the identity of all the sites you visit. That means, by default, your ISP, every wifi network you’ve connected to, and your mobile network provider have a list of every site you’ve visited while using them.

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But it’s been depressing to us to watch all too frequently how DNS can be used as a tool of censorship against many of the groups we protect. While we’re good at stopping cyber attacks, if a consumer’s DNS gets blocked there’s been nothing we could do to help.

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We talked to the APNIC team about how we wanted to create a privacy-first, extremely fast DNS system. They thought it was a laudable goal. 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.

Also of note was this review by Wojtek Pietrusiewicz:

I just checked 1.1.1.1’s performance and it appears to be the fastest DNS out there, avergaing 14.01 ms worldwide and 11.34 ms in Europe over the last 30 days. Google’s 8.8.8.8 and 4.4.4.4 is significantly slower, clocking in at 34.51 ms and 24.43 ms respectively.

This looks like a pretty interesting new service from CloudFlare to compete with Google’s Public DNS and OpenDNS.

Setting it up is pretty straight forward (along the same lines as other similar services), you just change your DNS servers:

  1. Set the primary DNS server to 1.1.1.1
  2. Then set the secondary DNS server to 1.0.0.1

I’ve found the speeds to be along the same lines as CloudFlare mentions

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CloudFlare launches new public DNS service: 1.1.1.1