DNS is the backbone of the internet which translates domain names into IP addresses. We use domain names because they are easier to remember. But the internet actually understands the language of IP addresses. Nearly everything on the internet starts with DNS. Click on a link, download an attachment or send an email the first that gets triggered is the DNS. Domain name system translates requests which contain alphabetic domain names to IP addresses which are the actual addresses where the content someone wants to access resides.

By default, the DNS used by your ISP is usually slow and insecure. Your ISP and anyone else who is keeping an eye on the Internet can see every detail of the activities that you are doing on the World wide web. They can even do so if the data is encrypted. DNS providers can sell data about your Internet activity and target you with ads.

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This is where Cloudflare steps into the game. The company has been helping the web with services for a long time now. Cloudflare and APNIC have created a DNS service which is available on 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1. The company has built 1.1.1.1 to be the Internet’s fastest DNS directory. The DNS supports both DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPS. Cloudflare is open to offering its services to browsers, operating systems, apps router or VPN manufacturers for free. Cloudflare’s DNS can surf the web up to 20% faster and the most important thing, IT IS SECURE. Cloudflare promises to wipe out all the logs of DNS queries in 24 hours.

We talked to the APNIC team about how we wanted to create a privacy-first, extremely fast DNS system. 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, explains Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince.

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