Apple and Cloudfare to Develop a New DNS to Protect your Data Online


On Wednesday, news came out that Cloudflare and Apple are combining up together in order to develop a new DNS standard to protect your data online. The new protocol is known as Oblivious DNS over HTTPS (ODoH) and it allows you to anonymize information that is sent before you connect to a website.

According to the details, this protocol works by presenting a proxy server between you and the DNS server. This lets you send requests and get responses without letting the DNS server know who demanded the data. It also adds encryption to the system to make sure that only the DNS server can read your requests.

Thanks to this, you end up with a proxy server that cannot read your requests and a DNS server that does not know where the requests came from.

Conversely, keep in mind that this does not mean that your data will be protected from your ISP in all cases. ISPs route all your other traffic so they still may be able to form a profile of you, but this DNS Protocol does add an extra layer of security to guard your data online.

On the other hand, Cloudflare has already added the new protocol to their DNS service, but it may take a while before internet browsers and operating systems will be able to support it. Both the companies have not provided an exact timeline for when DNS over HTTPS (ODoH) will become obtainable to everyone.

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