Below is how I setup my OSX to use Cloudflare’s new DNS servers to speed up internet browsing and add privacy on OSX
Cloudflare has launched a DNS service: https://blog.cloudflare.com/announcing-1111/
You can view worldwide DNS performance by viewing https://www.dnsperf.com/#!dns-providers
I check the DNS at my router, I am using ISP provided DNS servers.
On April Fools 2018 Cloudflare Released a DNS server service.
Snip from here: “DNS: Internet’s Directory Nearly everything on the Internet starts with a DNS request. DNS is the Internet’s directory. Click on a link, open an app, send an email and the first thing your device does is ask the directory: Where can I find this? 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.”
Set Cloudflare Nameservers using OSX
Open the Apple System Preferences, click Network, click on your Network (Wifi or ethernet), Click Advanced then DNS and add 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124
Alternatively, you can manually set your DNS servers in OSX by editing the /etc/resolv.conf, by default SX will inherit DNS settings from our router.
Troubleshooting: Clear DNS Cache
Debug DNS Data
Confirm Cloudflare DNS from the OSX Comand line
I am not sure if Cloudflare is any more private than using ISP DNS but I’ll happily use it.
Several people have asked me about Cloudflare’s new 126.96.36.199 privacy DNS service. To be clear: it DOES NOT stop your ISPs from collecting your browsing history. ISPs can still see the sites you’re connecting to — even if the site is over HTTPS. You will still send a hostname.
— Zack Whittaker (@zackwhittaker) April 2, 2018
I can’t tell if DNS is faster, I did ping my ISP DNS before switching and it was about the same (sub 25ms), time will tell.
I have used https://www.opendns.com/ before and loved the dashboards, I hope Cloudflare add dashboard options too.
I hope this guide helps someone.
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