Cloudflare is a company that knows a thing or two about preventing unwanted intrusions. They’re one of the Internet’s most-trusted providers of protection against DDoS attacks. Normally Cloudflare protects the whole website. Now Cloudflare wants to help protect your privacy.
In the wake of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica controversy, who couldn’t use a little more privacy online? You can’t beat the price of Cloudflare’s offering, either. It’s totally free.
It also comes with a pretty big bonus. In addition to boosting the privacy of your Internet browsing, Cloudflare’s new service could actually speed it up, too. All you have to do is change your DNS servers.
What’s a DNS server? It’s the thing that actually lets you connect to sites like Forbes.com, Google.com and Amazon.com. Their names are all just labels. The identifier that actually tells other computers where a website is located is an IP address — a sequence of four numbers separated by periods.
A DNS server takes a name and performs a lookup to figure out what IP address that name is attached to. Those lookups can cause serious problems for Internet users. Not all DNS servers are as fast as others. They don’t all offer much (if anything) in the way of privacy features.
That’s a big concern, because someone who has access to a record of your DNS lookups knows a heck of a lot about what you’ve been doing online.