If you have friends who are not privacy conscious, you must have heard the old question “What am I supposed to hide?” reason. Despite the fact that billions of people use the internet every day, many of them are not aware of the dangers they can find. And many don’t know the tools to fight it.
Cloudflare created two new utilities to help protect you. The first is the DNS server, which takes friendly URL names (eg aaaaa.com) and finds the appropriate IP address (eg, 192.aa.a.a) to connect you to the correct website. Unencrypted DNS traffic can be read by hackers or your ISP, but the new version of Cloudfare is encrypted, so no one other than you can see the websites you visit.
The second tool is WARP, a new VPN service that uses a new, fast protocol. With this protocol, WARP is faster than most paid VPN services while providing similar protection for your privacy. All of your data is encrypted, so you don’t have to rely on websites to enforce proper security. So by combining the two, almost every aspect of your mobile internet traffic will be secured.
Method 1: Install App 126.96.36.199 (iOS & Android)
For those using an iPhone or Android device running 8.1 Oreo or older, Cloudflare’s 188.8.131.52 app is your best choice for encrypting your DNS. While it is possible to configure DNS manually, it will be limited to certain Wi-Fi networks, meaning cellular data isn’t covered at all. But with the app, all data connections use Cloudflare’s DNS servers for a faster and safer internet.
The Apps is very simple. Just open it up and tap the big button to turn it on. If this is your first time, iOS and Android will ask you to give the app permission to establish a VPN connection. Follow the instructions and you will be connected.
Now, all traffic to the entire internet will use Cloudflare’s DNS servers for faster and safer web browsing. And since you are using Cloudflare’s DNS servers, all queries are encrypted by DNS over HTTPS or DNS over TLS.
With the 184.108.40.206 DNS server (the IP address for the server), ISPs and hackers can’t see the websites you visit. The ISP uses this data to sell to advertisers to create advertisements on the sites you visit. This is the reason why the new iPhone 11 you see on Amazon appears in a banner ad on Reddit. Also, because hackers can’t see what sites you visit, you are better protected against URL Hijacking, a phishing scam where hackers register common misspellings of popular websites to lure unsuspecting users.
Method 2 : Use Private DNS (Android 9 & Higher)
Another method is to use the private DNS feature introduced in Android 9 Pie. With this feature, you can configure the DNS server used by all data connections without requiring a VPN.
The advantage of using this method is that it’s faster (no Warp, more later) because you don’t send traffic to their servers first. Second, if you already have a VPN service, you can still use it and Cloudflare’s DNS servers (although many VPN applications allow you to configure custom DNS servers within the application).
So if you have a phone running Android 9 or later, go to Settings and select “Network & Internet”, then select “Advanced” (this may be under a different name like “Other connection settings”). Select “Private DNS”, select “Private DNS provider hostname”, and enter the following:
Choose “Save” when you are done. Then, to verify everything has been done correctly, open any browser on your phone. Enter the following web address:
In the Debug information section of this page, the "Connected to 220.127.116.11" column will say "Yes" if everything is set up correctly. You will also see "Yes" next to "Using DNS over HTTPS" or "Using DNS over TLS," depending on how you configured it (the default is first).
Don't Forget Warp
While using private DNS with Android 9 or later has its advantages, the big benefit of using the app is access to Warp. Warp is a VPN service based on WireGuard, a new protocol that's much faster than the current standard, OpenVPN. Like most VPN services, Warp will encrypt all your traffic from your ISP, meaning you are protected from your ISP using your data to sell to advertisers.
Since the app uses Cloudflare's DNS servers, you are doubly protected. When you visit a website, your ISP will not know what site you are visiting, and when you communicate with that website, your activity is also safe. Warp also gives you much-needed protection when using public Wi-Fi, especially for those who don't want to pay for VPN services.
And for those who want faster internet while maintaining this level of protection, there's WARP +. It uses Argo technology which increases website loading speed by 30% on average. It works by sending thousands of probes across Cloudflare's private links and the public internet. This probe helps Cloudflare determine the fastest route to a user's destination and send its data there. And this routing is defined in real time, so you'll always use the fastest route available.
But let me be clear, Warp is not a tool to keep you anonymous online. Other VPN services will protect your real IP address from other people, but Cloudflare will not. However, Warp will protect your privacy by making sure who you want to give your IP address to get it, and not someone else.