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Google is bringing Secure DNS to Chrome on Android

Google is bringing Secure DNS to Chrome on Android

The Google Chrome browser on desktop debuted a feature called Secure DNS a few months ago with version 85, and now the Android app is catching up. With Chrome 85, Google is extending support to the mobile app so users can get additional peace of mind while surfing the web.

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Cloudflare says 'a configuration error' caused worldwide web outages

Cloudflare says 'a configuration error' caused worldwide web outages

Cloudflare is one of the largest internet infrastructure companies on the planet, and its DDoS mitigation and DNS services are incredibly popular. Unfortunately, Cloudflare's servers had a critical outage, leaving thousands of websites and services non-functional for a brief time.

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Someone at Google forgot to renew a blogspot domain, still offline a week later

Someone at Google forgot to renew a blogspot domain, still offline a week later

A week ago, thousands of small blogs went offline in India. It appears that Google lost control over its blogspot.in domain, which is where many small blogs are available at. While you would think that a multi-billion dollar company like Google could fix a glaring issue like this within a short amount of time, blogspot.in remains unreachable to this day.

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Google reveals privacy and security improvements coming soon to Chrome

Google reveals privacy and security improvements coming soon to Chrome

Google Chrome hasn't implemented the extreme level of tracker/ad blocking that we've seen in other web browsers over the past few years (I'm sure Google's position as an advertising company has nothing to do with that), but it has been taking small steps. Google has proposed new web standards that would make fingerprinting and cross-site tracking much more difficult, and now the company is announcing some browser-level features that aim to improve privacy and security.

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Cloudflare introduces free DNS resolvers for blocking malware and adult content

Cloudflare introduces free DNS resolvers for blocking malware and adult content

Cloudflare is mostly known as a B2B company working on speeding up and protecting websites (including our own), but in recent years, the web-infrastructure business has pivoted to consumers. It offers a VPN app on Android and lets anyone use its DNS lookup service 1.1.1.1 that's supposedly faster than any other. To make browsing the web even safer via its resolver, the company has introduced a new service that blocks malware and adult content, dubbed "1.1.1.1 for families."

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How to make Android use the DNS server of your choice

How to make Android use the DNS server of your choice

The Web as we know it today is powered by a technology called the 'Domain Name System,' also known as DNS. It acts like a phone book for the internet, linking web servers with their corresponding website domain names. DNS is what takes you to Google when you type in google.com, so as you can imagine, DNS is a critical part of the infrastructure of the internet.

While most people simply use the default DNS servers provided by their carrier or internet service provider, alternative servers do exist. Google Public DNS has been a popular option for years, and CloudFlare's 1.1.1.1 DNS is a newer service that is quickly gaining ground.

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Android 11 makes it easier to discover DNS server problems

Android 11 makes it easier to discover DNS server problems

It can be difficult to troubleshoot why an internet connection isn't working, especially on mobile operating systems like Android. The DNS server your device is using could be the culprit, especially with many public networks blocking the ability to use custom servers. Android 11 now provides a more detailed explanation for why a network connection doesn't work, at least with DNS-related problems.

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Cloudflare's WARP VPN is now available to everyone

Cloudflare's WARP VPN is now available to everyone

Cloudflare has long focused on internet security and content delivery, but it has been leaning into the consumer space lately. It started with the 1.1.1.1 DNS app and then announced the WARP VPN service earlier this year. However, the waitlist has just been growing ever since. Cloudflare says WARP is finally available to everyone starting today.

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Google's Public DNS now works with Android 9 Pie

Google's Public DNS now works with Android 9 Pie

A Domain Name System, or DNS for short, is the component of your network connection that looks up the server IPs after you enter a domain name (e.g. androidpolice.com). Most people use the default DNS services from their ISPs/carriers, but alternatives have existed for years, like Google Public DNS. Google announced today that its DNS service finally supports DNS-over-TLS, meaning it can be set as the system-wide DNS provider on Android 9 Pie.

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AdGuard officially releases its own DNS service, and it works with Android Pie

AdGuard officially releases its own DNS service, and it works with Android Pie

Domain Name System, or DNS for short, is a directory of of domain names with the IP addresses they are linked to. There are already a few DNS providers to choose from, outside of the default servers operated by your ISP, but it's always nice to have more options. CloudFlare launched its own DNS service earlier this year, and now AdGuard has joined the party.

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