Mozilla increases browser privacy with encrypted DNS

    Date10 Sep 2019
    Posted ByBrittany Day
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    Are you a Firefox user? Mozilla is increasing browser privacy with encrypted DNS. Learn more:

    Mozilla is about to turn on-by-default an oft-overlooked privacy feature in Firefox. The desktop version of the browser will soon automatically encrypt your website requests using a feature called DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH), it said on Friday.

    DoH lets browsers send Domain Name System (DNS) requests over the encrypted version of the HTTP protocol. DNS is the service that takes a human-readable name like nakedsecurity.sophos.comand turns it into an IP address a computer can use.

    Your browser asks a DNS resolver for this information. In turn, it asks several other DNS servers on your behalf. It then returns the IP address linked to that URL so that a browser like Firefox can contact it to download web pages. Your DNS service provider is usually your ISP, but it doesn’t have to be. There are third party commercial DNS services too.

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