What is DNS?
So this post may at first appear to be geeky and jargon laden but stick with it.
When you visit a website you type in its web address in your browser. Something like dujio.com , for example, but this isn’t actually the real address of a website.
The real address of a website will be a number (IP address) that looks something like this:
192 . 168 . 1 . 15
Obviously it’s too difficult for people to remember numbers so there is a technology known as DNS or Domain Name System. This system is like a giant telephone directory that converts the text address that you type in into the IP address or number that actually represents a website.
Many organisations provide access to the sytem from your internet service provider, mobile phone company or even via Google or other DNS projects such as OpenDNS.
These organisations act as a gateway to the DNS directories but for many reasons their speed and effectiveness varies but more concerning is that they are able to gather data on your network usage and use it to target ads or sell on to third party companies.
Who is Cloudflare?
Cloudflare is a company that specialises in securing and optimising websites and their back ends – increasing their robustness and safety in world filled with threats to our online lives. They have debuted their own DNS system that appears to be significantly faster than the competition.
With one simple change you can greatly increase the speed at which websites load in your browser and also increase your online safety at the same time. Unlike Google, Cloudflare doesn’t harbour your data and make use of it.
What About My iPhone/iPad?
Well you’re in luck, in the past few days Cloudflare have also released an app to enable you to easily get the same benefits on ios. Yous simply download the app from the App Store (just search for Cloudflare). Its very simple and guides you through the process. The app actually installs a VPN profile to your device and is simply an on or off switch.
How Do I Use It On My Mac?
Its quite simple but Cloudflare do a good job explaining it. Simply type 184.108.40.206 in your browser to visit their website and get easy instructions about how to use it with your Mac.
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