Cloudflare launched its 220.127.116.11 ‘privacy-first’ consumer DNS back in April, in partnership with APNIC. It maintains the claim that this service is the “fastest public DNS resolver in the world”. Now Cloudflare has released 18.104.22.168 mobile apps to make using its alternative DNS “incredibly easy” on your Android or iOS phone or tablet.
First, to recap on why you might want to change your DNS. There are numerous potential benefits but the main two are headlined speed and privacy. With regard to the former, Cloudflare 22.214.171.124 is claimed to offer a query speed of 14.61ms in data shared by DNS Perf over a recent 30 day period. That compares very favourably with the second placed OpenDNS (22.86ms), SafeDNS (42.54ms) and fourth placed Google (43.53ms). Your default DNS, provided by your ISP, might well fare worse than these top four performers.
Another touted benefit of 126.96.36.199 is that your internet connection will be safer. The Cloudflare DNS doesn’t collect your data, monitor or censor sites visited – something that your ISP might do for various commercial or legal reasons. The 188.8.131.52 service will “never log your IP address,” as guaranteed by KPMG auditors. However, one must remember that an ISP can monitor transferred data beyond your DNS query.
If you are interested you can head on over to the appropriate store for your mobile device to grab the 184.108.40.206 app. It is free to use (no ads either) and when launched you will see a very simple toggle – slide to turn on Cloudflare’s 220.127.116.11 DNS – or to turn it off for any reason.
Some users have queried the app’s permissions. Since the initial release mic access permissions requests have been removed. Now the app still asks for Photos/Media/Files and for Wi-Fi connection information, due to the Instabug reporting library used by developers. The files access is only used to attach screenshots for bug reports.