Use Cloudflare's DNS servers

Use Cloudflare's DNS servers

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On 4/1/2018, Cloudflare introduced their own, secure, private DNS servers as a means of faster and more private internet browsing.

We at PCHF advise using secure DNS and other means to encrypt your internet browsing.

Below is a guide on how to setup various devices to use Cloudflare's DNS servers :)


WINDOWS SETUP

  1. Click on the Start menu, then click on Control Panel.
  2. Click on Network and Internet.
  3. Click on Change Adapter Settings.
  4. Right click on the Wi-Fi network you are connected to, then click Properties.
  5. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (or Version 6 if desired).
  6. Click Properties.
  7. Write down any existing DNS server entries for future reference.
  8. Click Use The Following DNS Server Addresses.
  9. Replace those addresses with the 1.1.1.1 DNS addresses:
    • For IPv4: 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1
    • For IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001
  10. Click OK, then Close.
  11. Restart your browser.



MACOS SETUP

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Search for DNS Servers and select it from the dropdown.
  3. Click the + button to add a DNS Server and enter 1.1.1.1
  4. Click + again and enter 1.0.0.1 (This is for redundancy.)
  5. Click Ok, then click Apply.



LINUX SETUP

  1. Click the Applications icon on the left menu bar.
  2. Click Settings, then Network.
  3. Find your internet connection on the right pane, then click the gear icon.
  4. Click the IPv4 or IPv6 tab to view your DNS settings.
  5. Set the “Automatic” toggle on the DNS entry to Off.
  6. Provide the 1.1.1.1 DNS addresses in the DNS entries field:
    • 1.0.0.1
    • For IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1111,2606:4700:4700::1001
  7. Click Apply, then restart your browser.



ROUTER SETUP

  1. Connect to your preferred wireless network.
  2. Enter your router’s gateway IP address in your browser.
  3. If prompted, fill in your username and password. This information may be labeled on the router.
  4. In your router’s configuration page, locate the DNS serversettings.
  5. Write down any existing DNS server entries for future reference.
  6. Replace those addresses with the 1.1.1.1 DNS addresses:
    • For IPv4: 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1
    • For IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001
  7. Save your settings, then restart your browser.
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