How to setup and use CloudFlare’s new DNS service 1.1.1.1

Cloudflare is a Global Network Service provider. Recently, they announced their own DNS service that will be directly competing with Google’s OpenDNS Service. This service from Cloudflare will be far focused on privacy and security of the users as well as the Internet connection.

Cloudflare claims their service 1.1.1.1 will not keep your connection’s logs for more than 24 hours and hence will be helping to boost privacy of the users on the Internet.

CloudFlare DNS service 1.1.1.1
Another plus-point of using this DNS server is that it is faster than others. It takes 14ms for sites outside their network to be fetched and located. And it is even faster for those which are index by them.

Cloudflare’s service supports DNS over HTTPS (and DNS over TLS) which protects your browsing information from your ISP as well. And the best thing is this service is 100% free for anyone. Also, Cloudflare claims to never use the data for marketing and other uses. This is being proved by getting KPMG auditing their code. For those who don’t know, KPMG is a well-respected marketing firm. They will be checking their code and practices annually and a public report will soon be published when it is ready.

This service is now live and can be used by anyone now.

If you want to learn how to use it, please follow our tutorial below:

Setting up Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1. DNS service

First of all, let me assure you that doing this is really a piece of cake. You need not be a professional or an expert to do this. Just a few clicks will lead your way towards setting this up. Just follow our steps carefully.

To change the DNS server settings, you can right-click on the WiFi or the Ethernet connection icon in the system tray and then select open Network and Internet Settings and then click on Change Adapter Options.

Then you will see a window popping up that will look something like this

Now, select the network connection who DNS server you wish to change. This connection could be an Ethernet Connection or a WiFi Connection.

Right-click on that connection and select Properties.

From the list of items, now select Internet Protocol Version 4 OR Internet Protocol Version 6 according to your requirement.

Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1. DNS service

Now click on the button that says Properties.

A new box will pop up that will show multiple fields to enter IP Addresses or DNS Addresses. Now, in the DNS Service section, click on the radio button that says Use the following DNS Servers.

Now if you selected IPv4 server, enter 1.1.1.1 in the Primary DNS section AND 1.0.0.1 in the Secondary DNS section.

If you selected IPv6 server, enter 2606:4700:4700::1111 in the Primary DNS Server section AND 2606:4700:4700::1001 in the Secondary DNS Server.

Click on OK to close the configuration pop up and Close to finalize the settings.

Restart your browser for the changes to take an effect.

You are all set now!

You can read more about this new DNS service here.

Other DNS services you can check out: Comodo Secure DNS | Angel DNS | OpenDNS.

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