Cloudflare's Browsing Experience Security Check online tool tests the capabilities of the web browser in regards to certain privacy and security related features.
For a subset of Internet users, privacy is of uttermost importance. While the majority seems indifferent, some try their best to implement protective mechanisms to eliminate or at least reduce what companies and maybe even State actors may find out about them when they use the Internet.
Whether that is successful or not depends on the program used to connect to Internet sites, e.g. a browser or media client, and also the system configuration.
The push to using HTTPS on the Internet ensured that much of the data that is transferred between a user's browser or program and Internet sites is encrypted. New technologies, such as Secure DNS or Cloudflare's own encrypted Server Name Indication (SNI) are designed to address leaks caused by DNS queries.
Browsing Experience Security Check tests a web browser's capabilities in regards to security and privacy features.
Note: The test is maintained by Cloudflare; the company designed Encrypted SNI which the test checks for among other things.
The test is straightforward: connect to the test page using your browser and hit the run button on the page to run the test.
It tests whether Secure DNS, DNSSEC, TLS 1.3, and Encrypted SNI are enabled. Here is a short description of each of the features:
The only browser that supports all four of the features at the time is Firefox. Two of the features are still in development and testing though:
You may check out our Secure DNS setup guide for Firefox here. Here is a short list of instructions on setting up Secure DNS and Encrypted SNI in Firefox:
Note that Secure DNS supports other servers if you don't want to use Cloudflare for that.
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