Cloudflare launched its DNS service back in 2018 (on April 1) to the public promising a fast, private, and secure service. The company promised that 220.127.116.11 would be privacy-friendly, that it would not sell user data or use it for targeted advertising, and revealed that the service would never log full user IP addresses and erase logs every 24 hours. A recently published audit by independent auditing companyKPMG uncovered some minor issues but backed up Cloudflare's claims.
Yesterday, on April 1, Cloudflare announced an expansion of its DNS service called 18.104.22.168 for Families which adds new DNS Server IP addresses and filters to the service to block certain requests automatically. Users who used OpenDNS and some other DNS providers in the past may recall that these providers offered something very similar for quite some time already.
Filtering functionality was the number one request from home users according to Cloudflare and the main reason why 22.214.171.124 for Families was created.
126.96.36.199 for Families comes in two different versions: the first blocks known malware requests, the second malware and adult requests. Here is the information required to use the new DNS servers on your devices:
Malware Blocking Only
Malware and Adult Content Blocking
Cloudflare DNS without Filtering
The filtering is automated at this point in time; Cloudflare plans to introduce management options in the coming months to whitelist or blacklist sites, schedule filters for certain times of the day, and more.
For now, the only option that you have to bypass filters, e,g. when a non-malware or non-adult site is blocked, is to switch the DNS service.
How to set up 188.8.131.52 for Families
Windows users may do the following to replace the current DNS provider with Cloudflare's:
Pro Tip: You may also change DNS servers using PowerShell.
Here is how that is done:
Installation guides are available here for routers, Linux, Windows, and Mac. Cloudflare has created applications for Android and iOS that users may download to use the DNS service on their devices.
You may use a program like Gibson's DNS Bechmark to test the performance of the servers.
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