Cloudflare's free 1.1.1.1 mobile app is a must-have for privacy enthusiasts

Cloudflare's free 1.1.1.1 mobile app is a must-have for privacy enthusiasts
If you’re concerned about your mobile privacy, as well as web surfing speeds, it’s time to rejoice, as 1.1.1.1 is now available on both Android and iOS. Originally unveiled for desktops on April 1 (no joke), the DNS resolver can be downloaded for free from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

What the new mobile app does is basically allow you to flip a switch and instantly hide your internet connection info from prying eyes. Your Internet Service Provider should no longer be able to sell your browsing history to the “highest bidder”, at least in theory.

DNS, for those unaware, is short for Domain Name System, essentially describing the “directory of the Internet”, according to Cloudflare’s very informative blog post detailing the initial 1.1.1.1 release.

Cloudflare is a company that offers a wider range of services for both everyday web surfers and website developers, allowing it to make 1.1.1.1 “free for life”, with no in-app purchases or upsells, as everybody seems to win here.

The millions of sites on Cloudflare get a much-appreciated performance boost when visited by 1.1.1.1 users, the company’s network grows in both size and reliability, while users receive peace of mind, as well as improved speeds.

Billed as the “fastest public resolver” out there, 1.1.1.1 is unlikely to solve all your mobile security issues, but it’s a great first step towards a “faster, more private Internet.” No manual network settings changes needed, just install the app and push a (virtual) button to hide your DNS queries. It's that simple.

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7 Comments

1. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Looks neat. I'll try to see if this can bypass ISP's throttling on some site.

2. vasra

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Nope. It prevents using any other VPN at the same time. For a power user who uses VPNs and Ad blocker VPN software, this is a BIG NO-NO.

7. Bayarx

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 13, 2018

I'm using blokada ad Blocker which is based on VPN.. And aloes u to set cloud flare as dns from its settings :)

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2125; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Just installed on both a IPad Pro and XS Max.,.Safari seems way way snappier!

4. Leo_MC

Posts: 6616; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It's not working: every site is able top see my real IP. If I also enable "block connections without vpn", I no longer have an internet connection.

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 2027; Member since: May 04, 2015

That's not how it works Leo. It's a dns resolver not a vpn. All it does is replace your isp's dns with Cloudflare's. As Vasra said above it's completely useless for those of us who use an always on vpn. However I use their dns on my home router in addition to my vpn.

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 6616; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You're right, I didn't even look at it, thinking it's a vpn app. My mistake.

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