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Firefox begins the rollout of encrypted DNS over HTTPS (DoH) by default for US-based users

If you prefer, you can switch to NextDNS or disable it entirely in Network Settings.

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Updated » 01 March 2020

Dan Maloney, Hackaday »

Mozilla announced this week that Firefox would turn on DNS over HTTPS (DoH) by default in the United States. DoH encrypts the DNS requests that are needed to translate a domain name to an IP address, which normally travel in clear text and are therefore easily observed. Easily readable DNS transactions are also key to content blockers, which has raised the hackles of regulators and legislators over the plan, who are singing the usual “think of the children” song. That DoH would make user data collection and ad-tracking harder probably has nothing to do with their protests.

Four things you can do today that helps protect your privacy and security

1. Scrub your email

2. Ditch old passwords

3. Update your software

4. Upgrade your browser

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