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The Internet just got a privacy boost

The Internet just got a privacy boost
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You may not know it, but when you use the Internet, you're using what's known as a DNS, or Domain Name System. DNS translates website domain names like Komando.com into the IP addresses that computers understand, like 66.102.7.104.

When you signed up for Internet, your service provider linked you with its DNS server automatically. So you might not know that there are third-party DNS servers out there that promise to be faster and more secure. But do you really need one?

Given the way DNS works, whoever runs the DNS server you use can see everywhere you go online. That means your ISP has logs of where you browse. The government can subpoena that information if it wants, or your ISP might sell it to advertisers, depending on the privacy policy.

Third-party DNS systems have the same drawback. You aren't entirely sure what the company running the servers is doing with your browsing information. However, there's one company that tells you exactly what it's doing.

Next page: A new DNS that promises to respect your privacy
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