Cloudflare Introduces 1.1.1.1 DNS for Families

Cloudflare has introduced 1.1.1.1 DNS for families that adds an extra layer of protection to keep kids safe online. There are now two extra variants of the DNS service. 1.1.1.2 can block malware, and 1.1.1.3 can block both malware and adult content.

Introducing 1.1.1.1 for Families — the easiest way to add a layer of protection to your home network and protect it from malware and adult content. 1.1.1.1 for Families leverages Cloudflare’s global network to ensure that it is fast and secure around the world. And it includes the same strong privacy guarantees that we committed to when we launched 1.1.1.1 two years ago. And, just like 1.1.1.1, we’re providing it for free and it’s for any home anywhere in the world.

Good to see Cloudflare offer more options for people. They aren’t the only company doing this either; I’ve rounded up four other private DNS services to use.

Ireland Subreddit Shutting Down at Midnight in Bid to Stop Racist Trolls

The Ireland subreddit is to close every night at midnight local time in an attempt to stop a deluge of racist posts. BBC News reported that it plans to add moderators and filters as a longterm solution.

Moderators said having to check every comment on the social network’s forums had pushed them to “breaking point”.vThe page is now seeking to expand its team of moderators and add filters that can spot posts “hateful” comments.vIn a post on the page, which has 280,000 members, it said: “We’re taking the very difficult decision today to shut down Reddit Ireland temporarily between midnight and 08:00 each day in order to stem the flow of racist/extremist content which is being posted at these times.”

State of Michigan Launches Map of Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

In partnership with Connected Nation Michigan, the State of Michigan released a free online map of free Wi-Fi hotspots for citizens who don’t have easy access to broadband (although the tool is there to use even if you do have your own internet).

“This pandemic has shown a real need to tackle the barriers of access, adoption, and affordability to fully enable the opportunities that the internet makes possible,” Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist said. “If we are going to close the Internet gap, we need to make sure we’re doing everything we can in the interim to expand access to existing broadband options for communities where it’s not readily available or affordable.”

It’s nice to see such a great tool from my state.