TestFlight Beta for NextDNS iOS 14 is Here

· Andrew Orr · Link

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NextDNS for iOS 14 is now available as a TestFlight beta. It uses the encrypted DNS feature introduced with iOS 14.

The first beta of NextDNS for iOS 14 is now available at:https://testflight.apple.com/join/AFDFPLP3

This version uses the new Encrypted DNS feature of iOS 14, removing the need for the fake-VPN trick used in iOS 13 and below.

The new iOS 14 feature means three things. First, DNS apps will no longer need to set up a fake VPN profile for you to use the service. Second, these DNS settings will work over cellular, whereas in the past it would only work over Wi-Fi unless you used said fake VPN profile. Third, this means that if you have a real VPN app, you can set it to use the OpenVPN protocol. Because of the fake VPN profile created by DNS apps, you had to use the IKEv2 VPN protocol if you wanted to use the VPN and DNS apps at the same time.

Cloudflare Introduces 1.1.1.1 DNS for Families

· Andrew Orr · Link

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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.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited Adds DNS Firewall for Customers

· Andrew Orr · Link

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KeepSolid’s VPN Unlimited added a new feature for its customers. This DNS firewall can block domains associated with malware, porn, drugs and alcohol, gambling, games, and more.

This benefit of KeepSolid DNS Firewall is closely connected with the previous one. If you don’t open a malicious website, you won’t get infected with malware. Better prevent than cure, agree? And there is really much to avoid, as malware attacks are exponentially increasing over time.

Great news for KeepSolid customers. And if you’re not a customer, I recommend reading my roundup of DNS services to use.

Firefox Enables Encrypted DNS by Default

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Starting today, Firefox will begin rolling out support for encrypted DNS over HTTPS for U.S.-based users.

We’re enabling DoH by default only in the US. If you’re outside of the US and would like to enable DoH, you’re welcome to do so by going to Settings, then General, then scroll down to Networking Settings and click the Settings button on the right. Here you can enable DNS over HTTPS by clicking, and a checkbox will appear.

You can choose between Cloudflare and NextDNS. As I mentioned in my roundup of DNS services, I’ve been using NextDNS for the past couple weeks and I love it.

4 Private DNS Services to Use on iOS and macOS

· Andrew Orr · Deep Dive

Switching from your ISP’s DNS servers is good because your browsing history could be sold. Here are four private DNS servers to use instead.

iCloud Keychain vs. Catalina Cage Match – Mac Geek Gab 786

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

iCloud Keychain vs. Catalina Cage Match – Mac Geek Gab 786

Today, your two favorite geeks dig into your questions about recovering photo data, removing malware, resolving iCloud Keychain in macOS Catalina, and more. But that’s not all! You’ve got some great tips for automating those un-automatable Personal Reminders, fixing DNS, Mono Podcast Listening, and creating disk images. All of this and more from Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun, as soon as you press play. Do it now and don’t get caught!

Cloudflare Creates New Warrant Canaries

· Andrew Orr · News

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Yesterday Cloudflare released its transparency report for the second half of 2018. It revealed it’s expanding its use of warrant canaries.

Connection Speeds, Slow Macs, DNS, and More – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 747

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Connection Speeds, Slow Macs, DNS, and More – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 747

How fast is your connection? How much of that speed matters? How fast is your Mac? Why isn’t it faster? What devices can you see on your network? Why can’t you connect to all of them? This is what Mac Geek Gab is about. Posing questions, getting answers, and learning at least 5 new things. Learn your 5 now by pressing play!

How to Change DNS Entries on the Mac

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

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If you aren’t happy using the default DNS servers your ISP or local coffee shop provides with your Mac, you can change them. It’s pretty easy to do. Follow along to learn how.

Tip: Easily Change Your iOS DNS Settings

· Andrew Orr · How-To

By default, your device automatically uses the DNS settings provided by your ISP. But you don’t have to use it, especially if you want something geared towards privacy. You may have known that it’s possible to change your DNS on a Mac, but did you know you can also change your iOS DNS? Andrew Orr shows us how it’s done.