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New Protocol “Oblivious” Of Apple And Cloudflare Means The End Of Snooping Telecos

New Protocol “Oblivious” Of Apple And Cloudflare Means The End Of Snooping Telecos
New Protocol “Oblivious” Of Apple And Cloudflare Means The End Of Snooping Telecos

Recently, the security company and Cloudflare announced a plan. This is a plan that is going to stop your internet service provider from creeping down on your web activity. Co-developed by engineers at Apple and Fastly, Oblivious DNS-over-HTTPS (ODoH) standard just works to decouple your IP address from the queries that you are having. ODoH is something that is billed as an improvement to a domain name that is DNS. DNS is the process in web browsing that is very much analogous to look up the name in the phone book and having the phone number of a person.

Furthermore, when you type Google.com, DNS is something that translates it into the IP address of Google (172.217.164.142.). By default, DNS is owned by internet service providers such as Comcast or Verizon, or AT&T. The plan of ODoH is there to insert one more step between the user and the resolver of DNS.  If you are thinking that why ODoH is oblivious, then you must know that this is because it keeps the IP address of the user machine hidden from the resolver.

New Protocol “Oblivious” Of Apple And Cloudflare Means The End Of Snooping Telecos
New Protocol “Oblivious” Of Apple And Cloudflare Means The End Of Snooping Telecos

DNS ecosystem is the earlier parts of the internet and this wasn’t something designed with encryption and privacy on the mind. Cloudflare’s Head of Research this DNS was just designed as a control system for the internet. However, Cloudflare seems to view this less Cloudfare’s Head of Research to create Carta for the internet. In the announcements, Cloudfare has pointed out that this will make people feel more secured as previously they were very much worried. Albeit a few resolvers accept ODoH requests, but it’s mostly a dream. Cloudflare has called this an emerging protocol and is something that came out in the announcements today after so many major endorsements. Lastly, it was said that if you are pretty confident in your dev skills then Cloudflare implementations are there in both go and rust.

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Tom Bernes

Tom Bernes is the Editorial Director at The Next Hint Inc.

Prior to joining The Next Hint Inc, Tom had a hand in a number of online and print publications, including InternetNews.com as chief copy editor and Government Technology Magazine as managing editor. He also did a stint in Sydney as group editor of RBI Australia's manufacturing group, which is when he also developed an affinity (a love, really) for cricket.

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