What you need to know
- Engineers from Apple and Cloudflare say they have patched one of the biggest holes in internet privacy.
Engineers from Apple and Cloudflare claim they have patched one of the biggest holes in internet privacy, thanks to a new protocol called Oblivious DNS-over-HTTPS.
As reported by TechCrunch:
From TechCrunch's explainer:
The new protocol will add a layer of encryption to a DNS query before sending it through a proxy server, a third-party between a user and the website they are trying to visit. The encryption means the proxy can't see the request but will shield the query from the resolver. Cloudflare head of research Nick Sullivan said it was designed to "separate the information about who is making the query and what the query is."
Thankfully, the new protocol doesn't seem to impact website load times. A big breakthrough, it may be a while before this tech hits the mainstream, TechCrunch noting it could take months or even years before the protocol is added to browsers and operating systems. A big breakthrough nonetheless.
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