Cloudflare launches mobile app for its DNS service

Cloudflare launched its DNS service a few months ago — on April Fool's, of all days — with a focus on privacy and speed. Cloudflare put its mobile app into beta a month ago, and now — on 11.11 — it's releasing the mobile app on the App Store (opens in new tab) and Google Play (opens in new tab), and it looks like it's just about the easiest DNS app ever.

One button app

This DNS app is one button. Yup, that's right, one button. Tap it to activate and use its DNS resolver to keep your browsing private. Tap it again to turn it off. So, it's official, you really have no excuse not to use a DNS service when it's this easy — and free, to boot.

Cloudflare's has one of the fastest DNS resolvers out there right now, and while DNS services can often be overcomplicated and confusing enough to scare off the people who need to use it most, has kept its service as simplified and welcoming as possible. The ease of the stable app is thanks to the bug-catching and stress-testing of its many beta users, and Cloudflare thanked them for their dedication and help in today's announcement.

A DNS is only as good as the security you're trusting it to use, and Cloudflare takes the browsing security of its users seriously, too, promising: "We will never log your IP address (the way other companies identify you). And we're not just saying that. We've retained KPMG to audit our systems annually to ensure that we're doing what we say."

Free at App Store (opens in new tab) is free and works on Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows, Linux, Chromebooks, some internet routers, and Cloudflare also offers developers the tools to integrate DNS security directly into apps and browsers.

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  • CloudFlare is the one that censors the internet and breaks contracts right? That's an "excuse" not to use or support them whenever possible imho.
  • You mean the neo-nazі thing? Whilst I don't agree it was right to censor it, I can understand why they (and others) did it, and it wouldn't be substantial enough to stop me using this very useful DNS service
  • Yeah. I don't think they'd have gotten any notice if they just said "we won't be renewing our contract" but to me, if they feel they can break a contract, that's a little much imho. Also, this: basically, they have to MITM all SSL on sites which isn't great either. Certs shouldn't be on 3rd party servers. I just think when they can start deciding who is and isn't on the internet, it's just a slope. The CEO agrees according to him "I think the people who run (that website) are abhorrent. But again I don’t think my political decisions should determine who should and shouldn’t be on the internet." hence they lost credibility with me when they booted them off the web instead of just vocally not renewing the contract.