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How to access blocked sites on your phone with Cloudflare’s DNS app

Visit your favorite sites without snooping from your ISP.


Mikael Thalen


Posted on Nov 12, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 1:51 am CDT

Internet security company Cloudflare has introduced its own Cloudflare DNS app that can both help mitigate surveillance as well as give you access to blocked websites.

Known as, the app, available for both Android and iOS, works by changing a user’s Domain Name System (DNS) address.

How does the Cloudflare DNS app work?

As explained by Cloudflare, DNS is a database that converts web addresses to their specific IP addresses.

“DNS is the Internet’s directory,” Cloudflare writes. “Click on a link, open an app, send an email and the first thing your device does is ask the directory: Where can I find this?”

Cloudflare adds that not only will speed up your Internet, but it will also keep your Internet service provider from snooping on your online activity.

“Unfortunately, by default, DNS is usually slow and insecure,” Cloudflare says. “Your ISP, and anyone else listening in on the Internet, can see every site you visit and every app you use—even if their content is encrypted.”

The company has also vowed not to log user’s IP addresses or sell their data for advertising purposes.

“Frankly, we don’t want to know what you do on the Internet—it’s none of our business—and we’ve taken the technical steps to ensure we can’t,” Cloudflare says.

Setting up the app Cloudflare DNS app is easy and will allow you, among other things, to access websites that may be restricted in your country.

To do so, simply download the app and turn it on. That’s it!

Users can also add Cloudflare’s DNS addresses to their computers and routers as well.

H/T The Next Web

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*First Published: Nov 12, 2018, 2:36 pm CST