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    Home Forums AskWoody support Non-Windows operating systems Chromebooks and ChromeOS DoH DNS-over-HTTPS on a Chromebook

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      • #2140930 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        I hope this is not too esoteric.   I am still early in learning to use the Chromebook.

        Recently I learned about encrypted DNS and DNS-over-HTTPS, which it seems is a way to hide  DNS queries from your ISP.  I have pointed my wifi network to use Cloudflare as primary DNS server, and Quad9 as a secondary server.

        I can get it to work on a Windows PC (there is an application called SimpleDNSCrypt) and for the iOS there is a free app called DNSCloak.  But I would like to use it on the Chromebook.

        I found instructions to type this into the chrome address bar:

        chrome://flags/#dns-over-https          and then set it to Enable.

        Now, the test is to point the browser to

        which confirms that I am connected but it still says NO to DoH.   Has anyone here tried this?  Thank you.

        • This topic was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by alphacharlie.
      • #2140971 Reply
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        seems is a way to hide  DNS queries from your ISP

        Your ISP still knows which site you went to so you haven’t gained any privacy.

        cheers, Paul

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        • #2141366 Reply
          AskWoody Plus

          Thank you Paul, that makes sense.

          So I would like to understand correctly the benefits of  DNS encryption.   Is it only to prevent  “Man in the Middle = MITM”  or DNS hijacking attacks?     Meanwhile, I read that Google, Microsoft, Mozilla are all moving to build DoH into their browsers, eventually by default.

          Once the originating user receives the IP address of a site from whichever DNS server they use, then the ISP can still control and redirect that connection, right?  Where is the “gain” in privacy?

          Thanks for shedding any light on this subject.

      • #2141468 Reply
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        DNS encryption is about security, not privacy. DNS poisoning and MitM are issues, but like all internet activities, you need to take some care.

        cheers, Paul

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