Firefox turns on DoH as default for US users
- Today, Firefox began the rollout of encrypted DNS over HTTPS (DoH) by default for US-based users.
- DNS lookups are sent to servers that can spy on your website browsing history without either informing you or publishing a policy about what they do with that information.
- Since our work on DoH began, many browsers have joined in announcing their plans to support DoH, and we’ve even seen major websites like Facebook move to support a more secure DNS.
- If you’re outside of the US and would like to enable DoH, you’re welcome to do so by going to Settings, then General, then scroll down to Networking Settings and click the Settings button on the right.
- We continue to explore enabling DoH in other regions, and are working to add more providers as trusted resolvers to our program.
Mozilla’s DNS over HTTPs
- In 2017, Mozilla began working on the DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) protocol to close this privacy gap within the web’s infrastructure.
- Today, Firefox is enabling encrypted DNS over HTTPS by default in the US giving our users more privacy protection wherever and whenever they’re online.
- DoH will encrypt DNS traffic from clients (browsers) to resolvers through HTTPS so that users’ web browsing can’t be intercepted or tampered with by someone spying on the network.
- We are confident that the research and testing we’ve done over the last two years has ensured our roll-out of DoH respects user privacy and makes the web safer for everyone.
- Through DoH and our trusted recursive resolver program we can begin to close the data leaks that have been part of the domain name system since it was created 35 years ago.
Firefox to enable DNS-over-HTTPS by default to US users
- Mozilla will bring its new DNS-over-HTTPS security feature to all Firefox users in the U.S. by default in the coming weeks, the browser maker has confirmed.
- Whenever you visit a website — even if it’s HTTPS enabled — the DNS query that converts the web address into an IP address that computers can read is usually unencrypted.
- DNS-over-HTTPS, or DoH, encrypts the request so that it can’t be intercepted or hijacked in order to send a user to a malicious site.
- These unencrypted DNS queries can also be used to snoop on which websites a user visits.
- The feature relies on sending DNS queries to third-party providers — such as Cloudflare and NextDNS — both of which will have their DoH offering baked into Firefox and will process DoH queries.
- Last year, an internet industry group branded Mozilla an “internet villain” for pressing ahead the security feature.
Firefox turns controversial new encryption on by default in the US
- Starting today, Mozilla will turn on by default DNS over HTTPS (DoH) for Firefox users in the US, the company has announced.
- Mozilla claims that DoH increases the privacy and security of users online, but the technology has faced fierce criticism from lawmakers and security experts who say that it hampers legitimate attempts by enterprise system administrators and lawmakers to block dangerous web content.
- Only certain parts of the DNS lookup process are encrypted, and internet service providers will still be able to see which IP addresses their users are connecting to, they warn.
- When it announced that it would be turning on DoH by default last year, Mozilla said that it would allow for opt-in parental controls and disable DoH if Firefox detects them.