DNS Encryption with the Privacy Hero Adapter

Unencrypted DNS poses a significant threat to keeping your internet use secure such as eavesdropping and DNS spoofing. Your personal data is valuable, and unencrypted DNS is just another way to have your sensitive information collected and sold, or used to compromise your security. 

To solve this issue, the Privacy Hero adapter provides DNS encryption across all of your network's devices using DNS over HTTPS (DoH) - no browser plugins, programs, or command line required.

DNS Encryption and the Privacy Hero Adapter

The Privacy Hero adapter uses DNS over HTTPS for all DNS traffic, providing any managed device with DNS encryption. We offer one of the easiest ways to provide cutting-edge DNS encryption to your entire network.

Why is Privacy Hero's approach so unique? Ensuring your devices are protected by DNS encryption isn't easy - it usually involves using a browser extension or configuring your device's operating system. With OS configuration, only the device with the configured OS is protected, and setup generally requires complicated setup. Browser extensions are even worse as they only protect one specific internet browser, leaving any other activity vulnerable. In either case, any other devices connected to your network are still at risk.

With our adapter, every device on your network - be it your gaming console, streaming stick, or desktop - is protected with the very best in DNS encryption. Whether streaming, gaming, or just browsing the internet, Privacy Hero has you covered. 

Want to learn more about DNS or DNS over HTTPS? Keep reading below to get the full scoop!

What is DNS?

Most experts refer to DNS (Domain Name System) as the “Internet’s phone book” or the “directory of the Internet”. It’s how the Internet translates alphabetical names into the IP address of a web server.

Let’s use Google as an example.  Think about when you’re using an Internet browser and you want to access Google. You’d enter in google.com, right? Well, DNS is the very system that lets you use an easy-to-remember URLs (like google.com) instead of complicated IP addresses (like 172.217.10.46). The DNS receives your request to access google.com, looks up Google’s correct IP address, and returns that address to your browser.

How Does DNS Compromise Privacy and Security?

The problem with DNS is the information attached to each DNS request; they are unencrypted and contain part (or all) of your IP address along with the website you’re trying to access. Your data is vulnerable to anyone (including DNS resolvers or DNS servers) along the DNS request's path. This leaves your personal information susceptible to eavesdropping; allowing anyone who might be monitoring to collect your data for malicious purposes.

Another risk of DNS is DNS spoofing – a category of attacks that allow malicious parties to change the answer your browser receives during DNS resolution. When a user falls victim to DNS spoofing, they are sent to a fake website chosen by the malicious party instead of the user's requested website. This is done for a variety of purposes, such as denying users access to a certain website or directing users to a cloned website to acquire sensitive data like usernames and passwords.

Fortunately, DNS encryption can mitigate much of the security and privacy risks associated with DNS. This brings us to one of today's best options for DNS encryption: DNS over HTTPS. 

What is DNS over HTTPS?

DNS over HTTPS (DoH) is a recently developed protocol for performing DNS resolution. DoH encrypts DNS resolution by running DNS queries through the HTTPS – the same protocol used to encrypt most web traffic today. DoH protects user data sent during DNS resolution, shielding users from the previously discussed risks such as eavesdropping, tampering, or spoofing.

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