Cloudflare brings its privacy-centric DNS service to mobile

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Cloudflare has unveiled its 1.1.1 privacy service to mobile devices so anyone can use its free DNS protection service from any device.

The app, which has been developed for both iOS and Android makes it much easier for users to control their privacy on their mobile devices.

Cloudflare’s privacy service funnels web traffic through the company's DNS, making it much harder for website owners and connected services to uncover who's accessing their services.

Another benefit of Cloudflare service is that is can speed up web connections if you're in an area with slow internet services. One user in particular said a web page that normally takes 5-7 seconds to load in Vietnam only takes 3 seconds using the app.

Although it was previously possible to do this by tweaking your browser's settings manually, it's not always the easiest task to do and can result in you being unable to access any website at all. Most mobile browsers don't even allow you to change the DNS settings.

And although the generic service has always been accessible through a browser on an iPad, iPhone or Android device, the mobile-specific app means you just need to tap the screen once to activate it across your device.

“We launched to offer consumers everywhere a better choice for fast and private Internet browsing,” Matthew Prince, Cloudflare chief executive said. “The app makes it even easier for users to unlock fast and encrypted DNS on their phones.”

Cloudflare’s Faster & Safer Internet app is now available to download from Google Play and the App Store for free.

Clare Hopping
Freelance writer

Clare is the founder of Blue Cactus Digital, a digital marketing company that helps ethical and sustainability-focused businesses grow their customer base.

Prior to becoming a marketer, Clare was a journalist, working at a range of mobile device-focused outlets including Know Your Mobile before moving into freelance life.

As a freelance writer, she drew on her expertise in mobility to write features and guides for ITPro, as well as regularly writing news stories on a wide range of topics.