Gear | November 16, 2018 9:00 am

Why You Should Download This Free, One-Click Privacy App for Your Phone

Cloudflare’s encrypts DNS requests on mobile devices

By The Editors

Here at InsideHook, we’ve written a fair amount about internet security. Now that we’ve got computers on our desks, in our pockets, on our wrists and in our walls, we can’t afford not to.

That said, acronyms like VPN, DNS, ISP and the like have a tendency to send our eyes rolling into the back of our skulls. If this is also true for you, Cloudflare has a new one-and-done privacy app for you called

The name is a clue to the inner-workings of the service, but for all intents and purposes is a free app for your Android or iOS device that can block internet eavesdroppers from seeing your web history. It’s been available for PCs and Macs, but is available on mobile now for the first time.

“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,” notes Cloudflare on the app’s website. “Creepily, some DNS providers sell data about your Internet activity or use it to target you with ads.”

If you’d like to thwart that, head on over to the website to get step-by-step instructions on how to download for your Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows or Linux device — or even your router. Once installed, all it takes is one click to turn it on and you’re good. Set it and forget it. (It will also likely speed up your browser!)

If you can handle a few more tech details, head on over to Fast Company for a full techy-friendly report.

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