How To Make Internet Faster With 1.1.1.1 Privacy DNS Server

Cloudflare, a very well-known company launched 1.1.1.1, world’s fastest and privacy-focused secure DNS service that not only speeds up your internet connection but also makes it harder for ISPs to track your web history. Cloudflare public DNS resolvers, 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 (as alternate DNS server for redundancy), support both DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPS to ensure maximum privacy.

Privacy is another major highlight. Cloudflare doesn’t just promise that it won’t use your browsing data to serve ads; it commits that it will never write the querying IP address (yours) to disk. Any logs that do exist will be deleted within 24 hours. And these claims aren’t just reassuring words on a website. Cloudflare has retained KPMG to audit its practices annually and produce a public report to confirm the company is delivering on its promises.

The 1.1.1.1 website has some setup guidance, with simple tutorials covering Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux and routers. These are very generic – you get one set of instructions for all versions of Windows, for instance – but there are some pluses (IPv6 as well as IPv4 details) and you should be able to figure it out. Additionally, mobile users can use WARP which secures all of the phone’s internet traffic.

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How to make Firefox an essential tool for OSINT

Before start reading this blog post, and gain serious interests in extra privacy tweaks on Firefox. Many related addon’s & tweaks in this post are already mentioned in my older post about tweaks that will enhance your privacy on internet with Firefox.

Okey! What is OSINT? Right?!

OSINT is defined by wikipedia as:

“Open-source intelligence (OSINT) is intelligence collected from publicly available sources. In the intelligence community (IC), the term “open” refers to overt, publicly available sources (as opposed to covert or clandestine sources); it is not related to open-source software or public intelligence.” (source)

So let’s summon this as simple as possible, basically anything you can find on the internet. The key point for me about OSINT is that it only relates to information you can find for free. Having to pay to get access to information such as an API or raw data isn’t really OSINT material. I’m not saying that’s wrong or should be a reason not to use data from paid sources, it’s just not really OSINT in its trust form. Clear?! Let’s carry on!

The most vital application for the search methods that must be conducted  is within a web browser. Most Windows users settle for Internet Explorer or Edge, well. I do not recommend using those browsers for OSINT analysis. The Firefox browser has enhanced security and a feature called “add-ons” or “extensions”. These are small applications that work within the browser that perform a specific function. They will make searching and documentation much easier. I also use, and encourage others to use, the Chrome web browser when necessary. However, many of the extensions that I need are only compatible with Firefox. The following instructions apply to any versions of Firefox, including Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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How to protect your privacy by blocking all annoying Spotify ads & analytics in Linux, OSX and Windows with hosts file.

Today I will show you how to easily block the servers hosting Spotify ads on your Linux/Mac or Windows machine with a hosts file. This will allow you to listen all day long on a free account without hearing a single ad + to protect yourself from Spotify selling your private data to highest bidder. This trick is very simple, legal and works great. Spotify may catch on and find some way to stop this from working but, as of today (23 August 2019) it works swimmingly.


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Blocking Ad Server

In order to remove those pesky ads, all we need to do is setup out hosts file to override the DNS for Spotify’s ad servers and redirect that traffic to our local machine. When the traffic hits out local machine the call will fail and the ad will be skipped. Follow the steps below to add the entries needed.

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