IF you’re an Android user and privacy is your top priority, there’s an expert-recommended setting worth trying.
Many experts recommend using a private DNS setting for Android, which gives you extra protection while you’re online.
DNS stands for Domain Name Service.
It’s like the Internet’s phone book, translating the website addresses you’re looking for into IP addresses.
Kaspersky cybersecurity experts have pointed out flaws in DNS.
The Kaspersky blog explains: “Almost every internet request begins with a computer contacting a DNS server to translate a given site name into its IP address.”
“And almost always this is done by your ISP’s DNS server, while the request to them is neither encrypted nor signed.
“This uncertainty comes with many side effects.”
Side effects include letting your ISP know what websites you’ve visited.
They may use this information to send you targeted advertising.
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Hackers can also attack this technology and redirect you to malicious websites or control your WiFi network.
To avoid this, users of devices running Android 9 or later can try private DNS mode.
Open your settings, click More Connections, and then select Private DNS.
The way to get there may be slightly different depending on the Android model.
Next you need to specify a server and then click to confirm.
You should be able to find a server that suits you.
If you encounter problems, return to your original settings using the same method.