....."Mozilla quietly announced a major change to its Firefox web browser on Friday [September 6], explaining that “after many experiments—we feel confident that enabling DoH [DNS over HTTPS] by default is the right next step.”
The company assured in its blogpost that “most of our users will benefit from the greater protections of encrypted DNS traffic,” but there was also a recognition at some of the backlash against the new technology. “When DoH is enabled,” it added, “users will be notified and given the opportunity to opt out.”
.....So what’s going on, why the controversy, and why might users opt out?The Internet's Domain Name System (DNS) is one of its greatest strengths and also one of its greatest weaknesses. As open traffic IP addresses and browsing activities can be profiled and your requests intercepted and manipulated. But with more and more of what is done online being encrypted, the very act of accessing specific websites can be encrypted as well. This is what DNS over HTTPS (DoH) is all about, bypassing locally held DNS nameservers, sending encrypted traffic to a central server instead.
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....DoH encrypts the addresses of websites, bypassing local Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and connecting directly to central nameservers likely managed by the companies behind the browsers themselves. This means the traffic cannot be hijacked. But it also means that many of the filtering and protection tools in place today, usually administered by ISPs, will no longer work. And this is why it’s controversial.
The fear is that safeguards might disappear with these changes. Internet Service Providers and child protection software holds lists of dangerous and prohibited sites. Some might be totally blacklisted—think child sexual exploitation, terrorism, illegal activity, others might be subject to parental controls—pornography, violence."....
I know I lost all of my bookmarks when they made this change. I think they offerred me some one to save them to a cloud, but I was too busy at the time with computer issues, that, I couldnt deal with another issue. Did the simplest and quickest thing. Just went with the flow.