Before 1983, finding a resource on the burgeoning collection of networks and computers that would become the internet meant either having to know the IP address or having to reference a manually maintained host file.
DNS, or Domain Name System, was created to provide a better way, one in which users could type in a friendly host name rather than an IP. DNS not only met this need but has also scaled incredibly well — now supporting over 330 million domains. Genius as the solution may be, the original design was not perfect, and privacy and security were left for subsequent revisions. Now 38 years later, it needs to evolve.
In considering what DNS provides, the flaws in privacy become very apparent. If any given individual were to look at their DNS requests, a story unfolds: when they got up in the morning; which websites they visited; collaboration tools used while at work; and even what IoT devices they have set up.
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