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Does configuring this dns for the browser bottle up my browser history for public WiFi owner, or should I also use vpn? 

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  • VPN and DNS are completely different things, using NextDNS on your browser will hide the domain you are going to from the ISP but the traffic to that site is still there to see if they monitor it. Unless you want to be really careful NextDNS should be more than enough. Just enable all the options in security and things like safe search etc and that should stop most attacks. It blocks DNS rebinding and Typo-Squatting etc.

    The only possible issue that can occur would be if let's say someone opens a fake WiFi at a cafe and they monitor your connection, even then as long as you have HTTPS on the website you are using (on chrome that little lock being locked 馃敀) you'll be fine but a VPN could be useful in a let's say 0.1% where the site is faked and someone is willing to get arrested to maybe have a tiny chance of stealing someone's credit card info. 

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  • Also on that note don't download those Free VPN very safe from the Play/App store, there are some weird VPNs out there. If a product isn't supported financially directly by the user, they need to make money somehow.

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      • Neon_Rain
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      Hey thanks 

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  • Hey guys this is actually a very interesting topic for me, is there an article comparing NextDNS vs a reputable VPN? With something like a table of functions and tick marks?

    Especially with NextDNS I would like to know:

    -What my ISP sees vs using VPN

    -What the website I鈥檓 visiting sees vs using VPN

     

    thx!

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      • 12 days ago
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      Luke Skywalker When on a Public WiFi I don't think that having a VPN makes too much difference other than maybe of the connection is fake but those are rare as long as HTTPs is enforced and you don't connect to something super suspicious you should have no worries. 

      On a normal usage base a VPN and DNS are completely different. Your IP isn't changed with NextDNS, the benefit of using NextDNS is that the Domains you go to aren't there to see directly to your ISP but if they wanted to snoop on you they can honestly. With a VPN that is different since there is additional encryption happening but at that point you need to trust your VPN to not be the same or worse than your ISP. Unless you genuinely have a use case for it it's worth it. Yeah if you want to bypass geo restrictions, bypass work/school firewall or live in a place like china where there are heavy restrictions, it's not something super critical to have. But it's my personal opinion, I just genuinely think that a normal connection vs a VPN it's mostly likely that if someone wanted info on users they would go for the ones using VPNs because they are actually hiding/paying to hide their data so it's worth hiding. But yeah VPN and DNS are completely different things. 

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  • I am living in a dormitory which means I have to use public WiFi all the time, although I don't enter suspicious sites, I just don't like the feeling of possibility of being tracked. I guess I will stick to vpn then. 

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      • 12 days ago
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      Murat g眉n it's your choice but since I live in Turkey as well we don't have static IPs so people share the IPs, you can see how this works if you reboot your router every time you reboot you get a different one most of the time. Ontop of that, since you are in a dorm there are others using the same internet. That's the whole point of a VPN when there are many users doing many things it's hard to trace it down to a single person. The only part missing is extra encryption and the no logs policies. If you are using a reputable VPN that's all good but otherwise I don't know is it really worth it at that point.

      As extra information since it's your dorm WiFi I wouldn't call it public, the possible issue with Public WiFis are that I can go to let's say a Cafe and setup this Fake Wireless Point, it would connect to the real Cafe internet but it would go through me first. That's the part where most VPNs advertise about. If someone made a fake Wireless Connection they could technically intercept the connection and read your data. It's a really low chance but it could happen. So if you like doing Banking or any valuable operations on random WiFi points that's the problematic part, your Dorm WiFi isn't going to start snooping unless you guys have some people living there that would so something like what's mentioned above. 

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      • Neon Rain
      • Neon_Rain
      • 12 days ago
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      Hey thx

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      • Neon Rain
      • Neon_Rain
      • 12 days ago
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      Hey what about dns enycrpted dns services like libredns.

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      • 12 days ago
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      Murat g眉n It's just DoT and DoH encryption, it's the same with NextDNS using DoT/DoH. It's not encrypting the entire connection just the Domain Requests part with Either service.

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