Technology Microsoft joins Google and Mozilla in adopting DNS over HTTPS data security protocol

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    Microsoft has put its weight behind the DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) security protocol, greatly increasing the likelihood of it becoming a default internet standard.

    In a post published Sunday on its networking blog, Microsoft engineers confirmed plans to adopt DoH as a default, explaining that it would “close one of the last remaining plain-text domain name transmissions in common web traffic.”

    The DoH protocol encrypts requests from people’s browsers and as such prevents - or, more accurately, greatly limits - malicious actors ability to hijack, read and redirect people’s browser traffic. However, it has fallen foul of other internet companies - particularly ISPs - who will no longer be able to see their own customers’ traffic.

    ISPs complain that they use the ability to see DNS queries to counter and filter content and have warned that DoH would end up centralizing the vast data pile that global browsing produces, which could potentially be worth huge sums of money, especially to a company like Google whose entire business model works on compiling data.

    In its post, Microsoft acknowledges but dismisses this criticism. “We believe Windows adoption of encrypted DNS will help make the overall Internet ecosystem healthier,” it notes, adding: “There is an assumption by many that DNS encryption requires DNS centralization. This is only true if encrypted DNS adoption isn’t universal.”


    Read more here. (The Register UK)
     
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