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How to use Cloudflare DNS parental controls

How to use Cloudflare DNS parental controls

Cloudflare now offers » 1.1.1.1 for families «, new DNS servers with integrated parental controls. DNS Server 1.1.1.1 Standard of Cloudflare does not perform any filtering, but Cloudflare can now block malware and adult content. Setup is simple.

We are big fans of Cloudflare’s DNS 1.1.1.1 fast DNS service. It can be faster than your ISP’s DNS servers. and recognizes DNS over HTTPS (DoH) to improve security and privacy. Like Cloudflare’s core 1.1.1.1 service, Cloudflare’s new parental controls are completely free.

To use the new parental controls, you’ll need to change your DNS server settings. We recommend it change the DNS server on the routerbecause this change will apply to all devices on your network.

Enter the following DNS server addresses, depending on the version of Cloudflare DNS you want to use:

DNS cloudflare, without blocking:

  • Primary DNS: 1.1.1.1
  • Secondary DNS: 1.0.0.1

DNS cloudflare, malware blocking only:

  • Primary DNS: 1.1.1.2
  • Secondary DNS: 1.0.0.2

DNS cloudflare, malware blocking and adult content:

  • Primary DNS: 1.1.1.3
  • Secondary DNS: 1.0.0.3

Cloudflare DNS server options on an ASUS router.

The new parental controls work in a similar way to OpenDNS parental controls. When a device on your network tries to request a malicious or adult site, the Cloudflare DNS will block the attempt by not responding with the site’s real IP address. Instead, you will see a DNS error.

Like all filtering solutions, the Cloudflare database is not perfect and will not block all malicious or adult domains. But it can reduce security threats and prevent occasional access to many adult websites.

Cloudflare DNS error after parental control enabled.

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