Microsoft launches DNS-Over-HTTPS support for its Windows 10 OS

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Microsoft adds DNS-Over-HTTPS support for its Windows 10 Preview build 19628

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Microsoft had announced support for DoH protocol back in November 2019, and now added DNS-Over-HTTPS(DoH) support for its Windows 10 Operating system.

The members of Windows Insider can access its support, for now, Windows Insider is an open software testing program of Microsoft, which allows members to test new upcoming features before the official release.

If you have been waiting to try DNS-Over-HTTPS (DoH) on Windows 10, you’re in luck: the first testable version is now available to Windows Insiders, If you haven’t been waiting for it, and are wondering what DoH is all about, then be aware this feature will change how your device connects to the internet and is in an early testing stage, so only proceed if you’re sure you’re ready.

Microsoft said on Wednesday.

What is the DNS-Over-HTTPS protocol?

DNS over HTTPS (DoH) is a protocol for performing remote Domain Name System (DNS) resolution via the HTTPS protocol. A goal of the method is to increase user privacy and security by preventing eavesdropping and manipulation of DNS data by man-in-the-middle attacks by using the HTTPS protocol to encrypt the data between the DoH client and the DoH-based DNS resolver. Encryption by itself does not protect privacy, encryption is simply a method to obfuscate the data.

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To use this protocol the users first need to confirm they are a member of the Window Insider program. After confirming the user can only access this protocol if they are in the programs Fast Ring.

What is Fast Ring?

The Fast Ring allows a certain number of Insiders who opted in to receive super-early builds for the next feature update of Windows 10

If the users are in the Fast Ring, then they can verify that they’re running Build 19628 or higher, by running Windows Update and rebooting (by going to the Settings app > System > About).

How to activate the DoH protocol?

After verification of the build, the users can activate the DoH by the following steps:

  • Open the Registry Editor
  • Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dnscache\Parameters registry key
  • Create a new DWORD value named “EnableAutoDoh”
  • Set its value to 2

Microsoft, for its part, did not say when the functionality will be widely available beyond the Windows Insider pre-release.

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