Microsoft has had the DNS-over-HTTPS protocol tested by Windows Insiders in a preliminary version of Windows 10.
But what exactly is DNS over HTTPS? DNS is, in simple terms, the process of translating an easy to read and write domain address into a real IP address where a web resource resides. Although most web sites already use HTTPS for privacy, your computer still performs DNS queries and resolves addresses without any encryption. With DNS over HTTPS, your device performs all necessary DNS queries over a secure HTTPS connection, which improves security through the encrypted connection.
Microsoft is not the only company to start implementing DNS over HTTPS. In fact, Firefox already enabled DNS over HTTPS in February. Google is also testing DNS over HTTPS for chromium, although it is hidden behind a flag. If you are using Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or any other Chrome-based browser, you should be able to enable DNS over HTTPS by going to the browser flags (chrome://flags or edge://flags).
How to Enable DNS over HTTPS in Windows 10
DNS over HTTPS (DoH) protocols can be enabled in preview versions of Windows 10, and insiders can test the implementation before wider adoption by all others.
- Open the Registry Editor application.
- Go to the next registry key. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dnscache\Parameters. Find out how to get a registry key with a single click.
- On the right side, you can change the 32-bit EnableAutoDoh DWORD value or create a new one. Note: Even if you are working with 64-bit Windows, you must create a 32-bit DWORD value.
- t sets its value to 2.
- Restart Windows 10.
This will enable DNS over HTTPS so that Windows 10 will begin sending and receiving DNS traffic to and from secure, encrypted servers.
The enhancements that Microsoft includes in the latest versions of Windows 10 provided to Fast Ring users will not have a release date because, according to the company, they will be implemented when they are ready.