DNS

DNS' are what turn hostnames into IP addresses. You wouldn't be able to visit sites by using *.com or any other TLD without them.

DO NOT USE:

Google's DNS
Cloudflare's DNS
Quad9
Your ISP's DNS

USE:

DNS.Watch
Uncensored DNS
OpenNIC
DNSCrypt to encrypt your DNS queries

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Why shouldn't I use Cloudflare?

Cloudflare has ties with homeland security and may be a honeypot. They can easily read all your DNS requests and log them for 24 hours. They can do whatever they want with these in those 24 hours. They block Tor and VPNs a lot and may be helping de-anonymize Tor traffic. They have also been accused of helping ISIS (without evidence).

Sources:

https://www.reddit.com/r/sevengali/comments/8fy15e/dns_cloudflare_quad9_etc/

https://www.reddit.com/r/privacy/comments/41cb4k/be_careful_with_cloudflare

https://cryptome.org/2016/07/cloudflare-de-anons-tor.htm

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/nov/19/cloudflare-accused-by-anonymous-helping-isis

http://crimeflare.org:82

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Why shouldn't I use Quad9?

Quad9 was created by the London Police. This makes it likely to be logging DNS queries to be able to catch criminals, which isn't good from a privacy perspective.