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Is it slower to navigate through DNS over HTTPS?

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Is it slower to navigate through DNS over HTTPS?

Does DNS over HTTPS slows down the connection?

Maintaining safety when navigating is equally essential. However, on many occasions, we can see that the speed of certain functions is reduced. Ultimately, the information is encrypted and that takes a process that sometimes causes everything to slow down.

If we think of DNS over HTTPS, or also known simply as DoH, we can say yes. You are going to increase the loading times of a web page. This is so since there is more data and more web traffic that you have to encrypt and decrypt. This is what causes encrypted communication to be somewhat slower, as is normal.

Now, is it really going to influence us enough to consider not using this type of encryption? The answer is clear: it pays off to navigate through DNS over HTTPS and to have the improvements in security and privacy that it offers. We can say that the difference is very small and, on paper, it would not be noticeable by users.

Keep in mind that today the main browsers such as Google Chrome, Opera, or Edge have DNS over HTTPS encryption. This gives us that extra security when we surf the net. Also, an alternative that we can find is DNS over TLS or DoT.

Change DNS servers, an option for speed

The DNS servers are needed to surf the Internet. They act as translators and basically, their function is to allow access to a website without having to know its IP address. For example, we can put SpeedNetz in the browser and enter directly.

But can we use other DNS servers? Normally we use those offered by the Internet operator itself, but we can change them for others. An example is Google or Cloudflare DNS, which are known to be fast and secure. They are an interesting alternative and they can come in handy if we see that the connection is slow.

To change them we have to go to Start, go to Settings, go to Network and Internet, click on Change adapter options and select the one that corresponds, either Wi-Fi or Ethernet. Click the right mouse button, enter Properties, Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP / IPv4), and again Properties. There we will see the option to manually select the DNS servers.

You just have to fill in the corresponding data and click OK.