Ever since DNS was created, it has been largely unencrypted on
the Internet. The tech companies are pushing forward with DNS
over HTTPS (DoH) to encrypt DNS lookups and improve online
privacy for consumers.
DNS over HTTPS (DoH) ensures encryption, which means that if
you connect to a particular website such as Wikipedia, the
network operator (ISP) can only see that you’re browsing
Wikipedia and ISPs cannot snoop on what you’re viewing on
For example, if you connect to Wikipedia, open a page, the
network operator can only see that you’re connected to
Microsoft confirmed that it will enable DNS over HTTPS support
for Windows 10 and the protocol is now available for Windows
Insiders in the Fast Ring. Microsoft plans to test the feature
with Windows Insiders before rolling it out to everyone in 2020
or next year.
Google is also testing the feature on Chromium and Mozilla has
already enabled DoH in Firefox. In Chrome or Edge, you can test
the DoH protocols by manually turning on the flag.
The DoH support at the Windows 10’s system-level will enhance
privacy for regular consumers and it will also allow companies
to filter DNS requests. Last year, Microsoft emphasized
cybersecurity should be “built into technology” and that
privacy is a human right.
DNS over HTTPS (DoH) protocols can be enabled in Windows 10
preview builds and Insiders can test out the implementation
before broader adoption by everyone else.
It’s not yet clear when Microsoft plans to make DoH support
available for the consumers, but it’s possible that the feature
will land later this year with Windows 10 20H2.
After Windows 10’s May 2020 Update, 20H2 is said to be the next
update with minor improvements and fixes. According to
Microsoft’s typical schedule, Windows 10 20H2 could be released
between October and November 2020.