Windows 10 Will Be More Secure and Private Thanks to DNS-Over-HTTPS

Given the dangers we face on the Internet every day, it is vital that large software companies constantly look for new ways to protect the security and privacy of users. Microsoft is doing a good job in this regard with Windows 10, although there are still some aspects of the operating system that could be improved. And one of them will be improved very soon, and Microsoft has confirmed that the next versions of its operating system will bring DNS-Over-HTTPS.

Without going into technical aspects, DNS-Over-HTTPS (DoH) is a protocol designed to encrypt DNS connections (which by default travel without encryption) through HTTPS. In this way, all Windows 10 connections, including those made with the DNS server, will be encrypted by default in the TLS layer, greatly improving the security and privacy of all users using this operating system.

Of course, in order to use DoH in DNS requests it is necessary, on the one hand, that the operating system supports it (Windows 10 will do it very soon), and on the other hand that our DNS is compatible with this feature.

With the arrival of this protocol to Windows 10, users can get a new level in terms of security and privacy without having to do anything. And in addition, developers will be able to develop infrastructures more quickly by already having the client software (operating systems) compatible with them.

How the new DNS-Over-HTTPS will work in Windows 10

All new functions or security measures are welcome in the operating system. However, some users have begun to have how Microsoft is going to implement this feature in Windows. Users even think that the company would prevent the change of DNS or launch their own.

Therefore, Microsoft wanted to reassure users and explained the 3 key points of this security measure:

  • No changes will be made to the DNS server configured by users. Users and administrators can continue to configure their own DNS without problems.
  • The use of this protocol will be automatic. When a DoH-compatible DNS is configured, all connections will be automatically encrypted. If it is possible to use encryption, there is no reason not to use it. And when it is not possible to use encryption, DNS connections will work as they always have.
  • Microsoft will allow you to configure Windows servers to require encrypted DNS queries.

Microsoft also has in mind to create friendlier ways to allow users to learn more about their DNS settings. The possibility of making the DNS configurations of all users directly to this more secure and private format is also studied.

When will this new feature come to Windows 10?

At the moment Microsoft has not given an exact date on which DNS-Over-HTTPS will reach Windows 10. The company has confirmed that it is working on this feature although for now we do not know which version it will debut.

It may be that by 20H1, the first update of 2020, it will be too soon. For this reason, yours would be to wait for this new version for Windows 10 20H2. This update of Windows 10 will arrive in autumn 2020. Although nothing is known about it at the moment.

We still have to wait a long time to use DoH natively in Windows 10. But while this happens, current browsers such as Google Chrome or Firefox already allow you to enable this feature to navigate with them safely and more privately.