app that must protect against dns manipulation

Oct

3

2018

Google Sister releases Android
Jigsaw, a company that falls under Alphabet and previously called Google Ideas, has released an app that has to protect against censorship via dns manipulation. The Intra app does this by using encrypted dns traffic and trusted servers.

jigsaw intra In an announcement Jigsaw writes that the app is intended for countries and areas where dns manipulation is used as a form of censorship. Users only need to turn on the app to be protected against this, according to the company. The app is free and can now be found in the Play Store .

Minimum Android 4.0 is required to use the software. One of the developers behind the app says to CNet that the software should work on the vast majority of Android devices. Although the same protection measure is present in Android 9, the app is a way to reach people who do not have this version.

On GitHub it says that the application uses dns over an encrypted https connection. Users can choose dns servers from Google itself or from Cloudflare. More options should be added in the future. TechCrunch notes that it is therefore necessary to familiarize yourself with these parties. A Jigsaw spokesman refers as a reaction to the privacy policies of both companies.

Google Ideas, a think-tank within Google, underwent a name change in 2016 and then went through life as JigSaw. This part is part of Google parent company Alphabet and is known for the anti-ddos initiative Project Shield.

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