The non-profit company Domain Name System (DNS), Quad9 announced today the transfer of its headquarters from California to Switzerland.
Quad9 is a non-commercial DNS provider that does not collect personal data and of course does not sell it. It is supported by donations and its only product is the DNS service.
DNS services are used to "translate" domain names into IP addresses used by computers for communication. DNS providers are critical to privacy, as they know every site that users have access to. Some people use this information for marketing purposes and sell it to the highest bidder.
The default DNS provider is usually the Internet Service Provider, but it is often not the fastest or most secure.
For anyone interested DNS benchmarking tools are available that can help you find the best provider, at least in terms of speed.
Quad9 therefore made the deliberate decision to transfer its services to Switzerland (Swiss jurisdiction) and therefore to Swiss privacy laws. The move to Switzerland was designed to strengthen Quad9's commitment to keeping its users' data private and secure.
The company states that all its users will benefit from this move, as "the Swiss Data Protection Act does not contain any restrictions on the citizenship or residence of persons whose personal rights are protected by law." In other words: all Quad9 users have the same legal protection as Swiss citizens if they use the service.
If you want to set the DNS you use with those of Quad9 you can have the IP addresses 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52 and 2620: FE :: FE. These addresses offer malware protection and DNSSEC authentication.
Users who prefer to use only the DNS service without add-ons should use the IP addresses 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11 and 2620: fe :: 10 respectively.
Finally, an ECS-protected variant is also available using the IP addresses 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124, and 2620: fe :: 11.
Quad9 supports DNS-over-HTTPS, a feature that encrypts DNS traffic to further enhance protection.
Installation guides for all of the above options are available at official webpage.