Secure, Encrypted, Zero Knowledge DNS Service for Journalists and Public Interest News Organizations

As part of our public-benefit mission, we provide free, uncensored Domain Name System (DNS) servers for internet users Journalists and Public Interest News Organizations.

These public DNS servers are maintained and operated by the Fourth Estate.

They provide the following security and privacy benefits:

  • Servers are fast, secure and reliable.
  • The servers do not censor any DNS requests.
  • They do not log any DNS queries.
  • The DNS data is not sold or distributed.
  • DNS records are never hijacked or redirected.

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What is DNS?

DNS or the Domain Name System (DNS) translates “people-friendly” Internet addresses (such as into an Internet Protocol addresses that computers can recognize.

Why use a zero knowledge public DNS server?

Governments, ISP’s, and/or corporations can use records of your DNS requests to track your online activity.

Using a zero knowledge public recursive name server, such as Fourth Estate’s, helps to protect your privacy, avoid censorship, and overcome filtering.

How do I change my default DNS to Fourth Estate’s servers?

You will find many how-to guides here:

Can I get paid support from the Fourth Estate?

Beyond the operation and maintenance of the servers we do not troubleshoot or provide any support relating to the free public DNS service.

What else can I do to secure my online privacy?

We highly recommend the booklet Online Security for Journalists. by Michael Dagan.

The Global Investigative Journalism Network also offers an excellent primer on Digital Security for Journalists.



Standard Disclaimer:

The Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation furnishes this free DNS service “AS IS”, provides no technical support, and does not warrant the service whatsoever, whether express, implied, or statutory, including, but not limited to, any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or any warranty that the contents of the item will be error-free. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

In no respect shall the Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation incur any liability for any damages, including, but limited to, direct, indirect, special, or consequential damages arising out of, resulting from, or any way connected to the use of the service, whether or not based upon warranty, contract, tort, or otherwise; whether or not injury was sustained by persons or property or otherwise; and whether or not loss was sustained from, or arose out of, the results of, the item, or any services that may be provided by the Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation. 



Related: Fourth Estate's virtual private network (VPN)