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NextDNS + Handshake = a more free internet

Explore Handshake Domains Today

Quickly Resolve Handshake Names

Graham McBain
Apr 9 · 3 min read

After two months of mainnet going live, there are already domains using the Handshake blockchain. What you may not know is that there are a few steps you’ll need to implement on your devices to access them. This guide was originally put together by Eric Meltzer and another was shared by Steven McKie on Twitter. I’ve added a little more details for people like me who want things over explained.

Resolve Handshake domains the easy way

NextDNS is one of two trusted resolvers in Firefox (the other is Cloudflare) and was cofounded by the current Director of Engineering at Netflix — it’s a trustworthy service.

In addition to resolving Handshake URLs, NextDNS blocks a ton of ads, Facebook trackers, etc, so your browsing will feel faster — while also providing you greater online privacy

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Notice where it says “96bb6a” here, this is the ID you’ll need later. Do not reuse the ID above in the example, it’s only for educational purposes.
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There’s multiple platforms NextDNS supports, notate which you’re on and download accordingly.
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What it looks like in MacOS
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Congratulations! You can now resolve names on the decentralized web via TLDs that are purchased and enabled on Handshake.

For a full list of current names on the network, check out http://DNS.Live which is updated every 15 minutes.

Setup instructions will differ on iOS and Android but the flow should be the same:

  • Setup a NextDNS.io account (or don’t, but remember your configuration ID).
  • Download the app to your specific device.
  • Follow setup instructions, and paste your configuration ID, then enable NextDNS to on.

In my first Handshake piece giving an overview of the project, I linked to some sites you can checkout now that you’re all setup. Here is the link for the lazy.

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Edited By: Steven McKie

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BlockChannel is a new media & educational hub focused on the socio-cultural/economic issues related to blockchain technologies like BTC/ETH/& HNS. Visit BlockChannel.com for more resources; and SoundCloud.com/BlockChannelShow for our official podcast.

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Average Simulation Avatar || Crypto Maximalist

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BlockChannel is a new media & educational hub focused on the socio-cultural/economic issues related to blockchain technologies like BTC/ETH/& HNS. Visit BlockChannel.com for more resources; and SoundCloud.com/BlockChannelShow for our official podcast.

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