Thanks for trying out Blokada Cloud already. Happy to hear it works for you.
Thanks for those questions, I’ll be updating the guide based on those.
- Security: Blokada Cloud is an encrypted DNS service, and it is not a VPN. It means that:
- it’s more secure than using default DNS servers (in most cases), since those are usually unencrypted
- it’s not a VPN, so it does not encrypt the entirety of your traffic, but only the DNS requests. This means it does not really affect your overall security in either way.
In theory, it could be seen as safer for the end user than the original Blokada app, as it does not establish any fake VPN on your device - and it means it has no possibility to access any of your data, outside of the DNS requests. In practice, this is also true for the Blokada app, since the way it establishes fake VPN on device allows only to access DNS requests (this can be confirmed in the source code).
- You don’t have to have the Blokada 5 app running on the device you have configured Blokada Cloud. The features are equivalent to some extent, and not running the app will save you battery life.
You still need Blokada 5 app if:
- You need the VPN (real VPN, ie, to change your location and / or encrypt all your traffic for additional security). In this case, Blokada Cloud will cooperate “in the background”. However, you will not see the activity log in the app (only in the dashboard at app.blokada.org).
- You need to have special configurations for some specific networks (like work WiFi, etc). This is not possible yet in Blokada Cloud.
In general, I recommend to use either Blokada 5, or Blokada Cloud, and not to try to combine them both. If you need the real VPN, you may use the two, but it may get confusing quickly, and we are working on the new app that’s going to make it easier.
I hope it clears out your questions a bit.