Chromium’s Impact on Root DNS Traffic

This article originally appeared Aug. 21, 2020 on the APNIC blog. Introduction Chromium is an open-source software project that forms the foundation for Google’s Chrome web browser, as well as a number of other browser products, including Microsoft Edge, Opera, Amazon Silk, and Brave. Since Chrome’s introduction in 2008, Chromium-based browsers have steadily risen in popularity and today comprise approximately 70% of the market share.1 Chromium has, since its early days, included a feature known as the omnibox. This is where users may enter either a web site name, URL,…

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