Germany considers amendment to law which makes it illegal to run a Tor node or website

On the 15th of March, the German Bundesrat (Federal Council) voted to amend the Criminal Code in relation to internet based services such as The onion router (Tor). The proposed law has been lambasted as being too vague, with privacy experts rightfully fearful that the law would be overapplied. The proposal, originating from the North … Continue reading “Germany considers amendment to law which makes it illegal to run a Tor node or website”

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  • Dec 15, 2018
  • Summer Hirst
  • Encryption, Online Activity, Tutorials, VPN,

VPN vs. Tor: The Basics

Tor and VPN – Two tools that will protect your online privacy. While they are used for the same purpose, they function in entirely different ways. Neither of them is “simply better.” The truth is that either one can be a good choice, depending on your requirements. Let’s see how each of them works. VPN … Continue reading “VPN vs. Tor: The Basics”

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  • Nov 27, 2018
  • Summer Hirst
  • General Privacy and Security, Online Activity, Tutorials, VPN,

How to Hide Your Location – An Online Safety Guide

Ever got the creepy feeling that you’re being followed? You might not be entirely wrong. When you surf the internet, there are several entities that keep a track of your details, including your location. When you’re on the internet, you’re assigned an IP address. It looks something like this:  192.168.23.132 This magic number holds important … Continue reading “How to Hide Your Location – An Online Safety Guide”

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Vulnerability Acquisition Companies are Stockpiling 0-days and Selling Them to Governments Rather Than Allowing Them to be Patched

Last week, a so-called vulnerability acquisition company by the name of Zerodium disclosed a Tor Browser 0-day vulnerability to the public, in an apparent PR stunt. As you may know, 0-days are security bugs which have been discovered but not yet revealed to the developers responsible for patching. The 0-day disclosed by Zerodium was for … Continue reading “Vulnerability Acquisition Companies are Stockpiling 0-days and Selling Them to Governments Rather Than Allowing Them to be Patched”

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OpSec – Staying Private Under Surveillance

OpSec – Staying Private Under Surveillance One of the biggest mistakes that people make while trying to operate  privately on the internet is giving up their information over side-channels. That is, they break operational security through a misunderstanding of technology or by simply outing themselves behaviorally. This article is intended to give you a list … Continue reading “OpSec – Staying Private Under Surveillance”

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How to Use Private Internet Access and Tor: Tor over VPN or VPN over Tor?

A big question for those who consider internet privacy essential is how to best use Tor in combination with a VPN service provider like Private Internet Access. Should a Tor connection be tunneled inside an already established VPN connection, or should a VPN connection be tunneled inside an already established Tor connection? Before you can … Continue reading “How to Use Private Internet Access and Tor: Tor over VPN or VPN over Tor?”

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  • Jun 2, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Vietnam’s Temporary Facebook Ban Forced Vietnamese to Use Privacy Software

Vietnam enforced a Facebook ban for a week last month. Censorship is a tool most often used by those that understand it least. Fighting against censorship forces one to come to grips with long and short term impacts of restricting free speech for perceived temporary gains. Reports on Twitter and other unblocked social media indicated … Continue reading “Vietnam’s Temporary Facebook Ban Forced Vietnamese to Use Privacy Software”

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