• May 31, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Bitcoin, News, Privacy, Security,

How much is good online security worth to you? How about $100,000?

Readers of this blog know that a VPN is an indispensable tool for today’s digital world. VPNs address a key part of the challenge of staying safe online. They protect how data is transmitted between an Internet site and the user’s computer, and help to maintain privacy during transit and more widely. But there are … Continue reading “How much is good online security worth to you? How about $100,000?”

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Russia’s “Sovereign Internet” is About Counterintelligence

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed the “Sovereign Internet” bill into law yesterday. The bill is supposed to help protect Russia’s internet infrastructure from being “cut off” by Western powers in the EU and the US. It accomplishes this by forcing Russian internet providers to prefer routing over Russian internet infrastructure and to avoid routing outside … Continue reading “Russia’s “Sovereign Internet” is About Counterintelligence”

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  • Dec 11, 2018
  • Summer Hirst
  • Encryption, iOS, Online Activity, Operating Systems, Tutorials, VPN,

How to Use a VPN to Improve Security on Your iOS Device

If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you’re lucky because iOS devices are considered pretty safe. While there are fewer chances of malware entering your device, your data is still at risk when you connect to the internet. If your device is hacked, your data and personal files may be seen by third parties … Continue reading “How to Use a VPN to Improve Security on Your iOS Device”

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  • Dec 5, 2018
  • Summer Hirst
  • General Privacy and Security, Online Activity, Tutorials, VPN,

How to Make Traveling Easier by Using a VPN

If you’re a traveler by heart, I’m sure you have already heard of VPNs. These nifty little software tools can offer you several advantages when it comes to travel. Let’s see how a VPN can make life easier for travelers.    Get cheaper airline tickets with a VPN There are two ways in which a … Continue reading “How to Make Traveling Easier by Using a VPN”

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  • Nov 29, 2018
  • Summer Hirst
  • Encryption, Online Activity, Tutorials, VPN,

Beginner’s Guide to VPN Encryption Protocols

Have you noticed options like PPTP, L2TP, or OpenVPN in your VPN software and wondered what they are? These are VPN protocols. What Are VPN Protocols? A VPN software comes loaded with different protocols. While the term protocol sounds way too technical, it’s really not that hard to understand.  VPN protocol is just the way your … Continue reading “Beginner’s Guide to VPN Encryption Protocols”

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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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  • Sep 5, 2018
  • Derek Zimmer
  • Networking, Open Source, Privacy, Security,

The Current Status of WireGuard VPNs – Are We There Yet?

In security circles, WireGuard is an exciting proposition. It is a modern, open-source VPN client and server system that is highly streamlined, lean, and easy to review due to its simplicity. Conceptually, this is something we have been seeing a hard push for in both cryptography and security circles. Code needs to be simple, have … Continue reading “The Current Status of WireGuard VPNs – Are We There Yet?”

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  • Aug 29, 2018
  • Derek Zimmer
  • Networking, Privacy, Security,

Hardware Acceleration is Here for Routers Using OpenVPN

One of the most popular privacy uses for a VPN is setting up the service on a VPN router. The router protects the entire network behind it by routing all of the devices through your preferred VPN service by default. There’s a few big advantages to using a VPN router: -For network users, the VPN … Continue reading “Hardware Acceleration is Here for Routers Using OpenVPN”

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Big Telecoms with Questionable Motives are Starting VPN Services

We are in a world where everyone is trying to get a hold of your information. Corporations and governments want to know what you’re buying, what you’re saying, and essentially what you’re thinking. The world is waking up to the Internet’s privacy problem, and an arms race has started between groups trying to harvest your … Continue reading “Big Telecoms with Questionable Motives are Starting VPN Services”

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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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  • Jul 4, 2018
  • Derek Zimmer
  • BitTorrent, Governments, Privacy, Security,

Oppression for Pennies – The Cost of Surveillance is Falling

Oppression for Pennies – The Cost of Surveillance is Falling If there’s one thing the Internet has taught us over the last 40 years, it is that information is power. The Internet has made and ruined careers, toppled corrupt regimes, made and broken millions of relationships, disrupted entire sectors of economies and created new markets … Continue reading “Oppression for Pennies – The Cost of Surveillance is Falling”

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If You Have a Comcast Xfinity Router, You Need to Install a VPN (Now)

If you lease an Xfinity router from internet service provider (ISP) Comcast, you need to install a VPN as soon as possible. According to security researchers Karan Saini and Ryan Stevenson, the telecom giant, which operates in 40 states as well as the District of Columbia, leaked router login informat through a website designed to … Continue reading “If You Have a Comcast Xfinity Router, You Need to Install a VPN (Now)”

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  • May 9, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Crypto backdoors are in the news again, and as bad for privacy as ever

VPNs are an indispensable part of online life, and they protect many aspects of privacy. But there’s a class of threats that VPNs can’t defend against: crypto backdoors, which allow even the strongest encryption to be bypassed. That’s why it’s important for everyone who cares about their privacy and security to be aware of any … Continue reading “Crypto backdoors are in the news again, and as bad for privacy as ever”

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52% of British Millennials Fail This Digital Hygiene Test (And You Probably Do Too)

They’ve been dubbed the digital generation, but research indicates that millennials’ cybersecurity instincts can often be just as poor as those of their elders. The latest evidence of this trend comes from a new survey conducted in Britain, which — the BBC reports — found that 52 percent of respondents aged 18-25 are using the … Continue reading “52% of British Millennials Fail This Digital Hygiene Test (And You Probably Do Too)”

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