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How Use Smart DNS To Unblock Video Streaming Services

SmartDNS is a service that unblocks streaming sites like Hulu, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and any websites that are blocked based on your location. If you don’t need to hide your IP or need to encrypt your internet connections, you may want to use a SmartDNS service instead of a VPN.

Privacy Badger: A Better Blocker For Invisible Trackers

Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web. It is available for the Firefox and Chrome browsers (and there are plans to make versions for Opera and Firefox Mobile). I recommend this add-on instead of the Disconnect or Ghostery add-ons. …

Wallabag: A Free And Open Source Replacement For Instapaper

  Wallabag is a “a self hostable application for saving web pages”. Basically, it’s a free, secure, and open source alternative to services like Instapaper, Pocket and Readability. Beyond the Wallabag web interface, you can find Wallabag applications for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. There’s also add-ons available for Firefox and Chrome, as well as a bookmarklet. If you don’t have …

FireChat: An App That Allows You To Communicate Without An Internet Connection

FireChat is an iOS and Android app that enables smartphone users to chat even without a cellular or internet connection. That’s why it bills itself as an “off-the-grid” messaging app. FireChat is being used by the protesters in Hong Kong, to ensure that they can continue to communicatte if the Internet is blocked. It can also be used to chat …

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A Guide To Being Private Online

The services below will increase your security and reduce your surveillance by governments and advertisers. Here are my tips for maintaining on-line privacy: Use A Search Engine That Doesn’t Track You Many popular search engines like Google and Bing save your search history. Typically, your searches are saved along with some information about your computer (e.g. your IP address, User …

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NinjaStik: Boot To An Anonymous OS In 60 Seconds

The NinjaStik is a bootable USB 3.0 memory stick. It allows to you boot your computer into an anonymous operating system (via custom firmware and Linux-based OS). There are a host of privacy-related tools on the stick — including a Tor Browser, a Bitcoin Wallet and Thunderbird with Enigmail installed. According to the company the Ninjastik can be used  a …

China Implements New Blocks On Google and Other Websites

China has been busy this month, blocking many important websites, including all of Google’s services. The New York Times reports: As part of a broad campaign to tighten internal security, the Chinese government has draped a darker shroud over Internet communications in recent weeks, a situation that has made it more difficult for Google and its customers to do business. …

How To Avoid Giving Out Your Personal Information

Here are some simple steps to avoid giving out your personal information: Give Out A Separate/Disposable Email Address Create a separate email address and give it to companies who needlessly request one. This really helps reduce spam. I use a disposal email address. Give Out A Fake/Disposable Phone Number Give out a fake phone number or use a disposable phone …

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Let Your Child Explore Your Computer Without Worries — Use A Virtual Machine

A virtual machine makes it possible for your child to explore your computer freely without fears of configuration problems or lost files. If things do stop working, you can delete the virtual machine, restore from a backup, and the child is back with a working machine in just a few minutes You create a Virtual Machine by running another operating …

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How To Download From Usenet On Android Devices

Downloading files from Usenet is possible on an Android device. You just need the right app and a good index, and good provider. Here’s how you do it: Subscribe To A Good Usenet Provider I like Usenetserver the best. See my article The Best Usenet Providers for more recommendations Navigate To A Usenet Index In a browser on your device, …

Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

A quote from the book Digital Disconnect by Robert W. McChesney: Regardless of what a progressive group’s first issue of importance is, its second issue should be media and communication, because so long as the media is in corporate hands, the task of social change will be vastly more difficult, if not impossible, across the board. McChensney argues that the …

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The Best VPNs To Use In Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has very strong internet filtering and blocking. However, it is possible to bypass these blocks with a VPN or “virtual private network”. This is a service that encrypts and redirects all your internet connections.

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The Site With The Largest E-Book Index

This site — Library Genesis — contains the largest index of e-books I’ve come across. It includes many out-of-print books, textbooks, magazines and comics. It’s actually kind of amazing. I have no idea who built it, but it is hosted in Ecuador. If you find yourself making use of this index, please use responsibly. I support purchasing media directly from …

The Blackphone: A Pro-Privacy Phone

The Blackphone is a pro-privacy phone being developed by Spanish startup Geeksphone, in partnership with Silent Circle using an Android build called PrivatOS. The phone features Silent Phone and Silent Text for secure, encrypted telephony and messaging — using Silent Circle’s secure network — so that only you and someone also using a Blackphone or using Silent Circle’s service on …