How To Opt Out Of Unwanted Catalogs and Other Mailers

If you receive any kind of postal mail, you will have noticed that unwanted catalogs, coupons, credit card offers and other junk mail arrives daily. Most of this mail comes from companies that bought your information from data brokers. Unfortunately you have to track down these companies if you want to get off their lists. Thankfully, there are a couple …

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How To Ensure Your DNS Isn’t Leaking While Using A VPN

Here are some tips for using VPNs more effectively: Perform A DNS Leak Test DNS is the “domain name service” that is required to use internet. It translates a domain name (e.g. “Amazon.Com”) into a IP address (e.g. “72.21.211.176”). When using a VPN, do a DNS leak test to make sure that you are not revealing your ISP name servers (your ISP …

Whonix: An Operating System Where IP & DNS Leaks Are Impossible

Whonix is an operating system focused on anonymity and security. It’s based on the Tor anonymity network, Debian GNU/Linux and security by isolation. In Whonix, DNS leaks are impossible, and not even malware with root privileges can find out the user’s real IP. Whonix consists of two virtual machines on a separate, isolated virtual network. One virtual machine (VM) is …

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Chromium: An Open-Source Chrome Browser

Chromium is an open-source version of the Chrome Browser by Google. While I recommend Firefox as the most reliable browser for privacy enthusiasts, Chromium is probably a reasonable alternative for everyday web browsing. Chromium does have the advantage of being a speedier than Firefox in certain areas. Here is a comparison chart and a technical discussion assessing the speed and …

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Popcorn Time: Watch Torrent Movies Instantly

Update: Popcorn Time is gone. No, it’s apparently back. Popcorn Time is a free application that streams torrents and plays them instantly in your browser. Basically, it’s like Netflix but more efficient, and much of media in the world is available to you. The developers say “it works as a browser that uses HTML, CSS and JavaScript to serve the …

TretFlix Released: Pre-Installed Usenet Tools

Tretflix is a pre-installed and pre-configured application and OS environment that runs on any standard x86 desktop or server. It runs inside a virtual machine (such as the free VMWare ESXi v5.0+). It contains popular Usenet tools configured for an easy “out of the box” user experience. When combined with the built-in Plex Media Server, Tretflix is a great way …

How To Make Your Linux and VPNs Installs Easier

If you want to get started with VPNs and Linux without a lot of hassle, here are some recommendations: Get A Pre-Configured VPN Router A pre-configured VPN router can provide all your computers and mobile devices with encrypted internet connections. You won’t have to install a VPN client on each device, and all your devices count as one connection with …

A Fully Open Source Laptop Is Under Construction

Two enthusiasts (Sean “xobs” Cross and bunnie) are building a completely open-source laptop. You can read an article about this project here. Here are the blueprints for the laptop.