The “Read-Only” Culture That Is Being Cultivated Is A Huge Mistake

Various media corporations have twisted copyright laws into malevolent beasts that actively thwart their original purpose. The laws are ruining the creativity they were originally intended to foster. They criminalize acts that have been prevalent in human culture for thousands of years. The public is being hoodwinked into a set of ideas that only benefit the largest and most greedy …

The Best VPN For Android

The Best VPN For Android The VPN Providers listed below have the best Android support. You can read my full reviews of these VPN providers in my article The Best VPNs. Private Internet Access: Has a dedicated app for Android, provides very solid VPN connections, puts a lot of emphasis on privacy, costs only $6.95 per month ($3.33 per month for …

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.

How To Watch The Winter Olympics Online

The Winter Olympics is expected to draw a TV audience of about 3 billion. NBCUniversal is offering comprehensive coverage, with 539 hours of television broadcasts. And as it did with London Olympics, the network will be streaming every single competition live on its website and mobile apps. However, NBC, which is owned by Comcast, is once again restricting all of …

Using A VPN On A Windows Phone

VPN access is not currently available in Windows Phone 8. However, Microsoft is preparing to add VPN support to Windows Phone 8.x in 2014 via a new Enterprise Pack. There’s more information about this, see this article on CNET: Microsoft to add VPN support to Windows Phone 8 in 2014. Windows Phone 6 (WP6) does have a limited support for VPNs. …

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How To Set Up Your Own VPN

In A Nutshell Setting up your own VPN server is fairly easy, especially if you are familiar with the Linux terminal. You can set up a VPN in as little as 20 minutes, by renting a VPS (Virtual Private Server) from a company like Vultr and installing OpenVPN. The install is “one-click” and the cost is about $5 per month. …

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Two Projects Aim To Decentralize The Internet

Here are two ambitious projects that aim to create a decentralized internet: Bitcloud: A group of Bitcoin developers want to create a decentralized internet, where peers are compensated for their contributions MaidSafe: A Scottish company has been developing a decentralized file storage system for the last eight years

Decentralized & Transparent Tools

I’m currently researching technologies that are decentralized and/or transparent. They are not prone to censorship, and mostly free of the whims of profit. Some or all of these tools may be flawed, but what is important for me, is that they are working examples of decentralization and transparency. These tools are decentralized: Bitcoin (digital cash) Bittorrent (file transfers) Bittorrent Sync …

User-Empowering Software I’m Currently Researching

I’m currently researching: Twister: A fully decentralized P2P microblogging platform that uses the free software implementations of Bitcoin and BitTorrent protocols. See also this news story on Twister. YaYc: A decentralized web search application Peercoin: A cryptocurrency that claims to be more secure than Bitcoin, and to “reward users in more sustainable ways” Marble: An open source virtual globe and world atlas …

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How To Make Your Searches Private, Ad-Free And Uncluttered

Google search has become pretty awful — you get huge block of ads on top, and ads to the right. You have Google services being promoted before other more relevant results. Perhaps most disappointing is the privacy issue — all those keywords you type are archived at Google, and at the NSA, and who knows where else. But buried under …