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Lantern Provides P2P Proxy Network for Beating Internet Censorship

Need to beat online censorship, but don’t have access to a VPN? Lantern, an open-source app that uses peer-to-peer connections to get around firewalls, may be for you. Lantern was launched by Adam Fisk, the man behind the now-defunct LimeWire file-sharing platform. Fisk said he first conceived of the idea for Lantern when working on LimeWire as a way to …

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Apple iOS 9 Causes VPN DNS Leaks on Mobile Devices

Apple iOS 9, the newest version of the company’s mobile operating system, could cause DNS leaks. Read on for details and a solution to this privacy threat. Apple released iOS 9, which powers iPads, iPhones and the iPod Touch, on Sept. 16. About a week ahead of the official iOS 9 release, Cisco reported via Facebook that the “Tunnel All …

Bush and Other Politicians Challenge Open Internet in the U.S.

Jeb Bush’s campaign lashed out against the Federal Communications Commission’s “Net Neutrality” policy recently, placing the principle of an open, anonymous Internet in the United States in question. Bush’s campaign website posted a page on Sept. 22 titled “The Regulatory Crisis in Washington.” As an example of what Bush’s supporters see as the need to rein in government regulation, the …

South African Draft Policy Threatens Internet Privacy

Online videos and other content have become the target of new Internet censorship legislation proposed in South Africa through the Online Regulation Policy, which is now available in draft form. The document is part of an effort to bring South Africa’s Film and Publications Act of 1996 up to speed with the Internet. In attempting to regulate online content, however, …

Thai Government Proposes A “Great Firewall” For Internet Censorship

Thailand may soon introduce Internet censorship on a grand scale and make online privacy very difficult. That’s according to a statement from the military government calling for a single Internet gateway. The statement orders the Ministry of Information and Communication, along with other government agencies, to establish a single gateway for Internet connections in Thailand. The gateway is to be …

New Privacy Policy For AVG Antivirus Will Collect Personal Data

Antivirus software from AVG could soon become the newest app on your computer, phone or tablet to harvest private data. Beginning October 15, the company plans to mine information about browsing and search history through its security products. AVG, which holds the third-highest market share in its niche, offers a suite of antivirus and security programs for Windows, Mac, Linux, …

Indian Government Aims to Curtail Data Encryption and Privacy

The government of India this week rescinded the controversial National Encryption Policy, which would have sharply curtailed Internet freedom and privacy in India. But serious privacy concerns remain. The proposal would have required computer programs that encrypt data to make it available in plaintext form for at least ninety days after it is created. The policy also granted the police …

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“InvizBox Go” Promises Tor, VPN & HTTPS For Mobile Privacy

Mobile privacy is crucial in an age when a majority of online activity occurs on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. But staying private and secure while on the go also creates special challenges, which are what a new open-source, crowd-funded mobile VPN and Tor solution called InvizBox Go aims to resolve. InvizBox Go is a pocket-sized device that becomes …

SYNful Knock Hack Compromises Private Data on Cisco Routers

Reports this week that malicious hackers have installed sniffing software on Cisco routers in at least four countries, enabling them to steal reams of personal information, underscore the importance of encrypting personal data to ensure privacy. The hack, which Cisco reported on its blog on Tuesday, affects enterprise-grade network routers and switches. Those are the type of hardware that handle …

Open-Source uProxy Extension Offers “Social” Private Browsing

If you’re looking for a new way to stay private online without using Tor or traditional proxies — or if you’d like to help other people do the same — an open-source browser extension called uProxy is right up your alley. uProxy’s developers pitch it as a “social application,” designed to help people stay private online by building communities. It …

Tor .onion Domain Gets Security Enhancement with IETF Approval

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has made private and anonymous Internet browsing easier by officially granting special status to the .onion domain name. Now, Tor users can be more certain that their tracks are hidden when they visit sites that use the .onion domain. The change’s chief significance is that it makes it impossible to access sites using the …

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Using SSH To Encrypt And Hide Your Web Activity

The SSH protocol is normally used to log in remotely to computers. In a pinch, however, it can also serve as an excellent privacy tool by providing the same encryption and security protections as a VPN service. Here’s how to use SSH to encrypt your Web browsing session. VPN vs. SSH First, though, we should make clear that encrypting Web …

Internet Censorship Increases in Russia

The last couple of months have been bad ones for Internet openness in Russia — and nearly half of Russians don’t seem to mind, according to a report on Internet censorship in the country. The report, which was produced by the Internet Policy Observatory, found that 49 percent of Russians say that some information on the Internet should be censored. …

Malaysian Officials Make Online Privacy Harder

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“There is currently too much anonymity online.” That’s what government officials in Malaysia are saying in comments regarding plans to increase Internet censorship as the country’s prime minister, Najib Razak, faces allegations of corruption. The suggestion that the Internet is too anonymous came from Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, Malaysia’s tourism minister. He went on to explain that the problem, in …

Iran Restricts Telegram Private Instant Messaging App

Using Telegram, a secure instant messaging app, in Iran is becoming more difficult. The company behind the software has catered to pressure from the Iranian government to curtail certain of the app’s features. Telegram bills itself as “a new era of messaging.” Designed to be cross-platform, free and fast, Telegram provides security and privacy features that include full encryption, with …

Dropbox Improves Privacy With Two-Factor U2F Authentication

How private is Dropbox, the popular cloud storage and file syncing service?  Not as private as it could be, for sure. But the platform’s developers have been taking steps recently to beef up the service’s security and privacy protections, namely by adding more robust authentication options. To Dropbox or Not to Dropbox? If you’re super-serious about keeping your cloud-based data …

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How To Make Windows 10 More Private

Microsoft has never won any awards for protecting users’ privacy. But Windows 10 — the OS that “is spying on almost everything you do,” to quote from one article in the IT press — makes staying private harder than ever. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to mitigate the problem and improve security in Windows 10. To detail everything …