SYNful Knock Hack Compromises Private Data on Cisco Routers

by Tracy Knauer •

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

by Tracy Knauer •

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

by Tracy Knauer •

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

by Tracy Knauer •

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 …