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Private Alternatives to Adobe’s PDF Reader

By default, most people use software from Adobe to open and edit PDFs. Unfortunately, Adobe has a bad privacy policy. Here’s why you shouldn’t use Adobe apps for PDFs, along with suggestions for alternatives. Adobe’s privacy policy makes clear that the company collects a fair amount of information about users. Even if you don’t register …

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An Overview of Disconnect Ad Blocking, VPN and Anti-Censorship Tools

Disconnect is a suite of privacy tools that aims to make online privacy the “default” by providing ad blocking, VPN anti-censorship functionality and more. Is it equal to or greater than the sum of its parts? Read on for an overview. Disconnect originated as a Chrome extension called Facebook Disconnect. That tool blocked third-party connections …

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Firefox is Now Available on iOS

Firefox for iOS is now finally available in the App Store worldwide. Previously, Mozilla held back on offering an iOS version of Firefox due to Apple’s restrictive policies. Firefox for iOS allows for Private Browsing — giving you the ability to browse the web without saving history or sharing existing cookies with the sites you …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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