How To: Use Your Ubuntu Computer as a VPN Router

Want a VPN router but don’t have the cash to buy new hardware? Here’s an easy and free way to create a wireless VPN router for all the devices on your network using the Ubuntu Linux operating system. First, a little background on VPN routers. A VPN router is a router that is connected to a VPN service and routes …

A Review Of NordVPN

NordVPN is an easy-to-use VPN service that provides several advanced features. These include anti-DNS leaking, Tor over VPN, “double encryption” and auto-shutdown of your Internet connection if the VPN connection breaks.

How To: Configure Windows 10 Privacy Settings

Privacy concerns in Windows 10 have spawned a number of apps designed to improve privacy in Microsoft’s operating system. Here’s a list of several apps you can use to help stop Windows 10 from collecting private information about you and sending it to Microsoft. You can, of course, configure privacy settings on Windows 10 manually. But the following apps aim …

Which VPN Protocol Should You Use? PPTP vs. OpenVPN vs. IPsec

All VPNs encrypt traffic, but the underlying encryption schemes are not always the same. There are three main types of encryption and data transfer protocols that VPNs can use: PPTP, OpenVPN and IPsec. Many VPN services let you choose which protocol to use. Read on for an overview of each option. PPTP PPTP is one of the oldest forms of …

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How To: Make Your Android Device More Private

Here’s a simple guide to increasing privacy and security on your Android-based mobile phone or tablet. Android comes with some privacy tools built-in. However, depending on your device and its manufacturer, Android’s privacy features may not be enabled by default. Plus, there are additional tools you can install to make your device more secure and private. These actions will help …

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How To: Use HTTPS Everywhere for Browser Privacy

HTTPS Everywhere is a browser extension that automatically encrypts Web traffic with SSL protection whenever it is available. Here’s how to use it, and what you should know about its limitations. About HTTPS Everywhere Under the HTTPS protocol, data is encrypted so that people monitoring your network connection cannot read what you send or receive through the browser. HTTPS is …

Ostel Provides Encrypted, Private Internet-Based Calls

Making Internet-based phone calls through leading platforms, like Skype, is not very private or secure. Ostel offers a better solution by providing encrypted calls based on open protocols, standards and software. Ostel is an app that runs on the Open Secure Telephone Network, a project that is building a secure network for making voice and video calls over the Internet. …

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A Review Of Perfect Privacy VPN

Perfect Privacy offers a feature-rich, reliable VPN for those who need privacy — albeit at a somewhat higher price than many of its competitors. While it lacks solid support for platforms other than Windows and Ubuntu Linux, it offers many advanced features, as well as solid performance, on the platforms where it does work.

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ReCon Identifies Which Mobile Apps Leak Private Data

Detecting which mobile apps are leaking personal information can be hard. ReCon, a privacy tool developed under the leadership of a Northeastern University computer science professor, helps provide a solution. ReCon is an app for your phone or tablet that analyzes information from other apps by monitoring network traffic. It automatically scans emails, chats and other information to identify “device/user …

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 to users’ Facebook pages in …

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How to Use Tor on Apple iOS Devices via the Onion Browser

iPhone and iPad users have fewer tools than their Android-touting counterparts for staying private online. But it’s not completely impossible to be anonymous and beat censorship on Apple iOS. Here’s how to gain some privacy using the Onion Browser. The Onion Browser, which is available for $0.99 in the Apple App Store, is a minimalist Web browser for iPhones that …

PirateBrowser Offers Easy Tor-Based Anti-Censorship Solution

Want to circumvent Internet censorship without the hassle of installing Tor? PirateBrowser from the Pirate Bay may be your answer — provided your browsing needs align with the browser’s intended purpose. PirateBrowser, which the torrent site the Pirate Bay introduced in 2013, combines Tor and Firefox into a simple but elegant package. The app works mostly the same as a …

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 visit. Firefox also allows you …

Telegram Says Instant Messenger App Was Not Blocked in Iran

Iranian authorities are not actually trying to block the Telegram instant messaging app, despite reports to the contrary. That’s according to new statements from the app’s Russian developer, Paul Durov. Telegram Messenger is a cross-platform app that provides messaging and file sharing for individuals and groups. It has some privacy-centric features built in, including encryption and a feature that lets …

Using Eraser to Delete Private Data Completely from Old Disks

Keeping your data private while online is one thing, but how do you protect data on old computers or disks after they’re no longer in use? Eraser, an open source data destruction tool, provides a solution. Contrary to popular belief, “deleting” files from your computer doesn’t make them go away forever. In most cases, file deletion simply removes information from …

Bleep: A P2P, Secure and Private Alternative to Skype for VoIP

Is Skype private? Not really. Bleep offers a better option for making free and private voice or video calls over the Internet using VoIP. Skype, the leading VoIP app, offers basic privacy features, most notably built-in encryption. But Skype is closed-source software, which means only Skype developers know how it truly works, or what information the application gathers about users. …

Purify Provides Ad Blocking for Mobile Devices

We constantly update our list of general-purpose ad blockers. What if you’re in need of an ad blocker designed specifically for Apple iOS devices like iPhones and iPads? In that case, Purify Blocker is a good solution. Most all-purpose ad blockers work as browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome, the most popular cross-platform browsers. Few support Safari, the default browser …

Apple Censors iPhone and iPad News App in China

The latest example of Internet censorship in China involves a news app in Apple’s iOS 9 for iPhones and iPads, which the company has begun blocking for people travelling through China. Reports of Apple blocking its News app — which delivers, well, news to mobile device users — first appeared earlier this month. A few days ago, the New York …