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The Best Web Browsers for Privacy and Security

Which Web browser should you use if you are concerned about privacy? From Tor Browser to commercial offerings like Comodo Dragon to a DIY approach, there are lots of options to choose from. Keep reading for an overview and tips on finding the best browser for privacy and security. There is no one-size-fits all solution …

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PayPal Shuts Down Payments to UnoTelly Proxy Service

PayPal has blocked payments for a VPN provider, UnoTelly, in a move that could set a problematic precedent for other VPN and proxy services. UnoTelly reported on Feb. 4 that PayPal had begun blocking payments to the company. As a result, it said, customers can no longer use PayPal to purchase VPN access or other …

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Pros and Cons of Tor, VPNs, Proxies and More

Tor, VPNs, Web proxies and other strategies for circumventing censorship all come with pros and cons. Here’s a list of the advantages and disadvantages of various methods for accessing blocked websites. Tor Pros: Free of cost. Difficult for censorship authorities to block. Relatively easy to install if using the Tor browser. Cons: Usually only works …

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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 …

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New 451 HTTP Code Identifies Censored Websites

Identifying sites that have been blocked due to Internet censorship has become easier thanks to a new HTTP status code, 451. Here are the details. HTTP status codes are used to classify different types of transactions between Web servers and browsers. In most cases users never see them, although some common codes — like the …

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CacheBrowser Offers New Method for Beating Internet Censorship

Two American professors say they have a new, virtually foolproof way to beat Internet censorship using a tool they call CacheBrowser, which they promise to be especially effective against censorship in China. The professors, John Holowczak and Amir Houmansadr, describe the tool in a paper published earlier this year. As they explain, their technique for …

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Court Rejects Censorship of Pirate Bay BitTorrent Hosting Site

The Pirate Bay, one of the world’s most popular BitTorrent indexing sites, won’t be censored in its own country — at least for now — according to a recent decision by a Swedish court. The site, which launched in 2003, is based in Sweden. It is already censored in numerous other countries, primarily in response …

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