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A Guide To Avoiding Ransomware (Part 1)

Ransomware is malicious software that allows a hacker to access an individual or company computer, encrypt your data resident on it and then demand some form of payment to decrypt it. This lets hackers hold your data hostage – and hence the term “ransom”. Victims can regain access to their files only by paying the ransom, or by restoring from a backup that was hopefully not on a network that was accessible to the compromised computer.

How To: Use Email Privately without Being Tracked

Virtually everyone needs an email account. Yet keeping emails private and secure is challenging because, by design, email identifies the sender. You also can’t protect emails from tracking with privacy tools like Tor or VPN. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to protect your email privacy. Here are our tips for …

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New Tails OS 2.0 Release Updates Privacy Features

Tails OS 2.0, the latest version of the privacy-focused Linux-based operating system, is out this week. It features a new interface and many application updates, including version 5.5 of the Tor browser. Tails 2.0 is designed to provide comprehensive, out-of-the-box privacy features. It comes with built-in Tor encryption for all network connections (not just the …

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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.

Using Anonymous Remailers for Email Privacy

Want to send email anonymously? Anonymous remailers provide a solution. Here’s an overview of how they work and where to access them. You can gain some privacy in email by using a provider that doesn’t track you. But that’s different from hiding your identity from the recipient. Anonymous remailers make it possible to obfuscate your …

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How Free Software Advocate Richard Stallman Stays Private Online

Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation, probably takes the cake as one of the most privacy-conscious Internet users around. For that reason, it’s worth taking a look at his strategy for staying private online, which he has described on his personal website. Privacy is not Stallman’s only reason for promoting free software. …

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Could Email Provide Access to Censored Online Content?

Here’s a creative way to beat online censorship: transmit banned information via email. That’s what a little-known (and now defunct) project called Feed over Email tried to do. It never got off the ground, but it’s notable all the same for its creative approach to online privacy, which did not require VPNs or Tor. Feed …

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Review of Privatoria’s VPN Service

With prices starting as low as $1.90 per month, Privatoria offers one of the least expensive commercial VPN services for people who want to browse anonymously or circumvent online censorship. Here’s a look at its features, installation process and bandwidth speeds. Privatoria’s main features include: Servers spread across twenty-one countries, including the United States. That …

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Using JonDonym’s Proxy Service for Online Privacy

Tor and VPN services are the most popular ways of anonymizing your online presence. But a lesser known platform, JonDonym, provides a similar solution that has certain advantages over Tor and VPN. JonDonym is a package consisting of several components. The most important is a proxy client called JonDo. JonDo forwards traffic from Web browsers, …

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