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The Best VPN Service Providers Of 2020

There are now over a hundred VPN providers located across the world. To create this list of the best VPN service providers, I test customer service, the reliability of their network, and commitment to privacy.

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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.

Anoncoin Promises Privacy-Friendly, Anti-Censorship Online Currency

Browsing privately is one thing. Paying privately online is another. Anoncoin, a Tor- and I2P-compatible Internet currency with an anti-censorship focus, offers a solution to the latter challenge. Anoncoin bills itself as “a privacy-centric currency fully compatible with the I2P and TOR darknets. Anoncoin will be available no matter what the authorities do.” Anoncoin works in a way similar to …

A Fully Open Source Laptop Is Under Construction

Two enthusiasts (Sean “xobs” Cross and bunnie) are building a completely open-source laptop. You can read an article about this project here. Here are the blueprints for the laptop.

User-Empowering Software I’m Currently Researching

I’m currently researching: Twister: A fully decentralized P2P microblogging platform that uses the free software implementations of Bitcoin and BitTorrent protocols. See also this news story on Twister. YaYc: A decentralized web search application Peercoin: A cryptocurrency that claims to be more secure than Bitcoin, and to “reward users in more sustainable ways” Marble: An open source virtual globe and world atlas …

Glulug X60 Computer Gets Certified As “Fully Free”

The Free Software Foundation recently awarded “Respects Your Freedom” certification to the Gluglug X60 notebook computer. It was the first notebook to receive this certification, and indicates that it meets FSF’s standards in regard to users’ freedom, control over the product, and privacy. The FSF has had a call out for a laptop sold with a free OS and free boot …