How to Use Encryption Effectively on Android Phones

by Tracy Knauer •

Android phones and tablets have come with built-in encryption support for several years. Since the Android Lollipop release in 2014 encryption has even been turned on by default. But that doesn’t necessarily mean your Android personal data is secure. There are additional steps you should take to prevent access to your data in case your device is stolen. Here’s what …

U.K. Government Monitors Taxpayers’ Online Activity

by Tracy Knauer •

Why do government authorities want to monitor Internet users’ online activity? In the United Kingdom, one big reason is to find tax evaders by tracking social media accounts. The Belfast Telegraph reports that HM Revenue & Customs — the agency that collects taxes in the U.K. — has deployed a tool called Connect to monitor citizens’ social media activity. It …

Russia Considers New Domain-Blocking Censorship Rules

by Tracy Knauer •

Russian government authorities may soon increase their ability to censor online content by blocking registration of websites on certain top-level domains, which could pose challenges even for people who use anti-censorship services to access blocked sites. Roscomnadzor, the agency that regulates media and Internet content in Russia, already has the authority to block entire websites, as well as specific URLs, …

Purify Provides Ad Blocking for Mobile Devices

by Tracy Knauer •

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 …