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How To Use A Disposable Email Address (For Signing Up To New Services)

These days, many companies ask for your email address. Often you end up with spam in your inbox, or, worse still your email is sold to various other mailing lists. It makes sense to use a disposable email address, at least until you trust a company enough to give them your real address. I recommend these free disposable mail services: …

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The Best VPN For Skype In 2018

The VPNs To Use With VoIP

VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) allows you to communicate via voice, video chats and instant messages. The most popular VoIP service is Skype, which allows you call other Skype users for free, or make regular phone call at reduced rates. There are also free VoIP applications too like Linphone, Empathy, Ekiga, Google Talk and Redphone (Android only).

British Draft Law Threatens Data Encryption and Privacy

Britain — the country that made path-breaking advances in data encryption during World War II — could weaken modern Internet encryption within its own borders as part of a new Internet data regulation bill that is currently under consideration. The legislation, the Draft Communications Data Bill, doesn’t focus on data encryption exclusively. It is a general proposal that would provide …

China Steps Up Censorship of Private Mobile Apps and VPNs

China has cracked down on mobile communications by censoring private chat apps like Telegram and WhatsApp, apparently on the basis of claims that they could facilitate communication by terrorists. The New York Times reports that Chinese authorities in the western region of Xinjiang blocked access to foreign anti-censorship software beginning the week after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. …

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 Mailvelope to Keep Emails Private with PGP Encryption

Using an email provider that doesn’t track you is one way to help protect your email privacy. But that’s only half the battle. Encrypting your email is also important. Here’s how to do it using Mailvelope. Mailvelope is an email encryption tool that uses PGP to prevent unauthorized access to email content. PGP is the gold standard of email encryption, …

Google Fixes STUN Flaw that Reveals VPN Users’ Private IPs

More than six months after news broke about a flaw in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that lets websites view visitors’ local IP addresses even if they are logged into a VPN, an official fix has made its way into Chrome. You can check if you are revealing your IP address here. The vulnerability centered on a feature that Chrome …

China Implements New Blocks On Google and Other Websites

China has been busy this month, blocking many important websites, including all of Google’s services. The New York Times reports: As part of a broad campaign to tighten internal security, the Chinese government has draped a darker shroud over Internet communications in recent weeks, a situation that has made it more difficult for Google and its customers to do business. …

The Blackphone: A Pro-Privacy Phone

The Blackphone is a pro-privacy phone being developed by Spanish startup Geeksphone, in partnership with Silent Circle using an Android build called PrivatOS. The phone features Silent Phone and Silent Text for secure, encrypted telephony and messaging — using Silent Circle’s secure network — so that only you and someone also using a Blackphone or using Silent Circle’s service on …

Wickr: Send Self-Destructing, Encrypted Messages

  Wickr is a free app for the iPhone that allows you to send self-destructing, private instant messages to your friends. You can send text messages, video and audio messages. The whole transmission process is private — even the Wickr app developers cannot read the message, because they are encrypted before they leave your device. Wickr also has a feature …