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ZenMate Integrates VPN Privacy into Your Browser, But Has Limitations

Looking for a VPN service that integrates directly into your Web browser, rather than requiring a separate download?  ZenMate offers that solution. Read on for an overview of this online privacy platform, including its cost, pros and cons. Named “startup of the year” in 2014, ZenMate is a VPN service run by a company based …

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Forrester Report Says Online Privacy is Matters More than Ever

Online privacy will be a defining factor in businesses’ success and failure in 2016. That’s according to new findings from Forrester Research, which says Internet privacy has become more important than ever to consumers. “In 2016, privacy strategy can no longer merely focus on aligning with compliance requirements,” one Forrester representative wrote in summarizing the …

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Purify Provides Ad Blocking for Mobile Devices

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 …

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Apple Censors iPhone and iPad News App in China

The latest example of Internet censorship in China involves a news app in Apple’s iOS 9 for iPhones and iPads, which the company has begun blocking for people travelling through China. Reports of Apple blocking its News app — which delivers, well, news to mobile device users — first appeared earlier this month. A few …

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DNSCrypt Offers Encrypted, Secure Domain Name Server (DNS) Resolution

Note: DNSCrypt has been discontinued. Please see this article for alternative suggestions. Encrypted DNS adds another layer of privacy and security to your Internet connection, especially if you’re worried about DNS leaks. Here’s how to configure encrypted DNS using DNSCrypt. Your computer uses DNS queries to figure out the IP addresses of the servers that …

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Tweaking Your Browser Profile to Stay More Private

The Web was designed to be anonymous, at least when users wanted. But one essentially unavoidable privacy hole when you’re using the Internet is your browser’s user agent string, which sites can use to identify and track you even if you disable cookies and the like. Every Web browser has a user agent string. When …

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TextSecure Offers Encrypted Mobile Instant Messaging for Android

We’ve covered online chat apps like ChatSecure and FireChat before. If you’re looking for secure chats for mobile devices, however, you may be most interested in TextSecure, a chat tool for Android that could soon be expanded to include private voice communication as well. TextSecure is an Android app that provides end-to-end encryption for instant …

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Psiphon Integrates VPN, SSH and HTTP Proxy to Fight Censorship

The Web — and the Internet as a whole — is supposed to be “world wide.” But it’s not when countries censor Internet access. That’s the issue that the online privacy tool Psiphon aims to resolve. In the Psiphon developers’ own description, the platform “serves a specific and simple purpose: to grant users open access …

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“InvizBox Go” Promises Tor, VPN & HTTPS For Mobile Privacy

Mobile privacy is crucial in an age when a majority of online activity occurs on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. But staying private and secure while on the go also creates special challenges, which are what a new open-source, crowd-funded mobile VPN and Tor solution called InvizBox Go aims to resolve. InvizBox Go is …

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