How To: Check That Your VPN is Working

by Tracy Knauer •

How do you make sure your VPN is actually running — and not leaking data — after you log in? Here are quick and simple steps for checking. Most people probably assume that their VPN “just works” once they launch it. But in certain cases, it may not be. Just because the client program that your VPN provider gives you …

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ConfigFox Helps You Configure Firefox for Security and Privacy

by Tracy Knauer •

There are a lot of privacy and security settings in Mozilla Firefox that you can tweak to maximize your privacy. But configuring Firefox through the built-in “about:config” interface is tricky. ConfigFox offers a user-friendly alternative. The idea behind ConfigFox is to provide a way to change Firefox settings that is less complicated than the about:config panel. about:config contains hundreds of …

Tor .onion Domain Gets Security Enhancement with IETF Approval

by Tracy Knauer •

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has made private and anonymous Internet browsing easier by officially granting special status to the .onion domain name. Now, Tor users can be more certain that their tracks are hidden when they visit sites that use the .onion domain. The change’s chief significance is that it makes it impossible to access sites using the …

Using ChatSecure for Encrypted and OTR Communications

by Tracy Knauer •

ooking for a way to encrypt chats and enable off-the-record (OTR) communications using a fully open-source app?  If so, ChatSecure might be a good solution.  Read on for an overview of what the app does well and which limitations to keep in mind when you use it. Key Features ChatSecure is only one of many tools for encrypting chats, but …