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How To Run a VPN & Ad-Blocker On a Router

Why Run A VPN On Your Router? Using a VPN at the router level makes a lot of sense. It is a convenient way to make all your network connections private and encrypted. Every device that connects to your network will be able to access the VPN — there is no need to install a VPN application on each device. …

pCloud: A Cloud Provider That Offers Encrypted And Non-Encrypted Folders

pCloud is a secure cloud provider. The name is a bit unfortunate, but I’ve found their service to be reliable and well designed. pCloud is the first cloud storage provider to offer both encrypted and non-encrypted folders in the same account. The company explains why this makes sense: Although at first thought it is the most natural approach to just …

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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.

How To: Check That Your VPN is Working

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

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

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

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 …

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Using A VPN Router From FlashRouters

FlashRouters provides routers that come with a VPN pre-installed and pre-configured. This is the most convenient way to acquire a router that is correctly optimized for a VPN.

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Let Your Child Explore Your Computer Without Worries — Use A Virtual Machine

A virtual machine makes it possible for your child to explore your computer freely without fears of configuration problems or lost files. If things do stop working, you can delete the virtual machine, restore from a backup, and the child is back with a working machine in just a few minutes You create a Virtual Machine by running another operating …

TretFlix Released: Pre-Installed Usenet Tools

Tretflix is a pre-installed and pre-configured application and OS environment that runs on any standard x86 desktop or server. It runs inside a virtual machine (such as the free VMWare ESXi v5.0+). It contains popular Usenet tools configured for an easy “out of the box” user experience. When combined with the built-in Plex Media Server, Tretflix is a great way …

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Using A VPN Inside A Virtual Machine For Extra Anonymity

Sometimes you might need to be extra anonymous on the internet. A easy way to achieve this is to run a VPN inside a Virtual Machine. You create a Virtual Machine by running another Operating System within an application on your computer.

How To Jailbreak Or Root Your Smartphone or Tablet

Why Jailbreak or “Root” Your Mobile Device? Jailbreaking is the act of overriding the software limitations on the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Similarly, on an Android device, the terms “rooting” means giving yourself root permissions on your phone. It’s similar to running programs as an administrator in Windows, or running a command with sudo in Linux. With a rooted …