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How To Pay Anonymously Online

Many websites and online apps require you to pay for certain services. Normally, that would mean using a credit card and giving away your real identity.

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The Best VPN Service Providers Of 2020

There are now over a hundred VPN providers located across the world. To create this list of the best VPN service providers, I test customer service, the reliability of their network, and commitment to privacy.

How To Install Free Ad-Blocking Using AdGuard DNS

AdGuard DNS is a free Domain Name System service provided the AdGuard company. You can use this DNS service to block advertising and trackers. It works like this: when a website sends a request to an ad network, the DNS sends back a “null” response. For example, when a web page looks up the domain name “ads.facebook.com” the DNS will …

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Self-Destructing Cookies — Silently Dispose Of All Those Unwanted Cookies

Self Destructing Cookies is a Firefox add-on that automatically removes cookies when they are no longer used by open browser tabs. I’ve found this to be an excellent solution that works silently in the background. Websites will only be permitted to identify you while you actually use them and can not stalk you across the entire web. This is the …

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Using Firefox’s Reader View To Remove Web Clutter

The Firefox browser has a useful feature called “Reader View” which strips away clutter like buttons, ads and background images. It also adjusts the page’s text size, contrast and layout for better readability. You can find the Reader View button here: Here is an article from Reuters as it appears in Page View Mode: There is also a Firefox extension …

A Field Guide To Malware In 2016

Malware is used for a wide variety purposes from sleazy business practices to blatant crime. Discussions of malware often mix up the technology of malware and their uses. You will see below that the same technology can be used to direct ads to you that normally you would not see, or steal your credentials to your online banking account. It’s …

Tor Darkweb Servers Could Leak Private Data through Apache

A configuration issue on some darkweb Web servers can reveal the true IP address of a website even if it is set up to use Tor to hide its identity. That’s according to reports that began circulating a few days ago. The issue is not new. It has been known for a long time among experienced website administrators. But it …

Best Windows 10 VPN: Our Recommendations

Which company offers the best VPN for Windows 10? What features should you look for when selecting a Windows 10 VPN? Here are our recommendations based on speed, usability, reliability and privacy testing. Why Use a VPN on Windows 10? If you just want to see our recommendations, skip to the bottom of this page. Keep reading here, though, for …

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How To Use a VPN in China

Chinese Internet censors have become more proactive in recent years about blocking VPN usage through the Great Firewall. But it’s still possible to use a VPN in China. Here are tips on how to work around VPN blocking. This isn’t an article about how to use a VPN in general. We assume you already have VPN software configured on your …

Pros and Cons of Tor, VPNs, Proxies and More

Tor, VPNs, Web proxies and other strategies for circumventing censorship all come with pros and cons. Here’s a list of the advantages and disadvantages of various methods for accessing blocked websites. Tor Pros: Free of cost. Difficult for censorship authorities to block. Relatively easy to install if using the Tor browser. Cons: Usually only works for Web browser, not other …

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How To: Access Facebook from China

Visiting Facebook in China is hard because the site is blocked by government censorship. But it’s still possible to visit facebook.com while in China. Here’s how to do it on any major operating system. There are a few different ways to access Facebook from China. Each has pros and cons. These are the main methods: Use a VPN. A VPN …

Netflix Everywhere: What It Means for VPN Users

Now that Netflix is available in almost every country worldwide, there is one less reason for many people to use a VPN — or is there? More generally, what does “Netflix everywhere” mean for VPN services? Thanks to the Netflix everywhere initiative, which the company announced last week, Netflix streaming content will now be available in almost all countries around …

Does Tor over VPN Really Increase Privacy?

Some VPN providers offer Tor over VPN services, which let you use Tor and a VPN at the same time. In other cases you can simply log in to a VPN and then use the Tor browser. Do such configurations actually increase your privacy? Here are some considerations. Let’s start with the advantages of running Tor over VPN. (We’re assuming …

New 451 HTTP Code Identifies Censored Websites

Identifying sites that have been blocked due to Internet censorship has become easier thanks to a new HTTP status code, 451. Here are the details. HTTP status codes are used to classify different types of transactions between Web servers and browsers. In most cases users never see them, although some common codes — like the 404 “page not found” error …