AdGuard: The Best Ad Blocker For 2019

AdGuard is a fully featured internet filter that removes ads, ad-trackers and blocks websites with viruses. It’s my recommended ad blocker because it operates as a standalone application, and incorporates a filtering mechanism that is fine tuned. AdGuard works on every browser and application which communicates over the internet, including browsers like Brave and Vivaldi. Thus, AdGuard is similar to …

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The Best VPN Service Providers Of 2019

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. I also research actual customer feedback posted in online forums. These providers are the best VPN providers overall — these providers offer fast servers around …

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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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. …

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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 …

SLOTH Attacks Weaken HTTPS Privacy

Security vulnerabilities based on the MD5 hashing function make it possible to decrypt network data or impersonate servers in order to steal private information, according to researchers from the INRIA institute in France. MD5 is a cryptographic hash function. That means it translates data into a “hash,” or jumbled piece of information. In theory, the jumbled data cannot be reverse-translated …

South Korea Revises Law Affecting Online Censorship

South Korea’s modification of a law that regulates online content could lead to more Internet censorship in the country, critics say. Korea Times reports that the Korea Communications Standards Commission, or KCSC, has revised a law that allows people to dispute online content that may be defamatory in nature. In its previous form, the law only granted the alleged victims …

CacheBrowser Offers New Method for Beating Internet Censorship

Two American professors say they have a new, virtually foolproof way to beat Internet censorship using a tool they call CacheBrowser, which they promise to be especially effective against censorship in China. The professors, John Holowczak and Amir Houmansadr, describe the tool in a paper published earlier this year. As they explain, their technique for circumventing censorship centers on leveraging …

Australia’s New Internet Censorship Law Will Be Tested

A legal demand is testing Internet censorship policies for the first time in Australia, where an Internet service provider, or ISP, has been threatened with a lawsuit if it does not block online content. The case centers on a website owned by an Australian construction company. Another construction company says the site infringes its copyright. It hired a legal firm …

DOPPA Law Aims to Protect Online Privacy in Delaware

Delaware will become one of the first states in the U.S. to enforce strong online privacy policies through a new law called DOPPA, which takes effect on January 1, 2016. DOPPA, which is short for the Delaware Online Privacy and Protection Act, has three main purposes: Preventing marketing of specific types of online content to anyone under the age of …

Turkey Blocks Reddit without Explanation

Reddit has become the latest victim of Internet censorship in Turkey, where government authorities have blocked the site under an Internet regulation law. The Telecom Authority of Turkey, which regulates Internet content in the country, has confirmed that it blocked access to Reddit, a popular website for aggregating and commenting on news articles. The agency cited Turkey’s Internet Censorship Law …

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How Your Browser Fingerprint Affects Online Privacy

Sometimes, the harder you work to stay private online, the easier it is for people to track you. That’s because of the phenomenon called browser fingerprinting. Here’s what it means, and how to deal with it. When you visit websites, they collect information about your computer configuration. Some of this information is part of your Web browser’s user agent string, …

Ukraine’s Cyberpolice Plan Registry of Censored Websites

Ukraine became the latest country to introduce systematic online censorship this month with the government’s announcement of a “cyberpolice” force. According to the government, the main purpose of Ukraine’s cyberpolice is to combat criminal activity on the Internet, such as identity theft, phishing, money laundering and digital piracy. The force’s creation is part of a broader effort to reform the …