Posts Tagged ‘vpn’

How to Prevent Your ISP from Snooping on You

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Given recent changes in US internet privacy policies, this article is particularly timely (even though it appears to have been written before the change in policy took place.)

Internet Service Providers may be able to sell your web history in the United States without you giving your consent. The new ruling passed the US Senate and the House of Representatives already, and the last thing standing in its way is the President of the United States.

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Large Number of Android VPN Apps Insecure

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

It turns out that a lot of Android apps that rely on VPN services, aren’t as private and secure as we were lead to believe.

Virtual Private Networks (VPN) have evolved from a technology used mostly by businesses to one that is used by more and more home users as well. Reasons are manifold, but improved privacy and security are certainly two key features that make a growing number of home users use VPN services and apps. Without going into too much detail; a VPN protects a device’s IP address as traffic flows through it instead of directly to the user’s system.

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Find Out if Your VPN Leaks Your IP Address

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

There are a number of different services that can be used to check for IP information that is being leaked via your VPN. Here’s a quick look at one of them …

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are used for a variety of purposes. Common reasons include protecting one’s privacy on the Internet, improving the security of the Internet connection, bypassing censorships and blocks, and using it for business purposes. If you use a VPN for privacy, regardless of whether that is your main reason for using it or just a nice addition, you may want to make sure that your “real” IP address is not leaked when you are connected to the VPN.

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Opera VPN Launches for Android

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Given the popularity of VPN services, this makes a lot of sense. Once Opera figures out a way to monetize this free service, I’d expect other software companies might pick up on it too.

Opera Software released its free VPN application for Android today after making it available to iOS devices earlier this year. The company’s journey as a VPN provider started with its acquisition of SurfEasy VPN. Opera Software promoted services of SurfEasy shortly thereafter in the Opera desktop browser, and launched a free browser proxy back in April 2016.

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Private Internet Access Shuts Down Russian Servers

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Could this be the beginning of the end for VPN providers?

Private Internet Access announced today to all its customers via email that it made the decision to shut down all of the company’s Russian servers. The VPN provider, who operates servers in dozens of countries, cites a new Russian law that makes it mandatory for providers to log all Internet traffic for up to a year as the prime reason. Additionally, Private Internet Access mentions that some of the company’s servers were seized by Russian authorities recently without “notice or any type of due process”.

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How to Chain VPN Servers

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

This is sort of a complicated procedure, but it still sounds like it would be an interesting experiment, none the less.

VPN Chaining is a technique in which multiple virtual private network (VPN) servers are chained to improve online privacy while on the Internet. Basically, what it means is that you are not connecting to a single VPN but to multiple ones in a layered system that looks like Your PC > 1st VPN > 2nd VPN > Internet. Before we take a look at the how, we should discuss why you would want to do that. One argument is that you cannot trust any of the VPN providers out there.

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Research Before Subscribing to a VPN

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Here are some important factors to consider when choosing a VPN service.

While many would probably disagree, I consider VPNs essential when it comes to improving your privacy and security on the Internet. The past couple of years have seen a surge in VPN services that all try to get a piece of the market that grew significantly ever since Edward Snowden revealed how national agencies tracked users across the Internet. There are big differences between VPN services, from price and availability to privacy and traffic.

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Block Opera VPN from Leaking Your IP Address

Monday, April 25th, 2016

It appears that Opera’s built-in VPN still has a few bugs that will need to be worked out …

Opera Software added a virtual private network (VPN) to Opera Developer a couple of days ago to improve user privacy and security while using the web browser. This VPN client is free to use, does not impose restrictions in regards to bandwidth or data to users, and there is little reason not to make use of it unless you are already using a VPN that runs system-wide, or want to watch shows on Netflix.

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Netflix crackdown on VPN services has begun

Friday, February 26th, 2016

It’s Friday, so what the heck, here’s a fun one … it looks like those of us in the US will no longer be able to use a VPN or unblocker to watch the UK version of Netflix.

If you are currently using a virtual private network, unblocker or proxy to access Netflix, you have likely been greeted by an “whoops, something went wrong…” message on the site on stream start.

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Chinese Companies Make Offer to Acquire Opera Software

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Opera might not be the most popular browser on Earth, but apparently somebody thinks it has potential.

A consortium of Chinese Internet companies, among them Kunlun and Qihoo 360, plan to acquire Norwegian company Opera Software in a buyout valued at $1.2 billion US Dollars. Rumors about a potential acquisition of Opera Software, or a sale of company assets, have circulated around the Internet as early as 2012. While there has surely been interest by many companies to acquire Opera Software, no offer has been made publicly until yesterday.

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