Posts Tagged ‘vpn’

Beware: Hola VPN turns your PC into an Exit Node and Sells your Traffic

Friday, May 29th, 2015

I was a Hola user until last night. I uninstalled it after reading a few too many articles like this one:

Hola is a popular virtual private network (VPN) provider that is available for various web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as desktop and mobile operating systems. It is free to use and if you check ratings and users on Chrome’s Web Store alone, you will notice that it is used by more than 7.1 million Chrome users currently.


Find Out if you are Affected by DNS Leaks

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

If you’re like me and you’ve been using a DNS proxie to watch the UK version of Netflix from the US, you might find this article interesting.

Whenever you use anonymity or privacy solutions to protect your Internet traffic from being snooped on or to bypass censorship and location-based restrictions, you need to make sure data about your actual location in the world or underlying system does not leak. A basic recent example is WebRTC, a new technology that most modern browsers support. Websites and services may use WebRTC to find out about IP addresses of your computer when enabled even if you use a VPN service.


VPNs – The Next Big Browser Feature?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

A built-in VPN would indeed be a pretty appealing feature to find on a browser. It seems like it would be handy for both business applications and for those who are concerned about privacy.

While there are hundreds of web browsers, there are only a handful of engines all of these browsers run on, especially on the desktop. Chromium alone is the building block for more than a dozen different browsers from Google’s own Chrome browser over Opera and Vivaldi to Comodo Dragon, Yandex browser and SRWare Iron.


Who on the Internet can See your IP Address, and What can They do with it?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

This is all pretty basic information, but it doesn’t hurt to review every once in a while …

Browsing the Internet is very similar to driving around with a car privacy wise. People see the license plate of the car which some can use to look up information about the owner of the car. The IP address of a device works in a similar fashion, albeit not that much in the open. Whenever programs such as web browsers connect to websites, one or multiple server connections are established by it in the background.


Microsoft Sheds light on Windows 10 Security Improvements

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Hopefully, the improvements discussed here will eventually find their way into Windows 10 …

Microsoft hasn’t really revealed a lot about Windows 10 up to this day. While it has released a preview build of the operating system and a first update for it recently, one could still come to the conclusion that Windows 10 is like Windows 8 but with a start menu and the option to run apps in windows on the desktop. The company started to open up only recently and reveal additional information about Windows 10. It published a lengthy blog post today on the Windows For Your Business blog that details security improvements coming to the operating system.


Top List of Free VPN Services

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

As is often the case, many of these VPN services are available in either a rather limited free version, or an upgraded pay version …

Finding a reliable free VPN provider can be a a daunting tasks. We have tested numerous providers that offer free VPN services and added only the best to this page. Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), regardless of whether they are free or paid, offer a selection of features that make them attractive for several use-cases. They can be used to access sites that are blocked otherwise, for instance in a school network, at work or country-wide. This includes situations where you cannot access a site due to bad routing on part of your ISP.


The Best VPN Add-Ons for Firefox

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

If you want to watch the UK version of NetFlix, or watch a sporting event that’s blacked out in your area, here’s where you would start …

Firefox users have access to a selection of VPN add-ons for the browser which they can install from Mozilla’s official add-ons repository. Whenever a connection to a virtual private network is established, it will be used as the entry point to the Internet. Websites and services that users connect to will reveal the IP address of the VPN server and not the local one. That’s great for a number of purposes. Since you connect to a server in a specific location, you can access contents that are restricted to that location.


The Best VPN Extensions for Google Chrome and Chromium-Based Browsers

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Here’s a concise overview of three popular VPN extensions for Chrome …

Virtual Private Networks, short VPN, serve a variety of purposes. From providing unfiltered access to contents on the Internet over privacy and security benefits to bypassing country-locks of select services. Regardless of for what it is used for, it works always in the same way. A secure connection is created from the local computer system to a remote server that is maintained by the VPN company. From there, connections to the Internet are established.


ZenMate for Chrome is a VPN with Easy Location Switching

Monday, July 29th, 2013

If you work from home or regularly access a public network, here’s a new Chrome extension that might come in handy …

One of the better ways to protect your Internet connection from a variety of dangers and threats is to use a VPN (virtual private network.). This is basically a secure line that is opened up on your computer that goes straight to the locations you want to reach on the Internet, preventing common attack forms such as network traffic dumping from being effective.


Preparing Your Laptop Before You Go Abroad

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Sound advice for anybody who travels with a laptop (although, I’ve got to add that taking a laptop-free vacation every once in a while can be pretty cool too.)

I always take my laptop with me when I go on trips. It does not really matter if it is a weekend city tour, a business trip, or a long vacation abroad. Even on holiday, I need my laptop around as I need to be prepared to fix things that go wrong on my websites or servers the sites are running on.  And for that, I prepare my laptop before I go on the trip.