Facebook Pays Cell Phone Owners to Install a Shady VPN that Spies on Them

Desperate for data on its competitors, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity, similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple banned in June and that was removed in August. Facebook sidesteps the App Store and … Continue reading Facebook Pays Cell Phone Owners to Install a Shady VPN that Spies on Them

Why You Might Want to Give Up Your Landline Phone

Millions of people are cutting the cords of landline phone service and have switched to cellular or VoIP (internet calling) services. You might think, “That’s nice, but I like my wired landline phone. I plan to keep it forever.” I bet you will change your mind before long. You may not change it today, but … Continue reading Why You Might Want to Give Up Your Landline Phone

Google Adds Always-On VPN to its Project Fi Cellular Service

I have been an enthusiastic customer of Google’s Project Fi cell phone service for more than three years. I also always have a VPN (that I pay for) running all the time in my cell phone. You can read my past articles about the Project Fi cellular service by starting at: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+%22project+fi%22&t=h_&ia=web. I received a … Continue reading Google Adds Always-On VPN to its Project Fi Cellular Service

Why Everyone Should Use Tor or a VPN

An interesting read for… well, everyone. Or at least everyone who uses a computer or a cell phone. “The recent Facebook scandal has alarmed many because of its clear privacy intrusion. However, only a few are concerned about the constant privacy intrusion by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). ISPs probably know more about you than you … Continue reading Why Everyone Should Use Tor or a VPN

Perhaps the Most Secure “Burner Phone” of All?

Politicians, business executives, movie stars, professional athletes, and anyone else concerned with their personal privacy might want to have a second cell phone in addition to their primary phone. The second cell phone often is called a “burner phone.” It can be used to hide sensitive information from news reporters, overseas hackers, government agencies, business … Continue reading Perhaps the Most Secure “Burner Phone” of All?

ProtonMail Now Offers Its free VPN on Android

Last year, ProtonMail introduced a very good free VPN for Macintosh and Windows systems. (See http://bit.ly/2mGoOyg for the earlier article about what was then a new VPN product.) Now the company has expanded its offerings to include a free VPN for Android cell phones and tablets. Unlike most other free VPNs, ProtonMail promises to never … Continue reading ProtonMail Now Offers Its free VPN on Android

Why Do You Have Two Telephone Numbers? Use an Amazon Echo Instead.

According to a recently published U.S. Health Department report at http://bit.ly/2icwvuw, 50.8 percent of American homes don’t have a landline telephone. Instead, the residents use a cellphone as their only phone or use a computerized VoIP phone or other, alternative telephone device. The number of landlines in homes has declined in recent years and apparently … Continue reading Why Do You Have Two Telephone Numbers? Use an Amazon Echo Instead.

Buy a Wi-Fi Router with a Built-in VPN

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are essential tools for maintaining your privacy online. For background information, see my previous articles about VPNs by starting at https://privacyblog.com/category/vpn-virtual-private-networking/ and especially the articles at https://privacyblog.com/2016/01/11/top-5-reasons-to-use-a-vpn/ and at https://privacyblog.com/2015/01/24/how-to-set-up-a-vpn-and-why-its-a-good-idea-to-use-one/. Also, see What Is VPN For? VPN Benefits Explained at https://anonymster.com/what-is-vpn/. Most consumer-grade VPNs are bits of software you install in … Continue reading Buy a Wi-Fi Router with a Built-in VPN

VPN Downloads Spiked After Congress Rolled Back Privacy Rules

Last month, after Congress rolled back Obama-era FCC protections meant to stop Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from harvesting your private data without permission, consumers quickly hustled to find other ways to protect their privacy. New data reveals that many of those consumers turned to virtual private network (VPN) software, which effectively extends a protected network … Continue reading VPN Downloads Spiked After Congress Rolled Back Privacy Rules