Mozilla’s Firefox offers VPN Service to Boost Privacy for $10 a Month

According to a report by Stephen Shankland in the C|Net web site, “Mozilla is experimenting with a VPN (virtual private network) service to get a little financial wiggle room from people willing to spend some money to have their internet traffic encrypted better to thwart internet service providers and others from snooping on their online activity. Mozilla will test the offering with a portion of Firefox users in the US starting Wednesday.”

Also, “Mozilla’s VPN service relies on a partnership with Switzerland-based ProtonVPN, which gets some of the revenue. Those who sign up can use the VPN software on Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS and Android.”

Details may be found at: https://cnet.co/2Phz28K.

Facebook’s Onavo VPN is Banned from Apple’s App Store

A couple of weeks ago, I published a brief article entitled, You Should Delete Facebook’s VPN App. It provided a link to a number of articles describing Facebook’s violation of Apple’s data-gathering rules. The Facebook so-called VPN, called Onavo, did exactly the opposite of what VPNs are supposed to do: it monitored everything users were sending and receiving across the VPN and collected personal information about each VPN user, information that probably was to be re-sold to companies that want your private information. After all, that’s Facebook’s business model.

Now Apple has banned the Facebook VPN from its App Store. See https://tinyurl.com/yabm7wxp.

I suggest you also should exactly what Apple did: ban Facebook’s so-called VPN, called Onavo, from your mobile devices. Delete now.

Keezel, Perhaps the Easiest Way to Protect Yourself Online

Keezel is a great combination of hardware and VPN software. It can protect your online communications at home, at school, in a hotel room, in a coffee shop, and most anywhere else you might use a wi-fi connection to the Internet. Unfortunately, it is also quite expensive.

If you want or need the best, Keezel might be your answer.

The Keezel device isn’t a typical wi-fi hotspot although it does perform many of the same functions. It creates a local encrypted wi-fi network that can be used simultaneously by multiple computers, tablets, smartphones running VoIP telephone apps, GameBoys, Xbox game consoles, Roku boxes, and anything else that uses a wi-fi Internet connection. You can even encrypt your Nest thermostat’s wi-fi communications although I doubt if many people feel they have a need for that. In short, it can connect anything and everything to the Internet through its own VPN. The owner of the Keezel remains in full control; no other person or device can connect to the device without the owner’s permission.

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ProtonMail Launches Free ProtonVPN Service For Macs

The creators of the encrypted email service, ProtonMail, have released a free version of their ProtonVPN software for macOS. Even though the free version does not contain the full features that you would come to expect from a paid VPN service, it is more than capable of obfuscating IP addresses and your location.

It is interesting (at least, to me) that I recently warned at https://privacyblog.com/2018/05/28/be-cautious-free-vpns-are-selling-your-data-to-3rd-parties/ that most free providers of free VPN services log their users’ user data and many openly and brazenly share/sell user data. However, ProtonMail claims their free VPN does nothing of that sort. According to the company’s web site at https://protonvpn.com/:

“ProtonVPN is a no logs VPN service. We do not track or record your internet activity, and therefore, we are unable to disclose this information to third parties.”

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Be Cautious, Free VPNs are Selling Your Data to 3rd Parties

“You often get what you pay for.” Another accurate saying is that “If you’re not paying for it; you are the product.”

It isn’t unusual to find companies using deceptive practices when trying to market and grow their brands. One niche where this is very rife is in the VPN industry. It was recently revealed that contrary to claims on their websites, 26 of the 117 most popular VPN services log user data despite touting contrary claims in their marketing. That revelation will seem tame compared to findings on how free VPNs operate: many openly and brazenly share/sell user data.

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Outline Helps You Make Your Own VPN

Jigsaw, the Alphabet-owned tech incubator that focuses on human rights issues, is hoping to make low-cost or free VPNs available to anyone who has a need for one. Jigsaw created the app Outline, which will offer a do-it-yourself solution to commercial VPN issues. The company promises that creating a custom virtual private network using Outline will be easy enough to do in minutes. Best of all, it will be very inexpensive or even free, depending on you or your organization’s needs.

With Outline, you create the VPN yourself, and only you control it. If you have a server, you simply install the free Outline software and use the setup wizard to create your VPN. If you don’t have a server, you can spend as little as $5 a month to connect to a cloud server instead.

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