The Easiest Way to Install a VPN

The easiest method of installing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is not the cheapest. Then again, the prices seem reasonable for what you receive.

I have been using VPNs for years on the various computers I have owned. The security and privacy of VPNs is important to me, and I believe such privacy should be important to every internet user. Who wants hackers, spies, or your local internet provider spying on your email messages and online usage of the web?

In the “good old days” of five years ago or so, VPNs were tricky to install, not available for some operating systems (Android, iPad, etc.), and required quite a bit of technical knowledge of TCP/IP networking to install and configure. Luckily, the technology has improved a lot, and today’s newer VPN products can easily be installed in Windows, Macintosh, Chromebook, Android, iOS, and possibly other operating systems by anyone with minimal technical skills. In most cases, installing a modern VPN is a simple matter of double-clicking on an installation icon and, once installed, entering a user name and password into the newly-installed VPN software, then clicking on “enable” or some similar word. If you know how to install programs in your computer, you probably can install a modern VPN. But beware: some of the cheaper VPNs may use the older, rather complicated installation methods.

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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 I suspect you will change within a very few years. When you do, you probably will find you then have more privacy and lower expenses than you do today.

Rather than paying the higher prices for the next several years, I might suggest you might evaluate your options TODAY to see if it makes sense for you to switch now.

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WireGuard: Probably the Most Secure and Fastest VPN Available Today

WireGuard® is a VPN protocol that is rapidly becoming very popular and for good reason. It aims to be much faster as well as simpler, leaner, and more useful than OpenVPN and other protocols used by any number of VPN providers. Some VPN experts refer to WireGuard as “revolutionary.”

VPNs will shield you from hackers, foreign and domestic government spies, ISPs, and everyone else who has no business recording what you haven’t chosen to share. In fact, many governments allow or even require ISPs to record your online activities and make the resultant log files available to the government. Indeed, Big Brother is watching all of us. However, a good VPN will greatly reduce the amount of personal data collected.

VPNs traditionally have added a lot of security and privacy but suffer from one significant downside: most VPNs slow down the network connection(s) because of all the processing overhead created by the VPN software. In contrast, WireGuard is believed to be the fastest of all the popular VPN protocols and is as secure or even more secure as any of the other VPN products. With fewer than 4,000 lines of publicly-visible code, WireGuard is small and simple to audit. It also employs modern cryptography and formally verified constructions.

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Alphabet’s Cybersecurity Group Touts Its New Open Source Private VPN

Alphabet (the parent company of Google, YouTube, JigSaw, and a bunch of other corporate divisions) is proudly promoting its new, FREE VPN called “Outline” and for good reasons.

Unscrupulous VPN providers can steal your identity, peek in on your data, inject their own ads on non-secure pages, or analyze your browsing habits and sell that information to advertisers, says one Jigsaw official. And you can’t know for sure whether you can trust them, no matter what they say in the app store. “Journalists should be aware that their online activities might be subject to surveillance either by government agencies, their internet service providers, or a hacker with malicious intent,” said Laura Tich, technical evangelist for Code for Africa, a resource for African journalists. “As surveillance becomes ubiquitous in today’s world, journalists face an increasing challenge in establishing secure communication in the digital space.”

Outline is being offered as free open source software. Jigsaw (the producing company) invites anyone and everyone with programming skills to examine the source code, looking for security problems or other bugs. If any problems are found, please let the Jigsaw software developers know so they can fix the problem(s) for the next release.

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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.