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 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

“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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A Flaw in Hotspot Shield can expose VPN Users, Locations

Not all VPNs are the same. Some do a great job, others do not. Most VPN experts have known for some time that most of the free VPNs are risky. This week, a security researcher has published code that exposes users’ names and locations in Hotspot Shield, a very popular free VPN. In short, using Hotspot Shield isn’t much more secure than using no VPN at all.

Hotspot Shield, developed by AnchorFree, has an estimated 500 million users around the world relying on its privacy service. By bouncing a user’s internet and browsing traffic through its own encrypted pipes, the service makes it harder for others to identify individual users and eavesdrop on their browsing habits. However, an information disclosure bug in the privacy service results in a leak of user data, such as which country the user is located, and the user’s Wi-Fi network name, if connected.

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ProtonMail Now Offers Its free VPN on Android

Last year, ProtonMail introduced a very good free VPN for Macintosh and Windows systems. (See 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 include any malware. The company also promises there will be no ads and no selling of user data.

The Android version of ProtonVPN can be downloaded for free from Google Play and is free to use, but, like ProtonMail and ProtonVPN for the desktop, the service has a number of optional paid tiers with more features and higher speeds.

ProtonMail’s primary product (encrypted email that is very private) launched in 2013 and is now used by millions of journalists, activists, and members of the general public, according to its developers.

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