Privacy Blog

"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

VPN (Virtual Private Networking)

ibVPN Total Plan Encrypted VPN (Advertisement)

ibVPN is a trusted, premium-quality VPN service for mobile and desktop. Safeguard your Internet privacy, bypass geo-restrictions, and supercharge your connection speed while streaming your favorite flicks, all thanks to ibVPN. An ibVPN user can choose from +90 VPN servers in 39 countries, P2P servers included. The letters “ib” in the company’s name stand for “invisible browsing.” Indeed, using ibVPN will keep your online activities invisible from hackers who try […]

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Opera Buys a VPN Service to Help Protect User Privacy

Norwegian browser developer Opera Software has bought virtual private network service SurfEasy to help its users protect their privacy when accessing the Web from smartphones, tablets and computers. The acquisition of the Canadian company also appears to be the latest in the company’s strategy to expand into other products beyond the browser. SurfEasy offers applications to encrypt Internet traffic on Windows, Macintosh, iOS and Android devices as well as a […]

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VPNs: Which Ones Value Your Privacy?

Torrentfreak has published its annual survey of privacy-oriented VPN services, digging into each one’s technical, legal and business practices to see how seriously they take the business of protecting your privacy. The survey results may be seen (in great detail!) at http://torrentfreak.com/anonymous-vpn-service-provider-review-2015-150228. I was pleased to see Private Internet Access rated highly. It is the VPN I use and I wrote about it earlier at http://goo.gl/xedsMY.

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Private Internet Access: an Easy-to-Install VPN for Windows, Macintosh, Android, iPad, and iPhone

With ever-growing concerns over identity and data theft while using the internet, home users have joined the legions of large and small companies who are using Virtual Private Networks to protect their online activities from hackers. You can find dozens of Virtual Private Network (VPN) products to choose from at prices ranging from free for software solutions to hundreds of dollars for dedicated hardware boxes. However, most consumers choose VPN […]

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How To Set Up A VPN (And Why It’s A Good Idea To Use One)

MakeUseOf has published an article by Dave LeClair that describes the selection of a VPN (Virtual Private Network), some generic installation instructions (each VPN installation will probably vary slightly) and gives a brief explanation of why using a VPN is a good idea. The article is easy to read and is suggested for anyone who is not yet familiar with VPNs. I only have two minor “quibbles” with the article: […]

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I2P: A Network More Secret than Tor

A new network has quietly been built in recent months that adds better security than even Tor. It gained some publicity this weekend when a replacement for the infamous Silk Road web site was announced. “Silk Road Reloaded” launched on Sunday, and is only accessible by downloading the special I2P software, or by configuring your computer in a certain way to connect to I2P web pages, called ‘eepsites’, and which […]

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NSA Can Decode Most VPNs

Documents published this week by the German news magazine Der Speigel at http://goo.gl/xIvm1c reveal that the National Security Agency’s Office of Target Pursuit (OTP) maintains a team of engineers dedicated to cracking the encrypted traffic of virtual private networks (VPNs) and has developed tools that could potentially uncloak the traffic in the majority of VPNs used to secure traffic passing over the Internet today. However, there is some good news: […]

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The Best VPN Services

Christian Cawley has published an article that claims to list the Best VPN Services. I can’t vouch for his accuracy but the list certainly is interesting. I have used SurfEasy Total and Private Internet Access and I agree with his reviews of these services. I am not familiar with the others he mentioned. I was disappointed that Cawley did not mention Witopia, one of my favorite VPN providers. You can […]

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VPN Unlimited Premium: 3 Years Of Hacker Protection & More

I love the Black Friday deals. Here’s one that was announced on Friday and continues to be available for a few more days: a VPN service that works on up to five different devices including a mix of Windows, Macintosh, Linux, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android. Best of all, that is for a three-year subscription, not the normal one-year plan offered by most other VPN services. VPN Unlimited normally […]

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TigerVPN: a Low-Cost, Nearly Bulletproof VPN

With the government trying to sniff through your inbox, and hackers constantly looking for ways to exploit security holes and get at your personal data, you need a private and secure “tunnel” for your Internet connection. (You can read my earlier article, Why You Want to Use a VPN, at https://privacyblog.com/2014/11/01/why-you-want-to-use-a-vpn/). You can find many VPN services to choose from with a varying number of features and at all sorts […]

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