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What to look for in a VPN, and why you should probably use one

You might feel like you missed the VPN hype that spiked in the pre-local-Netflix years, so what even is a VPN and why do you need one?

Opera for Android now includes a free, unlimited VPN

The Opera browser has added a privacy feature to its Android browser that every person actually ought to use already: A VPN.

Is your VPN secure?

About a quarter of internet users use a virtual private network, a software setup that creates a secure, encrypted data connection between their own computer and another one elsewhere on the internet. Many people use them to protect their privacy when using Wi-Fi hotspots, or to connect securely to workplace networks while traveling. Other users are concerned about surveillance from governments an...[Read More]

Some cybersecurity apps could be worse for privacy than nothing at all

It’s been a busy few weeks for cybersecurity researchers and reporters. There was the Facebook hack, the Google plus data breach, and allegations that the Chinese government implanted spying chips in hardware components. In the midst of all this, some other important news was overlooked. In early September, Apple removed several Trend Micro anti-malware tools from the Mac app store after they were...[Read More]

Opera’s VPN app for Android: Privacy, security and vikings

We like online privacy. We dislike not being able to view content because it’s region locked. We like knowing the Wi-Fi connections we use are secure. We dislike being tracked by ad companies as we go about our business online. And vikings? Well, we really like vikings. All of which means we rather like Opera’s VPN app for Android that launched today. A VP-whatnow, you ask? A VPN, as i...[Read More]

Even if Netflix is serious about blocking VPNs, it is unlikely to succeed

Netflix has sent the world into a frenzy of anxiety by announcing through their blog that they will be trying to restrict users to only viewing content licensed to the country where they are physically located. This effectively means stopping customers from using a variety of techniques to get around geographical restrictions. Getting around “geoblocked” services is relatively easy and can be done...[Read More]

Netflix is closing the door on VPN and proxy users

Before Netflix officially arrived in South Africa last week plenty of tech-savvy locals were already using the service by spoofing their IP addresses using VPN or proxy services. In other words, they were making it look like their IP address was in a supported region so the service would work. Now Netflix is looking to crack down on that sort of trickery. Even with Netflix now in 130 additional co...[Read More]

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