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Privacy Badger Extension by EFF


The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has a new privacy tool available. The Privacy Badger is a free extension for Chrome and Firefox. It blocks some of the most objectionable forms of tracking by third-party advertisers, and is very easy to use. How it Works Privacy Badger works similarly to most ad and script blockers. It’s […]

BBC iPlayer Woes and the Ineffectiveness of Geo-Restrictions


The BBC, apparently, is among the names on the long list of entertainment providers who don’t understand how the Internet works. According to reporting, nearly thirty percent of the people viewing the BBC’s iPlayer could be located in nations where the content is supposed to be blocked. Geo-Blocking Foiled The BBC offers the iPlayer to […]

US Government Wants Social Media Companies to Police for Terrorists


US law enforcement wants social media firms to police for, and report, terrorism. The firms are resisting, and the demand has privacy advocates concerned. Within the intelligence-funding reauthorization bill, passed by the US Senate Intelligence Committee, was language that requires social media companies to look for and report activity that could be tied to terrorism. […]

Privacy, Logging and Your VPN Service


In our reviews, we always note a provider’s privacy policy. While no-logging policies are good, they’re not guarantees of privacy. Here are some things you should know about your VPN service and staying anonymous online. First, Privacy and Anonymity Are Different Things The difference in everyday usage is minor, to be sure, but privacy and […]

Save Money on Amazon Using a VPN


Want to save some money shopping on Amazon? If you have a VPN service, you can sometimes net a nice discount on the huge Internet retail site. How it Works Amazon offers different prices on some items depending upon where you’re located and other factors. The location-based pricing differences are easy enough to understand. If […]

Will Using a VPN Save You Money on Air Fare?


Testing time! Using a VPN to change your IP address and, thus, your location, can save you money on some sites. It can also allow you to access geo-restricted content from streaming sites. Not too long ago, the big news was that you could use a VPN to change your apparent location and get huge […]

VyprVPN Now Offering Router App


Want more control over your VPN? VyprVPN has you covered. The company is now offering the VyprVPN router app, which runs on routers with the Tomato MIPS/ARM framework. With this app, you can expand your privacy protection to encompass your entire collection of networked devices, including mobile devices. It doesn’t matter what OS they run; […]

Avoid Netflix Cloud Tax with a VPN


Chicago now taxes Netflix subscriptions. Without any public debate on the matter, the Windy City levied a nine-percent tax on Netflix, as well as other streaming services. The tax wasn’t put forward as new but, rather, as a clarification of an existing set of taxes, according to NPR. The Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax and […]

Trusting the Government with the Keys to Encryption


The US government is not alone in being very aggressive about weakening encryption. In Australia and the UK, measures have been taken over recent years that weaken the right to privacy, and more are being proposed. Of course, Edward Snowden revealed that, where the authority to spy isn’t really set in stone, agencies including the […]

UN Adds Privacy Rapporteur to HRC


The United Nations has added a Special Rapporteur to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). The post was filled by Joseph Cannataci during the first week of July. Cannataci was selected to fill a position that was only added in March of this year, by a resolution that created the Special Rapporteur on the Right […]