Douglas Crawford


 

What is a VPN kill switch and when should you use one?

September 15th, 2023 in Privacy basics

A kill switch is a security feature that protects your privacy. It ensures that you don’t connect to the internet thinking you’re protected by a VPN when you aren’t.  When you use a virtual private network (VPN), your device connects to VPN server run by a VPN service such as Proton VPN. The connection between […]

Guest networks – What they are, why you need one, and how to set them up

September 12th, 2023 in Privacy basics

A guest network is a separate WiFi network within your home or office network designed specifically for your guests or customers to use.  Although run from the same router (which may also be your modem), a guest network operates as an entirely separate WiFi network, providing guests with internet access without giving them access to […]

Can someone see my internet history if we use the same WiFi?

September 1st, 2023 in Privacy basics

Before WiFi, you had to connect your internet-capable device to a router via an Ethernet cable. The router then connected to a modem, which connected your device to the internet. Routers and modems are so often housed in the same device, that the term “router” usually refers to a combined router and modem.  These cables […]

Why use a VPN for business?

August 23rd, 2023 in Privacy basics

These days, virtual private networks (VPNs) are most commonly associated with commercial consumer-facing VPN services, such as Proton VPN, that allow individuals to bypass censorship, access the internet privately, and “spoof” their geographic location.  However, VPNs were originally developed to let remote workers securely access corporate intranets as though they were physically connected to their […]

What is a MAC address, and what can it reveal about you?

August 17th, 2023 in Privacy basics

Every device that connects to a network does so through a network interface controller (NIC). Devices that can connect to multiple networks will have a separate NIC for each connection they support. For example, a laptop that supports WiFi, Ethernet (wired), and Bluetooth connections would have three NICs (each with its own MAC address).    Every […]

Proton VPN Reviews

August 16th, 2023 in Privacy basics

We’ve compiled a full list of recent reviews of Proton VPN’s paid VPN plans. All of these reviews are from independent review sites. This post was updated in August 2023. Proton VPN receives consistently good reviews from professional technology journalists. Here, we collect some of these to make it easier for you to evaluate our […]

What is I2P and how does it work?

June 30th, 2023 in Privacy basics

The Invisible Internet Project (I2P) is an open-source, decentralized anonymizing network built on similar principles to Tor. Unlike Tor, which was primarily designed to allow anonymous browsing of the regular internet (but can also be used as a dark web), I2P is primarily designed to browse the dark web (but can also be used to […]

What is a VPN?

June 26th, 2023 in Privacy basics

An almost daily drumbeat of data breaches and online privacy violations has fueled public interest in VPN services such as Proton VPN. This article explains what VPNs are, what they do, and whether you need one. Its sister article, How does a VPN work?, provides a more detailed and technical overview of how a VPN […]

What is F-Droid and should you use it?

June 23rd, 2023 in Privacy basics

F-Droid is an app store for Android that features only free and open-source software (FOSS). This makes it a welcome alternative to the privacy-invading Google Play Store. In this article, we look at what F-Droid is, why you might want to use it, and how to use it. We also examine some concerns about F-Droid.  […]

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