Privacy basics


How to change your IP address for free

September 28th, 2022 in Privacy basics

Every device that connects directly to the internet is assigned an IP address by your internet service provider (ISP). In general, this number uniquely identifies…

Do you need a VPN on your Android phone?

September 6th, 2022 in Privacy basics

Your Android phone is a marvel of modern engineering. Much more than a simple mobile phone, it is a powerful computer, permanently connected to the…

What is malware?

July 7th, 2022 in Privacy basics

Malware is a general term for any software designed to harm computers or computer systems — from viruses and worms to rootkits, spyware, and ransomware.…

What is an IP address?

January 14th, 2022 in Privacy basics

Everything you need to know about IP addresses An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a numerical label that uniquely identifies every device that connects to…

What is Incognito mode (Private Browsing) and is it really private?

January 7th, 2022 in Privacy basics

Incognito mode, or Private Browsing, is a privacy setting in your browser that lets you surf the web more privately. But how private is it?…

What is bloatware and is it a security risk?

December 9th, 2021 in Privacy basics

Bloatware is unwanted software pre-installed on new PCs, laptops, and mobile devices by the device manufacturer, OS developer, or network carrier. It is not usually…

What is an SSID and should you hide yours?

November 18th, 2021 in Privacy basics

This aricloe was expanded and updated Novemebr 2023. An SSID is the name of a wireless network. Learn how SSIDs work, how to find your…

What is the difference between a proxy and a VPN?

September 10th, 2021 in Privacy basics

A proxy is any server that sits between your device and a wider network, such as the internet. A virtual private network (VPN) server is…

Which VPN should I download to defeat censorship?

August 3rd, 2021 in Privacy basics

Internet censorship is now more sophisticated and “lasting longer, affecting more people, and targeting vulnerable groups,” according to Access Now, an NGO that defends digital…

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