Privacy deep dives


Google Chrome’s IP Protection is privacy washing

November 21st, 2023 in Privacy deep dives

Last month, Google launched a new feature for Chrome called IP Protection that makes it easier for the company to spy on you. No surprise, since this is Google’s business model. But what’s concerning is that Google is marketing this as a privacy feature. More and more, Google is using privacy washing, a form of […]

What is WPA3?

November 9th, 2023 in Privacy deep dives

WiFi is the technology that lets you wirelessly connect your computer or mobile device to the internet. As with any connection on a network, there are ways for hackers to intercept the signal to steal data or manipulate the transmission. WPA3 is the latest security standard for keeping your WiFi connections secure.  It’s a great […]

What is perfect forward secrecy?

October 31st, 2023 in Privacy deep dives

Perfect forward secrecy (PFS) is a cryptographic feature of internet communication protocols that ensures even if a session is compromised, past and future sessions remain secure. It achieves this by using a new and unique private encryption key for each session.  PFS is sometimes known simply as forward secrecy by those uncomfortable with the idea […]

What is a zero-day exploit and why are they dangerous?

October 20th, 2023 in Privacy deep dives

A zero-day is a software vulnerability or security flaw in a computer system that its developers or vendors are unaware of. The term zero-day (also known as 0-day) refers to the fact that, since the developer or vendor is unaware of the vulnerability, they have zero days available to mitigate against it.  A zero-day exploit […]

What is IKEv2?

September 29th, 2023 in Privacy deep dives

IKEv2 is a VPN protocol used to secure VPN connections. Part of the IPSec protocol suite, it is sometimes (and strictly speaking, more correctly) referred to as IKEv2/IPSec. A VPN protocol is a set of instructions or rules that determine how the connection between your device and the VPN server is made. Learn more about […]

Is Amazon Alexa spying on you?

September 26th, 2023 in Privacy deep dives

“Amazon and third parties (including advertising and tracking services) collect smart speaker interaction data. We find that Amazon processes voice data to infer user interests and uses it to serve targeted ads on-platform (Echo devices) as well as off-platform (web). Smart speaker interaction leads to as much as 30X higher ad bids from advertisers. Finally, […]

What is WireGuard?

March 31st, 2023 in Privacy deep dives

WireGuard® is a new VPN protocol used to secure the connection between your device and a VPN server.  Learn more about how VPNs work WireGuard uses state-of-the-art cryptography to keep your connection secure and is extremely lightweight. This makes it faster than traditional VPN protocols such as OpenVPN and IKEv2, especially on lower-end hardware. Originally […]

What is OpenVPN?

March 31st, 2023 in Privacy deep dives

A VPN protocol is the set of instructions that your VPN app uses to set up, secure, and govern your connection to a VPN server. OpenVPN is a VPN protocol that has no known weaknesses and is effective at bypassing certain online censorship methods. OpenVPN also has the advantage of being supported on a huge […]

What is an Internet Service Provider (ISP)?

March 24th, 2023 in Privacy deep dives

An internet service provider (ISP) is the company that connects you to the internet, resolves domain names, routes internet traffic, and is responsible for helping to maintain the network infrastructure that makes the internet possible.  The term includes mobile (cell phone) operators who provide mobile internet access over wireless cellular networks. ISPs often provide other […]

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