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An illustration of the Amazon Ring network monitoring a neighborhood.
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Internet companies already follow your every move online: Now they are partnering with law enforcement to bring that same level of surveillance to the physical world. Amazon Ring, the creator of a popular camera-equipped doorbell, has entered into se
Illustration of smart tv monitoring its users' data.
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Smart TVs are essentially televisions that can watch you. Their surge in popularity, along with smart speakers, means corporations (and anyone that can hack these devices) have another window through which they can view your private activity. The dat
Fitness and health apps collect sensitve data that they often expose or share with third parties.
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This post was updated on November 1, 2019. Fitness and health apps are designed to help you record and quantify how much you exercise, what prescription drugs you take, even what birth control methods you use. While these apps can help improve your
Individuals can download their favorite movies and music in Switzerland.
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Switzerland has taken a liberal approach to copyright law, generally allowing citizens to use copyrighted material for personal use (some exceptions may apply). This has made peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing sites popular in Switzerland. It has also
ProtonVPN VPN Protocol OpenVPN WireGuard IKEv2 PPTP L2TP
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This article has been updated to include the WireGuard and Stealth VPN protocols. WE EXPLAIN WHAT A VPN PROTOCOL IS AND WHAT IT DOES. WE ALSO COMPARE THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE MOST COMMON PROTOCOLS, INCLUDING OPENVPN, WIREGUARD, IKEV2, PP
safe VPN HMAC authentication sha-384
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We explain what “HMAC SHA-384” means and how it contributes to a safe VPN. Unless users understand what these technical terms mean, they cannot make an informed decision. Edit: this article was updated to more accurately reflect the security SHA-384
ProtonVPN Article 13
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THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PASSED A NEW COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE CONTAINING THE CONTROVERSIAL ARTICLE 13, THE SO-CALLED “MEME BAN.” PROTON VPN IS COMMITTED TO HELPING MITIGATE THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THIS LAW ON INTERNET FREEDOM. On Tuesday, the Directive o
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TOR IS A FREE, GLOBAL NETWORK THAT LETS YOU BROWSE THE INTERNET AND THE DARK WEB ANONYMOUSLY. THERE ARE, HOWEVER, A FEW THINGS YOU NEED TO KEEP IN MIND TO USE TOR SECURELY. As online surveillance becomes more and more prevalent, tools that can help
Internet of things, smart devices, smart speakers, smart home devices
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SCIENCE FICTION HAS OFFICIALLY ARRIVED. SMART SPEAKERS AND THEIR DIGITAL ASSISTANTS ARE HERE, CONSTANTLY LISTENING TO YOU, WAITING TO RESPOND TO YOUR REQUESTS. YET THEY ARE LESS LIKE HELPFUL BOTS AND MORE LIKE DILIGENT STENOGRAPHERS, COMPILING COMPRE
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For anyone interested in learning more about privacy, data, and the Internet, this reading list is a good place to start. The articles, books, and reports that we present on this list cover various aspects of how cybersecurity, the right to privacy,
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Cyber Security Awareness Month is over, and the results are in from our #datadilemma experiment. Over the past four weeks we asked you a series of hypothetical questions about which types of data you want to keep private. Our goal was twofold: First,