What is the Great Firewall of China and how does it work? 

February 3rd, 2023 in Privacy deep dives

China is infamous for its internet censorship program, widely known as the Great Firewall of China (GFW).   In this article, we look at what the GFW is and how it prevents citizens of mainland China from accessing the free and open internet. What is the great firewall of China? Since 1998, the government of mainland […]

How to unblock Instagram

January 19th, 2023 in Privacy deep dives

A VPN allows you to access Instagram, whether you live in a country where the internet is censored or just want to distract yourself with your favorite influencers’ photos at work.   Instagram is a wildly popular social networking platform that emphasizes sharing photos and videos. It’s owned by Meta, the umbrella company that also owns […]

What does a VPN protect you from?

January 6th, 2023 in Privacy deep dives

A virtual private network (VPN) is an essential tool for maintaining your privacy when using the internet. It  connects your device to a VPN server, which is run by a VPN provider (such as Proton VPN).  These typically operate many servers located around the world (Proton VPN runs over 1900 VPN exit points in over […]

Ultimate guide to iPhone security

December 23rd, 2022 in Privacy deep dives

Your iPhone is a powerful computer that is likely a (if not the) primary way you access the internet. As such, it is vital to ensure your iPhone is secure, and that your privacy is protected. Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to “harden” your security settings and improve your privacy when […]

Do you need a VPN on your iPhone?

December 16th, 2022 in Privacy deep dives

Your iPhone is a full-fledged computer that’s almost always connected to the internet and capable of doing almost everything a desktop or laptop PC can do.  Unlike more traditional computers (including Android phones), iPhone users are somewhat restricted in what they can download, thanks to Apple’s “walled garden” ecosystem, which it tightly controls via the […]

Can you be tracked when using a VPN?

December 8th, 2022 in Privacy deep dives

VPNs are useful for many things, and when used properly, can protect you from being tracked in several ways: This means a VPN can prevent you from being tracked online in various ways, but it’s also important to understand the specific situations when a VPN can’t protect you so you can make informed decisions about […]

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5 reasons to use a VPN for streaming

December 2nd, 2022 in Privacy deep dives

A good VPN can help you stream your favorite TV shows and movies wherever you travel and protect your privacy and security online. What’s a VPN?Why use a VPN?Why use a VPN when streaming?1. Watch geoblocked content2. Stream on restricted networks3. Avoid bandwidth throttling4. Stream securely on public WiFi5. Keep your streaming privateIs using a […]

How to change your IP address on Windows

November 4th, 2022 in Privacy deep dives

We discuss how to change the IP address of your Windows 10 or Windows 11 device. This does not change your IP address on the internet, although we look at that as well.  Local and internet IP addresses Why change your local IP address on Windows? IPv4 vs. IPv6 addresses How to change your IP […]

How to change your Netflix region

October 10th, 2022 in Privacy deep dives

A VPN allows you to watch your favorite Netflix shows when traveling abroad.  Despite increased competition, Netflix is still the most popular streaming service in the world. Available in over 190 countries, Netflix usually makes all of its own content (often dubbed “Netflix Originals”) available to all subscribers, no matter where they are in the […]

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