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 […]

What is deep packet inspection?

January 27th, 2023 in Privacy deep dives

Deep packet inspection (DPI) is a method of examining data packets that pass through a network so that the traffic type can be identified. This information can then be used to block unwanted traffic.  The technique is commonly used in firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and other network security systems. Unfortunately, the same analysis techniques used […]

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 […]

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 […]

Best onion sites on the dark web

November 25th, 2022 in Privacy deep dives

The dark web has an entirely justifiable reputation for being a place where bad things happen. However, the fact that it’s almost impossible to censor the dark web also makes it invaluable for accessing legitimate content that might otherwise be censored.  In this article, we look at some of the best legitimate Tor websites on […]

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 […]

Defeat censorship with Stealth, our new VPN protocol

October 11th, 2022 in Privacy deep dives

We’ve developed a new VPN protocol, Stealth, that can avoid detection and let you bypass internet censorship and VPN blocks. We’re pleased to announce Stealth, a new, undetectable VPN protocol that can bypass most firewalls and VPN blocking methods. You’ll be able to bypass advanced VPN blocks, access censored sites, and communicate with people on […]

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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