What is a keylogger?

November 24th, 2023 in Privacy basics

A contraction of “keystroke logger”, a keylogger is either a piece of software or a hardware device that records input from your device’s keyboard. Although not strictly part of the definition, keylogger software can also often record video and/or audio input from your device’s camera and/or microphone and capture data from your clipboard.  In this […]

How to change your IP address on Windows

November 16th, 2023 in Privacy basics

This artcile was updated and refreshed November 2023. We discuss how to change the IP address of your Windows 10 or Windows 11 device. This doesn’t change your IP address on the internet, although we’ll look at that as well.  Changing your IP address on Windows An IP address uniquely identifies every device connected directly […]

What is content filtering?

November 14th, 2023 in Privacy basics

Businesses and other organizations use content filtering to block employees or customers from accessing certain online content.  There are a few reasons they may do this: In this article, we’ll dig deeper into why organizations use content filtering and how they implement it.  Why use content filtering? A business or organization may implement content filtering […]

What is WPA3?

November 9th, 2023 in Privacy basics

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 basics

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 basics

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 basics

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 basics

“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 a VPN kill switch and when should you use one?

September 15th, 2023 in Privacy basics

A kill switch is a security feature that protects your privacy. It ensures that you don’t connect to the internet thinking you’re protected by a VPN when you aren’t.  When you use a virtual private network (VPN), your device connects to VPN server run by a VPN service such as Proton VPN. The connection between […]

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