You do not want to know how horrific it is to be hacked.

Mathew Sayer In the News

I don’t want to scare the hell out of you, but you need to understand the massive size of this problem.   The good news is there is a solution. But we’ll get to that.   How many wifi hotspots do you log into on an average week? If you’re anything like me, it’s at least twenty. Coffee shops, coworking spaces, hotel rooms. The first thing we do is log in.  Here’s the thing: EVERY SINGLE WIFI HOTSPOT IS POTENTIALLY EXPOSING YOUR PASSWORDS TO HACKERS.   Here’s what that means. …

VPN Bans, Fake Server Locations, Fake Unlimited Plans and More

James Ashmore In the News

 Privacy is under attack from two new countries. Popular VPN services get caught selling you fake server locations and injecting ads into your web browsing. Verizon introduces a new speed limit on cellular media streaming and  in our VPN and privacy news roundup. China moves to ban VPNs entirely China has reportedly decided to enforce a blanket ban on VPN services. They’ll do so by ordering the three top (state-owned) telecommunications providers to block all VPN access directly. The ban comes into effect in February 2018. The Great Firewall used to be …

Is the DEA the End of Adult Films in the UK?

James Ashmore In the News

Okay, so it’s a bit of a taboo subject, but we might as well get it over and done with. Last year we sort of jingly wrote about the Queen banning porn for 9 to 12-year-olds thinking it did not have a chance. Well, guess what… The UK government have recently introduced new legislation to block anonymous users on adult sites. In other words, you have to register to watch internet porn, which is a significant change from the current mo. The intent is to ban under-18’s from using these …

UK and the Premier League go to War with Kodi

James Ashmore In the News

In case you had not heard, the Premier League has begun taking steps to combat illegal Kodi streams in the U.K. Users are yet to feel the full effect of the recent decision, although it might not be long before streaming matches without a VPN becomes a thing of the past. The following months are critical, as we’ve yet to see just how far the league is willing to go to protect their product. It could spell the end of Kodi as a cheap alternative to paying for a subscription, …

How to Stop ISPs From Selling Your Data

Andrew Orr In the News

Republicans in Congress have chosen to allow ISPs to collect your data and sell it to advertisers. Every single Democrat voted against it. This is an awful move for the American people and turns ISPs into predators. Is it possible to stop ISPs from stalking you? Repeal of Privacy Earlier this week, both the Senate and the House of Representatives voted to repeal privacy rules from the Obama administration. The FCC had rules in place that stopped internet service providers (ISPs) from sharing their customers’ web activity with third parties. The …

Trump Cancels Internet Services For Low Income Families

Andrew Orr In the News

Trump’s pick to head the FCC—Ajit Pai—wants to reverse a standing order from Obama that subsidizes Internet services for low-income families. This move affects 17,500 customers, but the FCC isn’t without opposition. Low-Income Internet Services On February 3, the FCC started rolling back reform efforts under the Obama administration. These efforts include orders that let nine telecoms to give Life services to low-income customers. But last Thursday, a coalition of 40 groups, comprising racial justice, labor, and digital rights groups, demanded that the FCC reverse the order from Ajit Pai …

Trump’s FCC and Republicans Ready to Roll Back Broadband Privacy Rules

Andrew Orr In the News

Certain Republican senators are preparing a resolution that cancels broadband privacy rules that require ISPs to protect customers’ on data. The regulations passed in October require home and mobile ISPs to obtain opt-in consent from consumers. Once the consumer opts-in, the ISP can web browsing data and other private information with third-parties like advertisers and market research agencies. ISP Privacy Rules Already Under Attack Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said that “he plans to introduce a resolution that would roll back the FCC’s broadband policy rules via the Congressional Review Act (CRA), …

Civil Rights Groups Support End Of Net Neutrality

Andrew Orr In the News

In a report by The Intercept, certain civil rights groups, funded by telecoms, support Donald Trump’s plan to kill net neutrality. Established by the Obama administration, these neutrality rules stop ISPs from controlling network bandwidth to prioritize certain content over others. Will this be the end of Net Neutrality? Under Obama, the FCC created rules to establish net neutrality by reclassifying high-speed Internet as a regulated telecommunications service, instead of an information service. This ensured that ISPs couldn’t interfere with network speeds, like in T-Mobile’s Binge On! program. But the …

One Man in the Middle Compromises 76 Popular iPhone Apps

Andrew Orr In the News

An iOS app analysis service has found that 76 popular iPhone apps are confirmed to be vulnerable to the silent interception of TLS-protected data. Beware of these popular iPhone apps During testing, developers of verify.ly a mobile app analysis service found issues with many popular iPhone apps. Here are the details we have so far: 76 popular iPhone apps let a secret man-in-the-middle attack to be performed on connections that should otherwise be protected by TLS (HTTPS). This MitM vulnerability lets data be intercepted and manipulated. According to Apptopia, there has been …

How Secure Is Your Android VPN App?

Andrew Orr In the News

A research paper [PDF] from the University of California and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) analyzed a group of Android VPN apps. They found that these particular apps had privacy and security issues. Further Reading VPN On Chromebo: How To Set It Up Why Switzerland is a great place for a VPN More people are starting to realize the benefits of using a virtual private network. But without a lot of tech knowledge, it’s easy to assume that all VPNs are created equal. They are not, and this …