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China crackdown: VPN vendor gets prison

A Chinese man has been sentenced to nine months in prison for helping his fellow citizens drill through the Great Firewall with virtual private networks. Guangdong province-dwelling 26-year-old Deng Jiewei started offering the VPN software on his Website in October 2015, according to a judgement posted by the Supreme People's …

Hotspot Shield VPN throws your privacy in the fire, injects ads, JS into browsers – claim

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a digital rights advocacy group, on Monday urged US federal trade authorities to investigate VPN provider AnchorFree for deceptive and unfair trade practices. AnchorFree claims its Hotspot Shield VPN app protects netizens from online tracking, but, according to a complaint filed …
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Apple chief on Chinese VPN app ban: We always toe the line with other nations' laws

Apple boss Tim Cook has said that his company would "rather not" remove apps from its store – but has to comply with the law in China. His comments come after it was revealed that Apple has removed a number of the virtual private network apps that allow users to circumvent the Great Firewall from its Chinese store. Cook was …
Rebecca Hill, 2 Aug 2017

Russia, China vow to kill off VPNs, Tor browser

Russia and China are banning the use of virtual private networks, as their governments assert ever greater control over what citizens can see online. In Russia, the State Duma – the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia (legislature) – unanimously adopted the first reading of new legislation that would ban the use of …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jul 2017

Banking websites are 'littered with trackers' ogling your credit risk

A new study has warned that third-party trackers litter banking websites and the privacy-invading tech is being used to rate surfers' creditworthiness. Among the top 10 financial institution websites visited in the US and UK, there are 110 third-party trackers snooping on surfers each time they visit. Online privacy firm …
John Leyden, 15 Jun 2017
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Defend yourself against ISP tracking in an Trump-era free-for-all

ISPs in the US have regained to power to snoop on your internet browsing and sell the results to the highest bidder. Congress has passed news rules under President Donald Trump rolling back earlier restrictions on internet service providers - Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and so on - from selling or otherwise sharing your web browsing …

Is this a solution to Trump signing away your digital privacy? We give Invizbox Go a go

Hands-on How fast things change: once upon a time (last week), Tor was seen as a tool for the paranoid and the criminal. VPNs were aimed at safeguarding traffic over insecure hotel and conference Wi-Fi networks – or for business. But following a Congressional vote this week to effectively scrap digital privacy rights and give US ISPs …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Mar 2017
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VPN on Android means 'Voyeuristic Peeper Network' in many cases

A worrying number of VPN apps for Android mobile devices are rife with malware, spying, and code injection, say researchers. A study [PDF] from CSIRO Data61 in Australia, the University of New South Wales in Australia and the University of California at Berkeley found that Android apps advertising themselves as VPN clients …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jan 2017
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China's Great Firewall to crack down on unofficial VPNs – state-approved net connections only

The Chinese government has started an 18-month crackdown that will require all VPN providers to seek government approval for their activities if they want to stay in business. The news, announced by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on Sunday, says that the market for services that bypass the content filters …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2017
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Opera debuts free VPN built into desktop browser

Opera went live today with a VPN embedded into its desktop browser. Described as “free, no-log and easy to use,” the VPN uses 256-bit AES encryption to connect to one of Opera’s five data centres. With this move, Opera gives a fillip to those who need or want their online privacy. It is also a warning shot across the bows of …
Drew Cullen, 20 Sep 2016
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Did you know iOS 10, macOS Sierra has a problem with crappy VPNs? You do now

With Apple's iOS 10 and macOS Sierra beta now out in the wild, one important non-feature of the OS is giving some network admins headaches. The latest version of the iPhone/iPad/Mac operating system, released ahead of the iPhone 7 launch, removes support for point-to-point tunneling protocol (PPTP) connections. This means that …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2016
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Reminder: IE, Edge, Outlook etc still cough up your Windows, VPN credentials to strangers

Updated Microsoft software still leaks usernames and password information to strangers' servers – thanks to an old design flaw in Windows that was never properly addressed. These details can be used to potentially unmask VPN users and commandeer Windows accounts. They can be obtained simply by tricking victims into visiting malicious …
Iain Thomson, 2 Aug 2016

Apple gets judge to hit ctrl-alt-delete on $625m FaceTime patent troll

A US District Court judge has thrown out an earlier $625m verdict against Apple in a long-running patent trial over FaceTime – and ordered a new trial. Judge Robert Schroeder of the Eastern Texas US District Court issued an order [PDF] granting Apple's motion for a retrial on the grounds that the jury was not properly …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Aug 2016
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Don't use a VPN in United Arab Emirates – unless you wanna risk jail and a $545,000 fine

A royal edict from the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may have effectively made it illegal for anyone in the country to use a VPN or secure proxy service. Those caught could face jail time and fines of between 500,000 and 2,000,000 UAE dirham (US$136,130 and $544,521). The change was announced this week by the UAE …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jul 2016

Come get your free Opera VPN (and bring along something to read)

Opera has built a free virtual private network (VPN) service into the latest version of its browser for Windows and OS X. The other other other browser will allow users running the most recent developer build to knock their connections through the SurfEasy VPN free of charge. The VPN option can be enabled under the Privacy and …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Apr 2016

VPN users menaced by port forwarding blunder

Virtual Private Network (VPN) protocols have a design flaw that can be potentially exploited by snoops to identify some users' real IP addresses. VPN provider Perfect Privacy, which discovered the security weakness, has dubbed it "port fail", and says it affects VPNs based on the IPSec (Internet Protocol security) or PPTP ( …
Darren Pauli, 30 Nov 2015
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'Get a VPN to defeat metadata retention' is good advice. Sometimes

With the kind-of-launch of the Australian government's telecommunications data retention regime, there's been a plethora of advice everywhere – from “lad mags” to the tech press to political parties – with one theme: “get a virtual private network” (VPN). Which moves Vulture South to idly wonder: do people know that a VPN on …

BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

The BBC is trying to block access to iPlayer from UK VPNs, crushing the spirits of those overseas hoping to get a fix of Doctor Who and other British telly. Auntie said it instituted the blockade to deter pirates from ripping off its dramas, comedies, documentaries and other programs, which are funded by TV license-fee payers …
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2015

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