#TurnOnVPN Blog

This page contains blog posts that cover tech, cybersecurity & privacy related topics. 

How to use a VPN to torrent

If you’re going to torrent, you need a VPN. The very premise of torrenting has become ingrained in internet culture. Ever since the waning days of Napster back in the late 90s, media junkies from around the world have been downloading and sharing content online....

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Why you should use a VPN in conjunction with Tor

With the recent net neutrality repeal, there’s been a lot of talk about VPNs and their importance. Where some analysts champion VPNs as the ultimate privacy tool, others are more skeptical. While it’s true that VPNs can help lessen the effects of the net neutrality...

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Popular VPN accused of spying on users

It’s not a good time to be a free VPN provider. Hotspot Shield, which claims more than 500 million active users, has come under fire for allegedly violating their privacy policy—which, to be honest, isn’t that strict anyway. The Center for Democracy & Technology...

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5 countries that ban VPNs

Virtual Private Network (VPN) use is becoming more common across the globe. Once a tool for the tech savvy to communicate in secret via an encrypted connection, VPNs are now drifting into regular households everywhere. In countries where the internet is heavily...

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What’s a warrant canary?

Throughout the 20th century, miners used canaries to protect themselves from carbon monoxide poisoning. When the bird stopped moving, it was time to get out!. Similarly, warrant canaries are meant to protect you from private companies who might suddenly be coerced by...

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DMCA Notices: How Hollywood’s Lawyers Find You

Let's preface this by stating, unequivocally, that there are thousands of legitimate reasons to download a torrent. Have you ever downloaded a movie online? An album? Just a song? Was it through a source like iTunes, where you paid a fee for the download? How about a...

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