The Latest VPN News

This page is populated by the latest VPN news from reputable VPN providers and authorities.
  • Police forces around the world continue to deploy facial recognition systems, despite no evidence of their utility
    Last month, this blog wrote about governments around the world continuing to trial facial recognition systems, and the growing concerns this is provoking. There’s one area in particular where facial recognition systems are deployed: law enforcement. That’s hardly a surprise, since the legal system can only operate if it identifies… Read more »
  • FBI used Graykey to unlock an iPhone 11 Pro, which was previously thought to be the most secure iPhone
    A recent article by Thomas Brewster at Forbes highlights the fact that the FBI is able to unlock iPhones using a product called Graykey. Specifically, a product called Graykey was used in a case against Baris Ali Koch to unlock Koch’s iPhone – an iPhone 11 Pro. Graykey works by… Read more »
  • ExpressVPN and Dynabook (formerly Toshiba) announce global partnership
    We’re pleased to announce our global partnership with Dynabook (formerly the PC unit of Toshiba) to provide Dynabook users with essential internet protection. As part of our partnership, Dynabook will be preinstalling ExpressVPN on all new and future Dynabook PCs, starting with the new Satellite Pro L50, which launched in… Read more »
  • The 2020 ExpressVPN Scholarship is now accepting entries
    The fifth Future of Privacy Scholarship is now open for applications. The essay topic for 2020: While privacy is often recognized as a human right, young children are frequently incapable of making choices in defense of that right. For example, babies have no say in whether their parents post photos… Read more »
  • The founder of Yale’s Privacy Lab is worried by the coming age of surveillance and facial recognition
    Sean O’Brien is a lecturer in cybersecurity at Yale Law School and the founder of the Yale Privacy Lab. He’s also the CEO of PrivacySafe, which builds secure, enterprise-grade IoT appliances and consults for organizations in privacy-conscious industries. By his own admission, Sean has been deeply passionate about online privacy,… Read more »
  • US government urges everyone to update Mozilla Firefox to v72.0.1 because of an active exploit that allows remote code execution
    The US government’s Department of Homeland Security is urging all Firefox users to update to v72.0.1 as soon as possible. Earlier this week, a zero day vulnerability was found in the then most current version of the Firefox browser by Mozilla which allows hackers to take over your computer. What’s… Read more »
  • ROUTINE SERVER MAINTENANCE SCHEDULED
    In order to keep StrongVPN running smoothly, we need to perform routine maintenance on our servers and networks. This routine server maintenance includes items such as operating system updates, bug fixes, hardware checks, and VPN server reboots. To make our routine maintenance efforts more predictable for customers, we have chosen… Read more »
  • Security advisory for those using Cloudflare WARP with another VPN
    We have identified a severe compatibility issue between CloudFlare’s WARP VPN and all VPN providers (including us) that use the IPsec/IKEv2/L2TP protocols on iOS 10.3 and later. Please read the advisory below and the workarounds for it. Please note: Only “1.1.1.1 with WARP+” is affected by this issue. If you… Read more »
  • Security advisory for users running Cloudflare WARP+ VPN with another VPN
    We have identified a severe compatibility issue between CloudFlare’s WARP+ VPN and all VPN providers (including us) that use the IPsec/IKEv2/L2TP protocols on iOS 10.3 and later. Please read the advisory below and workarounds for it. Please note: Only “1.1.1.1 with WARP+” is affected by this issue. If you are… Read more »
  • Android community worried about presence of “Chinese spyware” by Qihoo 360 in Samsung smartphones and tablets
    Earlier this week, the Android community on Reddit erupted in discussion over a thread titled: “Chinese Spyware Pre-Installed on All Samsung Phones (& Tablets)” that has since been labeled as misleading by moderators. In addition, it’s also been noted by observant redditors that the original poster (OP) of the thread… Read more »
  • Google’s acquisition of Fitbit is key to the IoT-controlled privacy hellscape of the future
    Ever since Google took control of Fitbit last year in a 2.1 billion USD deal, there have been mounting concerns over what the agreement represents in terms of user privacy and data tracking. While this may be the first instance that Google’s acquired an entire smartwatch company outright, the tech… Read more »
  • Why 2020 will be make or break time for transatlantic personal data transfers
    The transfer of personal data lies at the heart of much of online activity. Since many of the leading online companies were founded and have their headquarters in the US, that typically means that huge quantities of personal data cross the Atlantic every day. If information concerns EU citizens, those… Read more »
  • Facebook reversed cryptocurrency ad policy ahead of Libra announcement
    Facebook, the social media platform used by billions, had banned cryptocurrency related ads for a year and a half starting in January of 2018. During this time period, Facebook’s ad approval algorithms and moderators were so sensitive to potentially cryptocurrency tangential ads that even ads for physical events that had… Read more »
  • This one device can protect your entire home network
    If you’re already using a VPN, you know it comes with many benefits, from keeping your online activity private to helping you stream all your favorite content and gain unrestricted access to the internet. But VPN apps have limitations. They can be installed on numerous devices, like desktops and mobile… Read more »
  • Samsung smart TVs are set to upload screenshots of what you’re watching
    Samsung’s privacy policy reveals an unnerving reality: that Samsung smart TVs are sending clips of whatever is playing on the television to be sent back to Samsung. It’s hard to imagine a deeper violation of privacy from a smart TV set than having a screenshot of what you’re watching be… Read more »
  • 3.2 million ‘right to be forgotten’ requests since 2014
    It’s been over five years since the European Union’s “right to be forgotten” came into effect. Surely the entity most heavily impacted by the legislation—which allows individuals to request that negative information about them be removed from search engines—has been Google. Last month, Google issued a report on how it… Read more »
  • As public fears mount over online surveillance and lack of control, advertising industry gets privacy religion – sort of…
    A new Pew Research Center survey confirms what readers of this blog already know: many people are deeply worried about the routine tracking of their activities online: A majority of Americans believe their online and offline activities are being tracked and monitored by companies and the government with some regularity.… Read more »
  • ExpressVPN adds dark mode to Chrome and Firefox browser extensions
    At ExpressVPN, our priority is creating cutting-edge technology to safeguard your privacy. But we think tech should be easy on the eyes, too. That’s why we’re excited to introduce our newest feature for browser extensions: dark mode. You can now go to the dark side with the ExpressVPN Chrome and… Read more »
  • What do you get if you put DNA and facial recognition together? Today, it’s China; tomorrow, maybe everywhere else
    Two themes crop up again and again on this blog: facial recognition and DNA sequencing. Both technologies on their own are powerful, and steadily becoming greater threats to privacy. So what happens when they are put together? A story in the New York Times means we don’t have to guess,… Read more »
  • Indian government is shutting down internet access in major cities in an attempt to disrupt democracy
    Millions of Indian citizens are currently without internet access as the Indian government has taken the controversial move of shutting down internet access in major cities around the country. NDTV reports that the Special Branch of the Delhi Police, under the direction of the Indian Government’s Ministry of Home Affairs,… Read more »
  • Stuck on New Year’s Resolutions? Here are 10 suggestions to improve your cybersecurity in 2020
    With the new year and decade (!) almost upon us, it’s time to sit down and draw up a few aspirational New Year’s resolutions. You might want to hit the gym more, check a few travel goals off your list (even if it may be virtual), or stay in closer… Read more »
  • Governments are demanding user data from Facebook in record numbers
    According to Facebook’s latest transparency report, government requests for user data reached their highest level ever in the first six months of 2019, numbering 128,617. The U.S. government asked for 50,741 pieces of data, with the social media leviathan complying 88% of the time. But here’s a sordid detail: Two-thirds… Read more »
  • Smile as you buy your holiday goods in a store – you are probably being watched, tracked and analyzed
    Amazon may have started out by selling books, but it is now getting heavily into the surveillance market. There are four main sectors where it is already working on solutions that pose risks to privacy. Three of them have been covered extensively in this blog before. They are: the home,… Read more »
  • Don’t Trust. Verify.
    The VPN industry looks just like the world of religion – everyone has their different beliefs on who to trust. However, even the diamond in the rough lied to the princess. Is it really possible to blindly trust a person or entity without getting hurt in the end? Those of… Read more »
  • Private.sh release extensions for Google Chrome and Firefox
    Private.sh has released a Private Search Google Chrome Extension as well as a Private Search Firefox Add-On. The release of these Private.sh browser extensions allows private search engine users a new layer of control over their private internet searches by having the code stored and run locally.  The Private.sh search… Read more »