The Latest VPN News

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  • Pakistan bans TikTok; calls videos “immoral and indecent”
    The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has officially banned TikTok for providing access to “immoral and indecent” videos – though it remains to be seen how permanent this ban will be. TikTok has recently had similar troubles in the United States; however, it is becoming increasingly clear that these software bans… Read more »
  • What is metadata and what does it mean?
    In the context of privacy, we often talk about metadata as a weak link. While data can be easy to hide and encrypt, metadata is often far more difficult to conceal. Metadata is data about data. For example, if this article is the data, its metadata will include information about… Read more »
  • Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 16, 2020
    Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of October 16th, 2020 Survey finds 85% of smartphone users believe they’re being spied on by a mobile app A new survey by WhistleOut asked users if they believe an app on their phone spies on them, and if so… which app or apps?… Read more »
  • 7 countries are calling for access to your private messages
    If you’re using a messaging app that does not use end-to-end encryption (E2EE), your communications could be read by the company whose app you’re using, as well as government authorities and other third parties, who are incentivized to collect as much personal data on you as possible. Strong encryption makes… Read more »
  • French data protection authority says it can’t trust top US Internet companies with EU personal data – even if they keep it in the EU
    Last month, this blog looked at the continuing repercussions of the decision by the EU’s top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), to strike down the Privacy Shield framework that legalizes most flows of personal information from the EU to the US. The privacy activist who… Read more »
  • We need more than surveillance to prevent police violence
    When you think about intrusive surveillance, you might conjure up an image of an all-seeing eye following you around as you go about your daily activities. And studies have shown that the presence of surveillance starts to dictate how you act and behave. Much of this concept references the work… Read more »
  • Quick biography: Chelsea Manning
    Chelsea Manning’s disclosure of hundreds of thousands of confidential military and U.S. state documents resulted in a 35-year prison sentence. Yet without her whistleblowing, the world might never have known what really happened in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But how did a soldier who barely passed basic training end… Read more »
  • Quick biography: Julian Assange
    In 2006, Australian computer programmer Julian Assange founded WikiLeaks, the website that would eventually gain worldwide fame in 2010 for publishing Chelsea Manning’s leaked Afghan and Iraq war files. Assange remains a controversial figure, currently imprisoned in the UK and awaiting extradition to the U.S. under espionage charges. Background in… Read more »
  • Google gives IP addresses to police of people who have searched particular keywords or addresses
    According to court records from an arson case in Florida, Google regularly provides information to law enforcement about people that search a particular term or physical location using a Google service like Google Search or Google Maps. Information such as the the IP address. Typically, if police have an interest… Read more »
  • Quick biography: Edward Snowden
    In 2013, Edward Snowden and his hard drive full of classified NSA documents boarded a plane and changed forever how we understood privacy. His actions forced the world to reckon with the realities of mass surveillance and inspired a new generation of whistleblowers. Early years Edward Joseph Snowden was born… Read more »
  • Court seeks IP address from Twitter for account allegedly linked to Seth Rich conspiracy
    U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu of Oakland, CA has issued a subpoena to Twitter asking the social media platform to provide the IP address and account registration information used to create and operate the Twitter account that has been established as the first link to an allegedly forged FBI document… 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 »
  • Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 9, 2020
    Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of October 9th, 2020 Representatives Garcia and Wagner introduce EARN IT Act to the House The EARN IT Act has officially been introduced to the House of Representatives. The EARN IT Act previously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year and has bipartisan… Read more »
  • IRS being investigated for tracking American location data without a warrant
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has an oversight body, and according to Motherboard, that oversight body has launched a formal investigation into the IRS’s use of location data without a warrant. The investigation was kicked off after Senators Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren demanded that there be a formal investigation.… Read more »
  • Facebook: Our future in Europe is unclear
    Facebook says its fundamental service delivery model is under threat in Europe, as it does not know how it will adequately comply with an EU ruling preventing it from transferring data from the EU to servers in the U.S. The ruling, issued in July by the European Court of Justice,… Read more »
  • Survey finds 85% of smartphone users believe they’re being spied on by a mobile app
    A new survey by WhistleOut provides some numbers to back up a growing sentiment: That an app on your smartphone is spying on you right this second while you read this article. The latest numbers from the smartphone industry estimates that the average smartphone user has between 60 and 90… Read more »
  • Top court rules again that EU laws may not require general and indiscriminate data retention, but then muddies the privacy waters
    National governments in the EU are very keen for communication companies to store traffic and location data for all their users. They claim this is necessary to enable the authorities to fight terrorism and serious crime. Such information may be helpful in some cases, but it also entails a massive… Read more »
  • A huge drug bust raises questions about dark web anonymity
    The dark web is known for its illegal activity. But this part of the internet, which is often accessed with the Tor Browser and provides users with anonymity, is also a lifeline for whistleblowers, democratic reformers, journalists, and others needing to communicate covertly. However, a recent international drug bust has… Read more »
  • StrongDNS Explained: What It is and Why You Need It
    Having a StrongVPN account means more than just having a reliable VPN service. We work hard to give our customers the most value possible, and this is most reflected in the features that come with a subscription. Apps for tons of devices and access to the cutting-edge WireGuardⓇ protocol are… Read more »
  • Representatives Garcia and Wagner introduce EARN IT Act to the House
    The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT Act) is now on the House of Representatives floor. The bill (full text) was submitted by Representatives Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) and Ann Wagner (R-MO) and while it has not passed the Senate floor yet, the EARN IT Act… Read more »
  • Why UK police love Uber: The company shares its data with them
    Uber has won a long court battle to be able to operate in London. And through this saga, one of the company’s supporters has come as a surprise: UK police. The reason for this support is that, according to a report from The Times, the ride-hailing app shares over 2,000… Read more »
  • ExpressVPN jointly launches industry principles to boost consumer trust
    As more of our daily lives go digital, a VPN is now an indispensable tool for protecting yourself online. But with seemingly hundreds of VPN apps out there, where do you even begin when shopping for a VPN? How do you know which one you can trust?  That’s why last… Read more »
  • What is Parsec Gaming and is it Secure?
    Fighting games are famously competitive. The genre breeds intense high-level competition and an incredibly passionate fanbase, both of which have taken a bit of a hit this year. Since fighting game input timing can be punishingly strict, local play has always been the preferred way to duke it out. With… Read more »
  • New iOS 14 Privacy Changes Explained
    Smart phones have posed privacy issues since their inception. While the idea of being connected to the internet at all times has always felt futuristic and beneficial, the reality is that that same connection has opened the door for surveillance, invasions of privacy, and questionable practices. Recently, Apple has decided… 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 »