The Latest VPN News

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  • New Jersey Supreme Court rules that passcodes aren’t protected by Fifth Amendment
    The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that passcodes aren’t protected by the Fifth Amendment. States around the country, and other countries around the world, continue to rule differently on whether passcodes are protected by a constitutional right against self incrimination. It’s already been established that biometrics aren’t protected, but… Read more »
  • Instagram faces $500 billion lawsuit for gathering facial biometrics data without consent
    A new class action lawsuit in the state of Illinois is trying to bring Facebook to task for illegally harvesting biometrics data, specifically facial recognition data or a “face template.” The lawsuit, Whalen v. Facebook, seeks to fine Facebook up to $500 billion dollars for the illegal biometrics harvesting. The… Read more »
  • Court finds UK police use of facial recognition technology breaches privacy rights, data protection laws and equality laws
    Automated facial recognition has emerged as one of the most problematic technologies for privacy. That’s reflected in the increasing number of posts on this blog dealing with the issues it raises. Of particular concern is police use. The UK has been in the vanguard here, as has the pushback by… Read more »
  • How (and why) to keep multiple online identities separate
    For some, online anonymity is just fun. We can redefine who we are, pretend to be a dolphin, or vent into the void without having to worry what our conservative parents or restrictive boss would think. For others, being anonymous online is the only way to show their true self… Read more »
  • How the government legally tracks your smartphone use with the Anomaly Six SDK
    A Virginia based government contracting firm called Anomaly Six LLC has been revealed to be inserting a proprietary software development kit (SDK) into over five hundred mobile apps then sharing gathered data with the government. This government tracking system for smartphones is now out in the open thanks to a… Read more »
  • China expands Great Firewall to block HTTPS traffic that uses TLS 1.3 and ESNI
    The Great Firewall of China is getting longer. Chinese censors upgraded the GFW to be able to block HTTPS traffic that uses TLS 1.3 and ESNI. We know about this news thanks to a joint report by three long-time observers of the Chinese censorship machine: iYouPort, the Great Firewall Report,… Read more »
  • To combat fake pandemic news, countries beef up censorship
    Since the beginning of this year, countries have been scrambling to control the spread of Covid-19 by placing unprecedented measures and restrictions on freedoms we took for granted. Restricted travel, social distancing, and contact tracing are only some of the emergency measures that have been crucial in reducing cases in… Read more »
  • Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: August 7, 2020
    Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of August 7th, 2020 The Garmin hack could have been a disastrous, large scale privacy breach The recent ransomware attack on GPS company Garmin highlights that the only thing standing between a ransomware attack and a large-scale privacy breach is really just the hacker’s… Read more »
  • The Department of Justice wants to stop California from having net neutrality
    The US Department of Justice has filed for an injunction to stop California from implementing their own net neutrality laws. Net neutrality has been repealed in the United States Federal Communication Commission (FCC) effective since summer 2018, and now the effort of states to bring their citizens back under net… 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 »
  • The CIA was secretly granted much more freedom to carry out cyberattacks
    Yahoo News has reported that the CIA was granted sweeping powers by President Donald Trump in 2018 to conduct cyberattacks against adversaries of its choice, breaking with established practices. In the past, the U.S. spy agency had to seek White House approval before engaging in a covert attack in cyberspace.… Read more »
  • Why the WireGuardⓇ VPN Protocol is Ideal for Streaming
    Earlier this year, StrongVPN was the first service to implement the WireGuardⓇ VPN protocol across all apps. This protocol is the newest available option, making big improvements over its predecessors and pushing VPNs into a new era. Stable connections, high speeds, and increased security are among the many perks of… Read more »
  • Modern-day encryption has ancient cryptography beginnings
    How to communicate privately has fascinated mathematicians for millennia, possibly as far back as ancient Egypt. Greek strategists would often make use of simple cryptographic tools. Julius Caesar reportedly used ciphers to transmit orders to his generals to reduce the risk of them being intercepted by enemies or read by… Read more »
  • Turkey takes Germany’s “hate speech” law, and makes it much worse with its own censorship and data localization rules
    Last month we wrote about France’s “hate speech” law, and noted that it followed in the footsteps of the earlier German law known as NetzDG (short for “Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz”, or network enforcement law). NetzDG was bad news not just for German freedom of speech, but for human rights around the world,… Read more »
  • Big changes to data protection laws in the EU and Brazil
    If you’re one of the 656 million people who live in the EU or Brazil, then a series of recent developments might impact the way companies like Facebook and Google handle your data. The first, a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union, which is Europe’s top… Read more »
  • Chinese gamers will need to verify their real names on all games by September
    China is rolling out a real name authentication and verification system for all gamers in the country by September as a way to track gamers and make sure that they aren’t playing too much. Chinese gamers on popular games such as Honour of Kings (aka Arena of Valor) by Tencent… Read more »
  • Some T-mobile customers shadowbanned from texting after sending the word “belly” via SMS
    T-Mobile customers were being shadowbanned from sending SMS text messages for ten days because they sent the word “belly.” When shadowbanned, T-Mobile users receive no notice that they have been censored as their messages still seem like they’re going through, but nothing is received on the other end. As best… Read more »
  • How Gamers Can Use SugarSync Effectively
    StrongVPN is a VPN built for gamers.  Whether you’re streaming gameplay on Twitch, practicing on your favorite console, or just browsing on your gaming PC, StrongVPN is all about providing you with a secure and simple experience. But did you know that StrongVPN also comes with the added perk of… Read more »
  • Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 31, 2020
    Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of July 31st, 2020 Top EU court sinks main framework for sending personal data across the Atlantic The Privacy Shield framework, which allowed the large companies like Facebook to send data from Europe to the United States, has been ruled invalid by the Court… Read more »
  • Here’s how firewalls work
    In engineering and architecture, areas at risk of fire are compartmentalized with walls and heavy doors. In the event of a fire, for example, firewalls will stop the spread of the flames and contain the damage. In computing, a firewall is software or hardware that separates different parts of a… Read more »
  • Key questions raised about algorithmic transparency by new GDPR case brought against Uber by its drivers
    Back in 2017, this blog noted a new threat to privacy from the increasing use of workplace surveillance. Once people’s work is quantified automatically, it can then be used for algorithmic management, as we described this year. The coronavirus lockdown has led to millions of people working from home for… Read more »
  • The Garmin hack could have been a disastrous, large scale privacy breach
    Garmin recently suffered a ransomware attack that crippled services for days. The ransomware attack could have been a cover for a more targeted attack on individuals around the world. This wouldn’t be the first time that a more public facing hack ends up being a smokescreen for a more targeted… Read more »
  • New semester, new surveillance: How schools plan to monitor students
    It is somehow almost August, which normally signals the start of another school year for many children and university students. While Covid-19 has thrown any semblance of such normalcy out the window, there are still countries eager to reopen schools this fall, which has stirred consternation surrounding how to do… Read more »
  • Infographic: The complete mobile security guide in pictures
    ExpressVPN recently published a comprehensive guide to mobile safety on our Privacy Labs page. [Keep up with the latest in privacy and security. Sign up for the ExpressVPN blog newsletter.] The guide covers mobile security tips, tricks, and best practices and will help secure your phone from the most determined… Read more »
  • Study confirms companies with poor privacy practices are more likely to suffer data breach
    A new whitepaper by Osana confirms what many of us already suspected: that companies with poor privacy practices are 80% more likely to suffer a data breach. To back up the intuitive conclusion that companies with poorer privacy practices are more likely to suffer a data breach, Osana first started… Read more »