The Latest VPN News

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  • VPN Searches Are Spiking in Hong Kong
    Because a VPN is such a versatile tool, different countries use it in different ways. Cyber security is the primary purpose, but circumventing over-aggressive firewalls is also a common use. In response to the Chinese government proposing new national security laws, the demand for VPN in Hong Kong has skyrocketed.… Read more »
  • Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 29th, 2020
    Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of May 29th, 2020 UK’s largest airline, easyJet, reveals January 2020 breach of 9 million customer records The biggest airline in the United Kingdom, easyJet, has revealed a data breach which affects over 9 million customers. Affected customers had their email addresses and travel… Read more »
  • Hong Kong VPN Demand is Soaring. Here’s Why.
    VPN technology is popular globally due to its ability to provide digital privacy and combat censorship online. The local motivations for VPN use vary, however. Recent demand for VPNs in Hong Kong is soaring. So, what’s behind this increased Hong Kong VPN demand? Here’s what you need to know. How… Read more »
  • Arizona has sued Google for illegally tracking phone location data
    Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Google for “deceptive and unfair practices used to obtain users’ location data.” Specifically, Google has been collecting location history in its Search and Maps app to tie to your Google account even if you have explicitly told Google that you want to opt out… Read more »
  • House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history
    Your internet history is safe from the FBI… for now. Government surveillance powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) – which have sat unrenewed since March – failed to be renewed this week in the House despite passing earlier this year. The FISA renewal vote came up as H.R.… Read more »
  • Top EU data protection agency under pressure to act against Internet giants as GDPR turns 2 years old
    A few weeks ago, this blog noted that there were questions hanging over the GDPR, not least the fact that no major fines had been issued against top Internet companies. The GDPR has just passed the two-year mark, and many have taken the opportunity to weigh in on this issue.… Read more »
  • Covid-19’s biggest casualty will be the further degradation of our individual privacy
    History, as they say, often repeats itself. And we’ve definitely seen this before. It took a cataclysmic event to sow the first seeds of the surveillance state in the U.S., where citizens gradually became accustomed to invasive tools following them everywhere they went. That was, of course, the terrorist attacks… Read more »
  • House to vote on whether the FBI can access internet history without a warrant: Act now to Save Internet Privacy
    Internet privacy is on the line as Congress votes this week on whether or not the FBI will be able to access the internet history of Americans without a warrant. The House of Representatives is likely planning to vote on H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020, tomorrow… Read more »
  • OpenSAFELY: more proof that tackling the coronavirus pandemic does not require privacy to be compromised
    In recent weeks, there has been an intense focus on the use of contact tracing apps as a way to emerge safely from the lockdowns that are in place around the world. A key question is whether to use a centralized or de-centralized architecture. After some division, the balance has… Read more »
  • Online Gaming with StrongVPN 101
    Online gaming is having a major moment right now. With the cancellation of events all around the world, esports are rapidly adapting by moving their tournaments and showcases online. Even EVO, the fighting game superbowl usually hosted in Las Vegas, has shifted to an online setting and updated its roster… Read more »
  • Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 22nd, 2020
    Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of May 22nd, 2020 Congress plans to expand Patriot Act with DOJ access to your web browsing and search activity without a warrant The Patriot Act is up for renewal in Congress as the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 and Senate Majority Leader… Read more »
  • Germany’s highest court rules individual right to privacy applies to everyone, even non-Germans
    Germany’s Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof), the highest court in the country, has ruled that parts of a 2016 law that allowed monitoring of the internet activity of foreign targets outside of Germany are unconstitutional. This landmark ruling will force the Merkel government to update laws governing Germany’s foreign intelligence… Read more »
  • Private Internet Access implores Representative Crow to protect internet privacy by voting “NO” on H.R. 6172
    RE: Vote “NO” on H.R. 6172, USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 Dear Representative Crow, Private Internet Access implores you to vote “NO” on H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 which would extend and expand the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to allow access to internet history… Read more »
  • China moves to take full control over Hong Kong with a proposed national security law in China’s National People’s Congress
    Hong Kong will soon have a new national security law implemented without a single vote by a Hong Kongese politician. If that doesn’t sound democratic, that’s because it isn’t. The National People’s Congress (NPC) in China is starting its bimonthly meetings and at the top of the agenda is a… Read more »
  • How a VPN can protect your internet history from The Patriot Act & the FBI
    If passed as is, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 will expand the infamous Section 215 of the Patriot Act to allow the FBI to view your internet search history without a warrant. This new surveillance capability was added to the Act by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in… Read more »
  • Survey: Americans distrust contact-tracing apps but are willing to use them for the greater good
    Big tech got a thumbs down in ExpressVPN’s last survey about American attitudes towards privacy, and while things have changed slightly since the emergence of Covid-19, the overall attitude remains one of mistrust. A new survey of 1,200 American adults commissioned by ExpressVPN found that 75% of people believe that… Read more »
  • UK’s largest airline, easyJet, reveals January 2020 breach of 9 million customer records
    The largest airline in the United Kingdom, easyJet, revealed that they had been hacked by a “sophisticated attack” in January of 2020. All in all, approximately 9 million customers were affected by the EasyJet hack. The affected customers had their travel records and emails exposed. The EasyJet disclosure also revealed… Read more »
  • How do advertisers always know where you are?
    To build a profile of you, advertisers can gather a multitude of information. They can follow you around the web using a tracking code, browser fingerprinting, store cookies on your machine, or even buy your credit card data. But advertisers can also follow your physical location: Bluetooth beacons around cities… Read more »
  • Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant
    The Patriot Act is up for renewal with the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act and this bill as-is allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to access your internet history without a warrant. Under this new law, all the DOJ has to do is claim that… Read more »
  • Noyb files complaint against Google under GDPR, saying Android Advertising ID can be tracked
    Every phone has an Android Advertising ID and it can be used to track your phone’s actions – and tied back to your identity. A privacy advocacy group called Noyb – European Center for Digital Rights has filed a legal complaint with the Austrian Data Protection Agency against Google under… Read more »
  • How to Optimize OpenVPN Speeds Like a Pro
    Having Trouble With OpenVPN Speeds? Here’s What You Can Do OpenVPN is one of the most popular VPN protocols. Pretty much all providers use it, with some only offering OpenVPN and nothing else. Plus, most articles you see on VPN review sites recommend using OpenVPN if you want to really… Read more »
  • Privacy News Online Week in Review (May 15th, 2020)
    Privacy News Online provides a “Week in Review” with privacy news summaries from around the world. Keep up to date with what has happened in the online privacy world over the last week here. Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of May 15th Hungary suspends parts of the GDPR as… Read more »
  • How to secure your video-conferencing apps
    If you are working from home right now, chances are you are relying heavily on at least one video-conferencing app to conduct all your previously in-office meetings. As awkward as video calls can be, they have nonetheless quickly woven themselves into the fabric of our lives, helping us stay in… Read more »
  • What is cybercrime? 5 types and examples of cybercrime explained
    Think about large-scale heists and it’s normal to conjure an image of a group of thieves robbing a bank, whisking away cash in black duffel bags. While such crimes haven’t gone away, criminals in the modern age often conduct their business online. Definition of cybercrime The term cybercrime refers to… 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 »