The Latest VPN News

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  • Domestic phone surveillance program from the Patriot Act may finally see the grave
    The Patriot Act was passed in the protectionist aftermath of 9/11, where the government decided to spy on its own citizens phone records under the guise of protecting against terrorism. When the Patriot Act was set to expire in 2015, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act which restored but barely… Read more »
  • Facial recognition works even when you’re covering your face
    Until recently, facial recognition software needed to scan your entire face in order to attempt to identify you. That may no longer be the case. In China, the coronavirus (formally known as Covid-19) has triggered the rapid adoption of face masks. While necessary to curtail the spread of the disease,… Read more »
  • A new survey shows Americans increasingly care about privacy
    Given how many privacy breaches hit the news, it’s of little surprise that 96% of Americans recently surveyed by ExpressVPN said that online data privacy was important to them. What’s more, many were willing to take action to proactively protect themselves: 92% of survey respondents indicated that they would delete… Read more »
  • The enemy within: welcome to the Internet of gaslighting
    Two and a half years ago, this blog warned about the Internet of “listening, eavesdropping, spying things” that were starting to become more popular. Today, smart speakers are found in many homes, and people seem largely oblivious of the privacy issues. Beyond these obvious spies that many invite into their… Read more »
  • Many WhatsApp private groups are indexed in Google and open to the public
    Many WhatsApp private groups were left exposed on the open web due to a privacy-ignoring configuration error by Facebook’s WhatsApp. The discovery was made by Jordan Wilson, a journalist for DW.com. He noticed that the “Invite to Group via Link” function for WhatsApp private groups creates a link that, when… Read more »
  • Google was publicly indexing your private WhatsApp groups, and no one knows for how long
    Up until a few days ago, if anyone had created a link to invite people to a WhatsApp group via the “Invite to Group Link,” someone could find it with a Google search and join it. DW journalist Jordan Wildon discovered that WhatsApp group invite links were indexed by Google,… Read more »
  • Freedom of speech, surveillance and privacy in the time of coronavirus
    The situation concerning the Covid-19 coronavirus is serious, although it is not yet clear whether it will develop into a pandemic affecting billions of people worldwide. The story so far touches on most of the central themes of this blog. For example, we know that the Chinese authorities wasted valuable… Read more »
  • ISPs sue Maine; claim their First Amendment right to free speech allows them to sell your internet history
    Internet service providers (ISPs) are taking the state of Maine to court over an internet privacy law that the ISPs do not want to follow. The lawsuit was first reported on by ArsTechnica’s Jon Brodkin. Back in 2017, Maine legislatures on every side of the bench came together to propose… Read more »
  • An open-source alternative to Google Maps
    Google knows a lot about you. From your search history to everything you ask your voice assistant, the tech giant collects data indiscriminately and without much warning. In fact, it will only refrain from doing so after a series of complicated steps that it deliberately keeps opaque. Google Maps is… Read more »
  • WireGuard® now available on the StrongVPN Android App
    The first public release for the new StrongVPN WireGuard®-based apps is now available on Android! And today’s release is just the beginning, with more apps following soon. Here’s everything you need to know about the StrongVPN WireGuard Android app release. WireGuard for Android WireGuard is the latest innovation in VPN… Read more »
  • Private Internet Access refund policy extended to 30 days
    Effective immediately, Private Internet Access subscribers will be covered under our new 30 day money back guarantee. Our subscribers are guaranteed satisfaction with our VPN product, and we wanted to make sure that our users get the VPN service they pay for and have ample time to test out their… Read more »
  • Are you an Android user? Your Bluetooth might be compromised
    Researchers at the Secure Mobile Networking Lab at Technische Universität Darmstadt recently discovered CVE-2020-0022, an Android bug which targets the Bluetooth code of Android devices running Oreo (8.0 and 8.1) and Pie (9.0). Malicious attackers operating within the Bluetooth range of your device can exploit the flaw to execute code… Read more »
  • Online dating and privacy: Will it ever be a match?
    On February 14, sweethearts will exchange cards, flowers, candy, and more in the name of St. Valentine. Yet, to this day, no one is sure of his true identity. For the rest of us, dating in the modern day, our identities are not so secret. The truth is, whenever you… Read more »
  • The Indian government is reportedly cracking down on VPN usage in Jammu & Kashmir
    Safwat Zargar described the situation on the ground in Jammu & Kashmir in an article on Scroll.in, highlighting that the government is taking drastic new steps to limit internet access. Specifically, they are targeting VPN users. The Army stops citizens and checks their phones for VPN applications while the internet… Read more »
  • The Private Internet Access Android app is being open sourced
    Private Internet Access (PIA) is open sourcing its Android VPN app and dependencies code to the public as part of its commitment to open sourcing all clients in the name of transparency and privacy. The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community is a cornerstone of everything we enjoy on… Read more »
  • What happens to privacy when China has personal data and the social graph of nearly everyone in the US?
    The speech by US Attorney General William P. Barr hardly seems earth-shattering. But buried within its business-like announcement of the indictment of four Chinese military hackers, there is the following statement, which has huge implications for privacy: For years, we have witnessed China’s voracious appetite for the personal data of… Read more »
  • Here’s how you can find cheaper flights with a VPN
    Feeling the travel bug? Warmer weather is just around the corner, meaning it’s time to start vacation-planning. If you’re on a tight budget, though, finding flights within your price range can be tough. But did you know you can actually use a VPN to find lower rates? This trick is… Read more »
  • Wacom drawing tablets track the name and time everytime you open an app
    Wacom drawing tablets have a dirty little secret – they are likely tracking the name and time of every app you’re opening – and sending that information to Google. The discovery and damning of Wacom’s anti-privacy actions are thanks to one observant Wacom drawing tablet user: Robert Heaton. Heaton used… Read more »
  • The uncrackable Android trojan: What is xHelper?
    We’ve advised our readers to stay safe from malware and trojans by keeping their devices updated at all times, but a new strain caught in the wild is seemingly impenetrable to every cybersecurity best practice. Amusingly named xHelper, the Android trojan affected over 45,000 devices by November 2019, with an… Read more »
  • Get free secure cloud storage when you sign up for our new bundle package
    What’s better than securing your data with a VPN? VPN protection PLUS free encrypted cloud storage. With our new StrongVPN + SugarSync® bundle, now you can access these two security services in one plan. So, what exactly is SugarSync, and why is it an ideal add-on for StrongVPN? Here’s everything… Read more »
  • Why the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) risks turning into a paper tiger
    Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has just announced two new GDPR inquiries. One of them concerns Tinder, as a result of “concerns raised by individuals both in Ireland and across the EU”. The other inquiry will examine Google’s processing of location data and the transparency surrounding that processing. The issue… 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 »
  • Google Maps is turning 15. How has it dominated the way we navigate?
    Do you remember the last time you looked at  a printed map? If you drive, then maybe you have an outdated Road Atlas collecting dust in the back of your car, or maybe you have a collection of tourist maps from when you visited other countries. Most of the time,… Read more »
  • The privacy nightmare in our wallets
    Google’s been keeping track of your online purchases, hotel bookings, and newsletter subscriptions for years, but a new privacy concern takes this several steps further. An experiment by The Washington Post uncovered that data on two seemingly innocuous credit card purchases — both a banana that cost $0.29 each —… Read more »
  • The EARN IT Act is the latest clueless attack on encryption, do not fall for it
    The latest attack on encryption is here, and it’s being championed under the cover of – surprise surprise – a necessary step to protect the children. Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Richard Blumenthal are proposing a new bill called the ‘‘Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of… Read more »