The Latest VPN News

This page is populated by the latest VPN news from reputable VPN providers and authorities.

  • MiFi 4G hotspots are vulnerable to hacking, use a VPN to protect yourself
    Many popular MiFi devices used as 4G hotspots are vulnerable to hacking. A DEFCON 27 talk by Pen Test Partners revealed command injection and remote code execution vulnerabilities in popular 4G hotspots and MiFi routers made by ZTE, Netgear, TP-Link, and Huawei. Affected models include the Netgear Nighthawk M1, the… Read more »
  • Your devices are rating you. Behave accordingly.
    Chances are you’ve seen “Nosedive,” the infamous Black Mirror episode depicting a world in which ordinary people rate each other on the basis of their social interactions. On the popular show—which takes aim at the pervasive nature of technology in our lives and paints a dystopian picture of the future—these… Read more »
  • Arsenic in the water of democracy: UK police, politicians and privacy activists clash over facial recognition deployments
    Last week’s post looked at the increasing number of moves to rein in, or even ban, the use of facial recognition technologies in the US. Another country at the forefront of exploring the legal, social and ethical issues raised by the technology is the UK. Problems with the use of… Read more »
  • What is a CA certificate, and how does it work?
    Recently, the government of Kazakhstan temporarily forced citizens to install a Certificate Authority (CA) which allows the state to decrypt all content and communications in a Man-in-the-middle Attack. The certificate even allows the government to alter data, and trick users into running and downloading viruses and spyware. The initiative by… Read more »
  • Free VPNs? Here’s Why You Should Avoid Them.
    When you’re not paying for privacy, you’re sacrificing it. Picture this: You’re looking for a house-sitter to watch over your home for a few weeks while you travel, but you don’t feel like forking over the extra bucks to pay for one. You search online for house-sitters who will do the… 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 »
  • Anonymized demographic data can still be used to identify you
    If you’re one of the few people who read terms of service, you may find buried in various companies’ privacy policies a clause saying that they may collect and sell your data to third parties. The data, they say, is anonymized, but a new study published in Nature Communications demonstrates… Read more »
  • What is a Bitcoin node and who needs one?
    The Bitcoin network does not have a central authority that decides which transactions are valid and which are not. There is nobody who issues coins, and nobody who can take them back. Nobody knows how to turn Bitcoin off. Instead, Bitcoin is made up of computers called nodes, which can… Read more »
  • Private Internet Access users can now resolve internet names with the Handshake Naming System (HNS)
    Starting since version 1.30, the Mac, Linux, and Windows Private Internet Access (PIA) desktop clients have come with the ability to change the selected Name Server from PIA’s Domain Name System (DNS) servers to using one of PIA’s Handshake Name System (HNS) servers. Once this setting is changed, you’ll be… Read more »
  • Facial recognition concerns go mainstream in the US, as cities and companies bring in bans
    Recently, FaceApp was much in the headlines. It allows users to submit photos of faces and modify them in interesting ways – making peple look older, or younger, or changing their expression. It was undoubtedly a cool use of AI technology. But what was most interesting about the episode is… Read more »
  • UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand meet to discuss the “ghost protocol” aka built in encryption backdoors
    Representatives from the UK, US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand recently finished a two day meeting in London where the countries renewed their commitment to seeking encryption backdoors from technology companies around the world. The meetings were held by the UK’s Home Secretary, Priti Patel, and the official topics were… Read more »
  • Eyes in the sky will soon see everything – even what happened in the past; is it too late to worry about privacy?
    Earlier this year, Privacy News Online wrote about a new generation of nanosatellites that are starting to fill the sky. The same continuing advances in technology that have made these small but powerful systems possible are also operating at the other of the satellite spectrum. It means that traditional satellites… Read more »
  • 6 massive government data breaches
    We’re constantly hearing about data breaches lately⁠—and it’s no wonder, given that 5 billion personal records were exposed last year. While the majority of cybersecurity headlines center around consumer-facing companies such as Facebook and Equifax, the fact is government records are equally at risk. Some might even argue that our… Read more »
  • SaferVPN Joins NetProtect
    It’s taken some time, but now that the contract ink has dried, we’re eager to announce that SaferVPN has joined NetProtect! You’re probably wondering what this means for you, and what’s happening to the apps you know and love. Well, you can rest assured that SaferVPN will remain the independent… Read more »
  • Study confirms less than 20% always read terms of service
    If you frequently click ‘I agree’ with regards to companies’ terms of service (ToS) without actually reading them, you’re not alone. A new study by ExpressVPN reveals that more than 80% of consumers don’t always read the ToS when creating new accounts on websites. Partly to blame might be the… Read more »
  • What can we learn from Palantir’s secret user manual for police users of its big data software?
    Two years ago, Privacy News Online wrote about the mysterious Palantir Technologies. It describes itself as a company that makes “products for human-driven analysis of real-world data“. It is a data analytics supplier at heart, but one that is working on some of society’s most sensitive data, notably the kind… Read more »
  • Siri and Alexa train their AI with your voice. Here’s how to delete that data.
    If you’ve ever said “Hey” to Alexa, or an “OK” to Google, chances are your voice has been recorded and transcribed to improve their AI voice recognition technology. With more news stories of contractors listening to your recordings and lawsuits mounting over the non-consensual recording of children’s voices, the privacy… Read more »
  • Reminder: Upcoming Server Change
    This is a reminder that ReliableHosting will be phasing out the following DNS server on the following date: Thursday, August 1: 216.131.94.5 As an alternative, we recommend that you move to a public DNS provider. Here are a few public DNS server options we recommend: https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/ 8.8.8.8 8.8.4.4 https://www.cloudflare.com/learning/dns/what-is-1.1.1.1/ 1.1.1.1… Read more »
  • US Attorney General demands encryption backdoors at all costs and for you to just accept it
    President Trump’s Attorney General, William Barr, has demanded the tech industry create encryption backdoors because he views encryption as a security risk. Barr made his illogical thoughts on encryption known to the world while speaking at an event at Fordham University earlier this morning. He decried warrant proof encryption and… Read more »
  • New research confirms Kazakhstan is spying on connections to Facebook, Twitter, VK, Instagram, Youtube, Google, and more
    Kazakhstan is actively spying on its citizens’ internet connections to Facebook, Twitter, VK, Instagram, Youtube, Google, along with many other sites. New research published by Ram Sundara Raman, Leonid Evdokimov, Eric Wustrow, Alex Halderman, and Roya Ensafi has identified 37 domains that are being targeted by Kazakhstan’s ongoing man-in-the-middle (MITM)… Read more »
  • ExpressVPN rolls out apps and browser extensions in over a dozen languages
    Online privacy and security are fundamental rights no matter what language you speak. That’s why ExpressVPN is proud to say we now offer our apps and browser extensions in more than a dozen languages. Our apps for Windows, Android, and iOS have all recently been upgraded to support multiple languages,… Read more »
  • Why you need to use a VPN to stop Google and Facebook from tracking your porn habits
    A team of researchers from Microsoft, the University of Pennsylvania, and Carnegie Mellon have revealed a study showing that Google and Facebook are keeping tabs on your porn viewing habits with trackers and using incognito mode or private browsing does not stop it. The researchers analyzed 22,484 porn websites and… Read more »
  • How to stop the Kazakhstan government from intercepting your internet traffic
    Update: The Kazakh government has halted its CA plans for now. If you previously installed the certificate, make sure it has been thoroughly removed from your system, and let us know if you encounter difficulties in the future. As of this month, internet users in Kazakhstan have been seeing notices… Read more »
  • 9 things you can do with a home server
    Running your own server at home can be cheap and requires only basic knowledge of the command line. An old laptop can be converted into a server without any physical modifications, and even a modest desktop from the store would be able to easily run all the applications below without… Read more »
  • Why Do Netflix Libraries Vary from Country to Country?
    You may have noticed, when traveling or moving to a different country, that your Netflix account offers different movies and TV shows than what you are used to. In this article, we explain why Netflix libraries differ from country to country and how you can access content from all over… Read more »