The Latest VPN News

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

  • Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes (“The War of All Against All”)
    Millions of years ago, when we were the prey, we relied on our ability to have privacy to hide our location, smell and sounds. With privacy, we gained freedom — and we survived. However, over time, we gave up many freedoms in exchange for peaceful order, as social contracts and… Read more »
  • At last, some good news for privacy: signs that micro-targeted advertising may be on the way out
    At the beginning of this year Privacy News Online wrote about how people were waking up to the dangers of micro-targeted advertising. Despite that, nothing much happened – until now. One reason for the shift is the heightened awareness of the role of social media in politics and elections. Twitter… Read more »
  • Facebook’s cryptocurrency has governments scrambling
    There are over 2,000 cryptocurrencies, tokens, and blockchain instruments commonly traded on more than 250 platforms around the world. Some of these currencies are created by pseudonymous individuals such as Bitcoin’s Satoshi Nakamoto, while others are conceived by child prodigies, startups, large tech companies, or even governments. Almost none of… Read more »
  • Introducing Private.sh: A search engine that cryptographically protects your privacy
    Private.sh is a new private search engine that uses cryptography to ensure that your search history cannot be tracked by anyone – even us. Private.sh comes from the same privacy committed makers of Private Internet Access in partnership with GigaBlast – one of the few companies to have their own… Read more »
  • Federal court rules that the Fourth Amendment protects your laptops and smartphones from suspicionless searches at the border
    A federal court in Boston has ruled that suspicionless searches of the smartphones and laptops of travelers violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) worked together to achieve this new precedent. The ACLU released the welcome news on… Read more »
  • What is spyware and how do I remove it?
    Identity theft affected nearly 15 million Americans last year, racking up 4 billion USD in losses. And if you were one of the victims, or if you know anyone who’s been subjected to credit card fraud, it’s highly likely that the underlying cause was spyware. What is Spyware? Spyware refers… Read more »
  • New! Introducing Light Mode
    Now you can enjoy StrongVPN in a brand new way. We’re excited to announce our new Light Mode option, a bright alternative to our usual Dark Mode interface. Whether you prefer Light Mode for better visibility or simply want to change things up, this new addition is ready for use.… 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, Facebook and many others are coming for your health data: watch out for your privacy
    Last week, Google announced that it would be buying Fitbit, valuing the 12-year-old company at $2.1 billion. Many have seen this as an attempt to boost Google’s position in the wearables sector. So far, the company’s Wear OS platform has made relatively little impact. The acquisition certainly improves Google’s position,… Read more »
  • How to create a VPN
    A virtual private network (VPN) helps you protect your browsing data from internet service providers (ISPs). It can also help you disguise your IP address from sites you visit, as well as unblock websites and circumvent content restrictions based on your location. A VPN is not very difficult to set… Read more »
  • How to unblock Spotify
    Have you ever seen either of these messages and wondered how to unblock Spotify? “Spotify is currently not available in your country.” “Be the first to know when we launch.” Spotify formally allows anyone who has a Premium account to change their country whenever they want – essentially advertising unlimited… Read more »
  • Australia proposed using facial recognition technology for online gambling and pornography age verification
    The Australian government’s Department of Home Affairs has proposed using facial recognition for online age verification for pornography and gambling websites visited by Australians as an update to Australia’s National Identity Security Strategy. The full not-so-detailed plan is titled: “Submission to the Inquiry into Age Verification for Online Wagering and… Read more »
  • Protect your messaging apps with a password now
    We’ve previously written about which messaging apps you should be using instead of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Snapchat. (If you’re not using an encrypted messaging app in 2019, what are you even doing?) To give your messaging apps an extra layer of physical security, set them up with a passcode… Read more »
  • ACLU sues to find out status of facial recognition mass surveillance in America
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed suit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Justice (DoJ), and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The case was filed in a Massachusetts federal court on Tuesday, October 29th. The filing asks for details about how the government currently… Read more »
  • Beyond Aadhaar: India wants to create a giant centralized facial recognition database
    Two years ago, Privacy News Online wrote about Aadhaar, India’s billion-person biometric database, used to check identity, and its potential to become the world’s biggest privacy disaster. Barely six months after that post, it emerged that access to the Aadhaar database could be bought very cheaply, as reported here by… Read more »
  • The most secure messaging apps in 2019
    From WhatsApp to Snapchat, messaging apps provide a free and easy service to communicate with friends, family, and co-workers. Without encryption, however, private messages could be read by the company behind the app, as well as third parties and even governments who like to collect private data on their citizens.… Read more »
  • 4 new cybersecurity threats in 2019
    Cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, and the nature and sophistication of attacks vary widely. With more businesses moving their files to the cloud, health care organizations shifting to electronic records, and consumers making financial transactions online, you can be sure that malicious hackers aren’t far away. The Center for Internet… Read more »
  • Smartphones with wheels: how modern transportation brings new privacy problems
    Tracking vehicles as a way of carrying out surveillance has been used by governments around the world for years. When exactly it should be allowed is still a hot topic, in the US at least. And it’s not just the police that use tracking devices. Recently it emerged that the… Read more »
  • How to: Handle a Data Breach
    As we wrap up week four of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’re diving into a very relevant topic: what do you do when you find out you’ve been affected by a data breach? Read on as we continue to cover this year’s theme of “Own IT, Secure IT, Protect IT.”… Read more »
  • Announcing the winner of the 2019 Future of Privacy Scholarship
    We are excited to announce the winner of the ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship 2019: Seth Connell, a law student at Regent University, in Virginia, U.S. Congratulations! This year, our essay prompt asked students to discuss whether we should rely on governments or the free market to ensure consumer privacy.… Read more »
  • Infographic: The rise of facial recognition in airports
    In a recent post, we spotlighted the growing use of face scans as a form of identification in airports, especially in the U.S. Here, we’ve rounded up stats and facts surrounding this phenomenon. The sweeping adoption of the technology is more than a little alarming—and there’s no sign of it… Read more »
  • How to: Erase yourself from the internet
    So far for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’ve taught you how to stay safe on social media and how to spot a phishing attempt. As we continue with this year’s theme of “Own IT, Secure IT, Protect IT,” we’re going to talk about how to cover your tracks online.  Nowadays,… Read more »
  • How to make your photos more private on social media
    “A picture is worth a thousand words,” so the old adage goes. Today, with virtually all photos taken digitally and in higher quality, they hold more information than ever before. There’s a lot that we can glean from photos at face value: Who’s in it, what’s happening, and where. But… Read more »
  • Why Facebook is the tool of choice for government manipulation
    The Global Disinformation Order, a new study by the Oxford Internet Institute, confirms our worst fears about governments’ use of social media to influence their people. “Evidence of organized social media manipulation campaigns have taken place in 70 countries, up from 48 countries in 2018 and 28 countries in 2017,”… Read more »
  • How to: Spot a Phishing Attempt
    Last week, we taught you how to stay safe on social media in honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This week, we’re tackling phishing — and not the kind that requires a rod and bait. Phishing is a type of online scam in which cybercriminals send an email or some… Read more »