The Latest VPN News

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

  • The Hong Kong protests reveal how our faces are becoming a key battleground for privacy and freedom
    The protests in Hong Kong are much in the news. But for readers of this blog, there’s a particular reason why they are of interest. Mainland China is well known for its advanced and pervasive surveillance systems, and Hong Kong naturally shares many of its approaches. Protesting in the region… 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 »
  • Are at-home DNA tests worth the privacy risks?
    I admit I’ve always been intrigued by DNA testing kits. My family lineage is complex, spanning a range of cultures and geographic regions, so I’ve been eager to get to the bottom of it. Plus, it would be cool to understand what sort of medical conditions I might be susceptible… Read more »
  • Thailand orders restaurants and internet cafes offering public WiFi to log your internet history
    Thailand has ordered all restaurant and cafe owners who provide WiFi to start storing the internet history of patrons for at least 90 days. This new announcement came at a news conference on the 8th of October. The Thai ministers clarified that this is a new update to a newly… Read more »
  • US Court says that states can ignore FCC and pass their own net neutrality laws
    A circuit judge has ruled that States can enact their own net neutrality laws – like California is doing – and that isn’t against the current federal rules on net neutrality. Ever since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) outlawed net neutrality protections in 2016, the question of whether states could… Read more »
  • What are smart cities?
    The words “smart city” are practically a foolproof conversation starter these days. Around the world, cities are implementing IoT devices, sensors, and other components to harvest data and glean insights. Other facets might also include the use of face scanners, public Wi-Fi, and cashless systems for more precise targeting or… Read more »
  • Why you need to use a VPN when using WiFi at coworking spaces like WeWork
    You should never use the internet at a coworking space like WeWork without public internet. Many coworking spaces have what’s akin to a public WiFi network without any security precautions. For the most well known coworking space brand, WeWork, their WiFi security is notoriously lax. Teemu Airamo told CNET that… Read more »
  • Can filmmaking be the future of VR?
    Virtual reality technology has been a talking point for a few years now without really breaking through to the mainstream. Sure, the market is growing. The market size of VR and AR is projected to reach 17 billion USD this year, and 160 billion USD by 2023. Consumer spending makes… 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 »
  • Web sites have a problem after top EU court rules that pre-ticked checkboxes for tracking cookies aren’t valid for consent
    Last week we wrote about two important judgments from the EU’s top court – the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). It has just released another long-awaited ruling that is likely to have an even bigger impact on privacy and the Internet. It involves the use of pre-ticked… Read more »
  • Millions of smartphones vulnerable to SimJacker mobile phone exploit
    Earlier this month, Adaptive Mobile Security released a report on a vulnerability and set of exploits which have since been named SimJacker. Adaptive Mobile Security showed that this attack vector has been used for at least the last two years to hack into target mobile phones. The security firm was… Read more »
  • NEW! Multiple International Servers Added
    We’re always expanding our network behind the scenes here at StrongVPN, and we’re excited to announce some recent additions we’ve made. These are the locations we’ve added to our server list: Charlotte, North Carolina, USADublin, IrelandGlasgow, Scotland, UKLisbon, PortugalMumbai, IndiaNew Orleans, Louisiana, USASantiago, ChileTaipei, TaiwanTallinn, Estonia Please be aware that… Read more »
  • How to: Improve Your Social Media Privacy and Security
    October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! As a NCSAM Champion, StrongVPN advocates for a safer and more trusted internet for all. This year’s theme is ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT,’ — in other words, focusing on the ever-present role of technology in our lives, and how we can make… Read more »
  • Happy National Cybersecurity Awareness Month!
    October has just begun and autumn is officially here. But that doesn’t just mean temperatures dropping and leaves changing. October also marks another annual event to celebrate: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month!  In 2019, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is needed more than ever. With data collection out of control, privacy violations… Read more »
  • New treaty will allow UK to request data, not backdoor, from US social media companies like WhatsApp
    Social media apps like WhatsApp will be obligated to share what they share with the US with the UK under a proposed United States, United Kingdom treaty called the CLOUD Act. From what security experts are gleaming from the law, the CLOUD ACT opens up data requests that WhatsApp usually… Read more »
  • ExpressVPN and HP provide VPN protection to PC users
    We’re thrilled to announce that ExpressVPN is working with HP to help its users stay private and secure online. VPNs are indispensable tools for digital safety, and many HP customers will now be secured from Day 1 with ExpressVPN protection preinstalled on select new HP consumer PCs.  Starting today, ExpressVPN… Read more »
  • Top court says “right to be forgotten” doesn’t always apply outside EU – and orders search engines to manipulate results
    One of the more controversial elements of EU data protection law is the so-called “right to be forgotten” (RTBF), which dates back to 2014. This allows EU citizens to request internet search engines such as Google to remove search results directly related to them. Despite its misleading name, they are… Read more »
  • Opt out of a face scan at the airport? Easier said than done.
    Air travel is stressful—from finding the best flight prices to lining up for what feels like hours to get through airport security before finally squeezing into your ever-shrinking seat on the plane. The last thing you’d want is to be that person holding everyone up at security emptying your pockets… Read more »
  • WARP is not a VPN for privacy
    You may have heard earlier this year that Cloudflare was planning a mobile VPN called WARP. Today, 9/5/19, Cloudflare has officially opened its WARP “VPN” feature on its popular 1.1.1.1. DNS encrypting app to the public – and it’s important to note that WARP is NOT private. What most people… Read more »
  • Instead of freeing us, the internet is making us conform
    The fact that we’re far less likely to engage in deviant behavior if we think we’re being watched isn’t a new discovery. In 2012, a group of researchers from the University of Newcastle in the UK used simple signage in three spots on campus that had an extremely high prevalence… Read more »
  • Is your car spying on you?
    Unlike many other devices, cars are not prefixed with the word smart. Even if they’re connected to the internet—and have the ability to collect and sell your data to third parties. And yet, that’s exactly what most modern cars can do. In recent years, carmakers have turned your vehicle from… Read more »
  • Researchers show that smart TVs are sending your private information back to third parties like Netflix and Facebook
    While most people have long suspected that their smart TVs are spying on them, there is now definitive proof. Two new studies have highlighted that smart TVs are still not good for your privacy. Two sets of researchers – one from Princeton University and the University of Chicago and a… Read more »
  • Want to trade crypto? Here are the top 5 exchanges to try your hand
    To buy Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, you have multiple options. You can go to a Bitcoin ATM, accept them as payments for your goods and services, buy them peer-to-peer or from a brokerage. The most popular option for most is to head to a cryptocurrency exchange. Not all exchanges are… Read more »
  • Why you can’t judge a VPN by its server count
    When it comes to choosing a VPN company, there are many things you’ll want to take into account, such as do they provide good speeds? Do they have apps for all my devices? And are they well known and trusted? One question that gets asked a lot is “How many… Read more »
  • As we rush toward convenience, say so long to privacy
    We’re all guilty of the same thing. In our rush to download and install apps, we carelessly breeze through all the necessary permissions without even a second glance. Facebook wants to record audio? Absolutely. Gmail needs access to our phone contacts? You bet. Instagram wants to eavesdrop on our camera… Read more »