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How USB Drives Can Be a Danger to Your Computer

Did you find a random USB stick, perhaps at your school or in a parking lot? You may be tempted to plug it into your PC, but you could leave yourself open to attack or, worse still, permanently damage your machine. Here’s why…

Can You Still Stream With a VPN in 2022?

Virtual private networks let you access different regions’ streaming libraries. Unsurprisingly, Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services aren’t too enthusiastic about VPN users unlocking all this extra content and have put…

How to Set Up Shadowsocks With Outline

Shadowsocks is a powerful tool that can help you escape censorship, in particular the Great Firewall of China. As much as we like it, though, setting it up can be a bit tricky, which is why we’ve put together this guide on ho…

Shadowsocks vs. VPNs: Which Should You Use?

If you want to escape internet censorship, you may have wondered whether a VPN or Shadowsocks is the better choice for you. Both are powerful tools that will help you evade any blocks, but each comes with its own strengths an…

Are RFID-Blocking Wallets Worth It?

RFID-blocking wallets are supposed to prevent your RFID card information from being stolen. But do they really work? Even then, is the danger real enough to make a purchase worth it? Let’s find out.

What Is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)?

You’ve heard of two-factor authentication (2FA) and its many benefits, but what about multi-factor authentication (MFA)? MFA can go beyond a simple text or authentication app, and might even happen without you knowing it….

How Much Is Your Data Worth to Advertisers?

What with all the stories about data harvesting by large companies, you may have wondered what’s actually in it for them. Let’s take a look at what your data’s worth—and why so many companies are doing whatever it takes to …

Stop Using Flashlight Apps

Flashlight apps were once a clever tool inspired by everyone having a display in their pocket. Those days are long gone, though. You shouldn’t be using flashlight apps anymore. We’ll explain why and what you should use instea…

Here’s What a VPN Can’t Protect You From

VPNs are powerful tools that can help keep you safe on the web, but they aren’t some kind of magical armor that will protect you from all online dangers—no matter how much VPN providers promise that they are. Let’s take a l…

What Is Shadowsocks, and How Does It Work?

If you’re looking to escape internet censorship, one interesting option is something called Shadowsocks. Not only is its name intriguing, it also promises to get you past any blocks safely. Let’s see what this protocol can an…

What Do VPNs Share with Law Enforcement?

VPNs promise to protect your privacy, but law enforcement and courts the world over have the legal right to ask for your records—provided they can make a case against you. How do VPNs handle these requests, and how much do …

How to Escape Internet Censorship

As you probably know, the internet isn’t free everywhere: in some countries, people are met with blocks when accessing sites the government doesn’t approve of. Thankfully, there are ways around these blocks, and you don’t eve…

Why SMS Needs to Die

The SMS mobile phone texting standard turns 30 this year, and its insecurity and legacy features are holding the world back. Here’s why SMS needs to go away as soon as possible.

What Is a VPN Tunnel, and How Does It Work?

If you’re shopping for a VPN—or even just curious about what these services can do for you—you’ve probably come across the term “VPN tunnel” or “secure tunnel.” What are these tunnels exactly, and why are they important?…
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