Author - james seibel

Are Free VPN’s Safe? The Truth About So-Called “Free” VPN Providers

Most people use a VPN to increase their safety when using the internet. There is a general understanding that a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, means your data is encrypted and protected from the government, advertising trackers, etc. from analyzing your internet traffic and seeing what you are doing. This is not the case – there is no definitive VPN protocol or standard type of VPN network. Just because your mobile device has the “VPN” logo at the top, does [...]

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Germany Private Internet Access Server is Taken Down for Dutch and Russian Snooping

Easy VPN Router and Private Internet Access (PIA) users may have noticed that the German PIA server has been taken offline. This was caused by anti-privacy actions taken by Leaseweb, PIA’s German data center hosting partner. As explained by PIA in a post, in 2008 Leaseweb allowed Russian and Dutch authorities to perform deep packet inspection on customers’ traffic. The target of this snooping was specifically unencrypted ICQ messenger traffic, which is very specific. Because PIA encrypts all communication from customers, and [...]

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Airbnb WiFi Security – Use a VPN WiFi Router for Airbnb Guests

Your home is clean. The fluffy guest towels are out. The WiFi is – You didn’t think about the WiFi, did you? Yes, your Airbnb guests are able to connect, but is your internet connection safe? This is a concern for both your guests’ and your own security. If you’re going to be an Airbnb host, you need a VPN router. Let’s talk about why. Airbnb WiFi with a VPN Router A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, creates a secure internet tunnel [...]

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BitTorrent and Anonymous VPN: How to stay safe when downloading

BitTorrent is one of the most popular ways to share files over the internet. Unfortunately, downloading with torrent files exposes your IP address, making it simple for anyone to know exactly who you are and what you are downloading. By using VPN software you can hide your true IP address, preventing the government and organizations from knowing your identity. Read on to learn why BitTorrent is unsafe and how VPN technology can make you anonymous while downloading torrents. Why BitTorrent is Not Anonymous Although [...]

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What is a VPN Router? Comparing VPN Routers to normal VPN clients

Simply put, a VPN router is a normal internet router that has VPN client software installed on it. Every device that connects to the router is therefore protected by VPN, providing many benefits over a traditional VPN client running on the computer itself. This post explains what a VPN router is and how it helps you stay safe and secure on the internet. First, we need to understand a little bit about what a VPN actually is. VPN and Anonymous VPN A VPN (Virtual Private [...]

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DNS Leaks Explained

When using an anonymous VPN to hide your online identity (IP address), a mistake in how you configure your computer to use the Domain Name System (DNS) can cause your true IP address to be revealed. This post explains what DNS leaks are and how to avoid them to maintain safety online. What is a DNS Leak? Browsing the internet is a series of requests to servers. When you access google.com, the first thing your computer does is convert the name [...]

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Tails and VPN Explained

Tails is a Linux-based operating system for enhanced privacy while accessing the internet or using a computer. By routing all internet traffic automatically through Tor, it makes it simple for even technical beginners to use the internet safely and securely. This has enormous benefits for people such as human rights activists, who need a safe way to communicate digitally without their governments spying on them, which may save their lives. A VPN, or “virtual private network”, is a mechanism for enhancing data [...]

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