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VPN Comparison Chart & How to choose the best VPN
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Sat 19 May 2018, 17:29    Post subject: AirVPN
Subject description: a review
 

https://www.cloudwards.net/airvpn-review/

When it comes to privacy, AirVPN is one of the most respected names in the VPN industry. Based in Italy, AirVPN tells us that it started at a Pirate festival in Rome as a project by:

“A very small group of activists, hacktivists, hackers in 2010, with the invaluable (and totally free) help of two fantastic lawyers and financing from a company interested in the project and operated by the very same people.”

With credentials like that, it is hard not to immediately warm to the company, but what really impresses about AirVPN is that it really does seem to put its money where its mouth is by paying close attention to the nuts and bolts of keeping its customers private and secure, while at the same time providing a fast, reliable, and “transparent” service.


AirVPN does not spend money on marketing, that is why you do not see AirVPN all over the place, such as Private Internet Service, etc.
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PostPosted: Sat 26 May 2018, 05:24    Post subject: Windscribe VPN: 3-Yr Pro Subscription
Subject description: ONLY $15.99
 

https://stacksocial.com/sales/3-year-windscribe-vpn?aid=a-09r4335q

Apart from the easy-to-use interface, one of the biggest benefits of choosing Windscribe's service is that it provides unlimited downloads and unlimited simultaneous connections. You'll find that most VPNs limit you to a maximum of five devices (if that), making Windscribe's offering a great choice for owners of multiple devices and small businesses alike. It's also touted for its above average anonymity, including a strict no-logging policy and anonymous sign-up that doesn't even require as much as an email address. Why the paid version over the free version? The paid version offers unlimited downloads and unlimited data — making it well worth the purchase. It's no surprise that Canadian-based company, Windscribe, is one of the most recommended VPNs on the market.

Every net citizen should have a VPN, and now is your chance to have one : $15.99 for a three-year subscription.
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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2018, 11:43    Post subject: Trans Europa Express Firefox addon
Subject description: Pretend you are from the EU to benefit from GDPR
 

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/05/29/pretend-you-are-from-the-eu-to-benefit-from-gdpr/

Trans Europa Express is a brand new extension for the Firefox web browser that pretends that Internet users are from the European Union to give them some of the privacy protections that websites give users from the EU.
The General Data Protection Regulation attempts to improve privacy of users from the European Union and European Economic Area. Sites, for example, are required to get consent from users for various data collection practices.Most sites and companies have implemented the functionality for users from the EU only. If you visit a site from outside the EU, you may not notice a change at all.

Your best alternative is to use a VPN located in the EU.

One way to overcome this was to use a VPN connection to a European server. This would reveal an IP address from the EU to the site which in turn would give users more control over their privacy provided that the site in question implemented the functionality and did not block users from the EU outright.
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PostPosted: Sat 09 Jun 2018, 22:22    Post subject: 5 Best Linux VPN Services  

https://www.bestvpn.com/best-linux-vpn/

If you were to choose AirVPN as your VPN client, you don't need to download Eddie and install it. What you can do, as a Dog user, is open your apt source file and paste :

deb http://eddie.website/repository/apt stable main

In terminal, add :

wget -qO - https://eddie.website/repository/keys/eddie_maintainer_gpg.key|sudo apt-key add -

Update your source file with :

#apt update (or $sudo apt update)

Then install eddie as any other app from a repository :

#apt install eddie-ui

From then on, eddie will be updated as any other app from your repositories.

For Puppy users, download and install eddie GUI from AirVPN website :

https://airvpn.org/linux/

AirVPN can be used with Debian and Ubuntu (and derivatives), but also with Arch, Fedora, Opensuse. There is even a portable GUI.

What's not to like about AirVPN? Maybe a bit costly.

Eddie developers are to be releasing a GUI client (in beta stage) that will work with other VPN providers, as well.
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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jun 2018, 08:26    Post subject: CyberGhost VPN: Lifetime Subscription
Subject description: Lifetime $84.99
 

https://bitsdujour.stacksocial.com/sales/cyberghost-vpn-lifetime-subscription

Founded in 2011 in Bucharest, Romania, CyberGhost is the creator of one of the world's most reliable privacy and security solutions in the world. The company secures and anonymizes the online presence of over 15 million users across the globe. CyberGhost defends privacy as a basic human right, being the first in the industry to publish a transparency report while building new user-oriented crypto-technology for the future. The CyberGhost team is currently formed of over 45 professionals with a strong background in the IT field, based both in Romania and in Germany, the latter being responsible for most of the software development. With both teams united by a common credo for internet anonymity, CyberGhost is a major supporter and promoter of civil rights, a free society and an uncensored internet culture.
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jun 2018, 15:43    Post subject: BiglyBT
Subject description: an open source torrent client
 

To get a copy of BiglyBT : https://www.biglybt.com/download/

How to use installer script :

Download installer for Linux : BiglyBT_Installer.sh
Make it executable : #chmod +x BiglyBT_Installer.sh
Start installer : #./BiglyBT_Installer.sh

If you don't have java installed, you will have a prompt to install missing dependencies, such as libjna-java libjna-jni. Click Yes

In terminal, type gtk-launch biglybt or launch biglybt from your internet menu.

Closing Words

BiglyBT is developed from former Vuze developers, with some new features added, such as Swarm Merging.

Swarm Merging :
The swarm merging feature allows you to download the same file using multiple torrents. This give you two important benefits:

This typically results in faster downloads.
When one torrent is incomplete and has no seeds, you can finish the file with the second torrent, and be the hero that provides the final pieces to the swarm with the incomplete torrent. BiglyBT will also prioritize pieces that are missing from either swarm for faster healing.


No ads and open source.

Use of a VPN is recommended when using BiglyBT and other torrent clients.

Further reading :
https://www.biglybt.com/features.php
https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/05/biglybt-new-vuze-based-torrent-client-without-ads/
https://torrentfreak.com/former-vuze-developers-launch-biglybt-a-new-open-source-torrent-client-170803/

Instead of using BiglyBT, or any other clearnet torrent client, you would be better off using i2p. With i2p, no need to have a VPN, and there is a built-in i2p torrent client called I2pSnark.
If you are too lazy to install i2p router and configure it yourself, try using Mofo Linux and enjoy it.
https://gizmodo.com/i2p-the-super-anonymous-network-that-silk-road-calls-h-1680940282
https://privacytutorials.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/anonymous-torrenting-with-i2p-snark-installing/
https://privacytutorials.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/anonymous-torrenting-with-i2p-snark-using-snark/
https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/pros-cons-i2p-network/

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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jun 2018, 16:50    Post subject: ebooks.i2p
Subject description: The Free Book Library
 

http://ebooks.i2p.xyz/index.php?page=3&id=5168&db=0

ebooks.i2p.xyz is an i2p site available on your regular browser, because of extension .xyz.

With your i2p router from Mofo Linux, go to ebooks.i2p to enjoy books, comics, magazines and textbooks on mobi and epub formats.

For a list of i2p sites :
http://identiguy.i2p.xyz/
https://linuxsecurityblog.com/2016/01/30/a-beginners-guide-to-i2p/
Dark Web links :
https://linuxsecurityblog.com/2017/11/20/best-dark-web-links-2017-lsb/
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jun 2018, 20:51    Post subject: Should You Be Buying Your VPN with Cryptocurrency?  

https://darkwebnews.com/anonymity/buying-vpn-with-cryptocurrency/

Remaining anonymous on the internet is nearly impossible in today’s era of multi-tiered threats.

These threats come from all angles and following a solid threat modelling of your digital assets, you may feel as though you need the highest level of operational security.
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jun 2018, 21:10    Post subject: VPN Browser Extensions for Chrome Leak Users’ DNS  

https://darkwebnews.com/anonymity/vpn-chrome-extension-dns-leak/

An ethical hacker and file descriptor, John Mason, conducted research that tested 15 Virtual Private Network extensions.

The results were astonishing as it was found out that 10 out of 15 services leaked the DNS of their users via the web extensions.

This leakage is as a result of some Chrome extensions failing to hide the queries made through the DNS system for prefetching.

This has left users at the mercy of hackers and crypto jackers. Users’ computer resources could be utilized without their permission or knowledge.


According to Mason’s report, the following VPN extensions are affected.

DotVPN
Hola VPN
Betterment
Ivacy VPN
OperaVPN
ZenMate VPN
VPN Unlimited

The VPN extensions that have since been patched include PureVPN, TunnelBear and HotSpot Shield.

Tested VPN Extensions That Do Not Leak DNS

Avira Phantom VPN
WindScribe
NordVPN
Private Internet Access
CyberGhost
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jun 2018, 21:22    Post subject: DNS Providers That Don’t Log Queries  

https://darkwebnews.com/anonymity/dns-providers-that-dont-log-queries/

FreeDNS
DNS.Watch
UncensoredDNS
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jun 2018, 21:39    Post subject: VPN Leak Tests  

https://darkwebnews.com/vpn-leak-tests/

This VPN leak test will show you if your system is leaking your real information via DNS, IPV6 or WEBRTC.
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PostPosted: Fri 22 Jun 2018, 13:23    Post subject: Downloading 3rd Party OpenVPN Configs May Be Dangerous  

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/downloading-3rd-party-openvpn-configs-may-be-dangerous-here-s-why/

...a normally harmless VPN configuration file can be used to open a backdoor on a computer that uses it.
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PostPosted: Sat 23 Jun 2018, 15:41    Post subject: Vodo
Subject description: a bit-torrent based distribution platform
 

“VODO is discovering & distributing amazing indie content”

— Erik Martin, Reddit Inc.

http://vodo.net/

We are a ground-breaking crossmedia distributor, building new revenue models for film, games, books and music. Our special event Bundles, focused on the best in indie culture, reach digital native customers all over the world.

Further reading :
https://www.fastcompany.com/1767633/vodo-netflix-meets-kickstarter-indie-film-fans
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PostPosted: Thu 28 Jun 2018, 18:23    Post subject: A Tor Guide  

https://darkwebnews.com/tor-guide/

The main drawback that I see with it is that it can lull you into a false sense of security. For anonymous browsing, it’s an excellent first step, but it’s not the only one you need to take.

For more protection, I would strongly advise using Tor within a VPN service that allows P2P (peer to peer) networking.

Without this, while the sites you visit can’t be seen, any eavesdroppers will be able to see that you are using Tor. While that is not illegal by any means, it does stand out, so you lose some of the anonymity you fought to get.


Further reading :
The Enterprise Onion Toolkit (EOTK). Based on an assortment of scripts, the EOTK streamlines the integration process and creates a Tor address for your site.
https://darkwebnews.com/dark-web/easy-darkweb-site-creator/

Alec Muffet’s darknet site creation tool, The Enterprise Onion Toolkit (EOTK), was considered a trailblazer upon its release in February this year.
Barely a month afterward, and the push towards utilizing anonymity tools such as Tor is picking up speed thanks to Dogsbody Technology, a hosting and technology infrastructure firm that is pitching a range of Tor hidden services to its customers.
https://darkwebnews.com/anonymity-tools/tor/tor-onion-website-creator/

As the web becomes ever-more mined, censored, and surveilled, offering a .onion alternative for privacy-conscious users is something which should be welcome, and we recommend more organisations do so.
https://blog.torproject.org/privacy-international-protects-partners-its-onion-address

Tor Browser Now Protects Your Privacy with Sandboxing. Both Linux and macOS have had content sandboxing enabled by default since Tor Browser 7.0. Sandboxing creates a separate environment within your computer, so it's harder for exploits to reveal your identity. The idea is that exploits targeting Tor Browser are trapped inside the sandbox and can’t get out and mess with the rest of your computer or deanonymize you.
https://newsletter.torproject.org/archive/2017-07-07-sandboxing-tor-metrics-library-hackfest-job-opening-upcoming-events/

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PostPosted: Thu 28 Jun 2018, 18:47    Post subject: Breaking through censorship barriers
Subject description: even when Tor is blocked
 

https://blog.torproject.org/breaking-through-censorship-barriers-even-when-tor-blocked

While Tor Browser provides many security and privacy properties and features, not everyone around the world has the luxury to connect to use it. By default, Tor Browser makes all of its users look alike by spoofing UserAgent (and other methods) to avoid fingerprinting attacks. However, it doesn't hide the fact you're connecting to Tor, an open network where anyone can get the list of relays. This network transparency has many benefits, but also has a downside: Many repressive governments and authorities benefit from blocking their users from having free and open access to the internet. They can simply get the list of Tor relays and block them. This bars millions of people from access to free information, often including those who need it most. We at Tor care about freedom of access to information and strongly oppose censorship. This is why we've developed methods to connect to the network and bypass censorship. These methods are called Pluggable Transports (PTs).

Included are an easy to follow how-to and gif version as well on how to unblock Tor using PTs.

If lazy, you can use Mofo linux, a great OS with pre-configured Tor bridges, and many other tools to circumvent censorship.

Further reading :
Ponder this … and weep. The United States, theoretically a mature democracy of 327 million souls, is ruled by a 71-year-old unstable narcissist with a serious social media habit. And the lawmakers of this republic have hauled up before them a 34-year-old white male, one Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, the sole and impregnable ruler of a virtual country of about 2.2 billion people who stands accused of unwittingly facilitating the election of said narcissist by allowing Russian agents and other bad actors to exploit the surveillance apparatus of his – Zuckerberg’s – virtual state.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/07/facebookgot-into-mess-cant-get-out-of-it-mark-zuckerberg-surveillance-capitalism
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