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labbe5

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PostPosted: Thu 28 Jun 2018, 19:54    Post subject: Brave browser
Subject description: Private Tabs with Tor for Enhanced Privacy while Browsing
 

https://brave.com/tor-tabs-beta/

Today we’re releasing our latest desktop browser Brave 0.23 which features Private Tabs with Tor, a technology for defending against network surveillance. This new functionality, currently in beta, integrates Tor into the browser and gives users a new browsing mode that helps protect their privacy not only on device but over the network. Private Tabs with Tor help protect Brave users from ISPs (Internet Service Providers), guest Wi-Fi providers, and visited sites that may be watching their Internet connection or even tracking and collecting IP addresses, a device’s Internet identifier.

The Brave browser already automatically blocks ads, trackers, cryptocurrency mining scripts, and other threats in order to protect users’ privacy and security, and Brave’s regular private tabs do not save a user’s browsing history or cookies. Private Tabs with Tor improve user privacy in several ways. It makes it more difficult for anyone in the path of the user’s Internet connection (ISPs, employers, or guest Wi-Fi providers such as coffee shops or hotels) to track which websites a user visits. Also, web destinations can no longer easily identify or track a user arriving via Brave’s Private Tabs with Tor by means of their IP address. Users can learn more about how the Tor network works by watching this video.

Private Tabs with Tor default to DuckDuckGo as the search engine, but users have the option to switch to one of Brave’s other nineteen search providers. DuckDuckGo does not ever collect or share users’ personal information, and welcomes anonymous users without impacting their search experience — unlike Google which challenges anonymous users to prove they are human and makes their search less seamless.


unlike Google which challenges anonymous users to prove they are human and makes their search less seamless

Above behavior is highly disruptive, so just switch to another search engine, as said. Duck Duck Go, but also Startpage.

To get a copy of Brave browser :

Debian (Jessie, Stretch) and Ubuntu (Artful, Zesty, Yakkety, Xenial, and Trusty) AMD64

curl https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/brave-apt/keys.asc | sudo apt-key add -

echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/brave-apt `lsb_release -sc` main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-`lsb_release -sc`.list

Should you have a problem installing Brave with above commands, there are troubleshooting tips to be read here :
https://github.com/brave/browser-laptop/blob/master/docs/linuxInstall.md#debian-jessie-and-ubuntu-zesty-yakkety-xenial-and-trusty-amd64

Alternative installations :
Puppy users (and Dog users) can have Brave downloaded as deb file :
wget -O brave.deb https://laptop-updates.brave.com/latest/dev/debian64
or
wget -O brave.deb https://laptop-updates.brave.com/latest/dev/ubuntu64

But having Brave installed this way, you have to check for updates and reinstall the browser.

Snap is an alternative way to install Brave : snap install brave.
snapd must be installed first :
https://docs.snapcraft.io/core/install

Further reading :
http://www.ubuntubuzz.com/2018/05/how-to-configure-tor-firefox-on-ubuntu-1804.html
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Wed 04 Jul 2018, 07:50    Post subject: Eddie for Androïd
Subject description: beta realease
 

https://airvpn.org/topic/26549-eddie-android-edition/#entry75371


We're very glad to inform you that a new version of Eddie for Android has been released.

Link to apk : https://airvpn.org/external_link/?url=https://eddie.website/repository/eddie/android/1.0/org.airvpn.eddie.apk
Google Play Store : https://airvpn.org/external_link/?url=https://play.google.com/apps/testing/org.airvpn.eddie

We aim to speed up the release cycle from now on and we confirm that Eddie will be more and more integrated with AirVPN with the progressive implementation of several functions and options that you can find in Eddie for other platforms.

In addition to ARM64 support, various bug fixes, improvements and changes have been applied, including changes aimed to make Eddie more consistent with Android design best practices. For a detailed list, please see below. The project has been assigned to a new developer (you can see a credit mention in the changelog) under the supervision and verification, as usual, of Eddie lead programmer Clodo.


Further reading :
https://airvpn.org/topic/28887-update-on-netflix-usa-access/
https://ipleak.net/
https://airvpn.org/topic/18339-guide-to-getting-started-links-for-advanced-users/

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PostPosted: Wed 04 Jul 2018, 13:55    Post subject: free VPNs
Subject description: how good are they?
 

https://goosevpn.com/blog/alarming-research-free-vpn-providers

Research was conducted with 300 free Android VPN servers, available via Google Play Store. Investigation showed that these apps don’t protect your identity. The servers unnecessarily asked for access for example to photos and social media. These servers used malware, spyware and JavaScript to track your data and to place ads. And these free Virtual Private Network providers sell your data to make money.

The encrypted data, also called encryption, is one of the characteristics of a VPN service. Research showed that almost 20% don’t even use encryption, 16% uses injected codes for ads and over 30% of the free VPN services turned out as previously reported malware, spyware or both.

The detected defects will not immediately say that each user is not unsafe or had worked unsafe. It is not by definition that data from the users is on the streets. The lack of privacy isn’t immediately dangerous, but it’s one of the main reasons people choose such service as they go online. The conclusion of this research is that the free VPN services rarely comply to the expectations.

If you really don't want to pay, look for free VPNs being offered for testing, in hope customers will pay for more servers, unlimited service, better speed, some extra features, etc. ProtonVPN is such a VPN provider, offering its free VPN in hope you like it and get to pay for extra features.

Further reading :
https://www.sunnyhoi.com/the-dangers-of-a-free-vpn/

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PostPosted: Thu 05 Jul 2018, 07:23    Post subject: ProtonVPN
Subject description: how to use ProtonVPN with Ubuntu using Terminal command line
 

http://www.ubuntubuzz.com/2018/07/using-protonvpn-on-ubuntu.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Ubuntubuzz+%28Ubuntubuzz%29

ProtonVPN is a privacy-oriented VPN service hosted in Switzerland and is under the same organization with ProtonMail. I use the free (no cost) service as example here so you can apply the same steps if you have purchased ProtonVPN paid service.

As our awareness toward online privacy increased since 2013 global surveillance case, many of us want a serious VPN service that works with our GNU/Linux system. One of them is ProtonVPN. ProtonVPN is from the same provider as ProtonMail, hosted in Switzerland by Proton Technologies AG
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PostPosted: Thu 05 Jul 2018, 07:46    Post subject: TorGuard VPN
Subject description: 50% off for a limited time
 

https://torguard.net/blog/limited-offer-get-50-off-all-torguard-services/

TorGuard is kicking off this Labor Day holiday with a 50% Lifetime discount on any VPN, Proxy and Encrypted Email plan. For a limited time, you can purchase new service or renew any existing plan to get HALF OFF over the entire subscription! This discount also applies to VPN features like dedicated IP, DDOS protection, and more.

Use Discount code: TGLifetime50
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PostPosted: Sat 07 Jul 2018, 23:29    Post subject: How to access blocked websites: 13 useful methods  

https://fossbytes.com/how-to-access-blocked-websites-6-easy-ways/

1. Use VPN for unblocking

Apart from just web blocker bypass, if you are into exploring ways to enhance your computer security, you can also go for the deadly combination of TOR and VPN.
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13. Use Firefox from USB drive

If your school or office is known to take steps to restrict site access, I won’t be surprised you’re not allowed to install extensions on web browser to open the websites for your personal use. In that case, you can install a web browser like Firefox portable on a USB drive. Couple it with some good unblock proxy service and you’ve got it covered.

Take advantage of these tricks, they are good to know in case you face some kind of censorship.

Further reading :
Hooktube
https://hooktube.com/
Hooktube is a YouTube proxy, which allows you to unblock YouTube videos, download videos, and get around YouTube censorship restrictions. Watching videos via HookTube keeps your data from Google.

Simply replace the domain in any YT link with hooktube.com. https://youtube.com/watch?v=S6bOkFLrsAc becomes https://hooktube.com/watch?v=S6bOkFLrsAc, etc.

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PostPosted: Wed 11 Jul 2018, 17:01    Post subject: Linux Kodachi
Subject description: All connections to the Internet are forced to go through the VPN then Tor network with DNS encryptio
 

With Linux Kodachi, you have everything set up for you : VPN+Tor+DNScrypt.

If you are new to VPN (Virtual Private Network), you can use a distro which offers you free VPN (only for browsing).

We pay monthly rent to own VPS nodes and utilize them for VPN which is provided to you, we do not collect ANY data or store ANY information that belongs to the user except the hardware ID (hash) and connected IP address that has to be sent automatricly when your PC establishes a connection to the VPN. This information will only be used If you you misuse the bandwidth or we receive a complain of hosting torrent files from your IP address. If that is the case you will be banned permanently Kodachi is provided for anonymous surfing and not for heavy daily file and movies download. If you think you have been banned by mistake please send us your Hardware-ID via contact us form and yes you can use your own VPN then no HWID will be sent to us Smile.

Combining VPN + Tor + DNS encryption is a winning combination for someone wanting to stay anonymous on the Web.

If you want more information about Linux Kodachi :
https://www.digi77.com/linux-kodachi/

Kodachi comes with many pre-installed applications and tools you can also change Tor exit country from one click as well reset your DNS servers from one simple click.

Review :
https://opensourceforu.com/2017/01/kodachi-linux-improves-tor-vpn-better-security/
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PostPosted: Thu 12 Jul 2018, 14:12    Post subject: VPNSecure
Subject description: lifetime subscription $19,99
 

https://deals.ghacks.net/sales/vpnsecure-lifetime-3?utm_source=ghacks.net&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=vpnsecure-lifetime-3_071218&utm_term=scsf-293975&utm_content=a0x1a000003nhHk&scsonar=1

review :
https://www.vpnmentor.com/reviews/vpnsecure/

On the downside, VPNSecure is based in Australia, one of the "Five Eyes" countries. And in an article published by ACM, VPNSecure was found to not protect against DNS and IPv6 Leaks on their Android app.

Multiplatform, Linux included.
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PostPosted: Wed 18 Jul 2018, 08:01    Post subject: WebRTC
Subject description: how to prevent home ip-address leaks
 

https://torrentfreak.com/huge-security-flaw-leaks-vpn-users-real-ip-addresses-150130/

With a few lines of code websites can make requests to STUN servers and log users’ VPN IP-address and the “hidden” home IP-address, as well as local network addresses.

The vulnerability affects WebRTC-supporting browsers including Firefox and Chrome and appears to be limited to Windows machines.


Firefox users should be able to block the request with the NoScript addon. Alternatively, they can type “about:config” in the address bar and set the “media.peerconnection.enabled” setting to false.

Lockdown your Network with a VPN Router

Those who are accessing the VPN by means of a VPN router are not affected by this vulnerability, however we do suggest fixing your browsers as a precaution. A VPN router runs the private tunnel directly and broadcasts the VPN via wifi so devices can connect to the network like they normally would. This leaves zero chance that a rogue script will be able to bypass the software VPN and find your ISP issued IP address because the VPN is in fact running on your router. TorGuard’s VPN router store sells a variety of high speed VPN routers that are capable of securing any network without sacrificing privacy or performance.


Further reading :
https://torguard.net/blog/browser-security-vulnerability-may-allow-real-ip-leak/
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/faceniff-and-firesheep/
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PostPosted: Fri 20 Jul 2018, 17:04    Post subject: Top VPNs sharing data on users with Facebook – Again!  

https://vpnpro.com/blog/top-vpns-sharing-data-on-users-with-facebook-again/

Sadly, trust is brittle and VPN providers don‘t always play by their own rules. Recently, an unfortunate report made the rounds, demonstrating that many top VPN providers have a Facebook pixel on their websites. This means users‘ behavior on these sites is tracked and the data funneled to Facebook for marketing benefits. We‘ll get to why that‘s problematic in a bit, but there‘s some interesting history here. When the story broke (only a few months back!), many VPN providers mentioned in it quickly responded and removed their Facebook pixel. Time went on, the story stopped mattering, and, what do you know – Facebook pixels are in vogue again and so is tracking your behavior on VPN websites!

Further reading :
16 VPNs that were found to leak data
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=113973

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PostPosted: Sat 21 Jul 2018, 14:58    Post subject: Windscribe VPN
Subject description: A lifetime subscription
 

https://deals.neowin.net/sales/windscribe-vpn

Another offer here : https://deals.ghacks.net/sales/windscribe-vpn?utm_source=ghacks.net&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=windscribe-vpn_072418&utm_term=scsf-294757&utm_content=a0x1a000003njhk&scsonar=1

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PostPosted: Tue 24 Jul 2018, 07:33    Post subject: static IPs and VPNs
Subject description: NordVPN recommended for static IP
 

https://www.addictivetips.com/vpn/static-ips/

Get Static IPs and Control Your Online Identity

VPNs with static IPs give you an extra layer of reliability when it comes to accessing online content. You won’t have to worry about finding your IP address banned due to another anonymous public user. Instead, it’s just you, a private connection to the internet, and your safe static IP address.

Having a static IP with your VPN means you’re in control of your online identity. Below are some of the most notable benefits to staying anonymous while keeping a persistent IP address.

More secure online banking – Restrict access to just your IP and your account is much safer.
Reputation protection – Ensure all online services see you as you, not a public IP.
Remote access – Set up your static IP for secure remote access to your home network.
Secure FTP transfers – SFTP connections often require a static IP.
Two-factor authentication – Lock down almost any online account with 2FA and your static IP.


NordVPN is one of the best VPNs on the market. It also happens to be one of the best VPNs for static IPs. The dedicated IP service provides a static IP in four different areas: U.S., Germany, UK, and the Netherlands. This service is available on a yearly subscription at an affordable flat fee. NordVPN guarantees that with a static IP from their VPN, you will be the only person using the assigned address.

Further reading :
http://www.digitalarmedforces.org/index.php/8-linux/1-set-static-ip-address-on-debian-based-linux-distro
http://www.digitalarmedforces.org/index.php/8-linux/19-how-to-setup-tor-as-a-transparent-proxy-on-ubuntu-linux

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PostPosted: Sat 28 Jul 2018, 01:21    Post subject: Privoxy and Tor
Subject description: adding privoxy and tor to your VPN
 

https://vpnme.com/article/privoxy_and_tor


Further reading :
http://tuxdiary.com/2015/04/10/tor-privoxy/
Best VPNs for Tor users to maximize privacy
https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn-privacy/the-best-vpns-for-tor/

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PostPosted: Sat 28 Jul 2018, 01:35    Post subject: VPN Gate
Subject description: pros and cons
 

https://www.usenix.org/system/files/conference/nsdi14/nsdi14-paper-nobori.pdf

VPN Gate: A Volunteer-Organized
Public VPN Relay System with
Blocking Resistance for Bypassing
Government Censorship Firewalls
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PostPosted: Sat 28 Jul 2018, 18:32    Post subject: Privacy Pass
Subject description: addon for Firefox and Chrome
 

You have the right to be anonymous on the Web, but you are challenged to prove you are human to access some websites. Privacy Pass is an addon which mitigates this annoyance.

When using Tor, Privoxy, and or a VPN, you may have to prove you are human and you loose time filling capcha.

Install Privacy Pass to get rid of such annoying challenges.

In a way, having to prove you are human is a proof you are successful being anonymous on the Web. So keep it that way, and Privacy Pass will make your browsing less tedious.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/privacy-pass/

Further reading :
https://medium.com/@alxdavids/privacy-pass-6f0acf075288
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