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July 28, 2018
Digital Security Privacy Online Security Protection Concept

5 Ways You are Compromising Your Digital Privacy

For many individuals in the information age, the concept of privacy protection has fallen by the wayside as a barrage of technical requirements and use of internet networks become the new norm for storing information. Gone are the days of the Rolodex and the filing cabinet. At this time in history, an identity thief with access to a security breach can discover everything from a person’s social security number to the details of their bank account with the flip of a switch. Fortunately, there are many ways to protect our privacy at this time in history. Here are just a few ways that most of us might be compromising our digital privacy without knowing it, and how we can learn to protect our information and keep safe. Using the Internet Without Staying Up-to-Date on Privacy Issues Because the use of the internet has become central to completing day to day tasks such as sending work emails and checking bank balances, we often forget that it is easier than ever for our private information to be accessed by the wrong people. Staying informed about these issues by reading news articles on “hacked” networks can allow us to prevent a potential invasion […]
June 29, 2018
nist

WireGuard (our main VPN protocol) is recommended to be used by the United States Senate!

Hey all! We know a lot of people out there do not know what WireGuard is, nor do they trust it. However after some extensive testing – we decided that Jason, the creator of WireGuard, was creating the future of VPN protocols. So we went all in on it. And now, it seems that the US Government is about to do the same switch. In recent days (June 28th) – Ron Wyden, a senator from Oregon, wrote a letter to the United States Senate, in which he discusses the current technologies, used by the United States Senate. In there, he rightfully calls OpenVPN and IPsec aging technologies. So in this letter – he urges the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to work with stakeholders to evaluate appropriate replacements of the aging IPSec and OpenVPN with the prominent WireGuard, for government use. Here is what the letter contains: I write to ask that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) evaluate and then encourage government use of modern encryption technology to secure remote network communications. Virtual private networks (VPNs) protect the confidentiality and integrity of data as it travels across the internet by authenticating and […]
May 4, 2018
why do you need vpn

You’re Not Using a VPN? Bad Idea!

You need VPN! In the past few years, PCMag has seen VPN services go from being fringe security utilities to red-hot, must-have cyber accessory. The popularity (and necessity) of the once-lowly VPN is certainly due to the ever-growing legal and technological challenges to individual privacy. Virtual private networks are a tool whose time has clearly come. That’s why it’s so surprising that a poll conducted by PCMag found that, despite understanding the threats to their privacy, the vast majority of respondents don’t use VPNs and never have. Unsecured Traffic Of the 1,000 people polled by PCMag between Feb. 7-9, 71 percent have never used a VPN. That struck me for two reasons. First of all, the search volume we receive at PCMag for VPN-related articles is enormous. Second, many companies require the use of a corporate VPN when working remotely. That might explain why 15 percent had used a VPN in the past, but don’t currently log on. Most people, I assumed, would have crossed paths with a VPN at some point. And yet, the vast majority of respondents not only do not currently use a VPN, they have never laid hands on one. New (and Old) Threats to Privacy […]
April 23, 2018
netneutrality

Net Neutrality is dead as of today. But we still need to keep the fight going!

Net neutrality’s protracted, multi-phase death scene has finally come to an end with a whimper as the FCC rules proposed in May, voted on in December and entered in the Federal Register in February finally come into effect today. But as before, don’t expect some big fanfare by broadband providers and a sudden ratcheting up of prices. Things are going to stay quietly tense for a while. Update: Although new rules do indeed take effect two months after entering the Federal Register (i.e. today), those taking effect are only part of the full package. The Office of Management and Budget still has to sign off on the new rules, after which time there will be yet another delay as they are filed in the Register again before taking effect. So although the new rules have taken partial effect, they are are still awaiting final final approval. Should you be worried? No. But you should stay angry. “Restoring Internet Freedom” may have taken effect, but the truth is that the 2015 net neutrality rules have been out of effect since the FCC was shuffled under the new administration. Under Chairman Ajit Pai’s FCC, those rules were unlikely to be enforced from […]