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VPNs: should you use them?

We are going to talk today about something you’ve likely heard of before: VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks. We at Malwarebytes have delved into these tools in greater depth, and we’ve literally discussed them on the digital airwaves. But we want to answer a question we’ve been getting more and more. Folks aren’t as curious about what a VPN is anymore, as
Publish At:2020-06-16 16:29 | Read:810 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy fail close fail open internet service provider ISP k

Introducing Malwarebytes Privacy

Here at Malwarebytes, we’re no strangers to using virtual private networks (VPNs) to protect our privacy while browsing online. Regular readers of our blog will remember that we’ve advised on VPN usage on many occasions, whether for mobile device users looking for anonymity or business owners wanting additional authentication protocols. We believe VPNs are a
Publish At:2020-05-03 14:39 | Read:948 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malwarebytes news Data privacy encryption IP address Malware

Lock and Code S1Ep5: Mythbusting and understanding VPNs with JP Taggart

This week on Lock and Code, we discuss the top security headlines generated right here on Labs and around the Internet. In addition, we talk to JP Taggart, senior security researcher at Malwarebytes, about VPNs—debunking their myths, explaining their actual capabilities, and providing some advice on what makes a strong VPN. Tune in for all this and m
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VPNs are mainstream, which is good news

Virtual private networks (VPNs) have been growing in popularity for the last three years, a notable trend revealed in a collaborative report [PDF] by Top10VPN and GlobalWebIndex. This year is no different. When a majority of the world’s internet users are in isolation due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the increase in VPN usage is likely and expected, e
Publish At:2020-05-03 14:39 | Read:1094 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy covid-19 data retention law dragnet law GlobalWebInd

Apple’s iOS 13.4 hit by VPN bypass vulnerability

byJohn E DunnIt’s less than a week since Apple’s iOS 13.4 appeared and already researchers have discovered a bug that puts at risk the privacy of Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections.Publicised by ProtonVPN, the issue is a bypass flaw caused by iOS not closing existing connections as it establishes a VPN tunnel, affecting iOS 13.3.1 as well as the lates
Publish At:2020-03-30 10:29 | Read:1360 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy Vulnerability Apple iOS 13.4 ProtonVPN VPNs IOS

Security tips for working from home (WFH)

Over the last decade, remote work and working from home has grown in popularity for many professionals. In fact, a 2018 study found more than 70 percent of global employees work remotely at least once per week. However, the coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown in many parts of the world have forced a large number of employees into unfamiliar
Publish At:2020-03-19 14:26 | Read:1006 | Comments:0 | Tags:How-tos coronavirus password remote remote work remote worke

Bring your own privacy: VPNs for consumers and orgs

VPNs (virtual private networks) have been popular for quite some time now, and they’re worth a huge amount of money for the companies working in this area. They’re also at the forefront of combating potential repression and censorship around the world. It might all sound a bit esoteric and unrelated to your general day-to-day requirements, but VPNs are absol
Publish At:2020-03-06 17:29 | Read:1570 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy anonymity anonymous desktop IP address Mobile privac

How to protect yourself from doxing

“Abandon hope all ye who enter.” This ominous inscription affixed atop the gates to Hell in Dante’s Divine Comedy applies peculiarly well to describe the state of the Internet today. It’s hard to draw a parallel to the utility that the Internet has offered to modern civilization—perhaps no other technological innovation has brought about greater chan
Publish At:2019-10-25 16:50 | Read:1630 | Comments:0 | Tags:How-tos dox doxer doxing IP address mobile VPNs online priva

Crypto flaw made it easy for attackers to snoop on Juniper customers

As if people didn't already have cause to distrust the security of Juniper products, the networking gear maker just disclosed a vulnerability that allowed attackers to eavesdrop on sensitive communications traveling through customers' virtual private networks.In an advisory posted Wednesday, Juniper officials said they just fixed a bug in the company's Junos
Publish At:2016-07-15 09:45 | Read:6649 | Comments:0 | Tags:Risk Assessment Technology Lab backdoors cryptography encryp

The impossible task of creating a “Best VPNs” list today

For the security minded, one of the scariest revelations from the now three-year-old Snowden leaks had nothing to do with accommodating ISPs (shocking) or overreaching and often vague anti-terrorism practices and policy (an even bigger shock, right?). Instead, when news trickled out about matters like the National Security Agency’s Vulcan data repository
Publish At:2016-06-01 23:40 | Read:4944 | Comments:0 | Tags:Features Risk Assessment privacy vpns

Op-ed: The international politics of VPN regulation

Ramon Lobato is senior research fellow at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. His book Geoblocking and Global Video Culture, coedited with James Meese, has recently been published by Institute of Network Cultures (free PDF). Thanks to Hadi Sohrabi, Jinying Li, and other contributors to the book for their insights on VPN regulation. As i
Publish At:2016-02-26 05:50 | Read:4075 | Comments:0 | Tags:Law & Disorder Risk Assessment vpns

“Free” Proxies Aren’t Necessarily Free

Netflix, Hulu and a host of other content streaming services block non-U.S. users from viewing their content. As a result, many people residing in or traveling outside of the United States seek to circumvent such restrictions by using services that advertise “free” and “open” Web proxies capable of routing browser traffic through U.S.
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