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    LZ1 got a reaction from SgeSgeSptnk in tenda w311r+ router and airvpn setup   ...
    Hello !
     
    Welcome to AirVPN!
     
    First of all, don't be afraid of asking questions. Please do so here or feel free to PM me directly.
     
    As zhang said, you'll need to see if you can install software on your router called WRT, such as OpenWRT & DD-WRT.
     
    I checked out the DD-WRT router database but I didn't find your model. So it's probably not supported.
    However don't give up. You can check out a general guide on how to setup this stuff; if your router can do it.
    I/We should warn you however, that you need a pretty strong router to be able to run a VPN on it, as it's very demanding. Most consumer routers aren't really that great at it.
    So unless it's really critical that you use the VPN from your router, I recommend you simply install the VPN on each individual PC/Device. You have 3 devices per account that you can do this on.
    I also found what appears to be a manual for your router, if that's worth anything.
     
    Good luck !
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    LZ1 reacted to dagadog in Ubuntu Server as VPN Router/Concentrator   ...
    I have an Ubuntu Server (14.04 LTS planning upgrade to 16.04 LTS). It currently runs the following services:
    DHCP DNS (local master and forwarder) Logitech Media Server MiniDLNA Server IMAP Server (collecting mails with fetchmail) SMTP server to relay outbound mail. CalDAV/CardDAV Server Web Server OpenVPN Server to allow mobile devices to access the above services when not within range of my own WiFi. With the likelihood of the right to privacy being eroded in the short to medium term, I am planning to beef up the measures I take to protect myself from government snooping before it happens.  I plan to turn the server into a router using its second interface connected to my broadband router, and use it to route traffic from the internal  network to the internet via AirVPN.
     
    What I'm not so sure about is how to route internet traffic from connected VPN clients through the AirVPN tunnel. Is this possible? Also is it allowed by AirVPN's terms and conditions?
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    LZ1 got a reaction from zombie1982 in ANONYMOUS VPN PROVIDERS? 2016 EDITION (TF)   ...
    Hello!
     
    AirVPN is the most badass when it comes to technical answers, haha.I love that about AirVPN.
    I love the professionalism of the staff too. They always seem cool, composed, professional and highly knowledgeable about technology; yet at the same time helpful.
    On bestvpn.com AirVPN wrote in to correct a reviewer in regards to SHA1 vs SHA1 HMAC, haha. It was quite epic.
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    LZ1 got a reaction from stef_wilvpn in Guide To Getting Started + Links For Advanced Users   ...
    @stef_wilvpn
    Apologies for taking so long. I recommend just picking a category, such as a region of the world and going with that. The Air client will then automatically select the best server at the time (it fluctuates).
    It should be said that it's hard, if not impossible perhaps, to give precise numbers for speeds.But in general, you would want to:

    Pick the server/region or country closest to you, because distance matters. However there's also cases where some countries simply have better infrastructure than others. Korea might have good internal networking for instance, Yet still not be a country which is good to connect to or via, speed-wise, due to how they and their various companies, like ISPs, handle connections. Then you should look at the load/state of a server, if you're picking individual servers; although I don't recommend this. Go for ones with lower amounts of load. Time of day also plays a part, since many ISPs have bottlenecks during daytime, while at night the connection might improve a lot. You also select the server with more bits per second (usage), when you should be doing the exact opposite . Do also pick the UDP protocol to start with and check out the other tips for optimizing the connection, as seen in the "After downloading Eddie" section. Naturally there's also your own hardware setup & internet speeds to consider. Things like whether or not your router is good enough; especially if you run the VPN on it directly. There's also the software. Windows has a lot of issues with TAP drivers. So do check out the section on if Eddie is slow. At any rate, I urge you to just go for it. You can always change your confirguation later. Especially after having done a few speedtests on the site . I hope this helps. Welcome to AirVPN
     
    @after_lunch
    Hello ! I'm very pleased to see that! I did hope that it was simple to follow. Also, you could disable IE entirely if you wish, haha. Then just run Windows in a Virtual Machine, for when you miss it haha!
    Although you might be interested in knowing there's actually a Firefox extension that apparently makes FF look like IE, haha. Something to consider!
    Do feel free to share your experiences later on, as I hope it's smooth sailing for you, here on out. Welcome to AirVPN, enjoy the ride!
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    LZ1 got a reaction from bflaminio in How can I pick a US based server?   ...
    Hello !
     
    Welcome to AirVPN.
     
    Simply open your client, Eddie, click the servers tab and look for the american flag. Then you simply double click on the desired server; they each have different names.
     
    Oh and if you have any other questions, feel free to ask here or PM me!
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    LZ1 got a reaction from sheivoko in How Lenovo & MS backdoor your OS   ...
    Hello !
     
    Slight thread necro here, but I think it's worth it, due to the good content OP posted, which deserves more attention. I just wanted to add to it:
     
    A security researcher found exploitable SMM code in Lenovo Thinkpads.
     
    The problem is: this stuff runs like 2 layers below the BIOS. Meaning that virusscans, changing the OS and even firewall/networking rules don't work.
     
    So even if Lenovo did fix these things, it still shows the importance of fighting for our hardware & software freedoms.
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    LZ1 reacted to sigmund_freud in EFF & FSF Support?   ...
    i really like what EFF is doing and i definitely 100% agree.
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    LZ1 reacted to OpenSourcerer in EFF & FSF Support?   ...
    LZ1, you probably won't believe this, but you're reading minds. Ever since I mentioned HTTPS Everywhere in my extensions thread I hoped someone would finally open a thread like this and ask to fund the EFF (there, it goes like this: "the EFF does much more things - maybe open a separate No-Profit thread for them?!"). And now it happened. Finally.
    Yes, I second both suggestions.
     
    Why didn't I do it? Valid question. I don't know, I tend to forget things. Somebody give this man a medal, I will most probably forget it again.
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    LZ1 reacted to OpenSourcerer in Chain reaction made of HTML elements   ...
    http://sebastianlyserena.dk/
     
    I like this. Nicely done.
     
    Found via der-postillon.com.
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    LZ1 reacted to zhang888 in Forced into captchas on new UK servers   ...
    The solution:
    Use a neutral, search friendly provider, like DuckDuckGo:
     
    https://duckduckgo.com/
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    LZ1 got a reaction from bnrrteterstnjrsj45 in AirVPN Website & User-Friendliness Feedback [Respectfully]   ...
    Hello !
     
    So they let me out of my cell today, which means I have a lot of pent-up nitpicking energy stored, haha
    ​At the bottom of this post, there's a respectful critique of how Air handles the explaining of this service to newcomers and my proposed solution.
     
    My main arguments for improving the Air service are:
     
    - This post about new-people seemingly not feeling welcome.
    - And this post about Community Mods & more interaction from Air.
     


    As the subtext to this forum reads: "Have some feedback and input to share? Don't be shy and drop us a note.
    We want to hear from you and strive to make our service better and more user friendly for our guests and members alike."
     
    So as they say, Challenge Accepted, Good Sir.




     Time to unleash my inner OCD pokemon!
     
    - Introduction & explaining the madness


    I'd like to post a series of things which I think need some changes; such as the spelling & grammar of various posts. I understand if English isn't the native language of various Staff members and that's fine; that's why I'd like to lend a helping hand. I don't know if it would be wiser to post all this in a support ticket, because it can amount to a lot of content and perhaps by making it public, more people can contribute and then we can keep it nicely organised in one place. I realise it can sound very condescending, patronizing and/or rude to suggest changes in spelling & grammar, so to be clear, it's just because I currently have an urge to help out; I have the utmost respect for AirVPN Staff & those which contribute positively to the community :]. 
    Why does it matter how things are spelled and such? Because appearances, user-friendliness & attention to detail matter, both in terms of technical subjects and non-technical subjects. When I first started, I thought some of the how-tos could use some slight changes, because it was sometimes massively confusing to juggle the technical explanations with the sometimes unclear or vague wording that accompanied them. I like to think that it's AirVPNs attention to security & privacy details which make it so great; so why should the presentational details of the site be any different? :].
     
    I hope it'll be satisfactory & easy for the Air Staff to just copy/paste the corrected texts in, if they decide to make use of them. I'll of course not change the spirit/content of anything. If you have any input, please feel free to make a post. These are just corrections based on what I think sounds right; we're all different :]. I'd like it if the Staff could clarify something in the "About Us" section.

    Blue text = My changes/corrections. (Sometimes the original isn't wrong, but could just be clearer, hence changes).
    Red text = The item should be deleted. (In my humble opinion, thank you)
     



    Main AirVPN Pages
     
    This should cover the entire AirVPN site, except individual posts in the FAQ and the much-dread ToS
     
    - Mission Page Corrections

     
     
     

     
    - Technical Specs Page Corrections

     

     
    - About Us Page Corrections

    I'm not sure what was trying to be expressed at the bottom of the article regarding "harsh contrasts against a project of sharing data, etc. etc." Can someone elaborate? Was there some sort of cross-VPN provider cooperation, wherein user data was or was going to be shared? Or was it meant to say that AirVPN was the opposite of all the other providers? Also, I suggest removing the very last bit "(we'll have some news on that probably within the first half of 2013)." since that's quite old and perhaps shouldn't be on an "About Us" page .
     

     
    - Plans Page Corrections

    "Accepted" sounds much more natural to me than "Allowed" Payment Processors. Oh and the period at the end of Free Trial access should go away too, in order to conform with the other headings.
    Also, on the Enter page, it's not called OS X anymore, as Apple renamed it MacOS.
     

     
    - Ping Matrix Page Corrections

    I'm not sure I understand this one correctly. Please say so, if that's the case.

     
    - Top Users Page Corrections


     
    - Config Generator "More Help" Page Corrections

    I'm not sure what's meant by "unique download" here. Unique zip archives for each file maybe?

     
    - Websites Support Page Corrections


     
    - Databases Page Corrections


     
    - Client Software Platforms / Environment Pages Corrections


     
    - Privacy Notice and Terms Page Corrections

    I assume it really was "extra-EU" and not "extra-UE". If not, what's UE?

     
    I hope it's okay I skip the ToS
     



    Explanatory Posts
     
    Here's where I would like to say something. A slight critique.
     

    I'm really glad that Air Staff have taken the time to put up such nice FAQs. I'm likewise also really glad that they're extremely knowledgeable and can explain things in a technical way. However... As I also said in my new users guide, the main problem with Air is that it's too technical, when it's not needed. This is GREAT for IT-people, but not everyone else. I mean, it's fine to be technical. But I would like to see it either be "toned down" a little in some places, such as the FAQs, where it's very likely that new people will go or: Alternatively, one could provide non-technical explanations alongside the technical ones. Perhaps in spoilers? I LOVE spoilers lol. Case in point, in the FAQ titled "What is a VPN?". The explanations are great and for technical people, it's borderline pornography. But really, if someone doesn't know what a VPN even is,
    what are the odds of them understanding what things like this mean:
     
     
    I genuinely think that most new users, especially those who don't have an interest in IT, will have a seizure. An FAQ is, I think, meant to leave people with less questions, not more of them. After
    reading that, I'm sure many would be asking things like:
    What's a default gateway push? Is it dangerous? What's encapsulation? What's UDP & TCP? Which stream? Twitch.com? HTTP? Socks? Proxy??? I of course don't want to sacrifice form or function for the sake of making things ultra-easy for everyone. We can hang a sign on the door saying "Brain Required" if you wish. But it has to be said that attention to things like this, helps us all in one way or another. Air draws in more customers, which means one of the best VPNs gets to keep running. More people see what a quality VPN service is like & perhaps more services like Air will appear. Likewise, more people protected on the internet is a good thing in general. Plus, all the hardwork & passion Air Staff put into this excellent service, won't mean a thing if no one knows how to use it; that's just a fact really. Our aim, in my view, should be to make the service as welcoming as possible, without sacrificing the aforementioned form or function; which is also one of the biggest problems with modern encryption & thus a barrier to mass-adoption. After all, then there'd be no excuse for people to not use AirVPN and we can finally call them on their bluff eh

     
    - Original Text


     
    - Attempted Example Of Simplified Text

     
    What do you think? Sure, it's missing some details and maybe it's not all that accurate, but if it gets the main point across, so what? As I said, we could just make spoilers for both versions.
    If Air wants, I'll gladly help make more of such explanations for the other things, since I'm quite good at doing so; mainly because I hardly understand it myself lmao, but shhh

     
    Thank you for reading and as always, Thank you to AirVPN & Staff for providing this excellent service, as well as the AirVPN community for keeping this place going strong !
     
    I want to know one thing: has Air got any plans on translating the service into different languages? I think it would be so great if they crowd-sourced this.
     
    Anyhow, if you spot anything I missed or disagree with a correction, feel free to tell me!
     
    Thanks. Now if you'll excuse me, my bed misses me, lol.
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    LZ1 got a reaction from knoppolis in Netflix no longer supported by AirVPN?   ...
    Hello !
     
    Why do you think you need a statement, when it's so obvious that Netflix is making a concerted effort to block VPNs & similar technologies?
    It's only logical that if Air doesn't think most users can reliably reach a given site, that they remove it from the list of supported sites. But you don't need their tacit
    agreement that things aren't working, instead, you could simply check one of the many existing
    threads on the topic. Furthermore, if Air had to give a statement for every blocked site or even just every time Netflix re-affirmed how hostile it is towards consumers, then
    AirVPN would have to shut down and dedicate all staff to a 24/7 statement service, just to keep up. There's really few reasons to start yet another thread on this, when another
    thread on the same topic exists on the same page. It won't make things go faster or make things easier on Air. If everyone stuck to posting in the above thread, Air would still notice.
     
    Just look: https://airvpn.org/topic/18078-usa-netflix-doesnt-work/?p=42919
     

    https://airvpn.org/topic/18026-netflix-blocked/?hl=netflix

    https://airvpn.org/topic/16976-netflix-proxy-detected/?hl=netflix

    https://airvpn.org/topic/16898-netflix-detected-proxy-on-merope/?hl=netflix

    https://airvpn.org/topic/16845-netflix-us-blocked-on-firetv-stick/?hl=netflix

    https://airvpn.org/topic/16838-netflix-blocked-again/?hl=netflix

    https://airvpn.org/topic/16611-cannot-connect-to-netflix-us/?hl=netflix



    As you can see there's several netflix posts already. Try to search first, there's very little reason to make more and more of the same topic. 
    You can be sure Air is doing everything it can to help you/us out :].
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    LZ1 got a reaction from qastro in Only able to connect to internet when using airVPN   ...
    Hello !
     
    Have you tried going to Control Panel\System and Security\Windows Firewall\Restore defaults ?
     
    In order to reset your firewall rules. Otherwise do feel free to post your logs in spoiler tags.
     
    Also, did you try resetting both IP & DNS settings to obtain automatically, on all interfaces/network adapters?
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    LZ1 got a reaction from Keksjdjdke in EFF & FSF Support?   ...
    Hello !
     
    Would AirVPN be interested in supporting the Electronic Frontier Foundation and/or the Free Software Foundation? No specific project or technology as such.
     
    It seems a bit remiss of AirVPN to not support these, in my view .
     

    About The EFF

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

    Even in the fledgling days of the Internet, EFF understood that protecting access to developing technology was central to advancing freedom for all. In the years that followed, EFF used our fiercely independent voice to clear the way for open source software, encryption, security research, file sharing tools, and a world of emerging technologies.

    Today, EFF uses the unique expertise of leading technologists, activists, and attorneys in our efforts to defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, advocate for users and innovators, and support freedom-enhancing technologies.

    Together, we forged a vast network of concerned members and partner organizations spanning the globe. EFF advises policymakers and educates the press and the public through comprehensive analysis, educational guides, activist workshops, and more. EFF empowers hundreds of thousands of individuals through our Action Center and has become a leading voice in online rights debates.

    EFF is a donor-funded US 501©(3) nonprofit organization that depends on your support to continue fighting for users. 

    About The FSF

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom. We defend the rights of all software users.

    As our society grows more dependent on computers, the software we run is of critical importance to securing the future of a free society. Free software is about having control over the technology we use in our homes, schools and businesses, where computers work for our individual and communal benefit, not for proprietary software companies or governments who might seek to restrict and monitor us. The Free Software Foundation exclusively uses free software to perform its work.

    The Free Software Foundation is working to secure freedom for computer users by promoting the development and use of free (as in freedom) software and documentation—particularly the GNU operating system—and by campaigning against threats to computer user freedom like Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and software patents. 
    Why should AirVPN do it? Because:
    Both organisations routinely make new technologies available which help to enhance peoples freedoms. Not just software-wise either, but hardware too. Both organisations comply with AirVPNs mission on multiple levels. Many kinds of freedom form the basis of free societies. Free speech, freedom of assembly, etc. So what about free software/privacy? The EFF fights the required legal battles that come before or after new technology or laws that limit, constrict and/or endanger us all in more ways than one. The FSF provides a completely different philosophy/approach to hardware and software; namely that it should be completely free. Not proprietary & closed. Eddie being open helps us all. Support will also mean even more support for software like HTTPS Everywhere, which both the EFF & The Tor Project made. AirVPN already supports The Tor Project, so why not add the EFF? Because the FSF is a hardcore supporter of free software & freedom of software provides a range of benefits for everyone:
    As a software developer, free software lets you build and improve on the work of others, as part of a social community — built on the principles of sharing.
    As an artist, you can do things with free software that proprietary software does not allow. All free software allows you to use it for any purpose.
    As a user, free software removes you from the power struggle of proprietary software, where you are able to help yourself and are not dependent on a single developer or company to help you.
    As a student, you can study and modify the software you use, learning from and enhancing the tools that you use for education.

    I think it's one thing to support various technical means of opposing state & company control, closedness and censorship, but quite another thing to oppose these things through legal means.
    Because while technical tools are great, one could argue that we shouldn't, in an ideal world, even need them. But we do, because various laws force us to, if we want to maintain
    a shred of privacy and security. But whether or not these organisations do battle legally, they both still provide a wealth of different tools and technologies which help advance
    AirVPNs mission. So in a sense, it's like a package deal !
     
    Even the best VPN in the galaxy won't have much to say in the face of running on a compromised system.
    Even the best combination of security practices, software & hardware can come under attack when governments give themselves permission to do things that are illegal & immoral for everyone else to do.
     
    In addition, supporting organisations which fight the necessary legal battles, could perhaps have direct implications for AirVPNs server locations, as Air writes:


    Of course there's many parameters to take into account when it comes to server locations; not least cost & infrastructure availability. But I'm sure we can agree that it's easier to set up a server in a
    country that doesn't have laws or systems hostile to AirVPNs mission statement; perhaps one of the major reasons we haven't had many Iranian and Mainland Chinese servers, hmm?
    For a primer on what the FSF is really about, you can watch this.
     
    Thank you :]
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    LZ1 got a reaction from OmniNegro in How Lenovo & MS backdoor your OS   ...
    That's a tall order. The problem is that even if you ran Linux, there's still software which runs on the various pieces of hardware in the laptop. This software is called firmware. In principle, we don't know
    what this firmware does, if it's not open. Maybe you should take a crack at Linux anyhow, it's not too late. You could download a distro like Ubuntu or Linux Mint and burn it to a CD. This CD could then be used as a
    "live CD", which would let you try out the OS without actually installing it. Alternatively, you could download virtualbox and run a Linux distro in there. You don't have to be a command-line guru to use it.
     
    There's options to buy laptops pre-installed with Linux
     
    Heck, you don't even need to install anything. You can just try it in  your browser!
     
    As the OP said, providers like ThinkPenguin provide laptops which are perhaps less prone to snooping.
     
    But really, it's kind of an oxymoron to not want snooping, yet insist on running Windows, sorry. Windows is governed by Microsoft & is closed-source. MS being MS, it most likely has backdoors; just check Windows 10
     
    I recommend you watch this.
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    LZ1 reacted to OpenSourcerer in Guide To Getting Started + Links For Advanced Users   ...
    Microsoft is venturing into the world of AI. Sure, they make mistakes like the Twitter chatbot, but they are building their products around it. Cortana for example needs data, so Windows (Phone) 10 and of course most of the companion software is built to compliment it. Edge will be no exception. It's not only closed source, it's also doomed to be the same privacy nightmare as Windows 10 is. Do not use it, period.
     
    (Sent via Tapatalk - this generally means I'm not sitting in front of my PC)
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    LZ1 got a reaction from Keksjdjdke in EFF & FSF Support?   ...
    Hello !
     
    Would AirVPN be interested in supporting the Electronic Frontier Foundation and/or the Free Software Foundation? No specific project or technology as such.
     
    It seems a bit remiss of AirVPN to not support these, in my view .
     

    About The EFF

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

    Even in the fledgling days of the Internet, EFF understood that protecting access to developing technology was central to advancing freedom for all. In the years that followed, EFF used our fiercely independent voice to clear the way for open source software, encryption, security research, file sharing tools, and a world of emerging technologies.

    Today, EFF uses the unique expertise of leading technologists, activists, and attorneys in our efforts to defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, advocate for users and innovators, and support freedom-enhancing technologies.

    Together, we forged a vast network of concerned members and partner organizations spanning the globe. EFF advises policymakers and educates the press and the public through comprehensive analysis, educational guides, activist workshops, and more. EFF empowers hundreds of thousands of individuals through our Action Center and has become a leading voice in online rights debates.

    EFF is a donor-funded US 501©(3) nonprofit organization that depends on your support to continue fighting for users. 

    About The FSF

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom. We defend the rights of all software users.

    As our society grows more dependent on computers, the software we run is of critical importance to securing the future of a free society. Free software is about having control over the technology we use in our homes, schools and businesses, where computers work for our individual and communal benefit, not for proprietary software companies or governments who might seek to restrict and monitor us. The Free Software Foundation exclusively uses free software to perform its work.

    The Free Software Foundation is working to secure freedom for computer users by promoting the development and use of free (as in freedom) software and documentation—particularly the GNU operating system—and by campaigning against threats to computer user freedom like Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and software patents. 
    Why should AirVPN do it? Because:
    Both organisations routinely make new technologies available which help to enhance peoples freedoms. Not just software-wise either, but hardware too. Both organisations comply with AirVPNs mission on multiple levels. Many kinds of freedom form the basis of free societies. Free speech, freedom of assembly, etc. So what about free software/privacy? The EFF fights the required legal battles that come before or after new technology or laws that limit, constrict and/or endanger us all in more ways than one. The FSF provides a completely different philosophy/approach to hardware and software; namely that it should be completely free. Not proprietary & closed. Eddie being open helps us all. Support will also mean even more support for software like HTTPS Everywhere, which both the EFF & The Tor Project made. AirVPN already supports The Tor Project, so why not add the EFF? Because the FSF is a hardcore supporter of free software & freedom of software provides a range of benefits for everyone:
    As a software developer, free software lets you build and improve on the work of others, as part of a social community — built on the principles of sharing.
    As an artist, you can do things with free software that proprietary software does not allow. All free software allows you to use it for any purpose.
    As a user, free software removes you from the power struggle of proprietary software, where you are able to help yourself and are not dependent on a single developer or company to help you.
    As a student, you can study and modify the software you use, learning from and enhancing the tools that you use for education.

    I think it's one thing to support various technical means of opposing state & company control, closedness and censorship, but quite another thing to oppose these things through legal means.
    Because while technical tools are great, one could argue that we shouldn't, in an ideal world, even need them. But we do, because various laws force us to, if we want to maintain
    a shred of privacy and security. But whether or not these organisations do battle legally, they both still provide a wealth of different tools and technologies which help advance
    AirVPNs mission. So in a sense, it's like a package deal !
     
    Even the best VPN in the galaxy won't have much to say in the face of running on a compromised system.
    Even the best combination of security practices, software & hardware can come under attack when governments give themselves permission to do things that are illegal & immoral for everyone else to do.
     
    In addition, supporting organisations which fight the necessary legal battles, could perhaps have direct implications for AirVPNs server locations, as Air writes:


    Of course there's many parameters to take into account when it comes to server locations; not least cost & infrastructure availability. But I'm sure we can agree that it's easier to set up a server in a
    country that doesn't have laws or systems hostile to AirVPNs mission statement; perhaps one of the major reasons we haven't had many Iranian and Mainland Chinese servers, hmm?
    For a primer on what the FSF is really about, you can watch this.
     
    Thank you :]
  18. Like
    LZ1 reacted to sheivoko in How Lenovo & MS backdoor your OS   ...
    (from https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10039306)
     
    Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft even facilitates this process:
     
    (from https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10046957. More info on Windows Platform Binary Table)
     
     
    My thoughts on this:
     
    Proprietary software makes free and secure computing impossible.
     
    "Just install Linux" doesn't fix anything: Your BIOS/UEFI still runs proprietary code, doing stuff behind your back and against your will.
     
    "Just install a free BIOS (coreboot)" doesn't fix anything either: Recent intel CPUs are managed by a "separate CPU within the CPU". That separate CPU (Intel Management Engine) has its own, proprietary, irreplacable firmware.
    (from http://www.coreboot.org/Binary_situation)
     
     
    Under the guise of providing new feautures for "convenience" and even "security" (see Secure Boot), hardware companies turn free computers into proprietary appliances.
     
     
    What can we do?
    Support alternative vendors such as System76, ThinkPenguin and Purism Support "open hardware" projects such as Novena, with the hope of carving out a niche for truly free, open source and secure computing Support organizations such as FSF and EFF Engage politically! Lobby against freedom-inhibiting developments such as compulsory non-free routers 
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    LZ1 reacted to sheivoko in How Lenovo & MS backdoor your OS   ...
    I agree with you about Purism, there are a lot of question marks and unfulfilled promises. I chose to include it in my (non-exhaustive) list because supporting any alternative vendor helps in the sense that it shows demand for alternatives. None of the projects I listed are truly free: the Novena comes closest, but even they had to reverse-engineer the 3d/video drivers.
    Once we show demand in the millions, we can push hardware companies to build stuff that doesn't require reverse engineering. If Purism and all their publicity helps us get to such numbers - even if Purism are mostly hype with little substance - I'm fine with that.
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    LZ1 reacted to RidersoftheStorm in feeling adventurous   ...
    If you are "actually" feeling adventurous????
     
    Go to stacksocial.com and purchase a lifetime/long-term subscription from one of their several "vpns" offerings.  lol
     
    Who knows what evil lurks in the dark heart of the internet.  "hideous laugh"
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    LZ1 reacted to zhang888 in Hello AirVPN, Goodbye NordVPN :D   ...
    I think I found the reason for your slow speeds with them.
     



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    LZ1 got a reaction from OmniNegro in No Global Warrants. VPN's will be effected! Update   ...
    One of the methods of control, whether in IT or not, is making people apathetic. Making them feel like whatever they do won't help. Try not to fall for this. It's okay to get pessimistic; just don't let it become
    so bad that you give up or become lax in your security practices. There's plenty to be pessimistic about of course. Governments and other institutions related to them, shouldn't be doing these things.
    But they are. But regardless of how much they hack, exploit, steal and lie, it won't mean that they're also right. The link Zhang gave you is good. You can also check my guide, scroll to the bottom
    and find other means of protecting your privacy. I also recommend checking out
    on youtube, if you need even more good reasons to stand up for privacy and related things. Because your security online and offline isn't just about the NSA and other agencies; it's about how is thought about and managed, which then has direct implications for things like privacy.
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    LZ1 got a reaction from OmniNegro in No Global Warrants. VPN's will be effected! Update   ...
    One of the methods of control, whether in IT or not, is making people apathetic. Making them feel like whatever they do won't help. Try not to fall for this. It's okay to get pessimistic; just don't let it become
    so bad that you give up or become lax in your security practices. There's plenty to be pessimistic about of course. Governments and other institutions related to them, shouldn't be doing these things.
    But they are. But regardless of how much they hack, exploit, steal and lie, it won't mean that they're also right. The link Zhang gave you is good. You can also check my guide, scroll to the bottom
    and find other means of protecting your privacy. I also recommend checking out
    on youtube, if you need even more good reasons to stand up for privacy and related things. Because your security online and offline isn't just about the NSA and other agencies; it's about how is thought about and managed, which then has direct implications for things like privacy.
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    LZ1 got a reaction from OmniNegro in No Global Warrants. VPN's will be effected! Update   ...
    One of the methods of control, whether in IT or not, is making people apathetic. Making them feel like whatever they do won't help. Try not to fall for this. It's okay to get pessimistic; just don't let it become
    so bad that you give up or become lax in your security practices. There's plenty to be pessimistic about of course. Governments and other institutions related to them, shouldn't be doing these things.
    But they are. But regardless of how much they hack, exploit, steal and lie, it won't mean that they're also right. The link Zhang gave you is good. You can also check my guide, scroll to the bottom
    and find other means of protecting your privacy. I also recommend checking out
    on youtube, if you need even more good reasons to stand up for privacy and related things. Because your security online and offline isn't just about the NSA and other agencies; it's about how is thought about and managed, which then has direct implications for things like privacy.
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    LZ1 got a reaction from Thalium in No Global Warrants. VPN's will be effected! Update   ...
    Hello !
     
    Things like this just re-affirm why it's important to support providers who not just have good technology, but have strong ethics like AirVPN.
    However, it's not as if those rules will make a big difference, seeing as the Snowden revelations were precisely about these people already doing this stuff.
    So as far as I can tell, just like in places like the UK with the new "Snoopers Charter" law, they're simply making all of their previously hidden and illegal acts, legal.
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