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  1. The hated one , latest video about facial recognition. Experiences from the past ,about using tech in general,and what is already going on,makes me worried. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri9vkrlNiU4&pbjreload=10 At the end the mass decide ,how we going to use this technology.
  2. As of the beginning of the new Airvpn website ,I noticed so called,canvas tracing . I find it annoying; is this really necessary .If yes, can someone explain this to me? Gr,Casper
  3. For the security and privacy minded people overhere ;-), i discovered a very rich Podcast site. https://www.inteltechniques.com/podcast.html The information is more targeted for people living in the us. But it can be beneficial for the rest of the world to. Specially the podcasts about moving to Linux and why /how ( started at no.66 to 72).Very useful ,as a starter or more advanced user. Also how to hide your identity from trackers like google/facebook etc. Gr,Casper
  4. A german IT security blogger recently discovered that NordVPN's official android app transmits personally identifiable information to NordVPN and a few third parties. The checked version of their app is v3.9.8 which seems a few versions behind the current branch but still fairly recent. The blogger discovered that a user's Google mail address along with the advertising ID and a bit of other info are sent to Iterable, AppsFlyer and Tune along with some Google services like Analytics - all seemingly without the user's consent and even without mentioning it in the app's ToS. Of course customer support has been asked as well. Their answer was not satisfactory: Everyone interested in some of the HTTP POSTs discovered can look at them in the article linked above. The article itself is German-language, but it doesn't contain more info than this, only a bit of the writer's opinion which I share: It's very questionable that a "no-log" or even "privacy-centered" VPN provider like NordVPN is bold enough to state "marketing reasons" as their justification to track users of their Android app. Even worse that this tracking is performed by third parties who will most likely use this data in cross-referencing... Try to avoid NordVPN. Searching for "NordVPN" in this forum alone will yield more than enough reason. One in three newly created threads is about them.
  5. Hello, first post here. I was really getting interested in hiding my IP from websites, and suddenly I noticed this issue: whatever I do the site whatsmyip always detects my real ISP given IP and location. I did some reading and tests, but all posts and topics related to IP leak lead to WEBRTC, that was the first fix I did - disabling this service on my browsers, however that didn't solve my problem, although all WEBRTC testing sites confirmed that I have successfully disabled the service. Then I changed my DNS, connected to various AirVPN servers, no change, that site is always showing my real IP (it's IPv6 if it matters) So, if anyone can explain this and possibly gives me an idea what to try next, it will be appreciated! using Win10-64, Chrome and Firefox browsers. Cheers! Waylander131
  6. The Hatedone uploaded -again- a very good docu. :"Online privacy is a first amendment right and why encryption is NOT a munition" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3HsqLKpoO4&pbjreload=10 Privacy is a human right! Are you already abandoned the big "socials" ? Look at the clips of the Hatedone,how to do this and why . Gr,Casper
  7. Mullvad enhances wireguard protocol with "post quantun cryptography. Mullvad thinks that this, quantum crypto can be a solution to the coming quantum computer. https://www.mullvad.net/blog/2017/12/8/introducing-post-quantum-vpn-mullvads-strategy-future-problem/ Not bad at all Mullvad. Gr,Casper
  8. If you realize that whatsapp is more of the same as facebook (-problem) and you want to do something about it. Look for Signal app. Its opensource ,end to end encrypted and recommended by Bruce Schneier ,Matt Green and Edward Snowden. You can use the program on mobile ,but also on the desktop. Btw on the desktop you have text+voice only.The nice thing is you can use your keyboard. Some explanation from Tom Lawrence his channel :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM7cDTm3sCQ To set up the program in detail optional, not to use your private phone number:infosec//bytes https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfET6btFpe1e0CRGTFOulNg Gr,Casper
  9. Hello, I am writing to request a new server or servers in Estonia. A server in Estonia would be a great addition, as Estonia has excellent online freedom. Please see the links below for more info. 1 2 3 4 5 6 What are your thoughts about my suggestion? Feel free to reply and/or answer the poll.
  10. It's a new feature in OpenVPN 2.4, for more privacy and can also help with censorship circumvention in some cases. https://github.com/OpenVPN/openvpn/blob/master/Changes.rst Can AirVPN implement this?
  11. Hello, As you might have noticed, there is a list circulating on the privacy related forums recently regarding VPN providers: Old chart (The author of the chart did not provide any credible info regarding his tests) </deprecated> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FJTvWT5RHFSYuEoFVpAeQjuQPU4BVzbOigT0xebxTOw/edit?pref=2&pli=1#gid=0 <deprecated> New chart: https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn-privacy/best-vpns-privacy-and-anonymity/ While this list might be useful to avoid some providers, it lacks (imho) key values like if the announced locations are real locations and not fake Whois+GeoIP tricks, if the servers are actual bare-bone servers with real internet providers and not cheap shared bandwidth resellers, and of course who is the team behind the VPN company and how they respond to critical security issues, privacy questions and "hard" questions regarding their service. I want to make it an open discussion, where the members that submit their thoughts "Why provider X is better than Air", where me, or other members, can explain why most of the times this is a lie. Since most of those providers oversell cheap VPS servers, and have GeoIP tricks with fake whois (HMA/PureVPN/Ivacy are a good example) to show you 50+ countries where in fact it is mostly NL/US location where you can put fake data in the IP, and open a ticket to Maxmind to update the location. And here you go, a fake country is ready for the gullible users to fall in. I would like to make a discussion where every member can post a "feature" where they think another provider is better, but as I explained, most of them only false advertize it in most cases. The only thing I cannot put up on this challenge is the price, however, being in the hosting industry I do know how much Air pays for their leased servers - this is not a cheap thing to run at all. There are about 100 providers in this list, I tried to find one that is at least honest about their infrastructure and their privacy policy, but I couldn't find anyone except Air. Now this is rather bad news than good one - I wanted to see more, but a fact is a fact... Feel free to throw competitive names here, in a nicely manner, and I will try as much as possible to show you why some points you believe in - are not exactly the way there are on this list. You can also try and point out some improvement points for Air, based on that list, and if they are interesting I am sure Staff can comment about them. Regards.
  12. http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/2113521/new-internet-looks-keep-user-data-away-tech-giants-and-bypass
  13. I've came across with different settings via about:config and found them too tiresome, so I've decided to amend the existing user.js from ghacks Short description is here: In Firefox profile folder ( Help-> Troubleshooting information-> Profile directory ) copy and save your current pref.js file. If something falls apart you can safely delete your user.js and replace pref.js with its older version. It's important!! The following part is my amendments to ghacks user.js. user_pref("network.cookie.cookieBehavior", 1); 2- is too much, you cannot enter some websites with it. Or be ready to change it in user.js ( and in pref.js as it preserve previous user's choice) every time. user_pref("network.cookie.lifetimePolicy", 2); the commented option from original file was 0 (The originated server sets the cookie lifetime. (default)) user_pref("privacy.clearOnShutdown.cookies", true); it was false on ghacks-user.js, but true was the good default option I also uncommented related safebrowsing options, for example: user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.malware.enabled", false); user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.phishing.enabled", false); I like some old add-ons , so user_pref("extensions.legacy.enabled", true); For those, who prefer searching from the address string user_pref("keyword.enabled", true); Yes, this is invocation for DuckDuckGo user_pref("browser.search.defaultenginename.US","DuckDuckGo"); user_pref("browser.search.defaultenginename", "DuckDuckGo");
  14. Hello, I have been referred by a friend who recommended this service, and I have some doubts. Does AirVPN store the IP address of the person connecting to the server ?, if so ... for how long? Do you have access to identifiable user data such as IP address? Do the servers used by AirVPN only work in RAM? At the request of a government / police force / intelligence agency will you release my IP address or any other information that can identify me? Thank you very much for your kindness. I send you a big hug.
  15. vivekvp

    AV US servers

    Hello, Lately when I connect to AV I am getting put on US servers - latency is good. But should I be more concerned about privacy? Those US servers are under US laws - Homeland security. Think they are monitored different that non US servers. So I switch to non US serves with a close latency. I am sort of waiting for the day when all governments tell us VPN services that do not have logging are to be banished... Thoughts? Comments? Thanks, Mr. V
  16. http://ip-check.info/?lang=en https://browserleaks.com/ip https://ipleak.net/ https://www.doileak.com/?cb=2eu3h98tlz08z7kr http://check2ip.com/ https://whoer.net/#extended http://witch.valdikss.org.ru/ https://panopticlick.eff.org/results? https://amiunique.org/ And to tweak firefox for a better privacy https://www.bestvpn.com/make-firefox-secure-using-aboutconfig/ https://privacytoolsio.github.io/privacytools.io/ Hope it could help
  17. Steve talks about encryption in the near future . One of the conclusions is that whatsapp and other "point to point" , is going to change.Law and enforcement needs to be able to look what its going on between your ears. Also a few words about vpn.The week episode more .. Of course its an opinion of Mr Gibson,but interesting ;at least think about it.And discuss it. https://twit.tv/shows/security-now/episodes/606?autostart=false Greetings,Casper
  18. This may or may not be the right area for this, so I apologize in advance if it's not and would love it moved to the correct location. I've been very happy with AirVPN for about a year and a half now, after looking into details as best I knew how. I'm not unhappy in any way, but I would like any clarification about the ranking/rating/evaluation of AirVPN in https://thatoneprivacysite.net/simple-vpn-comparison-chart/ There is a simplified rating of various categories in the page body and then a little lower down is a link to a spreadsheet with more detail. From what I can tell, AirVPN still hits about all the bases I'm concerned with, but I'd love to have information that this review is lacking under the Activity, Connection, Leak Protection, and in categories that have no data. If not only for the additional information, I think it'd be great if I could email the host of this rating schema and help him fill in the missing data and update anything that seems incorrect in order to best represent the wonderful product that is AirVPN.
  19. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/senate-votes-to-let-isps-sell-your-web-browsing-history-to-advertisers/ Comments, questions, concerns.
  20. I think a must see. ​http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/107436/vault-7-unlocked-unfilter-228/ ​ ​Important that there is no prove of a relation between Russia and Tromp compain.....according clapper. ​Lies and more lies from cia and others.Question what is the reason for this behavior. ​Casper ​ ​ ​
  21. Hello, I am reading border guards can now ask for your mobile device passwords, and denying them the passwords are not an answer - you can be detained. What would you do if a border guard asked you for your phone and PIN? Would you leave your phone at home Is there any recourse? Delete browser history - sure. Delete all Whatsapps conversations? Should one delete all banking apps? They can see some of my naughty pix.... Thoughts? Comments? Thanks, Mr. V
  22. Whenever I read something about Windows 10, be it a news article or a forum post, I also read the word "privacy nightmare". It refers to excessive data collection practices by Microsoft's new operating system. Some of these can't even be disabled by going the usual way using built-in settings. Luckily, these are the forums of a VPN provider where you can find guides on what to look out for when you want to forcibly shut down the unnecessary "spying". And I wanted to contribute to this by introducing software which helps with this task. O&O ShutUp10 Focused on privacy settingsMust be installed: NoIcons after every setting warn you about possible risksShows you what exactly is changedConvenient search if you look for a specific settingDoNotSpy10 Focused on disabling services like Cortana, sensors, telemetry, and othersMust be installed: Yestraffic light coloring of settings indicates possible impact on the systemshows brief explanations for every settingfree download is ad-supportedW10Privacy Focused on privacy settings and all pre-installed appsMust be installed: NoMore detailed toggles, like just preventing OneDrive's sync feature instead of disabling/uninstalling it as a wholetraffic light coloring of every setting indicates possible impact on the systemhovering over a setting shows some info on what is done when toggledMaybe we should not ditch the OS but ditch the name: Microsoft Privacy Nightmare, or PN. Microsoft PN. Would really be a witty step after the last creative developer left Microsoft sometime after the Vista release. If you ask me, they instead hired devs who get an instant erection seeing so much data.... from just one Win10 installation.
  23. Very interesting paper here: ​ ​ http://blog.csiro.au/tinker-torrentor-streamer-spy-vpn-privacy-alert/ ​ ​No mention of AirVPN, though.
  24. Hello, I just heard of a news story that said the UK government is mandating all ISPs keep records of peoples browsing habits for a year - all webpage they have gone to. This will also be shared with other governments. No warrant required, your info sits in a database for whenever they need it. The European courts said it was illegal, the UK cited security concerns. Oh and that have been doing it all along - but now being transparent about it. Question: What does that mean for VPNs? Are they subject to these laws? What about VPNs outside the UK? Thoughts, comments? Thanks, Mr. V
  25. Hello, I have been reading about the differences between UDP and TCP and they basically say that TCP is more reliable, as it does some extra "error-checking stuff", while UDP does no such thing. From that I can inferr basic things for example: TCP guarantees that your downloads are not corrupt in case of connection problems and so on. But as a newbie, i am not sure how to interpret that in another context: Do these extra error checkings also protect your privacy and anonymity against (theoretically) any kind of hacking, like intercepting and compromising the packets, or sniffing them ie spying on your activity online (from the government for example) ? And would i be at a disadvantage when using UDP in that case? Thank you
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