Category: privacy

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Hey Look. He’s Using a VPN!

One very important aspect of privacy that is usually overlooked is that of discretion.  If you want to remain private, then it’s important not to stand out – in IT circles it’s often called security by obscurity.   I remember once having to investigate unauthorized use of a database system by an employee.   The scenario was that...

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Best VPN for UK TV Abroad

Which is the best VPN service with UK based servers?  It’s a difficult question, simply down to the huge choice that is available now online.  Years ago, I was involved in a project to install a Virtual Private Network (VPN) client on thousands of laptops in a large multinational company.  The laptops consisted of wide variety of hardware, lots...

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Snooper’s Charter – UK Passes Surveillance Law

This was always likely to happen given recent events, the ridiculous snooper’s charter which was originally tabled in 2012 by the then home secretary Theresa May has been approved and passed. Over the years it’s been blocked and repealed with good cause, civil liberties groups have described it as the most extreme surveillance legislation ever passed in a democratic nation....

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IP Address Mapping Hell in Kansas

Is there such a thing as a ‘digital hell’ well although it sounds like some sort of melodramatic media headline, one couple in Kansas could arguably have been living there for several years. Everything that is connected to the internet has an IP address, every computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone needs some sort of address in order...

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The Dark Web – Secure and Sinister or Just Slow

The darknet is often cited on news stories and the mainstream media as a mysterious, scary place full of criminals and terrorists however part of that is simply not true.  There are actually plenty of criminals on there, in fact illicit substances and pornography seem to form a huge proportion of the anonymised sites. For anyone who has...