Opera includes SurfEasy VPN, not for Linux yet

opera-compHope you haven’t counted Opera browser out of the equation yet. While Firefox is focussing on browser security and tracking protection, Opera has just integrated SurfEasy, a VPN service it acquired recently. Using a VPN ensures that even your ISP can’t snoop into your browsing information. Continue reading Opera includes SurfEasy VPN, not for Linux yet

Truecaller, here’s a feature request!

Dear Truecaller Team,

Many users find Truecaller handy to track unknown numbers. Sometimes it is really useful. However, there are other ways of tracking down a number. In addition, if someone wants to remain untraced on purpose he can always call from a public phone booth. Continue reading Truecaller, here’s a feature request!

Hulbee: privacy-oriented search engine

You might have already come across the fact that search engines like Google invade your privacy and track you. There are alternatives like DuckDuckGo, Startpage which focus heavily on honoring user privacy. Hulbee is a new name in the list with its servers located in Switzerland. Continue reading Hulbee: privacy-oriented search engine

Local Load: load JS libraries from local resource

firefoxA recent exposure detected that Chrome and Chromium browsers down a “hotword” binary blob from the web which allows listening to microphone input of the user without her knowledge or consent. If you are not using a security-oriented browser like Tor or disabling JS everywhere this is a potential threat. Local Load is a Firefox extension that tries to reduce the chances. Continue reading Local Load: load JS libraries from local resource

vpnbook: access from Ubuntu

anonymousWe explored how to use FrootVPN earlier and vpnbook isn’t much difference. You don’t need to create a user account with vpnbook and it’s 100% free. Servers are available in Europe as well as US. To use the service, visit vpnbook and click on the tab openvpn. Note down the username and password. Download any of the bundles. Continue reading vpnbook: access from Ubuntu

ricochet: P2P Tor based messaging

tor_compricochet is a third-party peer to peer instant messaging client taking advantage of Tor hidden services. It doesn’t reveal your identity, contact-list or communication. The login ID is your hidden service address and contacts connect to you directly (hence P2P) through Tor. Continue reading ricochet: P2P Tor based messaging

Firefox adds active tracking protection

If you are a Firefox user you might have noticed the Do Not Track option in the Privacy tab in preferences. The caveat is, websites are not required to honour the request. Even the incognito mode doesn’t ensure that websites can’t collect data. When you are tracked, websites can collect information to identify you uniquely. Continue reading Firefox adds active tracking protection

tor + privoxy: anonymous browsing on Ubuntu

tor_compWhile the tor-browser (a firefox mod) uses the Tor network for anonymity by default, you can also configure your favourite browser or stock Firefox to use the Tor network. The tor network is a bandwidth sharing network with advanced algorithms to route your data anonymously. Continue reading tor + privoxy: anonymous browsing on Ubuntu