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Having everything on the cloud (i.e. cloud storage) is great; it means you don’t have to remember if you saved that document on your desktop or laptop. You can also access your files from any computer connected to the internet, as well as not worry about what happens if your computer dies. However, that convenience usually comes with a price that’s not just monetary: your privacy. So, is it possible to have your data in the cloud without sacrificing that?

What Is The Cloud?

In the context of technology, the cloud refers to this:


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It seems like every other ad and sponsorship on YouTube is for some VPN provider. While VPNs definitely have a purpose, they’re not a one-size-fits-all solution. There seems to be a lot of VPN myths and general misinformation about VPNs on the internet. Hopefully this post clears some of that up.

How VPNs Work

Before I get into debunking some VPN myths, it’s important to understand how a VPN works. Put simply, a VPN creates an encrypted tunnel between you and the VPN server. Once connected, all of your internet traffic goes through that tunnel. The important thing to note about the tunnel…


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The internet seems simple enough for end users. You type a URL into your browser, hit enter, and the page loads within a few seconds. If not, you’ll probably give up rather quickly and move on to a different site. However, behind the scenes, a lot is going on in order for that page to be displayed. So, what exactly happens behind the scenes to make websites load?

Routers

The internet works by using something called an IP address to know where to send packets. Packets are what they sound like; bits of data put in a virtual envelope to be…


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Keeping your online accounts secure is one of those important things that no one likes to do. But, it’s a necessity in today’s day and age, so here are a few tips on how to keep your accounts secure.

Use Common Sense

There’s not much you can do if a website implements poor security standards. Unfortunately, there’s not really a good way to judge how secure a website is. For example, the website may use HTTPS, but protect their servers with a really weak password. In this case, it appears as if the website looks secure, and your browser won’t give you any…


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Most of us have heard that the future of technology is in the cloud. And that includes the cloud itself, confusingly enough, in the form of cloud computing.

A Brief Explanation Of The Internet

It all starts with a request to load a website, like the one you’re viewing right now. In order to know where to send the request, your computer must first resolve the domain name (e.g. “example.com”) to an IP address. This is done by sending a request to a DNS server, which is like a phone book for the internet. …


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There has been a debate going on for quite a while as to whether or not companies should implement backdoors into their encryption. While there are many valid points from both sides, backdoors would cause more problems than they solve.

What Are Encryption Backdoors?

Simply put, encryption backdoors are a way to break encryption without knowing the password. A good analogy is to think of encryption like a lock to your door. Only people with the key, such as you and a trusted neighbor, can unlock the door. Sure, you could just break down the door, but that would require a significant amount of…


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The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a VPN provider is how much you’re willing to trust them. If you misplace your trust, there are VPN providers that log everything you do and sell it. Which, if you’re using a VPN, probably is the exact opposite of what you want. As you (hopefully) trust yourself with your privacy, it may seem like a no-brainer to set up your own VPN server. But, should you?

Features

For the most part, you get many of the same features from running your own server as you would by using an established…


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At the same time everyone is concerned with how companies use their data, we’re moving towards an era where virtually everything will be done in the cloud. No longer will we need expensive computers with tons of processing power, and no longer will we need to remember on which computer we put what document on. The future will be a time when you access every file you ever made from any computer anywhere in the world with an internet connection. While that sounds great, it also sounds a bit creepy; I don’t want some company having access to all of…

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