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Where you live has a huge impact on several important aspects of your life, including your access to healthcare, quality of education, and your exposure to toxic pollutants. Many Americans are aware of how their state, city, and neighborhood of residence impact these facets of society, but few are equally aware of the extent to which one’s address affects less visible dimensions — like whether or not you have the right to know who is tracking you online and profiting off of your browsing data.

Within the United States, we often forget how many of the laws that govern our reality are at the state and local level and not the national level. Laws that govern to what extent companies are required to inform consumers about how their information is used, as well as laws that govern whether or not consumers have the right to deny companies the ability to log and sell their data, differ drastically by location. A state line, in many cases, is the difference between being able to withhold, delete, or even access personal data collected by websites and having no rights over your private information whatsoever. …

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TikTok, an extremely popular media consumption and creation app has blown up in popularity recently. This app helps any user post short videos, usually under 15 seconds, and gauge user feedback, with the potential for anyone to go viral. The app is now available and is regularly used in over 150 countries, with an average of 800 million monthly active users.

The app has its origins in a nearly identical platform known as Musical.ly, based on lip-syncing videos with widespread popularity in the preteen audience. In 2017, the Chinese Internet company ByteDance bought the app and remarketed it as it is known today, All Musical.ly accounts were ported over to TikTok in August 2018. China is often associated with less-than-ideal online privacy laws. This can worry some potential users, and possibly turn away those concerned about user data security. …

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The lack of Internet freedom in India has led Internet users to seek a way to secure their privacy and anonymity. In order to stay protected online, keep one’s browsing history safe and access geo-restricted content, using a VPN is necessary. The question remains — is it legal to use a VPN in India?

Yes. It is legal to use a VPN in India, and with everything there are technicalities involved (don’t do illegal activities on a VPN). …

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In a word, yes. Packet sniffing is when a user on the Internet intercepts packets of data moving across a computer network so they can view the data. (I can sense you asking what all that means.)

When you send an email or view a web page on the Internet, the information is not sent through the Internet as one document. Your computer breaks down the web page or email into many small data “packets”. …

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Coronavirus hit in the middle of Chinese New Year, during the most crowded event in the most populous country in the world. It spread all over China, and soon after, the entire world. Burglars and celebrities used to be the only ones to cover their faces, but now it is the new social norm; in fact, in many places, it is the only legal way to leave one’s home as cities have implemented social distancing and face covering orders to limit the spread of the virus.

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You’re in a café, browsing away, and you suddenly remember that you’re out of dish soap. You quickly order it online. The next thing you know, your credit card company sends you a fraudulent alert and freezes your credit card. As theatrical as this scenario sounds, there are many cases similar to this that take place every single day. Oftentimes the victims of these online thefts don’t even realize their information has been compromised.

When You Use Public Wi-Fi, Can the Wi-Fi Provider See Your Browsing History?

Yes. When you’re using public Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi provider can see your browsing history. Your browsing history is not private because Wi-Fi routers keep logs of browsing history and with the logs, Wi-Fi providers can see what websites you open, and sometimes they can see the information that you provide while on public Wi-Fi.

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In our “5 Reasons You Should Care About Privacy” article — we briefly mentioned the idea of dynamic pricing and price discrimination, location-based tactics that many companies use to justify raising prices.

In this article, we’ll go into greater depth on what dynamic pricing is and how to save money by beating dynamic pricing through the use of a VPN. There are many other reasons why using a VPN is beneficial, but as a person that loves to save money, this one is my favorite, and a reason that is often overlooked. …

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Have you ever been creeped out by websites that seem to be tracking you? Perhaps you’ve seen ads for something that you and your friend talked about (but never searched for) and are worried that certain apps are listening to you.

Just this morning, I was reading a news article, and lo and behold, I saw ads for shoes that I searched for thirty minutes prior. It even followed me to Facebook! Then last week, my friend and I were talking about this concert we wanted to attend, and a few days later, I saw ads telling me to buy tickets to this concert. …

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If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you are wanting to change how companies online are tracking you. Or maybe you read our post about the different ways companies are tracking you and you think it’s a bit creepy or annoying that ads follow you around the web. If that’s you, then you probably started thinking, “Can I get them to stop tracking me and how?” Read below to find out how.

Can I Get Them to Stop Tracking Me?

The answer is yes! However, depending on what device you’re using or how technically savvy you are, it may be harder to control how much information you’re able to keep from being tracked. …

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As a result of the digital revolution, issues like security and privacy are at the forefront. To maintain a great online experience for everyone, privacy and security must become and remain a priority for everyone. As a result, VPN services have transitioned from being a “nice to have” to a “must have.” During the past decade, we’ve seen many countries increase their internet surveillance and censorship. Some examples include the censorship involved in the Great Firewall of China and Turkey blocking access to Twitter during the “Arab Spring.” …

About

Ian Bateman

Founder of FreePN — Creating tools for a free and open internet. The first free, fast, anonymous, unlimited-bandwidth peer-to-peer VPN. It’s also open source.

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