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by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#867 The impossible task of creating a “Best VPNs” list today
For the security minded, one of the scariest revelations from the now three-year-old Snowden leaks had nothing to do with accommodating ISPs (shocking) or overreaching and often vague anti-terrorism practices and policy (an even bigger shock, right?). Instead, when news trickled out about matters like the National Security Agency’s Vulcan data repository or its Diffie-Hellman strategy, online privacy advocates found themselves quaking. Suddenly, seemingly everyone had to re-evaluate one of the most often used tools for maintaining a shred of anonymity online—the VPN.

VPNs, or virtual private networks, are typically used to obfuscate users’ IP addresses and to add a layer of security to Web browsing. They work by routing traffic through a secure, encrypted connection to the VPN’s server. The reasons for using VPNs vary. Some people use VPNs to change their IP address so they can access location-specific media content in a different geographic location or download things on torrent that are less likely to be traced back to them. Others hope to minimize online tracking from advertisers, prevent the negative effects of rogue access to Wi-Fi networks, or even just obfuscate their IP address to specific sites they visit.
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#867 The impossible task of creating a “Best VPNs” list today
#866 Ransomware is working, and the cybercrooks know it
#865 Outlook and Hotmail flooded by spam
#864 Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY
#863 Out-of-the-box exploitation possible on PCs from top 5 OEMs
#862 Tor Browser 6.0: Ditches SHA-1 support, uses DuckDuckGo for default search results
#861 Crypto-ransomware attacks Windows 7 and later, scraps backward compatibility
#860 Millions of PCs ship with bloatware riddled with security flaws, say researchers
#859 Got $90,000? A Windows 0-Day could be yours
#858 Flaw in popular WordPress plug-in Jetpack puts over a million websites at risk
#857 SSL/TLS and PKI timeline
#856 Hackers find bugs, extort ransom and call it a public service
#855 SandJacking attack puts Apple iOS devices at risk to rogue apps
#854 PayPal to pull out of Turkey following license denial
#853 US court says no warrant needed for cellphone location data
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