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Censorship Increases Ahead of Communist Party Congress in China

Intense Censorship Arrives Ahead of China’s Communist Party Congress

China’s Communist Party Congress is coming up this week, and in advance of the meeting many security, surveillance and censorship measures are being ramped up in the country. The Communist Party Congress takes place every 5 years, and this year marks the 19th…

PureVPN revealed to be keeping logs.

Pure Lies: PureVPN’s “No Logs” Claims Invalidated By Recent FBI Case

News broke this week that VPN provider PureVPN is lying to consumers about how it keeps logs, specifically claiming it doesn’t log when it actually does. The story serves as an urgent reminder that research and common sense must be used in order to…

National Cyber Security Awareness Month: October 2017

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)! This annual campaign takes place in the United States, and 2017 marks the event’s 14th year. NCSAM is sponsored by StaySafeOnline.org, and is supported by the US government. The goal of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is to raise awareness about the importance…

WhatsApp Encryption

China Expands Censorship, Blocks WhatsApp Messaging App

Censorship in China has increased yet again, with news this week the country is now blocking access to popular messaging service WhatsApp.  This move comes in advance of next month’s Communist Party Congress (we’ll be writing more about this next week – stay…

Verizon is throttling customer again with their new unlimited plans.

Verizon Throttling Videos on Unlimited Plans

Verizon is throttling video again, and the public is not happy about it. The ISP giant is purposefully not providing enough bandwidth to satisfy customer needs, instead deciding to throttle ALL video on their unlimited plans, with mobile video capped at a very low 480p…

Disney is being sued for allegedly using private data from children's smartphones to fuel their advertising campaigns.

Disney Sued for Violating Children’s Privacy in Gaming Apps

Disney has made headlines this month for allegedly violating the privacy rights of countless children. According to a recently-filed lawsuit, Disney has been collecting data from the smartphones of children using their mobile gaming apps, and then turning around and using that data to…

Turkey has been monitoring their citizens over messaging apps.

Turkish Government Cracks Down on Encryption, Threatens Human Rights

Encryption has been under attack in many locations around the world lately, including Turkey. The Turkish government breached the weak security of messaging app, ByLock, and used the cyber intelligence gained to make countless arrests of people involved with the recent attempted coup…

Golden Frog day is used to bring awareness to the endangered Panamanian golden frog.

Happy Panamanian Golden Frog Day 2017

Today is the 7th annual Panamanian Golden Frog Day! The Panamanian golden frog is one of Panama’s official cultural and ecological symbols, and has been endangered for years. This day is particularly special to us because Golden Frog is named after the Panamanian golden…

Hotspot Shield in Hot Water Over Deceptive Marketing, Privacy Violations

VPN provider Hotspot Shield (owned by AnchorFree) is under attack for misleading marketing and mistreatment of user information. On August 7, advocacy group Center for Democracy and Technology filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accusing Hotspot Shield of engaging…

China users of Amazon have been reminded not to use VPN technology to circumvent censorship.

Censorship In China Spreads, as Amazon (AWS) Warns Against VPN Use

A partner of Amazon.com in China has sent out notifications to users of Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers reminding them not to use “illegal” VPN technology to circumvent censorship imparted under the GFW. The notification, sent by Beijing Sinnet Technology Co Ltd which…