China Firewall

China’s VPN Crackdown Targets Chinese Providers, Hurts Chinese Businesses and Users

The following is a guest blog post from Clarence Leong, a student at Columbia’s School of Journalism. Clarence recently interviewed Golden Frog president, Sunday Yokubaitis, for this article. Full bio and contact information can be found at the bottom of the post. “When I first developed…

Take Back Your Internet 2018

Golden Frog’s Annual “Take Back Your Internet” Event at SXSW 2018

Take Back Your Internet with Golden Frog! We’re back and hosting our annual event on March 9th during this year’s SXSW! In the past, we’ve discussed myths around online privacy and security, encryption, and the importance of an open Internet.  The Texas Public Policy Foundation is joining us in hosting…

Facebook snooping on users via VPN app.

Facebook’s New “Protect” Feature Protects Their Market Share, Not Your Privacy

A new feature appeared in the Facebook mobile app for iOS last week – a link labeled “Protect” which drives users to an App Store listing for Onavo Protect. Onavo Protect is a “wireless networking” application, or personal VPN. As you may know, VPN services encrypt Internet…

The Hill

From The Hill: Three Questions to Ask Before Downloading a Mobile App

In this op-ed from The Hill, Golden Frog Co-Founder Ron Yokubaitis discusses the importance of vetting mobile apps prior to downloading. Data collection is a brave new world for consumers and companies alike. There is no escaping it, nor is there the ability to avoid…

censorship in china

Authorized VPNs Versus Unauthorized VPNs: What’s The Difference?

With all the news surrounding China’s forthcoming VPN ban, there has been talk of certain VPNs still being allowed. Some VPNs have remained operable in China while others are repeatedly blocked. When Apple pulled 60+ major VPN apps from their app store this…

Canada privacy

Canada’s C-59 Bill Looks to Expand Spying Laws

Canada is under the microscope in terms of privacy lately, as the House of Commons recently deliberated a revamp to their national security laws. The legislation in question is called Bill C-59, which would grant security agencies additional spying powers beyond the gathering of information. C-59 is an…

Hotspot Shield in Hot Water Over Deceptive Marketing, Privacy Violations

Not So Hot, or Surprising – Hotspot Shield Suffers Security Vulnerability

Earlier this week, ZDNet broke news of a security vulnerability in AnchorFree’s Hotspot Shield free VPN service. A security researcher discovered an “an information disclosure bug” which leaked user data and allowed users of the VPN service to be identified. The leaked data…

censorship in china

The Inextricable Connection Between Surveillance and Censorship

We’ve been writing about extreme censorship in China for quite some time now. But something we’ve talked less about is how censorship is coupled with another, equally concerning, rights issue – surveillance. What is Surveillance? Surveillance is defined by Merriam-Webster as “close watch…

UK spying on citizens for 17 years

UK Court Rules Surveillance Under Snooper’s Charter Unlawful

Citizens of the UK concerned about privacy can breathe a sigh of relief! The UK Court of Appeal ruled the government’s mass digital surveillance program unlawful last week. In motioning to reevaluate aspects of a law once named the most extreme form of surveillance,…

Golden Frog Goes to DC

Golden Frog and Data Foundry Meet with FCC Commissioner Clyburn

We had a great visit with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn today, when she joined us for a tour at our sister company, Data Foundry’s, newest data center Texas 2. We shared our thoughts on many topics, including Open Access and privacy. Clyburn is a…