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How to Use Firefox Private Network to Encrypt Your Web Traffic

Thursday September 12, 2019 2:18 am PDT by
Mozilla this week began piloting its own browser-based VPN service, and if you're located in the U.S. you can start testing it for free right away. Called the Firefox Private Network, the service promises Firefox users a more secure, encrypted path to the web that prevents eavesdroppers from spying on your browsing activity and hides your location from websites and ad trackers. In that...

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Opera VPN iOS App Will Be Permanently Discontinued at the End of April

Wednesday April 18, 2018 7:22 am PDT by
Just under two years after launching on the iOS App Store, Opera this week announced that its free "Opera VPN" app will be permanently discontinued as of April 30, 2018. Opera's virtual private network app masks the user's true IP address and allows them to bypass firewalls, block tracking cookies, change their virtual location to unlock geo-specific content, and more. At the end of April, the ...

U.S. Senators Ask Apple Why VPN Apps Were Removed From China App Store

Friday October 20, 2017 3:25 am PDT by
Two U.S. senators have written to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking why the company removed third-party VPN apps from its App Store in China (via CNBC). Reports that Apple had pulled the VPN apps first arrived in July, following regulations passed earlier in the year that require such apps to be authorized by the Chinese government. In the open letter dated October 17, Senators Patrick Leahy and Ted ...

Apple Pulls VPN Apps From China App Store As Russia Signs Law Banning Their Use

Monday July 31, 2017 4:49 am PDT by
Russia has banned VPNs and other software that enables users to gain anonymous access to websites. The new law was signed by President Vladimir Putin on Monday and will come into effect on November 1st (via TechCrunch). Leonid Levin, chairman of the Duma's committee on information policy and technology, was quoted by state-run media as saying that the new law is not targeted at "introducing...

Swiss Encrypted Email Provider Launches ProtonVPN With Free Subscription Tier

Tuesday June 20, 2017 4:49 am PDT by
Encrypted email provider ProtonMail today launched its own VPN service called ProtonVPN, which includes a free user tier in its pricing plan. The Swiss-based company said it had been testing its VPN service for four months with the help of over 10,000 members of the ProtonMail community, and the group was ready to make ProtonVPN available to everyone starting Tuesday. The Proton group...

Opera Desktop Browser for Mac Officially Launches With Built-In VPN

Tuesday September 20, 2016 1:49 am PDT by
Norway-based company Opera Software has brought its VPN feature to the masses with the release of Opera 40 desktop browser for Mac. For those unfamiliar with the technology, a VPN creates an encrypted tunnel from the user's computer to the VPN server, which hides browsing activity from other users on the local network and enhances security and privacy online. It shields a user's real IP...