How Private Is My VPN?

VPNs promise privacy, but The Markup found their apps and websites full of trackers

By: Alfred Ng

Originally published on themarkup.org

For the last seven years, Shannon Morse has been making videos on security and privacy tips on YouTube. That includes reviews of Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs—software that encrypts your network traffic so that internet service providers or people on the same Wi-Fi network as you can’t spy on your activity.



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Instant Messaging Apps that values Privacy and Security

There have been mixed emotions and voices with regards to the privacy and safety of users’ data on platforms owned by Mark Zuckerberg – especially WhatsApp and Facebook.

A recent update to WhatsApp’s privacy policy states that that all the Metadata of its users can be shared with other apps – meaning that WhatsApp will monitor a user’s online activity, save for the conversations which are end-to-end encrypted. 



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10 GDPR fines and what to learn from them

Recently I was looking at fines for GDPR breaches to get better understanding on data protection landscape at the moment. I selected 10 from just December 2020 and January 2021 which were biggest or most interesting. There are more loud fines being issued already in February which I did not include in the list. But I am sharing my observations and takeaways in hopes you will find them interesting and useful, too.



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1 Cybersecurity Tips for Device Protection

An antivirus is a tool that performs frequent checks on your device to rid your system of viruses, malware, and spyware. It is considered a tool that every cyber security-aware user should possess. However, considering the ever-evolving digital threats we face everyday, this cannot be the sole security software you have on your devices.



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Data Protection Day 2020

On 26 April 2006 the Council of Europe decided to launch a Data Protection Day to be celebrated each year on 28 January, the date on which the Council of Europe?s data protection convention, known as ?Convention 108?, was opened for signature. That was first legally binding international law in the field of data protection. Data Protection Day is now celebrated globally and is called Privacy Day outside Europe.



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