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Opera Introduces a Free VPN, Built Right Into Its Web Browser Opera Introduces a Free VPN, Built Right Into Its Web Browser

Windows/Mac/Linux: Opera users just got a free, unlimited VPN you can use to encrypt your data or get around location-based restrictions on content. It’s currently in the dev version of Opera, but turning it on is as easy as flipping a switch.

Encryption Explained for the Less Tech Savvy Encryption Explained for the Less Tech Savvy

Encryption and how you control data your is a hot topic right now, but understanding encryption and how it relates to your personal data is confusing. YouTuber CGP Grey explains encryption, as well as some of the issues up for debate right now, as simply as possible.

What You Should Know About Congress's Latest Attempt to Criminalize Encryption What You Should Know About Congress's Latest Attempt to Criminalize Encryption

A new draft bill in Congress will force tech companies to undermine or break their own security features and encryption anytime law enforcement asks them to. Sound terrible? It is. Here’s what the bill says, and what you can do about it.

WhatsApp Turns On End-to-End Encryption for Every Message WhatsApp Turns On End-to-End Encryption for Every Message

WhatsApp, the popular messaging app, has rolled out encrypted messages for its entire service. The encryption now protects texts, voice calls video, and chat rooms.

ProtonMail Is the Easiest Way to Send and Receive Encrypted Emails ProtonMail Is the Easiest Way to Send and Receive Encrypted Emails

Web/Android/iOS: Concerned someone might be able to intercept or snoop in on your email messages? ProtonMail is a free, open source email service that will protect your privacy and security. It’s also dead simple to use.

This Massive VPN Comparison Spreadsheet Helps You Choose the Best for You This Massive VPN Comparison Spreadsheet Helps You Choose the Best for You

Choosing a trustworthy, reliable VPN service provider is hard, but over on Reddit, user That One Privacy Guy collected virtually everything there is to know about most large (and many small) VPNs and put them into a single color-coded Google Sheet that’s easy to read and understand.

How the FBI’s Fight with Apple Could Change the Future of Smartphone Security How the FBI’s Fight with Apple Could Change the Future of Smartphone Security

Yesterday, Congress heard testimony on an important security case. The FBI wants help breaking into an iPhone. Apple, backed by other tech companies is refusing. It sounds like an isolated issue iPhone users would care about, but the consequences of this fight will affect all of us.

How to Make Sure Your VPN Is Honest About Its International Exit Servers How to Make Sure Your VPN Is Honest About Its International Exit Servers

One of the best reasons to use a VPN is to get around pesky location restrictions on streaming movies and other content, but before you shell out money to a VPN that promises servers in dozens of countries, make sure they’re telling the truth about them. Trust, but verify.

1Password Changes Its Encryption Format to Prevent Metadata Leaks 1Password Changes Its Encryption Format to Prevent Metadata Leaks

1Password is one of our top password manager choices. Today, it’s changing the way it encrypts your data to keep even more metadata protected. On the surface, this doesn’t change much, but it is a welcome security addition.

Encrypted cloud storage service Wuala announced today they’re shutting down, going read-only on September 30th and purging data on November 15th. Wuala was one of our favorite secure cloud storage services, but they recommend another of our faves, Tresorit. You can read more here.

pwd.sh Is a Command-Line Only, GPG-Encrypted Password Manager pwd.sh Is a Command-Line Only, GPG-Encrypted Password Manager

If you work keeps you at the command line, or you just prefer terminal windows to heavier apps, pwd.sh gives you a way to manage your passwords in a secure, encrypted local container. Of course, it’s only accessible via the command line.

Disconnect Offers a Malware, Adware-Blocking VPN to Protect Your Privacy Disconnect Offers a Malware, Adware-Blocking VPN to Protect Your Privacy

Windows/OS X: Disconnect, makers of our favorite privacy tools, unveiled a new desktop app designed to protect your computer from malware, adware, and spyware. There are two tiers: A free version that protects your browsing, and a premium version that encrypts your traffic using Disconnect’s VPN.

How Can I Securely Send Sensitive Tax Docs to My Tax Preparer? How Can I Securely Send Sensitive Tax Docs to My Tax Preparer?

Dear Lifehacker, Tax season is in full swing, I’m ready to send my documents to my tax preparer, and I’m wondering: In this digital age, how do I securely (and freely) send my tax docs to my CPA?

TrueCrypt's Security Audit Is Finally Done, with (Mostly) Good Results TrueCrypt's Security Audit Is Finally Done, with (Mostly) Good Results

TrueCrypt, one of our favorite encryption tools of the past few years, has finally finished undergoing a security audit. Here’s how it fared, and what that means for you.

Which Online Money Transfer Service Is the Most Secure? Which Online Money Transfer Service Is the Most Secure?

Dear Lifehacker, Services like Venmo, Square Cash and other instant money-transfer services make sending a money to friends, splitting a check, or paying the rent easy. However, Venmo was just called out for its lax security, and now I'm spooked. Which of these apps are secure? Can I trust them?

Most Popular File Encryption Tool: VeraCrypt Most Popular File Encryption Tool: VeraCrypt

Encrypting your sensitive data is important, but not all encryption tools are the same. Last week we asked you for your favorites, and then we looked at the top five file encryption tools and put them head to head. Now it's time to crown the community favorite.

How to See If Your VPN Is Leaking Your IP Address (and How to Stop It) How to See If Your VPN Is Leaking Your IP Address (and How to Stop It)

VPNs are great for security, but one of the big reasons many people use one is to mask or change their IP address. This lets you get around location-based restrictions on content, or check if your provider is throttling your connection. Unfortunately, a new security flaw can reveal your real IP address to prying…

Five Best File Encryption Tools Five Best File Encryption Tools

Keeping your personal data safe doesn't have to be difficult—as long as you keep the sensitive stuff encrypted and under your control. That's why this week we're looking at the five best file encryption tools you can use to encrypt your data locally so only you have the key.

What's The Best File Encryption Tool? What's The Best File Encryption Tool?

Times have changed, and more than a few tools have come and gone that were designed to encrypt your data and keep it safe from prying eyes or data thieves. It's time for a fresh look. Which applications do you use to keep your sensitive data secure and locked in a way only you have the key?

Peerio Offers End-to-End Encrypted File Sharing, Puts You In Control Peerio Offers End-to-End Encrypted File Sharing, Puts You In Control

Windows/Mac/Chrome: Encrypted cloud storage services aren't difficult to find, but when you need to send a file to someone else and you want to make sure you keep some control over it (and it stays encrypted), you have fewer options. Peerio is a new service that wants to make that whole process easy.

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