VPN – Weekly Content Round-Up

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Read the latest news on VPN in this week's content round-up.

All the latest and greatest news covering the ins and outs of virtual private networks (VPNs). Enjoy!

Keep your data safe and save with a VPN subscription

By Juan Carlos Torres for Android Community

An overview of solid deals and discounts on various VPN services. Some of the VPN services highlighted include lifetime service options.

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“A virtual private network, or VPN, is an easy way to safeguard your online data from hackers. When you use a VPN service, data you send via the web is encrypted and your identity hidden so you cannot fall victim to online criminals.”

How to set up your own Raspberry Pi powered VPN

By Kate Russell for BBC

You can do just about anything with the credit card sized Raspberry Pi, including creating your very own VPN. Follow along in this how-to post to learn what you need to get yours up and running.

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“There are plenty of companies offering services with varying degrees of security and varying degrees of cost, but if you are willing to roll your sleeves up and get technical with some basic coding and a £30 Raspberry Pi computer, you can build your own VPN server at home.”

Serious Security: Understanding the ‘P’ in ‘VPN’

By Paul Ducklin for Naked Security

Even though you may have heard about VPNs you might not necessarily understand how they work behind the scenes to encrypt and protect your connection. This comprehensive post reviews the pros and cons when using a VPN to help you make a more educated decision when selecting one.

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“Simply put: VPN is not shorthand for secure internet connection.

The “private” in “virtual private network” means nothing more than that the VPN provides a connection that can be made to behave as though you had a direct hookup to your destination network.”

Proxy Services Are Not Safe. Try These Alternatives

By Kevin Montgomery for Wired

In addition to using a VPN for a more secure online connection, many people have opted to employ free proxy services instead. However, these proxy services aren’t all that they’re cracked up to be. Research has revealed that many fail to process secure, HTTPS traffic, which may cause potential vulnerabilities.

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“But an analysis has found those free services come at an unexpected cost for users: their privacy and security. Christian Haschek, an Austria-based security researcher,wrote a script that analyzed 443 open proxies, which route web traffic through an alternate, often pseudo-anonymous, computer network.”

Have a happy Friday!

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Sarah Hartshorn is a marketing, public relations and social media professional with Vuze. She blogs about content, torrents, social media and a number of other tech topics. Sarah has been involved with traditional and digital marketing since 1998.