find-pirated-movies-online-easily

How to Find Pirated Movies Online: Use Squawkr for Automatic Updates!

There is a new tool out that will make it as easy as possible to find pirated movies online. This new tool squawk or, will help you track and get notified when movies you want to download are released. You will no longer have to worry about checking your favorite movie sites for P2P. You’ll get notifications right in your email, making things easier for you. Let’s look at using this tool a little bit more in depth, and find pirated movies easier.
Continue Reading

uk-piracy-blocklist

UK Piracy Blocklist Expands: What Can you Do?

The UK as proven, once again, that they are not that bright when it comes to the Internet. Not only do they indulge in some of the most ridiculous online censorship going on right now, but they’re now going even deeper into creating piracy blocklists. With the latest additions to the UK piracy blocklist, it’s like they’re trying to Brexit themselves from the Internet. As is the case with that disastrous pending policy with the EU, this too will prove to be quite unsuccessful and contrary to their goals.
Continue Reading

online-security-expert-interview

Online Security Expert Interview Series with Tripwire’s David Bisson

Hello, and welcome to the first of our series of interviews with online security experts. We are starting out with an interview with Tripwire’s David Bisson, where he is the associate editor for The State of Security series.

David has been writing about online security and privacy issues for many years now. First starting way back when he wrote his senior thesis on the militaries digital weaponry. With a sigh on continuing his career in info sec journalism, his valuable insights below will be sure to help anyone looking to increase their online security.

Interview with Tripwire’s David Bisson: Online security expert interview

David, let’s get started with the basic question. How did you get started in the Internet security business?

I first got started in the Internet security business back in undergraduate school. I was writing my senior thesis on the notion of digital weapons ushering in a new concept of what we define as “war.” For inspiration, I decided to create a Twitter account and to connect with individuals researching similar ideas. The managing editor of a site called Information Security Buzz found me on Twitter and asked if I would like to contribute some articles. I said “yes.”

After graduation, I began editing for the site and writing for Tripwire’s The State of Security blog. That latter opportunity opened up all kinds of doors for me. I now write for Graham Cluley, Carbonite, Metacompliance, and OASIS Open in addition to Tripwire.

You seem to be everywhere, that is quite the career path. Do you think that others could easily follow this path? If not, where should they start?

I think the path is wide open for individuals with an interest to learn. I didn’t know much about Internet security when I started out, which is why I chose to write about topics with a political bent to them. But that changed after the first year or so. If you spend so much time writing about one subject, you’ll pick up the crucial ideas and begin to form your own opinions of them.

By writing about information security specifically, I found that I couldn’t disengage myself as a user from my the topics of my articles. I therefore took a hard look at my computing practices and made some changes. Even today, I continue to modify my behavior to stay as safe online as possible.

Security is a process; it never ends.

That process I feel has made me more conscientious as a user and more informed as an infosec writer.

My recommendation is that people begin reading and writing about information security. They should also follow the conversations infosec experts participate in on social media. Once they start to formulate their own opinions, they can approach some of these infosec news websites and ask to contribute some content. It’ll probably be unpaid at first. (It was for me.) But it’s a step in the right direction, and you never know where it might lead.

That story sounds awfully familiar. It’s how I got into the industry as well! Let’s change it up and look at some opinions of yours on specific topics related to VPNs. What is your opinion on VPNs keeping logs?

It’s self-defeating. Users flock to VPNs out of a concern for privacy. They don’t want to be tracked, and they certainly don’t want their VPN to be capable of matching their IP address to a time stamp under certain situations. Any VPN that keeps extensive logs on their customers therefore risks losing business should anyone find out about their policies. And once that goodwill is gone, it takes a lot of time, transparency, and hard work to get it back.

It is definitely something for people to think about. We covered this quite a bit in an article about Hide My Ass and they’re logging policy.

What solutions, if any, do you have for the online security skills shortage?

I feel the most effective way we can overcome that gap is by cultivating interest in children and young people at an early age. Grammar schools should form their own digital security clubs that host public awareness campaigns and teach the fundamentals of network defense. (I’m thinking Legos would serve as an excellent education tool.)

In secondary institutions, students should have the option of joining hacker teams where they can compete against one another. If students have the opportunity to refine their interest in digital security over a period of years as they would a sport or a musical instrument, they’ll be more inclined to apply for scholarships, to pursue that field in college, and to ultimately enter the security community as a professional.

Those both sound like good ideas. I particularly like the Lego. How do you feel about content providers (such as Netflix, Hulu) who are blocking VPN users?

I can understand where Netflix and Hulu are coming from in their efforts to respect their regional licensing agreements with studios. But those services are growing, and along the way, they’re accumulating content to which some of its members have never been exposed.

My hope is that content providers will see that development as an opportunity to expand their users’ horizons and to offer the same content to members everywhere. If they don’t, they’ll simply drive more people to use VPNs to specifically bypass their content walls.

Worse, some members could reject Netflix and Hulu and instead navigate towards piracy. Such a scenario would hurt the studios that made the content, the content providers that are losing customers, and the users who might unknowingly install malware or end up in prison. It would hurt everyone.

I’m sure that a number of people who check out our Top 10 piracy/p2p websites article are doing so because they cannot legally stream content. I’m not going to say I have…

Let’s take a more global look at the politics and online security you enjoy. What are your current thoughts on China and The Great Firewall?

The Great Firewall is completely antithetical to the spirit of the web. Information is at its best when it’s shared, as that helps to drive innovation. But the Communist Party of China (CPC) doesn’t want change. It wants to perpetuate its rule…even if that means it must wall ordinary Chinese citizens off from the rest of the world.

Why? It fears what the people might do in the possession of unbiased information. Perhaps they might decide they want a new type of government. The Great Firewall helps prevent that from happening, but if a political regime resorts to such measures out of fear for its own people, you have to wonder how long that regime will last in an increasingly globalized world.

The great fall air wall of China is certainly an issue related to a free Internet. Speaking of online security issues and freedom, what are your thoughts on NSA spying, and encryption backdoors?

Encryption–like any technology–is dual use, which means users can use it for good or bad. Though one shouldn’t outweigh the other. In the information age, privacy is a sacred right. Each and every user should be fighting for the right to keep their personal details private. Of course, some people in the intelligence community might not hold such a rosy view of privacy. How can they? Their mission is to security, not privacy.

But bulk data collection programs like PRISM aren’t the answer. Watching everyone all the time just creates mounds and mounds of non-actionable data that can easily distract investigators from finding evidence of criminal activity. Investigators say encryption backdoors could allow for more targeted investigative work. That might be true in one sense. However, the potential for intelligence analysts and bad actors to undermine privacy and security should be for every user too much to bear.

In other words, there’s no good answer to resolving this dispute. It’s a challenge that will continue to define and shape the Internet for years to come.

That was a very insightful answer, David. Thank you. Now let’s end this with a little bit of advice for someone out there who knows absolutely nothing about online security. What would you tell them to do to get the basic protection?

To get the basic protection, users should implement the following steps:

  • Install a VPN and anti-virus solution on their mobile devices and computers.
  • Use a password manager to save strong, unique passwords for each of their web accounts.
  • Set up two-step verification whenever there’s a way to do so on their accounts.
  • Back up critical information on a regular basis using local AND cloud-based solutions.
  • Configure your browser so that it deletes cookies every time you end your session.
  • Avoid clicking on suspicious links and email attachments.

It takes a bit of research to figure out how to do all of this, but none of those measures are too difficult for a user who knows nothing about online security to eventually wrap their head around. More importantly, each of those steps will go such a long way towards safeguarding a user’s important information.

Thank you for the great interview, David. I’d like to invite everyone to follow him on Twitter, and a comment below with your thoughts on anything we discussed.

geoblocking-soundcloud-blocks-music-1

How to Defeat SoundCloud’s New Geoblocking Feature

The war on the free distribution of information, and entertainment, continues as SoundCloud’s new blocking features continue to frustrate music fans. Not only is the free music platform no longer is so free, but it is now locking out free music to people from outside of the United States.

Getting around to SoundCloud’s new Geo blocking feature can unlock tracks which are in preview, or out right blocked entirely. Let’s learn about them now.

How SoundCloud’s geoblocking works

SoundCloud’s new Geo blocking feature works by reading your IP address. Once it reads your IP address you can find out where you are. With your location determined pretty much down to the block they can impose their geo-block on you.

For those living outside of United States you will find yourself getting blocked, or only shown previews, from songs you used to be able to listen to. Many people have built playlist around these songs which they can no longer listen to in their entirety.

If you haven’t already seen it here is a song that is geo-blocked, for someone in Canada, and a song that is preview only:

oundcouds-new-geoblocking-feature

SoundCloud read the IP address of this person, and blocked them from listening to that music just because of the country they live in. It doesn’t have to be this way, you can defeat SoundCloud’s new geoblocking feature.

Using a VPN to get around Geoblocking on SoundCloud

In order to get around this geoblock you must change your IP address. The VPN does this by connecting to a server with in the country that is not blocked. This frees you up from being blocked by sound cloud, opening up those free songs once again.

The person above in Canada who is blocked from seeing those songs? That was me. Take a look at what happens when I connect to a VPN server in the USA:

defeating-soundclouds-geoblocking

I am no longer blocked by SoundCloud’s feature. It opened up both the track that was closed to those in Canada, and it expanded the preview track to a full track. Absolutely anyone can do this.

How to choose the right VPN to get around geoblocking

Be sure to choose a VPN with lots of options for choosing different server countries. Use our list of the top 5 geo-unblocking VPN’s to make your decision. The top choices on that list include:

You can choose either of these three, the other two in the list link to above, or another one we review of your choosing.

Do not forget the other benefits of VPNs:

You can pay a little bit for a VPN and get a lot back in return. You get all of SoundCloud’s content back, encryption, other geoblocked content, and the online security you deserve. Do not miss this opportunity to protect yourself online, why you get to access content that was once free.

limit-avoid-browser-fingprinting

How to Avoid Browser Fingerprinting, Get More Online Privacy

Most of the time, hackers aren’t hacking just for the LOLz. Only sometimes. The rest of the time they are hacking into computers and servers for specific information which they can take. This information can be used for a number of things, one of the biggest being a profile that the data in your browser tells about you: This is browser fingerprinting.

Why is this ‘profile’, or online fingerprint, important? Let’s find out before hackers do, and let’s look at protecting this fingerprint as well so that you can be safer.
Continue Reading

most-downlaoded-movies-october-14-2016

10 Most Downloaded Movies October 14 2016

Folks, see it for yourself: This may just be the most consistent Most Downloaded Movies list we’ve ever had. Apparently you all know what you like to download and watch out there, and you’ve been at getting those movies for the last 2 weeks! There’s one little surprise at the end we’ll look at too.
Continue Reading

best-app-lock-tools-android

The Best App Lock Tools for Android: 7 Reviewed and Rated

Let’s face it: Your whole life is on your smartphone, isn’t it? With more of us putting more and more of ourselves in apps, it’s well past time we all started looking at using encryption to our advantage. One way you can do this is using a VPN like IPVanish, which has a great app for Android, whenever you connect to public WiFi with your smartphone.

Another useful form of encryption comes from app lock tools like the 10 we’ll look at in this article. They can protect you, with encryption, if someone does manage to get into your smartphone via digital or physical means.
Continue Reading

10-most-downloaded-movies-october-7-2016

10 Most Downloaded Movies October 7 2016

We’ve seen some consistency from last week to this week’s 10 most downloaded movies list. The new additions are noteworthy, and it’s worth looking at the well-respected #1 movie!
Continue Reading

create-anonymous-email-account

How to Set Up an Anonymous Email Account: Enjoy Private Communication Again

It wasn’t too long ago that everyone assumed their emails were always private. The government wasn’t allowed to snoop on our phone calls whenever they felt like it. And they couldn’t open our mail without a very good reason and a search warrant. The notion the our email was private died very quickly after Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA. And as more was uncovered about Google’s practices there was a flood of people who started to setup an anonymous email account.

While 100% anonymity is nearly impossible to obtain, you can get so close that it will require a whole lot of work on anyone’s behalf to discover a proper anonymous emails account. Let’s start putting in the work to set up your anonymous email account, and protect your privacy once more.
Continue Reading

most-downloaded-movies-september-30-2016

Most Downloaded Movies September 30 2016

Hello, movie fans. This week’s list of the most downloaded movies for September 30, 2016 features three brand new, and exciting movies, right at the top! Keep reading to see what they are.
Continue Reading