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Australians Should Be Allowed To Circumvent Geoblocking: Productivity Commission

Australian consumers should be allowed to use technologies like VPNs and proxies to defeat the efforts of companies like Netflix and HBO that stop them from accessing digital content libraries from other countries. That’s the thrust of a Productivity Commission draft report into overhauling Australia’s existing copyright laws that has just been released.


Stop Opera's New VPN From Leaking Your IP Address

Last week, Opera added a VPN to the dev version of its browser, which was certainly good news. The bad news is that unlike the more robust VPNs it tries to replace, it leaks data that should be encrypted all over the place, namely your private IP address. Here’s how to fix it.


CVV Hacking: How Thieves Get The Three Numbers From The Back Of Your Credit Card

As any online shopper knows, all credit cards have a 3-digit card verification value (CVV or CVV2) code printed on the back. Merchants are forbidden from storing this information — so how do online fraudsters manage to get hold of it? Here’s what you need to know.


You Can Only Disable Defender In Windows 10 Home By Installing Another Antivirus

Windows: Windows Defender isn’t the best antivirus software (even Microsoft admits its first-party solutions aren’t ideal), but it’s enabled by default on Windows 10 Home. In fact, the only way to disable it is to install something else.


Opera Just Introduced A Free VPN, Built Right Into Its Web Browser

Windows/Mac/Linux: Opera users just got a free, unlimited VPN that 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.


Make A Raspberry Pi-Powered Remote Camera That Monitors The Weather And Temperature

We know you can turn a Raspberry Pi into a cheap surveillance system and that displaying images on a small screen is no problem either. Adafruit combined all this together with some sensors to create a system where you can monitor the camera and data on one Raspberry Pi from another Raspberry Pi.


Security Alert: How To Fully Uninstall Quicktime From Your Windows PC

As we reported last week, Windows users have been urged by Trend Micro to remove Apple Quicktime from their PCs. The video player — which Apple has ceased supporting — has been linked to two critical security flaws that won’t be getting patched, ever. If you haven’t got around to killing the program, you need to do it now.


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.


Facebook Account Kit Will Let You Log Into Apps With Your Phone Number

Most of us have used Facebook as a simple way to log into accounts. Today, Facebook’s making it even easier by allowing you to login to websites with just your phone number. You don’t even need to have a Facebook account.


What You Should Know About US Congress' Latest Attempt To Criminalise Encryption

A new draft bill in US Congress will force tech companies to undermine or break their own security features and encryption any time law enforcement asks them to. Sound terrible? It is. Here’s what the bill says.


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