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 eyes, even if you’re using a VPN, and it’s easy to exploit. Here’s how it works and what you can do about it.


How To Install Free, Effective Antivirus Software (For Beginners)

Anyone running a Windows computer knows how important it is to have good anti-virus software — but you don’t need to pay for good protection! If someone you know still doesn’t have anti-virus software running, here’s a quick guide you can send them to help them set it up.


Five Best File Encryption Tools

Keeping your personal data safe doesn’t have to be difficult, as long as you keep sensitive information 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.


Adware Medic Removes Macintosh Malware

Mac: Although Macs don’t often get malware, they aren’t immune. If you don’t have a good Mac antivirus program installed, or something slipped through, Adware Medic removes common nasties.


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 free service that wants to make that whole process easy.


Lifehacker Faceoff: The Best Password Managers, Compared

You have lots of options for password managers, and when it comes to your security, you want the best possible tool for the job. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular password managers and compare them side-by-side so you can pick the one that’s right for you.


Use A Raspberry Pi As A Tor/VPN Router For Anonymous Browsing

We’ve shown you how to use a Raspberry Pi as both a Tor proxy and a personal VPN, but Make shows off how to do both in one unit for truly anonymous browsing everywhere.


Memory-Friendly Ad Blocker uBlock Now Available For Firefox

Firefox: The last time we highlighted uBlock, a fast and lightweight alternative to AdBlock Plus, it was Chrome only. Now the add-on is available for Firefox as well, and it works well, even though it’s still in beta.


Most Cybercrime Still Relies On Our Laziness

We frequently complain that it’s too difficult to keep our computers secure — but as Arun Vishwanath explains, problems are often due to our own bad habits.


CookieSpy Allows You To View Cookies From All Your Browsers

Windows: Websites tend to store a lot of cookies on your computer. While there’s still a lot of misconceptions on what cookies do, it doesn’t hurt to be curious about them. CookieSpy allows you to see what cookies each browser has stored on your computer.