Since the inception of the Great Firewall of China (GFW), people there have needed to bypass that restriction in order to access many of the Internets' most popular sites and apps.VPNs are commonly used to access blocked content and services, however, in 2012, for a variety of reasons, a developer created Shadowsocks (SS) to circumvent Internet cen...
Be aware.....using a VPN is not without risks and you need to appreciate what it will and what it won't do for you.It will not keep your browser history secret, it will not provide security for non-secure (HTTP) traffic, it will not provide anonymity.However, if what you are after is to mask your activities from your internet se...
The district court in Munich has ruled that Facebook is using patented technologies that are the property of Blackberry (RIM). Although these are not hugely significant technologically in the application of their apps, it does affect everything Facebook has on the market in Germany.Millions of Germans use Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook every day ...
Ok,,,,,so you have seen Mr.Robot, or read the news or maybe just developed a common sense that when you are on a public WiFi, that this is potentially a very serious treat to your privacy whether it be your local Starbucks, or an Airport WiFi, wherever......You can be spied upon by others on the network or by the WiFi provi...
Today's Privacy Cookbook is all about browser security. Lets start with Chrome or Chromium! If it is your main browser, do the following.....use your browser to go to https://www.mozilla.org, to download the latest Firefox and after doing that delete Chrome! Congrats you have fixed the first issue!Now lets go to step 2Let's install a...
Today we're going to talk about uBlock Origin and if you've followed the previous chapters on ad-blocking articles here is a little extra information for you. Even if you are using either of the two ad blocking apps (AdGuard Home or Pi-Hole) please use uBlock Origin additionally on top of it. Alternatively if you are a more advanced ...
AdGuard Home is the next step up when it comes to blocking ads, trackers and all the other nasty BS what haunts the interwebs!We have nextDNS covered as a possible cloud solution, we have an in-house solution with Pi-hole and today we have a look at an open source solution that we use personally.Why AdGuard Home over P...
​Today we're following up on ad and bad-blockers with a supplemental section on the Pi-hole!In the last entry of the Privacy Cookbook we talked about hostfiles. They're easy to compile and install on Windows, MacOS and Linux and you can use them as well with DNSCloak on iOS. However, there are better ways to do this, one of which would be...
​The internet is one scary place. Most people wouldn't know that as they go to their favourite website that they have no idea what else is connecting to their device. I have a crazy example: my Samsung Note 10 had most of the requested connections coming all day from Samsung.com.cn and from Baidu.com. I've never been to mainland Chin...
DNSCloak is like NextDNS and is an app which runs as a VPN protocol (but only on iOS). It is actually not a VPN as such but a connection for your DNS resolver. DNScloak lets you select a DoH or DNSCrypt connection to many services that are listed with a description, location etc. Some of these DNS resolvers have build in adblocker and most (but not...
New Art of Trackers in the wild - via CNAME-Cloaking The fight against privacy goes into the next round.  We have just found the following information regarding a new development in tracker detection that ties in really well with our current releases of the Privacy Cookbook.A new webext API `dns` is available on Firefox 60+ only.The ...
NextDNS - easy adblocking with DoT and DoH

On paper, nextDNS would appear to be the Holy Grail when it comes to DNS services, but let’s not get carried away ;)​nextDNS is basically a DNS service that has an "integrated pi-hole" to the cloud. They use their own proprietary software, so it is not actually a Pi-hole.

The service comes with easy setu...

We promised you that within this cookbook we will go deeper into the rabbit hole....well, here we go and in this chapter let's start with something simple! DNS! 

Most people are not aware what DNS is or what it does.
The Domain Name System (DNS) is one of the foundations of the internet, yet most people outside of networking probably don’t r...
Today we launch the Privacy Cookbook on Decentralize.Today. Our primary objective is to understand the trackers around you i.e. those invading your privacy and how to eliminate, or at least restrict them, as many as possible. We will also run a series of complimentary articles surrounding standalone issues or companies that will link back into the ...
The case for a privacy driven 'twitter'....There is no doubt that Twitter is a great place for finding and following news, information, trolls and agenda pushing platforms. Some even run entire countries on it (or think they do, hahaha) :) However, Twitter has been caught out supposedly 'accidentally' collecting data and sharing user data with unid...
After looking into Threema, Signal, Riot and Telegram, we come to another messaging app that is heavily used by gamers and more recently has also made it’s mark in the crypto world.....Discord!It’s geared specifically toward video game players, providing them with a means to find one another, to co-ordinate play and chat whilst playing.It supports ...
Today we continue our journey through the world of messaging applications, ‘Secure or not so secure?’. Having covered off Threema, Signal and Riot so far, let’s continue our quest with TelegramSo what is Telegram?Telegram is a cloud-based messaging app developed by Russian entrepreneurs and brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov. Although its founders ar...
Having reviewed Threema and Signal in recent days, we are now going to bounce over to a more team orientated messenger: Riot/MatrixWhen I say ‘team orientated’, well, Riot is more like Slack in so far as it is a ‘person to person’ chat which allows you to communicate with someone as an individual (under People as per Riot) or within a group (or Roo...
In my last article of this series, we reviewed Threema, one of the messengers I personally love and use daily, as part of a series of articles about messaging services available today.Over the next two weeks, we will write reviews about the best options for you and your cellphone examining their startup, evolution, compatibility, security,&nbs...
​Almost three years ago, we published the series ‘Secure Messengers...or not so secure?’ here on Decentralize.Today. At the time, Threema was one of our top picks when it came to privacy. Let’s see what has changed, what has improved and what is missing, if anything, before we draw any conclusions as we move towards our overall pronouncement o...