VPN provider PureVPN has expanded their offering to include a new extension for Google chrome. The plugin brings support for their virtual private network right into the Chrome browsing experience, while adding various additional features to improve the users security and browsing experience.
Once installed, the extension gives you access to the 180 servers located in over 140 countries around the world, making it easy to switch locations and unlock content as required. Experienced users can tweak the settings to meet their specific security requirements, or simply use the default settings as a base level of defense against data collection and tracking.
Adblock and VPN in a One Extension
Ad block has become very popular over the past 10 years. The Adblock extension for Chrome currently has over 10 million downloads, but in the past year the company behind the plugin has started to sell their own ad space. As an alternative (or additional) line of defense, this extension provides ad blocking functions. It also blocks tracking requests to third party platforms who collect and sell consumer data.
Additional Security Features
Beyond ad blocking, this extension claims to help block malware from accessing your system through the browser. The details on what exactly this means are a bit vague, but PureVPN claims that it is maintaining a list of potential threats and actively scanning the sites being accessed to block any potential threats. While there is sure to be room for error, this additional security can’t hurt.
The company released this video to promote the new Google Chrome integration. While it’s light on details, it does provide a high level overview of how the extension works and illustrates the results you can expect.
Since emerging as a popular platform for people to share data amongst themselves in the early to mid 2000’s, BitTorrent and torrent search engines have become engrained in online culture. Although licensed and unlicensed streaming sites have been gaining in popularity in the past 2 years, peer-to-peer torrents remain a key way to share and acquire content.
While you’re most likely family with pioneering sites like the Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents (RIP), there is an ever evolving world of torrent trackers and sites that you may not be aware of. Here’s our top five search sites and trackers that you may not have heard of.
#1 – TorrentDownloads.me
This .me domain is a great place for .you to find fast and reliable P2P torrents. The design is modern, easy to use and features a homepage showing the content that has been added in the last 24 hours. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, this property claims to be the biggest BitTorrent system on the web.
#2 – EZTV.ag
If you haven’t heard of EZTV before, all you need to know is this tracker outlines it’s ease of use and primary content index in the four letters that make up the domain. Formally located at .it and .ch domains, EZTV has continued to move in order to ensure maximum uptime. This tracker also hosts an active form for content enthusiasts where you can make requests and get assistance.
#3 – TorrentProject.se
Originally started in 2010, this site has become more and more popular as other trackers have went offline or struggled to survive. The interface is simple, focusing on searching and displaying results from over 80 different trackers. The index is updated approximately every ten minutes, ensuring the content and links are always up to date.
#4 – 1337x
Despite having a design reminiscent of an adult entertainment site, 1337x has become a well respected source for indexing BitTorrent files. The search function is easy to use and content can be browsed by genre in the event you’re not looking for anything specific. 1337x also has a nice trending tab that shows you what content is popular across the web.
#5 – RARBG
This tracker is a little old school in its appearance, but delivers in its listing of content. Originally started as an index of Bulgarian content, this property has grown to include content from across the web. The Top 10 page is broken down by category and includes thumbnails (where available) when you mouse over the links. Don’t let the looks turn you away and give this one a look.
Don’t forget to protect your privacy when accessing these sites by using a VPN service or similar offering. Although the sites listed above have been in operation for years, you never know when your connection could be compromised. If you know of a property that we’ve missed, feel free to share it with us in the comments below.
Before leaving the White House the Obama administration passed a resolution to help protect American internet users from having their data sold and leveraged without their consent. While the plan hadn’t officially passed in to law, the landmark legislation provided broad strokes to ensure consumers were aware of how their information was being used.
The rules, which had not yet gone into effect, would have required Internet service providers to get your permission before collecting and sharing your data. The providers have data on your web browsing history, app usage and geo-location.
Providers would also have been required to notify customers about the types of information collected and shared.
Data privacy has been a growing concern for internet users around the world. Connectivity has become ingrained in our daily lives and debate continues as to what rights from the offline world should be handled in the digital realm.
Wired Magazine had this to say:
Broadband ISPs are essentially utilities, like postal mail and the telephone. Subscribers have little or no competitive choice as to which provider to use. ISPs know our identities, and their position gives them the technical capacity to surveil users in ways that others cannot. It makes sense to ensure consumers can choose whether to share data related to their internet usage.
Some observers are questioning what the motives for this rollback are, but as the Washington Post points out, it’s primarily about money:
If Trump signs the legislation as expected, providers will be able to monitor their customers’ behavior online and, without their permission, use their personal and financial information to sell highly targeted ads — making them rivals to Google and Facebook in the $83 billion online advertising market.
As we wait to see what the outcome will be, it is becoming more apparent that people around the world need to start taking their privacy seriously.