What private browsing does—and doesn’t—do to shield you from prying eyes online

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Private browsing sounds like it’s keeping all your browsing and data private—but its name is misleading. Many people look for more privacy when they browse the web by using their browsers in privacy-protecting modes, called “Private Browsing” in Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Apple Safari; “Incognito” in Google Chrome; and “InPrivate” in Microsoft Edge. Read Full Story

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How to protect your privacy with a VPN

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It’s time to start using a Virtual Private Network. Here’s why–and four good choices to get your started. If you only do one thing to better protect your online privacy, start using a VPN. A VPN, or virtual private network, is a decades-old technology that was once used mostly by big companies to give employees access to their private intranets. About a decade ago, VPN use grew as techies began embracing the technology for personal use–especially so they could get around geo-blocked services, such as streaming services that aren’t available everywhere. As privacy concerns have skyrocketed in the last few years, VPNs have begun to be adopted by everyday consumers. Read Full Story

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Tim Cook: Privacy and climate change are ‘the top issues of the century’

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In an exclusive interview, Apple’s CEO talks about how privacy threats change behavior, tech’s role in igniting extremism, and why “Big Tech” is a misnomer. Today is Data Privacy Day. Don’t kick yourself if you haven’t heard of it—not many people have. Yet it’s never been more important, as technology for capturing, analyzing, and categorizing virtually any imaginable piece of data about us—from our heartbeats to our most private thoughts—becomes only more advanced, invasive, and pervasive. Read Full Story

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