This convenient VPN is part browser, part web extension [Deals]

This VPN operates as a desktop app and browser extension, making it as easy to use as email.
This VPN operates as a desktop app and browser extension, making it as easy to use as email.
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When you hear the term ‘virtual private network’, or VPN, your eyes might glaze over as you suddenly hit your limit for nerdiness tolerance. Despite all the great reasons to use a VPN — anonymous and more secure browsing, avoiding geo-restrictions, so on — it can seem like something reserved for those with a deep technical understanding of computers. Windscribe is an example of a VPN made to be simple — operating as both a simple browser extension and desktop app, it’s easy to set up and use, and right now you can get it for just $39.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Protect yourself from online snoops and thieves forever [Deals]

You can't be too safe online.
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Getting online means getting in line for a whole bunch of headaches — identity theft, data surveillance, hackers, location restrictions. A virtual private network (VPN) is a great way to protect and anonymize your online activity, and TigerVPN is offering a great deal on a lifetime subscription.

Right now you can get a lifetime of TigerVPN for $49 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Facebook tests end-to-end encryption with Secret Conversations


Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger just got super secure.
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Facebook has begun testing end-to-end encryption with a new feature called Secret Conversations. Users will have the ability to chat confidentially without having to worry about being snooped on — but not everyone can enjoy super secure messaging just yet.

Reading this without using a VPN? That’s risky, but there’s a fix [Deals]

Get two years of VPN protection to keep all your data and browsing activity private.
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If you go online (and now is not the time to pretend you don’t), you’re vulnerable to data violations of all sorts: identity theft, activity monitoring, geo-restrictions.

A great way to secure yourself against these problems is to connect to the internet via a virtual private network, or VPN, that carefully channels and anonymizes your traffic. And right now we’ve got a great VPN, with a great name, at a great price: two years of Hide My Ass! VPN for $69.99.

Everything you need to know about the new Apple File System


APFS arrives in 2017.
APFS arrives in 2017.
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It’s hard to believe that Apple’s speedy Macs are still using a file system that was developed more than 30 years ago, when floppy disks and spinning hard drives were considered cutting-edge technology.

But that’s going to change in 2017 with the new Apple File System, or APFS. Here’s everything you need to know about APFS and how it’s going to make your life better, no matter what Apple device(s) you use.