U.K. prime minister takes possible shot at Apple for refusing to help fight terrorists

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Theresa May hasn't always been Apple's biggest fan.
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Apple’s pro-encryption privacy standoff with the FBI may not have been in the news too much as of late, but Apple’s strong stance in favor of encryption continues to ruffle feathers among authorities.

Today. U.K. prime minister Theresa May gave a speech at the Tory party conference, in which she took what many are calling a veiled dig against Apple by referring to a “household name” that is refusing to work with officials to fight terrorism.

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

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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]

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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.

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

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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.

Apple forces additional security requirements on iOS apps

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Apple plans to make HTTPS mandatory for apps.
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Apple is finally dropping the ban hammer on HTTP.

As part of its overall efforts to increase security on iOS, Apple revealed to developers at WWDC that it will soon force all apps to use a secure HTTPS connection to access web service, so that users’ data stays encrypted while in transit.