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Say goodbye to free Opera VPN

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Olaf, the friendly Viking mascot of Opera VPN, is sad.
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The end is nigh for a free VPN service for iOS and Android. Opera VPN will close at the end of this month. No reason has been given.

A Virtual Private Network protects users by hiding their IP address, making it much harder to be tracked. Opera Software’s version would even let you appear to be in another country.

You can soon see (and delete) everything Apple knows about you

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Apple takes privacy seriously
A pop-up in iOS 11.3 gives Apple's commitment to privacy.
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Apple will soon let you download all the information it has stored about you, modify it, or even delete it. The privacy change is required by a new European law, but is also in-line with Apple’s policy to not spy on its customers. This sets it apart from rivals like Google and Facebook.

DuckDuckGo expands its privacy services beyond anonymous search

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Long known for its anonymous search prowess, DuckDuckGo is going long on online privacy.
Long known for its anonymous search prowess, DuckDuckGo is going long on privacy.
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The web is a creepy place. No matter what you do or where you go, countless digital eyeballs watch what you do, looking to sell your data.

DuckDuckGo is known as the search engine that doesn’t snoop on its users. Used by security- and privacy-minded people, DuckDuckGo counts some 16 billion anonymous searches since launching in 2008. The world has changed a lot in the last decade, and the web has only grown creepier. So, DuckDuckGo is expanding its services beyond search.

Level up the privacy on all your devices [Deals]

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This single app offers several layers of protection from online security and privacy threats.
This single app offers several layers of protection from online security and privacy threats.
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You don’t need us to tell you that the internet is a dangerous place. Surely you need no reminders of the malware, data thieves, and snoops that swim the interwebs. And if you’re aware of all those threats, you’re probably aware that a VPN is one of the easiest security measures you can take to protect yourself.

Cover up your Mac’s camera with software [Deals]

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Sorry, but sticking a piece of paper over your camera isn't a viable security solution.
Sorry, but sticking a piece of paper over your camera isn't a viable security solution.
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When you see Mark Zuckerberg covering up his webcam, you know there’s good reason. After all, webcams are the windows into our world for hackers and snoops. And with facial recognition taking off as a security feature, taking control of your webcam is only going to get more important.

How to find the right VPN for you

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How do you choose the best VPN from the dizzying array of options?
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If you surf the web in public — at a coffee shop, airport or hotel — you absolutely must use virtual private network software. But with so many versions and variations, from so many different VPN providers, the eyes glaze over at the very mention of this security essential.

Just $40 will keep prying eyes off your online activity for life [Deals]

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Protect and anonymize your online activity with this easy to use VPN.
Protect and anonymize your online activity with this easy to use VPN.
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Hopping online means stepping into a situation where your every move can be seen and monitored. But by connecting through a virtual private network, you can vastly reduce your vulnerability using distributed, encrypted servers.

VPN.asia offers an easy and reliable way for even non-technical people to connect to the internet securely and anonymously. And right now, you can get a lifetime of VPN.asia access for just $39.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Use this VPN to keep your IP hidden, access blocked content and more [Deals]

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Guard against identity thieves, data miners, and more with this easy to use virtual private network.
Guard against identity thieves, data miners, and more with this easy to use virtual private network.
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Getting online is getting in position to be hacked, snooped or blocked. Hotspot Shield dramatically reduces the risk of all of the above, encrypting your data through high speed connections with a secure and private network even via public Wi-Fi. If you’re uneasy about identity theft, frustrated by geo restrictions, or having your activity tracked, sign up with Hotspot Shield Elite VPN for life for $39.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Keep a no profile with online privacy device

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The tracking and profiling ends here.
The tracking and profiling ends here.
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You played poker online a few times and didn’t tell anybody. You didn’t have to. The bank you hope will give you a mortgage just purchased your online profile from a data broker and now wonders whether your history of gambling makes you a risky borrower.

Tech entrepreneur Christian Bennefeld is betting people are beginning to want privacy when connected to their devices. His eBlocker Pro is a simple plug-in device that hides your IP address and stops all tracking activities.

Open your own private lane on the information superhighway with PureVPN [Deals]

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PureVPN encrypts and accelerates your internet connection while bypassing location restrictions.
PureVPN encrypts and accelerates your internet connection while bypassing location restrictions.
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As open and free as the internet is purported to be, it’s easy to run into a lot of walls and not always safe. A great way to relieve the worry and hassles of online life is PureVPN, a virtual laser-fast private network that secures, anonymizes, and upgrades any online connection. And right now you can get a subscription for $69 at Cult of Mac Deals.