Articles I've written

I don't use any VPN for security or anonymity
October 23, 2019

NordVPN, a VPN service provider, got hacked some time in 2018. In their official response, they say that only one server was affected due to an insecure remote management system left on the machine by the datacenter provider. Private keys got leaked (bad), some other VPN providers were also breached (bad) but that's not what I want to write about (good) because there are better places to read about it.

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UR browser: “VPN” and other tales
April 25, 2017 (updated June 1, 2020)

UR is a fast and secure web browser. With a built-in VPN, ad blocker, virus scanner and more, UR helps you protect your privacy online.

Except it doesn't. The “VPN” is just a proxy and the connection between the browser and the proxy server is not even encrypted.

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Opera browser's VPN is just a proxy
April 22, 2016

Behind the curtain, the VPN in the Opera browser is just a proxy. Here's how it works.

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