Category Archives: Security

The Raspberry Pi 2 as a Dedicated VPN (round 2)

Previously, I had tested the Pi Zero as a dedicated VPN. And while that was a great way to securely connect to my home network and access files, the Zero definitely struggled performing some tasks (like streaming media). Raspberry Pi’s are ideal for 24/7 use because they barely draw single watt, compared to desktop computers where the… Read More »

Adblocker and Privacy plugins for Firefox and Chrome

Online advertisements now bombard users with video and audio stimuli, simultaneously draining their battery and bandwidth. So much so that some advertisers have openly admitted fault. This year alone there has been a 30% increase in users who make use of ad blocking plugins. But even doing this won’t keep you safe because Adblock Plus, a popular… Read More »

How to connect to PIA through OpenVPN on Linux

One of the most popular VPN providers these days is Private Internet Access (PIA). In this tutorial, I’ll show how to add a VPN connection to the Linux network manager with PIA’s service, using OpenVPN instead of PIA’s client software. Though the client app is robust and offers many useful features like a “VPN killswitch”,… Read More »

Shut Your Pi-hole: Ad Blocking with the Raspberry Pi

Around 10 months ago, Pi-hole – an open source software that runs on Raspberry Pis and filters network traffic, made its debut and has been a popular topic in certain Raspberry Pi circles. The appeal of running Pi-Hole to block ads on your network can be explained succinctly: the software is easy to install, it blocks… Read More »

What is the best VPN service?

In the past few years the use of VPNs, or virtual private networks, has become much more common. And although many companies and universities provide VPN clients for their employees and students, people are also seeking out VPN services for their personal use. Whether it is to keep secret sensitive data, keep private personal files… Read More »

Which Antivirus Should I Get?

The question that many PC users find themselves asking (though it might be the wrong question to ask): which antivirus should I get? Any security specialist will tell you it is far more difficult to prevent or remove threats than it is to create and spread them. There is an actively maintained database of vulnerabilities… Read More »

uMatrix: A Desperately Needed User’s Guide

When I started using Google Chrome more, I realized there wasn’t a NoScript (different from a pop-up blocker) plugin available like there is for Firefox. After doing some research, I found many users recommended uMatrix – a beefed up ad-blocker, which was forked from HTTP Switchboard. So I tried it out, and my first impression while using it… Read More »

Freeware or crapware? Where’s the good ware?

Earlier this year, a howtogeek article pointed out the slovenly state of most “free download” websites. I suggest reading it, though I will give a TLDR version: no matter where you go, from CNET to SourceForge, it seems that just about every free download has surreptitiously-tacked on adware. I find changes to my homepage or search… Read More »