Can VPN Services Access Users’ Passwords?

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VPN connections provide their customers with safe data transmission and web anonymity. All the information your send using  a VPN is securely encrypted. Moreover, nobody can know your IP address, because it is also hidden. But  some users worry about whether it would be possible for the VPN service to see the passwords that they enter in the websites that they visit.

VPN services encrypt data travelling from your computer to the VPN servers that you use. From then on, your data is not protected anymore. However, if a web page is ssl encrypted, no one will be able to see any passwords that you might type in. Websites like Hotmail, for example, encrypt only the login process, but not the reading of the emails, whilst online banking services encrypt the whole session.

To strengthen your private data protection you can also use SSH or other "higher layer" encrypted services. These services provide end to end encryption, organizing a secure channel between two devices of the network. They ensure the confidentiality of the data transmitted over an unsecured network.”

US Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

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A new Internet consumer bill of rights was introduced in the US Senate on Tuesday. The bill was prepared by two senators: John Kerry and John McCain. The bill is aimed at protecting Internet privacy and securing Internet consumers’ personal data. According to this bill, companies will be obliged to inform customers about their methods for collecting their private information, the possibilities of it being made available for third parties and their emergent changes in privacy policies.

The bill will not guarantee web anonymity to online consumers, but at least it will be a step towards it. The present version of the bill is not ideal and there are some important points that should be included in it to make it better. For example, Rotenberg says that it is necessary to close loopholes that companies could use and allow  the Federal Trade Commission to investigate cases of privacy violations.

The bill appeared several weeks after the Obama administration had given its approval to a consumer privacy bill of rights. The assistant secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, Lawrence Strickling, claimed that "the Administration urges the Congress to enact a ‘consumer privacy bill of rights’ to provide baseline consumer data privacy protections."

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Famous Blogger Arrested in Bahrain

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Censorship BahreinThe leader of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Nabeel Rajab, reported that famous blogger Mahmood al-Yousif and Internet activists Sana Abdul-Razzaq Zinedine, trade unionist, and poet Ayat al-Qurmozi have been arrested.

Some years ago, Mahmood Al-Yousif launched an Internet  campaign called “Just Bahraini”. The main goal of this campaign was to fight against Sunni-Shiite sectarianism in Bahrain. The country has a Sunni government, but the majority of residents are Shiites.

In connection with the latest events, protecting internet privacy is of crucial importance for Bahrain internet users. They are afraid that their private communication via e-mail or social networks can become a reason for arrest. That’s why many of them prefer to use VPN services to protect themselves from their government's surveillance.

The United States of America worry that this act of Bahrain government will prevent its national dialogue with Shiite citizens of the country. The US State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, claimed: “The Bahraini government needs to engage in that kind of national dialogue, as does the opposition, in order to move this process forward, and arresting bloggers doesn’t help in that respect.”

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TUVPN Launches its First VPN Server in Sweden

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TUVPN.COM is delighted to announce that it has launched a New VPN Server in Sweden.


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This is the latest addition to TUVPN's global VPN network.

When you sign up with you get access to its entire global network.

The server comes packed with all the usual features: OpenVPN, PPTP, and High Anonymity Proxy.

We also offer Dedicated IP VPN on this server.

All feature enhancements and network options are fully available!

Do you have questions? Read our extensive FAQ, Tutorials, and Blog Articles


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Is Google’s Privacy Policy Arguable?

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A class action has been filed against Google for invading the privacy of people who use Gmail. Apparently, Google has been scanning their emails with the purpose of  finding advertising opportunities. The lawsuit  was filed in the Eastern District of Texas this month, March 2011. Google is accused of studying and capturing the contents of every email sent and received through Gmail with the aim of targeting advertisement campaigns

Kelly Michaels, representing a class of persons in the same situation, argues that Google scans the content of every email sent through Gmail without asking for the users’ permission. The lawsuit states that the emails' content is being analyzed to find identifying keywords. Based on this information, Google then targets the users with appropriate advertisements.

The lawsuit aims at protecting Internet privacy and Web anonymity. It is asking the court for a permanent injunction against Google, and requests that Google pays a compensation of $100 a day for each violation committed.  


Internet Privacy Regulations: The Right to Be Forgotten

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Talking about privacy, Internet has long been a territory for open debates. EU and United States officials have started developing privacy regulations on how companies such as Facebook and Google should handle users' personal data. The European Commission pulls for protecting Internet privacy and for enforcing companies holding data to allow users to delete it from websites, ensuring their “right to be forgotten”.

Any company operating in the EU or any online system that is targeted at EU consumers must comply with EU rules. The European Commission endows national privacy watchdogs to control legal proceedings even outside Europe. It may cause some tension, as many companies amongst the biggest and most successful  have U.S. based servers, search engines and other data resources.

Though the basic understanding of the rules is similar accross the EU.and U.S. officials, their further implementation may be different. The main debates fall on two controversial points: EU officials determined that companies should get specific permission from users before they use their personal data, whilst  U.S. regulators are unclear on this matter. The right to be forgotten is also an ambiguous concept for U.S. regulators, as they stand for a broader definition of freedom of information and web anonymity.

Some huge companies support the official attempts to align the regulations, as it might help creating clearer and more common rules. And that might turn out to be the hardest task – privacy rules vary greatly even within the EU, and a multinational company might face difficulties trying to comply with all EU countries regulations.


Two Ways of Social Networking: Anonymity or Openness?

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Social networking is an open space for communicating. A user registers an account to express his/her opinion in blogs, to share comments, or to create his/her own pages. But it appears that the room for anonymity is narrowing in some social networks. Facebook, with about 600 million users, requires its new members to sign up using their real names and has a security team of more than 150 members to police its rules.

As Businessweek reports, Facebook has recently made a new attempt to create a ‘friendlier Internet’. It suggests a free commenting tool to Web publishers. With Facebook's new system, which is called “Facebook Contact”, publishers can link users’ comments to their social network accounts and display their profile picture and real name alongside their posts. The aim is to cut off anonymous acrid comments, making opinions of ‘real names’ more valuable. The new feature gave a new impulse to business lines too. It helps Facebook to better target it ads, and partner sites benefit from more page views.

Anti-Facebook message forum creator, Christopher Poole, advocates Web anonymity. His message boards attract 12 million unique visitors per month and are filled with comments and images which are sometimes near the knuckle. It is a place as well that has given birth to some of the well known trends in Internet. Poole’s idea is that web anonymity frees people to take risks that lead to innovation. So he received $625,000 from venture capitalists, including the Silicon Valley firm Andreessen Horowitz, to develop the business. The new version of 4chan is a place for images exchange and sharing. As Poole says, they use Facebook Contact to make sure a new user is a real person; but they do not show the user’s name or profile information, therefore protecting their privacy in Internet.


Privacy is “Private” Again

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This week a new regulation aiming to protect Internet privacy is being discussed in the European Union. According to it, social networking sites and search engines will have to report on the private information they have collected. The European Commission is also planning to introduce the “right to be forgotten” policy, which will allow users to withdraw the personal information they no longer wish to share from different sites and social networks.

These regulations will apply not only to EU residents, but to all products and services widely-spread among European citizens. Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, has announced that any company operating in the EU market or any online product that is targeted at EU consumers must comply with EU rules.

To enforce the new regulations, the EU is planning to organize special comitees which will be endowed with powers to investigate and engage in legal proceedings against non-EU data controllers.

Along with legal measures, software development is going to be evaluated. This will include some privacy safeguards initially embedded into web products, for example the “do not track” option in Internet browsers. It will allow users to maintain a high level of Web anonymity.


Anonymity Does not Exist in Facebook?

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Facebook has banned a Chinese outspoken dissident, Michael Anti, for using a pseudonym. His account was cancelled in January, after he received the company’s email saying that Facebook had a strict policy about banning the use of pseudonyms. Michael Anti was asked to use his real name, the one issued on his government ID, if he wanted to continue using the site.

Facebook’s policy seems to be controversial because there are a still lot of accounts created by people using their alias. And it appears not only people. As Michael Anti discovered after he was banned, there is nothing wrong in having an account for a dog owned by Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
Anti started his Facebook account in 2007. He established a network of more than 1,000 professional contacts, which is now blocked for him."This might impact on my journalistic career," Anti says.

It is not the first time that the activist’s account has been blocked. In 2005, his blog on Windows Live Spaces was deleted under the pressure of Chinese authorities.

Though Facebook represents “real name culture”, evidently people use it to create an online image that doesn't always correspond with reality. For some people this is the only way to speak and to be heard, since they write from the places where they are under risk of being prosecuted. So the anonymity provided by using pseudonyms is essential for them. And if Zuckerman’s dog has it, why shouldn't others?


TUVPN.COM’s High Anonymity Web Proxy. What is it, and how is it used?

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TUVPN.COM offers on each of its servers a High Anonymity Web Proxy.

A Web Proxy provides a way to quickly anonymize your internet browsing (HTTP/HTTPS). Check our blog article about the differences between Proxies and VPNs.

Our proxies can be used as stand-alone proxies (to quickly anonymize browsing on any computer you are working with, and to avoid geographic restrictions…) or be combined with our VPN services to provide an additional layer of anonymity.

Why High Anonymity ? We have configured all our proxies in Elite or High Anonymity mode. This offers the highest possible level of anonymization for your browsing needs. It removes every single bit of private information, not only your IP address and other fields that can identify you but it also changes the operating system and browser program that you are using with fake data! In fact it will be impossible for anyone checking your traffic to know that you are using a proxy at all.  Let's see this with an example :

We use a proxy checker site to perform a test of our browser without the TUVPN High Anonymity Web Proxy :

We can see that it identifies our IP and also our Operating System and browser. Also that we are NOT using a proxy.


Now let's fire up our High Anonymity Web Proxy and redo the test :

And here we go ! As expected our IP has been replaced by the TUVPN server IP AND our operating system and browser have also been changed (TinyBrowser on a Linux box). Most importantly, we are not detected as using a proxy server !


To learn how to configure and use our High Anonymity Web Proxies please visit our tutorials section.


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