An internet service provider is a very important player in your online ecosystem. They, therefore, hold a lot of power when it comes to your online privacy and anonymity. This is because ISPs are able to monitor everything we do online using our IP addresses; they are then able to sell this personal data for marketing purposes or other uses.
However, they sell your data indirectly once a marketing company approaches them for a marketing campaign towards a certain demographic; they are able to channel specific advertisements to specific people depending on the data they have. Your internet service provider is also obliged to provide all the information they have on you to a government agency if the need arises. This begs the question: how secure is your online data?
The type of information they store
Different ISPs have different policies on what data they store on internet users. Despite this fact, they are still able to see your personal data particularly if you do not encrypt your internet traffic. A recent study indicated that 86 percent of shopping and health websites do not use HTTPS, a more secure protocol for sending data over the internet.
The type of information they store also depends on how much of your personal information you willingly put online especially on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter etc. Furthermore, from your IP address they will be able to store the URLs you visit, your previous browsing history, how much time you spend on certain pages and the pages you visit frequently. In extreme cases, ISPs are able to store information about your location, phone number, email, medical data as well as your private social media information.
One of the measures that internet users can apply to reduce the amount of data that their ISPs have on them is using a Virtual Private Network. Top rated VPN services are your sure bet to a more private browsing life and secure online data. This method works by ensuring that you have a safe and secure gateway to the internet through the VPN servers located all over the world. Besides, offshore Virtual Private Networks such as NordVPN do not store any requests you make to web servers across the internet.
Internet privacy has become a big concern for people all around the world. Big companies, ISPs, hackers, the government track users' activity on the Net. Each of them pursues his own goal. However, one cannot but agree that revealing sensitive data on the Internet doesn't seem right. Especially for American and Canadian nations, that have strong feelings towards privacy rights and freedom of speech. In this regard, a VPN for Canada has come to the rescue for the most prudent Internet users. VPN technology has become the number one privacy tool for the US residents as well.
It's not a surprise why VPN technology has established itself as one of the most reliable ways to protect sensitive data on the Internet. The most advanced providers use 256-bit encryption and robust protocols to shield customers' data. A VPN creates a hidden tunnel between two servers, making information that is transferred between them, invisible. But how to know if a VPN service trustworthy or not?
Being a protective measure a VPN provider should guard a user against uncontrolled interference. It means a service should provide customers with cutting-edge protocols such as OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2 and military-grade encryption.
We are living in a simulation just like Elon Musk thinks we are, and once Neo breaks us out of our minds we'll be truly free, right? Well, everything is fake according to Reddit's former CEO, and that's going to take some getting used to.
A few days ago New York Magazine published a piece that said most of the internet traffic metrics are complete and utter BS, with some of the largest companies in the industry fluffing numbers and publishers and others doing the same. This is when Ellen Pao, the former CEO of Reddit started tweeting, where she said: "It's all true: Everything is fake. No one has figured out how to count logged-out mobile users, as I learned at reddit. Every time someone switches cell towers, it looks like another user and inflates company user metrics".
It's all true: Everything is fake. Also mobile user counts are fake. No one has figured out how to count logged-out mobile users, as I learned at reddit. Every time someone switches cell towers, it looks like another user and inflates company user metrics https://t.co/tk1PKuvLL6— Ellen K. Pao (@ekp) December 27, 2018
The article is real and not some hit piece on a particular company, but it is explosive. Pao had her interest piqued when Aram Zucker-Schariff of The Washington Post tweeted out the article. The writer of the piece 'How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually' is Max Read, who had some interesting things to say (to say the least) in the article.
In my morning scour for news to write today I came across a story about Fortnite being the 15th most searched for term on Pornhub, which led me into Pornhub's own '2018 Year In Review' insights which were actually really interesting.
Pornhub has an absolutely astonishing 33.5 billion visits to the site in 2018 (and it's not even over yet) which equates to 92 million daily average visits, which the site points out is the population of Australia, Canada and Poland visiting Pornhub each and everyday. They have had over 30 billion searches in 2018 so far, which works out to 962 searches per second.
There were over 4.79 million videos uploaded this year so far, which works out to 1 million hours of video or 115 years of video. Pornhub breaks it down so well, stating that "if you started watching 2018's videos after the Wright brother's first flight, you would still be watching today. Remember that the Wright brothers first flight was back in 1903, 115 years ago.
We all remember the hour or so that YouTube went down a couple of days ago now, but did you know that Pornhub traffic rose to the occasion? The porn site teased the news on Twitter, and now there are some statistics to share from Pornhub that definitely shed some light on their claims.
Pornhub posted some traffic data that shows a large rise in traffic on Tuesday night, where at 9PM ET it was 12% above normal while an hour later at 10PM it was up 21%. The YouTube outage took place between 9:30PM and 10:45PM ET, with lots of people being at home at that time and unable to use YouTube it seems they slid on over to Pornhub for a quick flick.
There's a large drop in traffic towards midnight when YouTube came back up, with Pornhub noting it was "a significant increase by millions of additional viewers during Pornhub's peak evening hours".
'Fake news' has become an abundant term used throughout modern-day society, Facebook being the largest social media network in the world has had fake news spread across its platform. To combat this third-party "fact checkers" were implemented to flag articles that fell under the fake news category but now Facebook has decided to announce the discontinuing of the flagging of articles.
Accused of posting 'fake news' articles throughout the Presidential campaigns in 2016, Facebook waged war against 'fake news' but now a new study from Yale University has suggested that the flagging of specific news articles that have been classified as 'fake news' holds no value at all and can actually "can backfire and further entrench someone's beliefs."
The study suggests that the flagging of specific articles only caused 3.7% of people to identify the flagged article as 'fake news' which has made Facebook question its implication of the third-party fact checkers which has now resulted in a decision to remove them.
Netflix on PC is about to get a major update as Netflix has taken to their blog to announce that Netflix now supports HDR on Windows 10. The update designed for the Edge browser and the Netflix app will be available to Netflix premium customers, and there is already 200 hours of HDR content available.
Unfortunately this update won't be available to everyone as only Intel's 7th-generation or higher processors will support HDR10 encoded content. Those that have older generation CPU are not cut out just yet, if you have decided to upgrade your graphics card to anything above NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1050, Netflix HDR will be also be supported.
"We are thrilled to announce the addition of High Dynamic Range (HDR) support on Windows 10 for both the Edge browser and the Netflix app. With this update, Netflix members who have a supported device and a premium plan can enjoy amazing Netflix movies and shows in HDR."
Anyone that listens to music online knows there is already a variety of choices for a streaming websites or apps that make available a very large percentage of what most people want to listen to. Services such as Google Play Music or YouTube Music are some of choices but now Google is set to release their third streaming service called 'YouTube Remix.'
Reported by Bloomberg, YouTube has signed a deal with two new record labels; Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. This deal will allow for YouTube to host songs from each of the labels in hopes to bring more content to the streaming service and sway more people to turn towards YouTube instead of Spotify or Pandora.
Since YouTube has been battling with copyright laws with music for quite some time now, the launch of this new service YouTube Remix and the label deal now in effect YouTube will no doubt convert this new service into a paid subscription to then not only strengthen the already made relationships with labels but also to attract new ones.
Project Loon is an initiative to connect as many of the planets population to the internet as possible through massive balloon technology that will use beams of light to deliver high-speed connectivity to remote places of the planet, such as some areas in India.
Currently over 53 million Indians are living in a state called Andhra Pradesh and less than 20% of the states population have access to standard broadband. To fix this issue the states government has decided to take action and has committed to providing the rest of residents that do not have access to the Internet a stable connection, to do this the Loon team partnered with Ap State FiberNet a telecom company in Andhra Pradesh to create Free Space Optimal Communications, or FSOC for short.
FSOC is basically optic-fiber speeds of internet just without the use of the cable, this was tested by Project Loon by sending a copy of the movie Real Genius between two balloons in the stratosphere 100 kilometers apart. Instead of laying optic-fiber cable to connect the state of Andhra Pradesh FSOC technology will be implemented by placing node boxes on roof tops or building towers.
Google is upgrading Google Maps, where in the near future Google roll out an update that will give users of Google Maps live guidance to your destination as well as interactive real-time notifications.
The goal of this update is to provide real-time updates to the user making for a more informative and user friendly trip. Google will make these updates for the trip appear within the Google Maps application as well as on the Android lock screen.
If real-time updates are what Google is aiming for, then the understanding of the update would be that Google desires to be able to let the user know throughout their journey that they need to get off at the next stop, depending on their form of transportation.
There is no date for when this update is to hit Android devices but it is assumed that it will most likely be rolled out Google powered devices first.