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labbe5

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PostPosted: Fri 16 Mar 2018, 19:29    Post subject: Private Internet Access
Subject description: PIA goes Open Source
 

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2018/03/private-internet-access-goes-open-source/

Today marks the start of an exciting shift over here at Private Internet Access. As long-time supporters of the Free and Open Source Software community, we have started the process of open sourcing our software, and over the next six months we will be releasing the source code for all our client-side applications, as well as libraries and extensions.

Today, we are opening up the first of many repositories, the chrome extension, that allows users to access our network of proxies from their web browser. The chrome extension also boasts additional privacy and security features such as disabling the microphone and camera, blocking flash and ip discovery through WebRTC, and can also automatically block ads and tracking through PIA MACETM. Please note that the extension will protect traffic from the browser only and will NOT offer any protection when using other applications.

Try Windscribe if you are looking for a browser addon to browse the Web securely (but the extension will protect traffic from the browser only and will NOT offer any protection when using other applications). You have 10GB for free, each month, enough for browsing and download some stuff.
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Mon 19 Mar 2018, 19:55    Post subject: VPN Kill Switch For Linux Using Easy Firewall Rules  

https://thetinhat.com/tutorials/misc/linux-vpn-drop-protection-firewall.html

After you’ve ensured that your VPN is using tun0, disconnect from it, and copy and paste this into your favourite text editor, before saving it as your filename of choice (such as firewall.sh) in your home folder:

#!/bin/bash

sudo ufw reset
sudo ufw default deny incoming
sudo ufw default deny outgoing
sudo ufw allow out on tun0 from any to any
sudo ufw enable

What this script does is reset all your ufw firewall rules, and then change them to only allow traffic to go in or out on tun0.

Doing the same, but with Gufw (Gui for Ufw) :
https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1496473
https://airvpn.org/topic/14378-how-can-i-get-vpn-servers-entry-ip-addresses/

https://torrentfreak.com/how-to-make-vpns-even-more-secure-120419/

AirVPN has Network Lock (Multi-platform GUI called Eddie)

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PostPosted: Mon 19 Mar 2018, 20:00    Post subject: VPNDemon
Subject description: Monitor a VPN connection on Linux and kill a process upon disconnect
 

https://github.com/primaryobjects/vpndemon

VPNDemon monitors your VPN connection and kills a target program upon disconnect. It's the safest and easiest way to help prevent DNS leaks and enhance your security while connected over a VPN.

Use save link as vpndemon.sh to download script.

VPNDemon should be compatible with any linux system that uses NetworkManager for VPN connections.
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Mon 19 Mar 2018, 20:33    Post subject: Vuze and I2P
Subject description: protect your privacy while torrenting with I2P network
 

https://thetinhat.com/tutorials/darknets/torrent-anonymously-i2p-vpn-free.html

The most popular method to achieve privacy while torrenting is to use a VPN.
Assuming that the VPN company doesn’t log who is using the VPN server (a big assumption), there’s no way for the average actor to tell where the traffic came from behind the VPN.

I2P is an online anonymity network that leverages the wonders of cryptography to provide strong privacy. Indeed, if a VPN provides privacy by policy, then I2P provides privacy by design. While it operates much slower than a VPN, it is also much more private and secure, and is completely free.

I2P works by encrypting your connection and routing it through not just one server, but several servers in such a fashion that by the time your traffic reaches its destination it is nearly impossible to determine where it originated from. This is similar to Tor, but with a notable difference being that the Tor network is not designed to handle heavy traffic (i.e. torrenting), whereas I2P proudly encourages it.

I2PHelper plugin and Vuze

there are a few options available for torrenting on I2P, with the strongest being through Vuze, a torrent client with an optional I2P plugin called I2PHelper. I2PHelper has a built-in I2P client, meaning that you don’t need to bother with the rather clunky I2P interface.

For a step-by-step installation of I2PHelper, click the link above.

Do know that initially any torrents that you download will be painfully slow, but over time as your computer becomes better known on the network your connection will become faster until it is no longer painfully slow, just slow.

Postman and I2P torrents

...the main downside to torrenting with I2P is torrent availability. Indeed, you can’t just download any torrent through I2P. Instead, you must find torrents that are already being shared by other I2P users.

First, you could head over to my I2P introduction tutorial and learn how to navigate to hidden services (websites not available on the regular internet) on I2P, where you will find a torrent tracker called Postman. Any torrent you find on Postman will work reliably with I2P, but the only downside is that the selection isn’t as large as what is available on the clearnet.

Mixing clearnet and darknet

Vuze’s I2PHelper allows users to torrent both on I2P and the clearnet in parallel, a feature it calls network mixing. This means that if you download an Ubuntu torrent, for example, it will download and share Ubuntu through the regular internet, but it will also go onto I2P and download and share it

Further reading :
https://geti2p.net/en/download/debian
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar 2018, 18:55    Post subject: ProtonVPN
Subject description: a review
 

https://thebestvpn.com/reviews/protonvpn/


I have been using ProtonVPN for more than a year now, free plan, with OpenVPN and a configuration file. Speed is excellent.

The free plan is for one device only.

I think the reviewer is wrong saying it is a so-so VPN provider. They score very high in my opinion.

Look for other reviews.

Further reading :
https://hack2www.blogspot.com/search/label/VPNs
Free tip :
When purchasing a VPN, you DO NOT want the account you have purchased being traced back to you, so you will have to purchase with a pre-paid VISA Gift Card. NEVER buy a VPN or any service for that matter with your personal bank account debit card or personal credit card. You doing so can lead to an easily traceable footprint.
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PostPosted: Mon 26 Mar 2018, 16:57    Post subject: Private Internet Access VPN Linux bash client
Subject description: PIA goes Open Source
 

https://github.com/d4rkcat/pia

This client has all of the functionality of the official one and works on any linux with bash, openvpn and iptables installed.

Further reading :
Hidester VPN
A VPN Client for Linux
https://hidester.com/wiki/index.php/Install_HidesterVPN_on_Linux

cd ~/
wget http://hst.zone/dl-linux-x64 (check the link on the Hidester download page).
sudo chmod +x ./HidesterVPNBeta-x.xxxx-linux-x64-installer.run
sudo ./HidesterVPNBeta-x.xxxx-linux-x64-installer.run

https://anonymster.com/hidester-vpn-review/
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Tue 27 Mar 2018, 21:30    Post subject: VPNs and your privacy
Subject description: 26 of the 115 most popular VPNs are secretly keeping tabs on you
 

https://thebestvpn.com/118-vpns-logging-policy/
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PostPosted: Tue 03 Apr 2018, 14:30    Post subject: Many VPN Providers Leak Customer's IP Address via WebRTC Bug  

https://malwaretips.com/threads/many-vpn-providers-leak-customers-ip-address-via-webrtc-bug.81363/

...many advertisers and law enforcement agencies have used this WebRTC-related bug to acquire a site's visitor's IP address.

VPNs that do present this bug, according to researcher.

BolehVPN (USA Only)
ChillGlobal (Chrome and Firefox Plugin)
Glype (Depends on the configuration)
hide-me.org
Hola!VPN
Hola!VPN Chrome Extension
HTTP PROXY navigation in browsers that support Web RTC
IBVPN Browser Addon
PHP Proxy
phx.piratebayproxy.co
psiphon3 (not leaking if using L2TP/IP)
PureVPN
SmartHide Proxy (depends on config)
SOCKS Proxy on browsers with Web RTC enabled
SumRando Web Proxy
TOR as PROXY on browsers with Web RTC enabled
Windscribe Addons

If a Firefox user, you can definitely opt out of WebRTC by going to about:config in address bar, accept warning, and search for media.peerconnection.enabled and double click to make it false.
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PostPosted: Tue 03 Apr 2018, 14:50    Post subject: DNS over HTTPS
Subject description: Firefox 60 introducing DNS over HTTPS
 

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/04/02/configure-dns-over-https-in-firefox/

DNS over HTTPS is a relatively new feature to improve the privacy, security and connection reliability of DNS look-ups; the feature is currently in draft status and tested by companies such as Google, Cloudflare or Mozilla.

In the meantime, you can use Quad9 as your open, public DNS resolver (as of now, your best alternative). Google public DNS is to be avoided as much as possible if privacy matters to you.

Other open, public resolvers and how to set up your own DNS resolver :
http://www.diyisp.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=technical:dnsresolver

Further reading :
Cloudflare launches fast and privacy-focused DNS at 1.1.1.1
https://www.ghacks.net/2018/04/02/cloudflare-launches-fast-and-privacy-focused-dns-at-1-1-1-1/
https://1.1.1.1/
http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-use-cloudflares-dns-service-to-speed-up-your-internet-and-protect-your-privacy/
https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/3/17191538/how-to-change-dns-routers-windows-mac-ios
https://www.howtogeek.com/122845/htg-explains-what-is-dns/
https://support.opendns.com/hc/en-us/articles/227988627-How-to-clear-the-DNS-Cache-on-a-computer-and-web-browsers-

Firejail and 1.1.1.1 DNS resolver from Cloudflare :
If you use firejail, you can easily use 1.1.1.1 :
firejail --dns=1.1.1.1 firefox
Try it, you will see firefox be launched with dns setting 1.1.1.1

For extra privacy, to access bank accounts, add --private :
firejail --private --dns=1.1.1.1 firefox
Whatever you download while in that mode will not reach your Home directory.
To be sure you are running Firefox without any addons, add -no-remote : firejail --private --dns=1.1.1.1 firefox -no-remote
You can even add --caps.drop=all which makes Firefox even less susceptible to attacks : firejail --private --dns=1.1.1.1 --caps.drop=all firefox -no-remote.

More on DNS :
DNS Privacy Recursive Servers
Quad9 (9.9.9.9) and Cloudflare (1.1.1.1) offer DNS-over-TLS on port 853
https://dnsprivacy.org/wiki/display/DP/DNS+Privacy+Test+Servers
dnsprivacy-monitoring :
https://dnsprivacy.org/jenkins/job/dnsprivacy-monitoring/

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PostPosted: Thu 05 Apr 2018, 10:33    Post subject: toorgle
Subject description: Torrent Search in over 450+ torrents websites at the same time
 

http://www.toorgle.com/

Use a VPN when torrenting.

No VPN in use while torrenting can reveal your IP address, and your ISP can throttle your traffic. Or warn you about copyright infringment. Or both.

Toorgle is as good for french torrents as for english torrents, so if you like french comedies with subtitles, help yourself. French comedies are the best IMO.

Another Google Custom Search :
http://bitgle.com/
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PostPosted: Thu 05 Apr 2018, 10:59    Post subject: Perfect Dark
Subject description: p2p file sharing
 

Download here :
https://www21.atwiki.jp/botubotubotubotu/pages/28.html#id_850fe7dd

This is an exe file, but it runs on Wine :
https://appdb.winehq.org/appview.php?iAppId=6674

Perfect Dark is a Japanese peer-to-peer file-sharing (P2P) application designed for use with Microsoft Windows. Its author is known by the pseudonym Kaichō (Japanese for President (会長)). Perfect Dark was developed with the intention for it to be the successor to both Winny and Share. It is currently in an open testing phase, with frequent updates.

Other lesser known file sharing software :
https://ubiquitousmemyselfandi.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/file-sharing-software-lesser-known/

Nicotine.
It is in Debian Stretch repositories.
http://www.nicotine-plus.org/
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PostPosted: Sat 07 Apr 2018, 14:57    Post subject: Tribler
Subject description: a torrent client that is a class of its own
 

Always assume you need a VPN when dealing with p2p file sharing. But, theoretically, you should not need a VPN with Tribler.

I would like to write about Tribler because all information on the Web is rather old. Tribler is still under development, now at 7.0.2. It is a long way since its debut.

What is Tribler :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribler
Tribler is an open source decentralized BitTorrent client which allows anonymous peer-to-peer by default. Tribler is based on the BitTorrent protocol and uses an overlay network for content searching, which makes the program operate independently of external websites and renders it immune to limiting external action such as government restraint.[4][5] Due to this overlay network, Tribler does not require an external website or indexing service to discover content.[6] The user interface of Tribler is very basic and focused on ease of use instead of diversity of features.[7] Tribler is available for Linux, Windows, and OS X.[8]

Tribler team is now using latest technology : blockchain.
https://www.kodifiretvstick.com/tribler-torrenting-how-to/
https://www.bestvpn.com/privacy-news/tribler-blockchain-bittorrent/
The latest blockchain addition permits the software to reward users that share their bandwidth with other users. In turn, developers say it will permit Tribler to more effectively provide anonymity for its users.

A .deb file is available : https://github.com/Tribler/tribler/releases/download/v7.0.2/tribler_7.0.2_all.deb

From Github : https://github.com/Tribler/tribler
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PostPosted: Sat 07 Apr 2018, 15:06    Post subject: IP download statistics
Subject description: view your IP download stats and see by yourself what your ISP (or VPN provider) can keep as logs
 

https://www.bestvpnrating.com/download_stat

Use i2p, and your ISP is blind.

Look for pup2p in Puppy derivatives, a specialized puppy for i2p. Based on 4.21, pup2p is old, but with some work, it could be revived.
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PostPosted: Sat 07 Apr 2018, 15:38    Post subject: ExpressVPN Leak Testing Tools
Subject description: open source under the MIT License
 

https://www.expressvpn.com/internet-privacy/expressvpn-leak-testing-tools/
https://github.com/expressvpn/expressvpn_leak_testing

Any VPN can be tested. From any platform, excluding mobile platforms (tools based on Python).

Review :
https://www.bestvpnrating.com/news/new-expressvpn%E2%80%99s-release-solution-leak-detection

How to proceed :
Linux

https://github.com/expressvpn/expressvpn_leak_testing/blob/master/docs/setting_up_linux.md

Further reading :
The importance of trust and integrity in a VPN provider
https://www.troyhunt.com/the-importance-of-trust-and-integrity-in-a-vpn-provider-and-how-mysafevpn-blew-it/

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PostPosted: Mon 09 Apr 2018, 23:05    Post subject: Play
Subject description: A P2P Distributed Torrent Site That’s Impossible to Shut Down
 

https://torrentfreak.com/play-p2p-impossible-shutdown-160301/

Play : A P2P Distributed Torrent Site That’s Impossible to Shut Down.

Play is a website hosted on ZeroNet.
https://zeronet.io/

Further reading :
https://fossbytes.com/play-worlds-first-torrent-website-zeronet-thats-impossible-shutdown/
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