Setting up a VPN connection on the router is not an easy task. First of all, not many routers support VPN. If your existing router does not support VPN out of the box, you might need to flash it with open source firmware so that you can install VPN software on it. Then you need […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By default, Android displays notification content on the lock screen. While it may seem like a convenient feature at first, it’s probably a bad idea. This is what my lock screen looked like after I requested a password reset on Facebook: Looks scary? Here’s how to turn it off: Open the Settings app Tap on […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
You’ve had the experience. You looked at something on a shopping site, then that thing follows you all around the Internet. It feels creepy. Trust me, those companies take privacy very seriously – their privacy. You see, you looked at the pair of shoes you later bought. The shopping site knew that you looked at […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
People don’t like to be tracked around everywhere they go on the web. So all major browsers give you the option to “block third party cookies”. And there’s a DNT header that your browser sends on your behalf to nicely tell the tracking parties that you don’t want to be tracked. However, the big question […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
The pcWRT router allows you to pause the Internet in multiple ways. You can pause all devices with Access Control enabled, or only devices in a certain profile. You can pause while connected to your home network, or remotely through pcwrt.com. A single click on the pause button pauses the Internet for 30 minutes, each […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
You’ve probably heard of Pi-hole, an open source software package that runs on a Raspberry Pi and blocks ads on any device connected to your network. It’s efficient and cost effective, but requires you to have some technology know-how. This is a detailed write-up if you are interested in setting up Pi-hole by yourself: Install […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
Today’s smart TVs collect a lot of information about you beyond your knowledge, sometimes without your consent. Last year, Vizio was fined $2.2 million for collecting user data wihout properly informing consumers. From FTC official statement: VIZIO smart TVs … capture second-by-second information about video displayed on the smart TV, including video from consumer cable, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
When WiFi connections become slow, the first thing many people do is to buy a better, more powerful router. But many times the problem can be avoided by simply changing the WiFi router to another channel. There are two factors affecting WiFi performance, distance and radio frequency interference (RF interference). In contrast to people’s intuitive […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Connect the pcWRT to the NVG510 (as usual, pcWRT WAN to NVG510 LAN). Connect a computer to the pcWRT. Either WiFi or wired connection is OK. Open a browser and enter http://192.168.1.254 In the Device page, click Device List. In the Device List page, find the pcWRT and copy or write down the MAC address. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This is probably the easiest way to check that your computer is using OpenDNS: open a browser and enter https://www.opendns.com/welcome/. If you are using OpenDNS, you’ll see something like this: If you are not using OpenDNS, you’ll see something like this:Continue Reading... No Comments.