If you did some search on this topic, you are probably confused. Most articles on this topic confuse readers rather than helping them. Why you need a VPN server at home First of all, let’s make it clear that there’s only one reason to set up a VPN server at home: you want to access […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
With the default configuration, your router uses DNS servers run by your ISP. As such, the ISP can easily collect information about the websites you’re visiting (and the apps you’re using). You can override the router’s default settings to make it use other DNS services such as OpenDNS, Quad9 or Cloudflare. But since the DNS […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
You can set up multiple configurations in NextDNS, each with different block lists. These configurations map neatly to the Access Control profiles on the pcWRT router. As a result, you can apply different NextDNS filtering configurations to different devices on your network directly from the router, without the need to set up NextDNS on each […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
TL;DR: the pcWRT router naturally protects you from the 6 leak scenarios listed below (i.e., no extra work needed). But if you’re using another VPN solution, read on. 1. DNS Leak DNS Leak is the most common type of leak when you are connected to a VPN. Even after your VPN is successfully connected, there’s […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
What’s your location? A post on Reddit reported that Google continues to display his actual address despite him using a VPN, turning off WiFi and blocking Geolocation. He even tried fresh installations. Intrigued by the post, I did the tests described here to understand the behavior. To eliminate the possibility of tracking by cookies, I […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A lot of people use OpenDNS on their home networks to block contents that might be harmful to children. Some were asking whether OpenDNS can add a filtering category to block unwanted ads. The answer from OpenDNS was no, and for good reason. As a result, if you want to use a DNS service to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
When the WyzeCam started selling a few years back, there was an alarming review on Amazon stating that it was sending data all over the world. The reviewer claimed seeing traffic heading to China, Japan and Germany, among other locations. The review on Amazon is probably no longer available. But the discussion on Reddit is […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Cloudflare recently published a blog post on how Oblivious DNS over HTTPS (ODoH) works. According to the blog post, the purpose of ODoH is to separate the DNS queries from the originating IP addresses, preventing the DoH provider from seeing who’s sending the DNS requests. Thus improved privacy for clients. Schematically, this is how it […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
What is a DNS leak test Even after you connect to a VPN, your DNS queries might still be sent to your ISP instead of your VPN service. This situation is called a DNS leak. DNS leak tests will tell you who your DNS provider is. You’ll find multitude of DNS leak test sites when […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
How big is the risk? Time and time again you’ve been told that public WiFi hotspots or compromised routers will get your credit card numbers and banking info stolen. However, such risks have been overly hyped. We agree that public, open WiFi networks totally cannot be trusted. And that compromised routers can be used to […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.