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Explained: Do I need a VPN on a Public Network?

Infopackets Reader Neil W. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for your interesting article on whether a VPN is safe for online banking . However, one question I can't seem to find the answer to is: do I need VPN on a public network? Do I need a VPN on a ... private network? What about a VPN on a shared network? An example might include a student doing banking at a university shared network. What do you think? " My response: Short answer: A VPN, or virtual private network is useful in a few cases - for example: hiding your tracks online (to some extent, but with major limitations) or accessing geo- ... (view more)

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The Pirate Bay vs Pirate Pay: Microsoft Funds War

A Russian company says its "Pirate Pay" project can eliminate online piracy by blocking web users from sharing files via the BitTorrent system. The people behind Pirate Pay (not to be confused with The Pirate Bay) came up with an alternative method ... of combating illegal file-sharing via BitTorrent. To help them get started, they received $100,000 from Microsoft. The first major test of the Pirate Pay system involved attempting to block distribution of a Russian movie titled "Vysotsky: Thank God, I'm Alive". Pirate Pay says it managed to block 44,845 illegal downloads of that film in ... (view more)

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Microsoft Blocks Pirate Bay Links: Report

A new report suggests that Microsoft may be blocking users of its Windows Live Messenger service from sharing links to the controversial torrent downloading site: The Pirate Bay. The report is supplied by TorrentFreak, which covers the lively ... copyright debate surrounding the use of torrent sites. For those not familiar with torrents, they are a type of file and a specialized file transfer system that allow users to rapidly upload and download extremely large files, such as those containing copyrighted movies, music, and TV shows. Pirate Bay and All Torrents Occupy Legal Grey Area On the ... (view more)

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'Create Private Torrents', and 'Access Linux Files From Windows'

Create Private Torrents This article explains how to share large files with either your friends privately or with anyone publicly using Bittorrent and uTorrent. Creating Torrents and sharing files can be a risky business, so it's important you're ... prepared. Access Linux Files From Windows Want to know how to get safe and quick access to alternative file systems? DiskInternals Linux Reader is a new easy way to do this. This program plays the role of a bridge between your Windows and Ext2/Ext3 Linux file systems. This easy-to-use tool runs under Windows and allows you ... (view more)

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Legal Torrents

If you like to download content, but don't want the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) knocking at your door, then these sites are for you! You can download legal, non-copyright-protected torrents are Prodigem and Public Domain Torrents. ... At Prodigem , the content includes videos, podcasts, news, and other miscellaneous content. At Public Domain Torrents , the name is self-explanatory. The site has many movies, that, because of their age, exist in the public domain. So, lots of black-and-white classics can be found here, and lots of campy B-movies as well. Happy downloading! Read ... (view more)

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