Mashable: How to set up and use a VPN

Mashable: How to set up and use a VPN. “On today’s internet, having at least some level of protection is essential. A VPN or virtual private network is a tool to get an extra layer of protection — it essentially masks your connection while encrypting your data. The best part is you don’t need to get any physical hardware to use one; using a VPN is usually as simple as downloading and launching an app.”

TechCrunch: Three years later, Let’s Encrypt has issued over 380 million HTTPS certificates

TechCrunch: Three years later, Let’s Encrypt has issued over 380 million HTTPS certificates. “The free-to-use nonprofit was founded in 2014 in part by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and is backed by Akamai, Google, Facebook, Mozilla and more. Three years ago Friday, it issued its first certificate. Since then, the numbers have exploded. To date, more than 380 million certificates have been issued on 129 million unique domains. That also makes it the largest certificate issuer in the world, by far.”

TechCrunch: ‘Five Eyes’ governments call on tech giants to build encryption backdoors — or else

TechCrunch: ‘Five Eyes’ governments call on tech giants to build encryption backdoors — or else . “A pact of five nation states dedicated to a global ‘collect it all’ surveillance mission has issued a memo calling on their governments to demand tech companies build backdoor access to their users’ encrypted data — or face measures to force companies to comply.”

CNET: Chrome’s HTTP warning seeks to cut web surveillance, tampering

CNET: Chrome’s HTTP warning seeks to cut web surveillance, tampering. “The Hypertext Transfer Protocol lets your web browser fetch a web page from the server that hosts it. HTTP has had a good run, but it has a problem: It doesn’t protect communications with encryption that blocks eavesdropping and tampering. That’s why Google, Mozilla and other tech industry allies have been pushing websites everywhere to switch to the secure version, called HTTPS. And it’s why, starting with the release of Chrome 68 on Tuesday, Google’s browser will warn you whenever it loads an unencrypted HTTP website.”

Gizmodo: Firefox May Soon Start Publicly Shaming Sites With Crappy Security

Gizmodo: Firefox May Soon Start Publicly Shaming Sites With Crappy Security. “In the constant battle to ensure your privacy online, there are some precautions you can take to protect yourself, such as avoiding clicking random links and using different passwords for every site. But other measures require some help from the websites you visit, and based on a hidden option found in the latest Firefox beta, Mozilla may start publicly shaming websites that are still clinging on to HTTP.”

Engadget: The EFF wants to make email servers more secure

Engadget: The EFF wants to make email servers more secure. “The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) launched HTTPS-encryption initiative Let’s Encrypt two years ago with Mozilla and Cisco. Now it’s turning its attention to email servers with a new project called STARTTLS Everywhere, which aims to help server admins run STARTTLS emails servers properly. Because according to the EFF, most aren’t.”