TechCrunch: Mozilla launches the next phase of its Firefox Private Network VPN beta

TechCrunch: Mozilla launches the next phase of its Firefox Private Network VPN beta. “Mozilla today announced that its Firefox Private Network (FPN), which lets you encrypt your Firefox connections, is now in an extended beta after a few months of relatively limited testing in the Firefox Test Pilot program.”

MakeUseOf: Google’s ReCAPTCHAs Also Capture Your Private Information

MakeUseOf: Google’s ReCAPTCHAs Also Capture Your Private Information. “Interesting fact: you actually rarely encounter an original CAPTCHA. They’ve largely been supplanted by reCAPTCHAs, a system owned by search engine giant, Google. And in an effort to stop spambots, reCAPTCHAs have evolved so much, they’re now a threat to your privacy.”

Lifehacker: How to Protect Your Data in the NordVPN, TorGuard and VikingVPN Breaches

Lifehacker: How to Protect Your Data in the NordVPN, TorGuard and VikingVPN Breaches. “Hackers have busted into servers of at least three popular VPN services—NordVPN, VikingVPN, and TorGuard—over the past couple of years, pilfering cryptographic keys that may have been used to intercept and decrypt highly sensitive user data or bypass browser security features to deploy web-based attacks. In other words, that’s not good, especially if you use one of the three eservices.”

VentureBeat: Mozilla launches VPN as part of resurrected Firefox Test Pilot program

VentureBeat: Mozilla launches VPN as part of resurrected Firefox Test Pilot program. “The Firefox developer today lifted the lid on the first product to emerge from the new Test Pilot, and it appears to be something akin to a virtual private network (VPN) in all but name. Firefox Private Network, as the new tool is called, is available in beta today for logged-in Firefox desktop users in the U.S. only, and is accessible through a browser extension.”

Engadget: Russia to start blocking major VPNs after censorship refusal

Engadget: Russia to start blocking major VPNs after censorship refusal. “Russia’s hatred for censorship-dodging VPNs is well-known, and it’s now prepared to follow through on its warnings. Telecoms oversight chief Alexander Zharov told Interfax that he expected to block nine major VPNs, including ExpressVPN and NordVPN, for refusing to connect to a national blacklist that would prevent people from accessing sites through their tunneling services. He expected that the crackdown could take place within a month.”

TorrentFreak: Russia Orders Major VPN Providers to Block ‘Banned’ Sites

TorrentFreak: Russia Orders Major VPN Providers to Block ‘Banned’ Sites. “Ten major VPN providers have been ordered by Russian authorities to begin blocking sites present in the country’s national blacklist. NordVPN, ExpressVPN, IPVanish and HideMyAss are among those affected. TorGuard also received a notification and has pulled its services out of Russia with immediate effect.”

Engadget: Opera’s free VPN is now built into its Android browser

Engadget: Opera’s free VPN is now built into its Android browser. “Opera is adding a free, unlimited VPN to its Android browser. It’s rolling out the VPN gradually to beta users first before making it more widely available. You’ll be able to set your location as America, Europe or Asia, or use a setting to automatically pick the optimal connection. There are also options to turn off the VPN while searching so you get more localized results and to only activate it on private tabs.”