Lifehacker: How to Set Up Your Own Completely Free VPN In the Cloud

Lifehacker: How to Set Up Your Own Completely Free VPN In the Cloud. “A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a great way to add security to your browsing while also preventing snoopers (including your internet service provider), but VPN providers are notoriously sketchy. You could do some research to find a good one. Or you can make your own in about 10 minutes.”

The Next Web: Glitch wants to take you back to the first website you ever made

The Next Web: Glitch wants to take you back to the first website you ever made. “Aspirant developers are told they have to learn HAML, LESS, CoffeeScript, React and whatever else fly-by-night bullshit Hacker News is spruiking. Honestly, I don’t care. I’ve tuned out at this point, and I’m not alone. Which is why I love Glitch, from Fog Creek. We’ve written about this site before. Essentially, it’s a playground where you can remix other people’s code in a safe and self-contained environment.” The first site I ever made – which was called ONGIR for Official Netscape Guide to Internet Research – was done in Microsoft FrontPage. And I have zero interest in going back. 😄

Ars Technica: After vote to kill privacy rules, users try to “pollute” their Web history

Ars Technica: After vote to kill privacy rules, users try to “pollute” their Web history. “While the US government is giving ISPs free rein to track their customers’ Internet usage for purposes of serving personalized advertisements, some Internet users are determined to fill their browsing history with junk so ISPs can’t discover their real browsing habits. Scripts and browser extensions might be able to fill your Web history with random searches and site visits. But will this actually fool an ISP that scans your Web traffic and shares it with advertising networks?”

The Verge: Congress just cleared the way for internet providers to sell your web browsing history

The Verge: Congress just cleared the way for internet providers to sell your web browsing history. “Internet providers now just need a signature from President Trump before they’re free to take, share, and even sell your web browsing history without your permission. The House of Representatives passed a resolution today overturning an Obama-era FCC rule that required internet providers to get customers’ permission before sharing their browsing history with other companies. The rules also required internet providers to protect that data from hackers and inform customers of any breaches.”

PCWorld: How to keep a private stash of bookmarks in Chrome

PCWorld: How to keep a private stash of bookmarks in Chrome. “Incognito Mode in Chrome can keep your browsing history secret unless you have a nosy Internet Service Provider, and you’re not using a VPN. But one thing incognito doesn’t keep secret are any bookmarks you’ve got. If you’ve ever wanted to keep a private collection of bookmarks the Chrome extension Hush is one solution.”

Statistics Canada’s excuse for database outage not adding up: former chief (Globe and Mail)

The Globe and Mail: Statistics Canada’s excuse for database outage not adding up: former chief. “Statistics Canada’s online database crashed for the second time in two weeks, failing on one of the federal government’s most important days – the unveiling of the budget. The latest data outage started this Wednesday. The failure occurred just days after Statscan’s online database of economic and social information, also known as CANSIM, suffered from a week-long blackout.”