Lifehacker: The Beginner’s Guide to VPNs . “In trying to puzzle out just what, exactly a virtual private network (VPN) is, it can be helpful to simply take the first word away. That leaves you with ‘private network,’ which seems pretty straightforward. A private network is one that is basically walled off from everyone who doesn’t have permission to access it. Think of your college intranet. Or the CIA servers.”
PC World: Best web browsers of 2017: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera go head-to-head. “Let’s take a look at the four major (and modern) browsers to see how they stack up in the latter half of 2017. A few things have changed since we looked at the top browsers just a few short months ago. Microsoft released the Fall Creators Update in October, and in our tests it seemed to have a significant impact on browser results.”
Gizmodo: 12 Useful Web Tools You Didn’t Know About. “Google isn’t the only company creating useful apps for the web. There are plenty of great online resources not made in Mountain view, provided you know where to look. Here are 12 of our favorite online apps and websites that are worth collecting in your browser’s bookmarks, ready to go at a moment’s notice, to convert files, enhance photos, make GIFs, pick colors, transfer documents and more besides.” Nifty list!
Bloomberg: Father of the Web Confronts His Creation in the Era of Fake News. “The World Wide Web is 28 years old. But these days it often appears to have the growing pains of a teenager. There’s the scourge of fake news, growing pockets of censorship around the world, the fiery debate over net neutrality and more. When teens get into trouble, you typically talk to the parents. As it happens, I had the opportunity last week to interview Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist who was working for the European research organization CERN back in 1989 when he proposed the idea of using a tool called a web browser to visit distinct pages on the internet, each with an individual domain name and connected via a network of hyperlinks.”
BetaNews: Comodo launches free service to remove website malware. “Many recent security breaches have been caused by poor website safety, allowing hackers to exploit vulnerabilities to steal data. Cyber security company Comodo is launching a free malware removal service for websites to help businesses stay secure. Once a business submits a request Comodo’s security operations center analysts will instantly remove all malware, perform hack repairs, including checking the files, databases and any malicious code running to remove infection from the site, and keep the customer fully updated.”
BetaNews: Opera 49 adds editable elements to its screen capture tool, rolls out VR headset support. “Opera Software has unveiled Opera 49, the latest version of its Chromium-powered browser for Windows, Mac and Linux. Opera 49’s headline new feature is a major update to its new snapshot tool, with editing features, a selfie mode and support for emoji. Elsewhere, the VR headset support previewed in the Developer release has also been included, along with a new ‘easy setup’ button offering convenient access to key settings.”
TheWeek: Monopolies are privatizing the World Wide Web. Here’s how to stop it.. “Over the past two decades, internet access has gone from an odd curiosity to a basic necessity of life, akin to water and electricity service. But the quality and usefulness of that service is under threat from monopolist corporations. If we want to preserve the internet and the World Wide Web as a neutral and open platform, we must break up and regulate the corporate behemoths who are effectively gaining control over it.”