Buffered VPN review: It gets the job done

Buffered VPN in brief:P2P allowed: YesBusiness location: Budapest, HungaryNumber of servers: 30+Number of country locations: 46Cost: $99 per yearBudapest-based Buffered VPN isn’t an exceptional product. It ‘s not particularly speedy, its Windows app...
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How to delete or disable your Facebook account

Deleting your Facebook account may be a fantasy you entertain briefly every time you see one too many intrusive ads or political posts on your feed. We understand.

The good news is, you have two options for fulfilling this fantasy: deactivation, which can be undone, or full-on deletion—and even then, you have a chance to change your mind. Here’s how they both work. 

Deactivate your Facebook account

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Go to your Facebook Settings and select General to find the deactivate option. 

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Hands-on: The Purism Librem 15 builds serious security into a slender laptop

The Librem 15 laptop, from the privacy and freedom-oriented Linux PC maker Purism, aims to be the answer for those who want ultimate data protection. After taking this laptop for a long spin, I can safely say it delivers thoroughly on security and privacy—though not surprisingly, at the expense of other features. 

Stealth looks

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The slim and sleek design comes without obvious logos.

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Hands-on: The Purism Librem 15 builds serious security into a slender laptop

The Librem 15 laptop, from the privacy and freedom-oriented Linux PC maker Purism, aims to be the answer for those who want ultimate data protection. After taking this laptop for a long spin, I can safely say it delivers thoroughly on security and privacy—though not surprisingly, at the expense of other features. 

Stealth looks

purism librem 15v3 left side portsAlex Campbell

The slim and sleek design comes without obvious logos.

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AVG Internet Security Review: A premium antivirus suite that you can put on all your household PCs

AVG has a big advantage in the free antivirus space since it owns both Avast (acquired in 2016) and its homegrown product, AVG Free. The hope is that you’ll love the free stuff so much that you’ll eventually upgrade to one of its paid products.

In the case of AVG, most people go with its Internet Security program. Priced at $70, it’s one step down from the company’s flagship product, AVG Ultimate, and lacks a number of Ultimate’s less crucial features. For example, you don’t get AVG’s PC tune up package or third-party desktop software updater. That’s hardly a loss, though, as you can find free programs to dump cached folders taking up too much space or monitor software updates. The important security features are all included in the $70 security suite, however, including antivirus, firewall, and phishing protection.

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SurfEasy review: A zippy VPN from north of the border

SurfEasy in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes—Ultra customers only

Business location: Canada

Number of servers: 1,000+

Number of country locations: 16 (Total) / 28 (Ultra)

Cost: $48 billed annually (Total) / $77.88 billed annually (Ultra)

Most people never heard of Toronto-based SurfEasy until it was snapped up in early 2015 by browser maker Opera. Even if you’re still unfamiliar with this VPN, you might have used it: SurfEasy powers Opera’s free VPN built into its browser, as well as the free VPN apps for Android and iOS.

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3 billion Yahoo accounts hacked: 5 things you should do to stay safe

If you had a Yahoo account in 2013, your name and password were stolen.

Yahoo expanded the scope of its massive data breach on Monday. In December, the Internet giant announced a hack that affected over a billion accounts, making it by far the largest data breach in history. Now, the company says that every Yahoo account in existence in 2013—more than 3 billion—was breached. The hackers walked away with password hashes that can be easily cracked.

If you’re a Yahoo user you should consider your password compromised and should take all the necessary steps to secure your account. You should follow all of Yahoo’s recommendations, such as changing your password and watching for suspicious account activity, but here are a few more advanced tips that you should have in mind.

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ExpressVPN review: A good service with no public leadership

ExpressVPN in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes

Number of servers: 1,500+

Business location: British Virgin Islands

Number of country locations: 94*

Cost: $99.95 per year

Running a business is a public act. That’s why I don’t understand why some VPN providers go to such great lengths to keep the identities of their leaders private. Today’s review looks at one such company, ExpressVPN.

Business anonymity is an issue we’ll get into in more depth in the trust section. For now, let’s dive into the app.

ExpressVPN uses a very simple single-panel interface. It doesn’t have a map you can click on or anything like that. All you have is a simple on/off button that takes up the majority of the panel. Under that is a suggested VPN server to connect to and then two buttons: Smart Location and Choose Location. Click the former and ExpressVPN will choose a server for you based on your location.

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