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An Instant Messaging Guide to Privacy

We surely want all our private conversations to stay private. This is but simple and natural for any person. If we text or voice chat with someone, we want to be sure this space is personal and well-protected. Especially given that we occasionally send sensitive information that may be related to our family, health or business.

RE: Windows 10, so eager to get to your PC. Again


We traditionally welcome the new mildly obtrusive offer from Microsoft. This time, of course, we are urged to upgrade to Windows 10. Not only are we urged, but rather Windows 10 makes broadband haste to our PCs, without much ado (or permission).


We couldn’t let this pass unattended, so here’s a quick how-to on removing the unwelcome guest.

Making Internet Access Safer: DNS Security


No doubt Internet has dramatically changed the way people live and work. All this has been made possible by a set of different technologies. But nothing is perfect. Those technologies are not an exception. One of the core parts of the Internet is the Domain Name System. DNS does have certain issues but the respective organizations are working hard to continuously improve it. Below we’ll explain what DNSCrypt is and how it helps users, and we’ll provide instructions how to set it up.

Is Your Android Device Secure Enough?

How safe is my Android? Which Android version is best protected? Are legacy versions targeted by hackers? If you care about your personal data security, you've surely asked yourself one of those questions. In this brief roundup, we’ll cover all major Android versions for smartphones and provide best security practices and useful links for each one.

An Online Privacy Guide: Browser Settings and Extensions

Privacy issues always attract close attention. So, we explored important security-related web browser settings and popular tools (extensions) that make your web surfing safe. You obviously don’t have to install them all. Feel free to pick whatever you like and see how it works for you. Also, you may scroll down to final words to see the best combo for a privacy concerned user.

Setting Up Ultra Budget Video Surveillance in No Time

Video surveillance is ubiquitous and – more interestingly – comes handy in IT maintenance and diagnostics. Also, watching your rigs, boxes and wires properly blinking/hanging is a pure delight! Let’s see how we can setup simple video surveillance in no time, and on a very tight budget. 

Privacy In Windows 8.1 – How To Disable Telemetry Data Collection

In our previous guides we explained how to get rid of Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrade offers and how to disable telemetry data connection in Windows 7. In addition, we provided a list of updates that track user activity and send telemetry to Microsoft. Naturally, some Windwos 8.1 users may want to disallow telemetry data sending as well.

Privacy In Windows 7 – How To Disable Telemetry Data Collection

Windows 10 has tons of nice features. Still, some people stick to Windows 7 or 8.1 for the sake of privacy. However, this kind of conservatism doesn't make much sense. While the problem isn't that big, it’s still there on Windows 7 and 8.1.

We have already described which updates can be removed from Windows 7 and 8.1 for privacy concerns in a separate guide. This guide will explain how to disable some system options to prevent certain data collection by Microsoft.

How to Disable Windows 10 Update Offers in Windows 7

Microsoft is sending updates urging to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Obviously, not every person wants those. Also, Microsoft is pushing updates that enable user activity tracking.

Simply put, these updates don't bring security fixes or any additional functionality. You could as well skip or uninstall them without compromising security.

We’ll explain how to get rid of such updates and stop Windows Update Manager from offering them again.