‘Documents by Readdle’ Update Adds VPN for Browsing

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Documents by Readdle is a popular app for file management, and its most recent update added a VPN. They say it’s “the world’s fastest VPN service” although I don’t know if Readdle has its own servers or is using another company’s servers. In any case there are two pricing tiers available: A free plan that gives you 50MB/day, and a paid plan with Documents Plus that costs US$89.99/year or US$12.49/month. I’ve been seeing more companies trying to get a slice of the VPN market, and the trend will continue as privacy awareness increases. Is this VPN something I recommend? Probably not. Instead, there are VPN companies with proven track records, like ProtonVPN, NordVPN, and Private Internet Access. Check out the link below to read Readdle’s blog post, and use this link to download Documents.

Update: Andrew Orr discussed this article on Security Friday.

‘Documents by Readdle’ Update Adds VPN for Browsing

Repairing iCloud Syncing — Mac Geek Gab 825

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab 825 Episode Image: picture of stethoscope in clouds, Repairing iCloud Syncing

Should you update? That’s always the question, isn’t it, regardless of whether it’s hardware or software or both. This week John and Dave answer your questions about both, specifically when it comes to Apple’s offerings. That’s not all, of course. Your two favorite geeks roar through a tour of your questions, tips, and Cool Stuff Found, including segments on repairing iCloud syncing, backing up your music the right way, diagnosing CPU spikes, and more. Press play, and enjoy learning at least five new things, all while remaining perfectly socially-distanced!

Keep an Eye Out: Mozilla VPN to Launch in Near Future

· Andrew Orr · Link

Image of mozilla VPN showing features you can get with the service

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, announced Thursday that its Mozilla VPN product is launching in the next few weeks.

We are working hard to make the official product, the Mozilla VPN, available in selected regions this year. We will continue to offer the Mozilla VPN at the current pricing model for a limited time, which allows you to protect up to five devices on Windows, Android, and iOS at $4.99/month.

You can sign up to join the waiting list here.

HideMyAss VPN 2-Yr Subscription: $79.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

HideMyAss VPN

We have a deal on a 2-year subscription to HideMyAss, a VPN featuring 256-bit AES encryption and a strict no logging policy. The subscription is good for unlimited installs with up to 5 connections at once, and 2-years is $79.99 through our deal.

WireGuard VPN Gets Added to the Next Linux Kernel

· Andrew Orr · Link

Image of wireguard logo

I briefly mentioned WireGuard when I wrote of Cloudflare’s WARP beta. I think it’s something to add to your technology watch lists. It’s just not any old VPN app, it’s a VPN protocol that could very well replace current protocols like IPsec and OpenVPN, or at least be offered as an alternative. You can read the technical whitepaper here [PDF], along with this write up from Ars Technica.

WireGuard will now operate as either a Loadable Kernel Module (LKM) or built statically into the kernel itself. But whether static or loadable, it will be “in-tree”—which means it’s provided ready to go with the vanilla kernel itself, with no need for repackaging by the various distros. This puts it on the same footing as other supported drivers.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited 3-Year Subscription: $42.50

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

KeepSolid VPN on Mac, iPhone, PC, and Android devices

We have a deal on a 3-year subscription to KeepSolid VPN Unlimited. The subscription includes unlimited connection speeds and traffic bandwidth, access to more than 400 VPN servers in more than 70 locations globally, access to VPN protocols IKEv2, OpenVPN, and the company’s own technology KeepSolid Wise, and more. This subscription is $50 through our deal, but coupon code SPRINGSAVE15 brings the checkout price down to $42.50.

Sneak Peek: Here’s How a NordVPN Server Works

· Andrew Orr · Link

TechRadar Pro teamed up with NordVPN to give people an idea of what exactly goes on inside of a VPN server. It’s a fascinating glimpse into a technology ever-growing in popularity.

The session revealed that NordVPN’s Linux servers are configured with various tools that enhance security, privacy, and authentication. FreeRADIUS is used for authentication, while the squid proxy software is also used. SaltStack is used for correct server configuration, controlling the infrastructure.

To RAID or Not (to RAID)? – Mac Geek Gab 805

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Do you close your Terminal sessions correctly? Does iStat Menus work after you migrate? Are you getting Notes to launch as fast as possible? You’ll be able to answer “yes” to all three of these things after just the first few minutes of this week’s show. Stick around and learn about taming CarPlay, sharing Calendars, using a VPN with your Apple TV and much more. You’ll definitely hit your quota of learning at least five new things with John and Dave this week.

New App ‘MyPrivacy’ Gives You a VPN, Photo Vault, Password Manager, More

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

MyPrivacy is a new app from the makers of MyPermissions. It’s an all-in-one tool that gives you a VPN, password manager, private browser, photo vault, social permissions manager, and app lock. It requires a subscription of up to US$99/year. The privacy policy also looks decent. It mentions both “military-grade” and “NSA-grade” encryption, which likely refers to AES-256. There are certainly cheaper solutions out there but having everything in one app is convenient.

New App ‘MyPrivacy’ Gives You a VPN, Photo Vault, Password Manager, More

SurfShark VPN 2-Year Subscription: $69

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

We have a deal on a 2-year subscription to SurfShark VPN. This service features unlimited data, military-grade AES-256-GCM encryption, and IKEv2 and OpenVPN protocols. The company also has a no logging policy. Two years with SurfShark is $69 through our deal.