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Category: Tips & Tricks - Networking
Published: Wednesday, 01 October 2014
Written by Andre Roberge


Using a VPN to Protect Your Privacy on the Internet

By Andre Roberge

Last week I set up a VPN connection from my home to my service provider. For years of I’ve used anti-virus software, anti-malware, firewalls and the like to protect my PC and the information on it from evil villains. Now, it seems, the real people I need to protect against is my own government and its agencies.

I Have Seen The Enemy And He Is Us

There’s been a lot of attention about the NSA, police departments and other government agencies tapping into Internet connections and invading privacy without consent or knowledge or even warrants. Most of this has come up from the Edward Snowden revelations. But the privacy issue has been simmering for a long time and people have been complacent about it. Edward Snowden just brought it to the forefront where we can give it the attention it deserves.

The “I have nothing to hide” response is just feckless. Our society is turning into a police state under our very noses and its time we protect ourselves. It will take years to sort this out, reign in the agencies and have the proper legislation in place. Likely, whatever comes of it will be watered down and insufficient.   

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Category: Tips & Tricks - Networking
Published: Wednesday, 01 October 2014
Written by Eric Geier

Make Windows 7 Networking Easier

By Eric Geier

Microsoft made many changes and enhancements to the networking features in Windows 7. The company added support for Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), easing the setup of wireless networks. HomeGroup helps simplify network sharing. New mobile features let you configure default printers per locations. Wireless Hosted Networks let you create a virtual Wi-Fi router.

In this article we'll discuss some tips and tricks involving these new features.

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Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is a feature supported by many Wi-Fi routers and adapters to make connecting and securing them really easy. Supported routers usually have a button that you push when you want to add a new computer. Within a short amount of time, you can push a button on the wireless adapter or on its software. Then it will automatically configure and connect with the router.

Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is natively supported in Windows 7. So instead of having to push a button on the adapter or use their wireless utility, all you have to do is attempt to connect. If the Wi-Fi adapter supports WPS, Windows should prompt you to enter the security key or push the button on the router. Once you push the router's WPS button, the adapter will automatically be configured and connected with the router.


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