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The ladies of F-Secure (and Jason) would like to welcome you to the Safe and Savvy blog!
Here we hope to entertain and engage you while making your digital life easier and more productive. And we’re willing to share stories from our professional and personal lives, even embarrassing stories, to help you avoid being scammed online.
Most importantly, we want you to be safe and savvy whenever you access to Internet to connect with friends, work, shop, play or search for information.
But why you should you listen to us? Good question.
We all work for F-Secure. F-Secure has been protecting computer users from cyber threats for over 20 years. Our headquarters are in Helsinki, Finland, where it gets very cold, and we have offices in 18 countries. Pretty much wherever you are in the world, you can get our antivirus, Internet security and backup products, either online or from a store or – and this is where F-Secure excels – as a service from your Internet operator.
Even though we work with some very serious security experts, we promise not to get too techy on you. We plan on staying practical and topical, offering helpful tips that address your concerns. Read some of the posts we have already written for a taste of what you can expect from Safe and Savvy.
But it’s not all about us, it’s about you. We want to hear your comments and ideas!
Do you have a question about online security? Did you find a useful post on Safe and Savvy already?
So get ready to get savvy!
Online surfing has been around for a while now, and it keeps getting better as technology continues to improve. Websites are better, responsive to different devices, more interactive, and feature a more diverse range of content. All in all, online surfing has managed to stay cool for a very long time. In fact, during a recent interview, Mikko Hypponen specified online surfing as the thing that he’d miss the most if the Internet were to suddenly disappear. The Internet may not suddenly disappear tomorrow, but it is in danger of slowly eroding. While technologies have been steadily improving what people can see and do online, other interests have been trying to develop new ways to regulate and control people’s behavior. Questions about what you can see and do online used to face technical constraints, but now these are transitioning to issues about what other people want you to see and do. Noted anthropologist and author David Graeber recently remarked in an interview with the Guardian that control has become so ubiquitous that we don’t even see it. Geo-blocking is a regulative measure that seems to confirm Graeber’s views. PC Magazine concisely defines it as the practice of preventing people from accessing web content based on where they are (determined by their IP address). Geo-blocking and other types of regional restrictions are used by both companies and governments, and for a variety of purposes (for example, enforcing copyright regimes, running regional sales promotions, censorship, etc.). Freedome is a user-friendly VPN that gives people a way to re-assert control over what they can see and do online. It encrypts communications, disables tracking software, and protects people from malware. It basically gives people the kind of protection they need to surf the web while staying safe from the more prominent forms of digital threats. It also helps people circumvent geo-blocking by letting them choose different “virtual locations”. Virtual locations let people choose where they want to appear to be when they’re surfing online. So if a user selects Canada as their location, the websites they visit will think they are located in Canada. If they select Japan, websites will think they’re in Japan. I’m sure you get the idea. Choosing different virtual locations lets web surfers bypass these geo-blocks so that their access to content remains unrestricted. They can watch YouTube videos reserved for American audiences, access Facebook or Twitter when vacationing in a country that blocks those services, and avoid other measures that attempt to prevent them from enjoying their digital freedom. Freedome recently added Belgium and Poland as new choices, giving Freedome users a total of 17 different places to surf from. But the list needs to keep expanding to keep the fight for digital freedom going, so the Freedome team wants to know: where do you want to do your online surfing? [polldaddy poll=8754876] [Image by Sari Choch-Be | Flickr ]