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What to Do If Your Favorite Website Won't Load What to Do If Your Favorite Website Won't Load

Most of the time, we take the internet for granted. So when something goes wrong (like Twitter crashes or your boss decides to block Reddit at work) it can come as a real shock.

Host Your Family’s Holiday Security Seminar With This Site Host Your Family’s Holiday Security Seminar With This Site

Gather your family around the laptop screen: it’s time to give them the gift of better online security. While you can’t exactly give a presentation explaining everything from why your password shouldn’t be your birthday to why you shouldn’t open every email, you can help your loved ones learn about what security…

Gifts for the Privacy-Loving Person in Your Life Gifts for the Privacy-Loving Person in Your Life

Not everyone wants an always-on microphone in their home, no matter how cool it is to control your light bulbs with your voice. If you’re buying gifts for someone who gets nervous about this brave new world with everything listening to us, showering them with a few of these privacy-friendly gifts might help them relax…

Why You Should Get a VPN for Your Xbox One or PS4 Why You Should Get a VPN for Your Xbox One or PS4

After putting up with what my roommates and I like to joke is the “first Roku ever made” for the past few years, I recently decided to do all my video watching through my PlayStation 4 instead. The experience has been a million times better (no more lag, random crashes, or app designs that haven’t been updated in…

Google’s Got a New App to Help You Save Mobile Data Google’s Got a New App to Help You Save Mobile Data

Android: Whether they’re front and center or lurking behind the scenes, nearly every app is taking a nibble (or a huge bite) out of your mobile data. You could comb through your phone’s stats and see which app is using the bulk of your data plan, or you could install Datally, Google’s new data management app. It’s…

The Beginner's Guide to VPNs The Beginner's Guide to VPNs

In our new series Getting It, we’ll give you all you need to know to get started with and excel at a wide range of technology, both on and offline. Here, we’re arming you with everything you need to know to understand and use virtual private networks.

Update Your Tor Browser to Prevent It From Leaking Your Real IP Address Update Your Tor Browser to Prevent It From Leaking Your Real IP Address

Certain users of the privacy-minded Tor web browser should download the app’s latest update, which adds a temporary fix to prevent the browser from leaking identifying information, namely IP addresses. The TorMoil bug, as named by the security research company that discovered the vulnerability, We Are Segment, can…

How Get Free Movies and TV Using a VPN How Get Free Movies and TV Using a VPN

Virtual private networks (or VPNs) are great for protecting your privacy and data while you browse the web. They provide increased security on public Wi-Fi networks (coffee shops, airports, etc), and prevent ISPs from collecting personal data, data they want to sell to advertisers. VPNs are also pretty good at letting…

Why Is Everyone Talking About VPNs? Why Is Everyone Talking About VPNs?

Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved a measure that killed an upcoming FCC ruling that would have required internet providers to ask your permission to sell your browsing data. Now, everyone’s trying to find a way around this, and virtual private networks (VPNs) are the most popular means of doing so. But…

Most Popular VPN Service Provider: Private Internet Access Most Popular VPN Service Provider: Private Internet Access

When you need a good VPN, whether it's for security on unfamiliar networks or staying anonymous and private, you have plenty of options. Last week we asked you for your picks, then looked at the five best VPN service providers. Now we're back to crown our winner.

Five Best VPN Service Providers Five Best VPN Service Providers

A VPN, or a Virtual Private Network, is a great tool to protect your privacy and security while you use the internet. Whether you’re at home or using public Wi-Fi while traveling, the best combine great pricing with security features and privacy guarantees that make them worth your trust. This week, we’re looking at…

What's The Best VPN Service Provider? What's The Best VPN Service Provider?

VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, are great for protecting your privacy and security while you use the internet. Whether you're at home or abroad, they're essential for protecting your data. This week, we want to know which ones you think are the best.

How Do I Know If My VPN Is Trustworthy? How Do I Know If My VPN Is Trustworthy?

Dear Lifehacker, I've read about why I really should use a VPN and I've been looking into different providers, but there's one thing I'm worried about. Can't a VPN provider just look at my traffic all they want and see what I'm doing? Don't I just have to trust them not to spy on me? If that's true, how do I pick one…

Grab Private Internet Access VPN Service for 20% Off Grab Private Internet Access VPN Service for 20% Off

Private Internet Access, one of Lifehacker readers' favorite VPN service providers, makes it easy to surf privately and securely from anywhere. With this promotion, you get 20% off the service paid monthly or yearly.

How CIA Director David Petraeus's Emails Were Traced (and How to Protect Yourself) How CIA Director David Petraeus's Emails Were Traced (and How to Protect Yourself)

Late last week, CIA director David Petraeus stepped down from his position after an FBI investigation revealed an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Curiously, the revelation of the affair came about using location data from Gmail. Here's how the FBI put together the pieces, and how you can keep…

Why You Should Be Using a VPN (and How to Choose One) Why You Should Be Using a VPN (and How to Choose One)

You may know what a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is; you probably don’t use one. You really should be using a VPN, and even if you don’t think so now, at some point in the future you may consider it as important as your internet connection.

Most Popular VPN Service Provider: Astrill VPN Most Popular VPN Service Provider: Astrill VPN

Picking a VPN service provider to keep you safe and secure usually comes down to features, price, server location, and performance—not to mention the provider's track record on privacy and data logging. Last week, we asked you which providers you thought were the best for all of those things, and you weighed in. Then…

Best VPN Service Provider? Best VPN Service Provider?

Whether you're working from your favorite coffee shop or you travel frequently and need a way to keep your data from prying eyes, you need a good VPN service. There are plenty to choose from, but some are better, faster, cheaper, and more feature-rich than others. This week we want to know which ones you turn to when…

Best VPN Service Provider: WiTopia Best VPN Service Provider: WiTopia

Last week we asked you to share your favorite VPN service, then we rounded up the five most popular responses. Now we're back to highlight the most popular VPN service according to Lifehacker readers.

Five Best VPN Service Providers Five Best VPN Service Providers

If you have a need to encrypt and secure your internet connection—whether you're using an unsecured public Wi-Fi connection or are worried about an authoritarian government snooping your data—a VPN service is just what the doctor ordered. Earlier this week you shared your favorite VPN service; here are the five most…

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