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NordVPN will start offering virus protection to users with a built-in “threat protection” feature coming to the VPN service.

The opt-in feature is designed to stop invasive trackers on your browser, warn you about malicious sites, and block downloaded files containing malware. It’s “part of a larger effort to transform itself into a more global cybersecurity company,” says Vykintas Maknickas, NordVPN product strategist.

The VPN provider’s parent company, Nord Security, also offers a password manager and an encrypted cloud storage service. In a recent interview with ZDNet, co-founder Tom Okman also said that a future goal is to create a single app to cover all of a customer’s privacy and security needs.

But of course, the big question is whether the new threat protection is effective in stopping malicious attacks. For now, NordVPN is making the feature available to macOS users. Interested customers can access it by downloading the latest OpenVPN version from the NordVPN app on the official website. They will then need to go to the settings panel and enable threat protection. “Once enabled, the feature will protect users without requiring them to connect to a VPN server,” the company said.

The real test will come when the feature becomes available on Windows, which faces more malware threats than macOS. Nord Security indicates that it will arrive “gradually” on the Microsoft platform, without offering a firm timetable.

The feature’s web-focused protection works on Chrome, Safari, Edge, and Firefox browsers. But if you’re worried about Threat Protection slowing down your PC, Nord Security says the feature is disabled by default.

“In extreme cases, especially if the Internet connection is already poor, Threat Protection may incur a minor overhead due to all the heavy work it does while filtering traffic. However, this is rare, and the benefits of less data being downloaded outweigh the likelihood of slowdowns, not to mention the added layer of protection the feature brings to the table,” the company says.

According to Nord Security, most virus protection has been developed in-house by its own team. However, the feature also leverages databases compiled from different public sources on what malware to look for.

To determine which files may contain malware, Nord Security adds, “We host databases of malicious and clean file hashes to perform initial checks, while files are only uploaded and executed in the cloud after received consent from the user and if we do not have a historical entry on a file in the aforementioned databases.”

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Also, the malware scan will only target downloadable executable files, not files that may contain personal information such as PDFs, images, and text documents. “We also don’t upload large files to the cloud, so the deep scan file size limit is 20MB,” the company said.

The threat protection feature comes amid a growing trend of VPN providers expanding into antivirus and vice-versa. Surfshark, which NordVPN recently merged with, also offers virus protection through a new Surfshark One service plan.

NordVPN says its own malware protection is separate from Surfshark’s antivirus program. “NordVPN and Surfshark operate independently, so their features are in no way related,” the company adds. Stay tuned for our review once Threat Protection rolls out for Windows.

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Sony launches official PlayStation VR2 site https://anti-spam-league.org/sony-launches-official-playstation-vr2-site/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/sony-launches-official-playstation-vr2-site/

If you want to know when pre-orders for PlayStation VR2 headsets will go live, Sony just launched a website you will want to visit.

Sony unveiled the PlayStation VR2 headset and Sense controller last month, and now that reveal has been followed by the launch of an official website focused on the next-gen VR experience.

The website does not contain any new information beyond what was already revealed in January. Instead, it reminds us that we’re getting a VR headset capable of 4K HDR visuals and a 110-degree field of view thanks to the performance offered by the PS5 (which is connected via a single cable). This is combined with a new level of tracking, both for your eyes and your overall movement using four cameras built into the helmet. Add to that headphone vibration for feedback, Tempest 3D AudioTech for immersive sound, and the new Sense controller.

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We already know that an exclusive game is in development to demonstrate just how good VR2 is. Horizon Call of the Mountain will hopefully launch alongside the VR headset, but we don’t yet know when Sony plans to release the hardware. The good news is that at the bottom of this new website, it’s possible to log in using your PlayStation Network account and sign up to be notified when VR2 pre-orders go live.

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Zotac Website Glitch Charges Up To $1,000 To Ship Nvidia RTX 3050 https://anti-spam-league.org/zotac-website-glitch-charges-up-to-1000-to-ship-nvidia-rtx-3050/ Thu, 27 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/zotac-website-glitch-charges-up-to-1000-to-ship-nvidia-rtx-3050/

If you tried to buy Nvidia’s RTX 3050 graphics card from Zotac on launch day, you might have stopped when you saw the final crate price.

A glitch on Zotac’s website briefly bumped the RTX 3050’s shipping prices from $115 to over $1,000, double the cost of the actual GPU.

We saw this play out today when Zotac started shipping the Gaming GeForce RTX 3050 Double Edge OC for $399 around 9 a.m. EST. The card was actually stock, unlike the more affordable one $249 versionwhich seems to have sold out in minutes.

But during the checkout process, we noticed the mind-boggling shipping cost to send the GPU to California. Zotac was asking us to pay $115 for ground shipping, $298 for a three-day pick, and up to $1,025 for next day airmail delivery.

Costs only increased if you changed your address location to the East Coast. For Florida, Zotac was asking $166 to send the GPU by ground and nearly $1,400 for airlift the next day.

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Fortunately, the error seems to have been a problem. As of 9:30 a.m., the website was showing more reasonable delivery rates with ground shipping around $30. Still, the issue likely prevented some consumers from ordering the RTX 3050 from Zotac on Thursday.

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Around 9:45 a.m., the $399 model finally sold out on the seller’s website. If you’re still looking for the RTX 3050, your best bet is to try Newegg’s Random play systemwhich gives consumers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST to enter the lottery to get the GPU.

Newegg Shuffle offers 10 models that range in price from $249 to $489. The retailer will select the winners in the afternoon, who will have the opportunity to purchase the products before the end of the day.

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How to get a free domain name for your website https://anti-spam-league.org/how-to-get-a-free-domain-name-for-your-website/ Mon, 24 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/how-to-get-a-free-domain-name-for-your-website/

Creating a website takes a lot of work and consideration. It’s not enough to just create a website or find a hosting provider to make it work on the World Wide Web. You also need a domain name to attract visitors and customers. If you think of your website as a physical store, the domain name is the business address. Without an address, potential customers won’t find your store in the real world, and the same goes for domain names and websites.

Fortunately, buying a domain name is not complicated and there are several methods to buy one. In fact, we have a step-by-step domain registration guide you should check out for pointers. That said, you can choose a domain name without spending a dime if you’re prepared to face a few caveats. We’ll show you how to do that.


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There are a few things to consider when securing a domain name. Generally, domain names are not owned by you to be retained indefinitely. They are usually free for a year or two, after which the registrar will charge you for renewal. You risk losing the domain if you use it for what the provider considers illegal activity (spamming, for example). Additionally, almost all registrars reserve the right to make changes to the registration agreement at any time and without notice to you. Be sure to check out any potential registrar carefully before committing.

Domain names rarely come with privacy protection. This means that your information as the domain owner is publicly available to anyone snooping around the Whois database. If you’re a brick-and-mortar business and your information is already publicly available, privacy probably won’t be a major concern. However, if you are a blogger and do not want your home address to be available to everyone on the Internet, privacy is an important security step. Depending on the registrar you use, this can be as low as $2 per year or as high as $20 per year.

Now that we’ve got that sorted, let’s explore the three ways to get a free domain name.


1. Check out free domain registrars

Dot TK and Freenom are domain registrars that allow you to get a domain for free. They allow you to search for a domain and choose from one of five free extensions: tk, .ml, .ga, .cf, and .gq. These aren’t the suffixes you commonly see when browsing the web, so they can make your site, especially a business-focused site, look sketchy or even illegitimate. If you’re creating a personal blog or site, this might not be a major issue.

Please note that you do not own these domains; they are registered and owned by Dot TK or Freenom. You just have the right to use them, so you can’t sell or transfer the domain names to someone else.


2. Explore website building services

Website builders, services and tools that allow you to quickly create a website, also offer free domain names. However, free domain registration is only available for a limited time. Specifically, the domain name is included as part of a larger package and expires when said package is being renewed. This is usually a one-year window, after which you must pay to retain the domain according to the renewal fees dictated by the service provider. This could be ideal if you need temporary accommodation for a year or less, but beware: there are usually penalties associated with prematurely ending these plans. You may be charged a pro-rated fee for the time remaining on your annual domain, or you may be charged an annual renewal fee.

Wix is ​​a popular and versatile website builder that offers a free domain for one year with its annual plans. After that first year, however, you must renew the domain for $14.95 per year if you want to keep it. Wix’s free domain offer does not include private registration; you have to pay an extra $9.90 per year.

Weebly is another solid option. The website builder lets you get a free domain with its Pro plan (or other top-level subscriptions). After the one-year grace period, your domain name must be renewed for $19.99 per year with privacy protection billed separately at $10 per year.

Squarespace is another website builder option with a free 1-year domain name. Domains registered through Squarespace also include Whois privacy protection as part of the package, which is a steal if you go that route. Renewing domains with Squarespace costs $20 per month.

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3. Visit web hosting services

The third free domain registration method is using website hosting services. Much like website builders, web hosting services often bundle free domain name registration with their packages to entice you to commit to an annual plan. Much like website builders, web hosting services typically have penalty fees associated with early termination of the plan, so you may be liable for the full domain renewal fee if you decide not to subscribe. the subscription. With that in mind, this method is good if you need a free domain name for a year or less.

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Priced at $35.40 for an annual shared hosting plan ($2.95 per month for the first 12 months), Bluehost is one of the cheapest web hosting services that offers a free domain name . This plan does not include domain privacy, which is billed separately at $15 per domain per year. The price of domain renewal depends on the type of extension, but a .com renewal costs $17.99.

Hostgator includes free domain hosting with its annual or longer Hatchling plan ($3.95 per month for an annual plan). After the free period ends, domain renewal costs on average about $18.99 per year for a .com extension, with privacy protection billed at $14.95 per year.

Hostinger is another option to consider, with reasonable domain renewal rates. Its premium shared hosting plan costs $2.59 per month with an annual commitment, which includes a free domain during that time. Domain renewal with Hostinger costs $11 per year, and Whois protection costs an additional $5 per year.


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Domain registration doesn’t have to be expensive. Registration services, such as Dot TK and Freenom, offer free domain names, and they’ll do the job as long as you don’t mind a funky URL extension. Web hosts, such as Hostgator and Squarespace, also allow you to grab a free domain name, but with time-centric limitations. Still, if your budget is tight, these free domain options come in handy.

For more web hosting tips, check out The 6 Best Free Web Hosting Services for Tight Budgets and Linux vs Windows: How to Choose the Best Server Operating System for Your Website.

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IRS backtracks on use of facial recognition for website logins https://anti-spam-league.org/irs-backtracks-on-use-of-facial-recognition-for-website-logins/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 14:56:20 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/irs-backtracks-on-use-of-facial-recognition-for-website-logins/

UPDATE: The IRS is moving away from requiring taxpayers to log into its website using facial recognition. The agency says “it will stop using a third-party facial recognition service to help authenticate people creating new online accounts.”

This will happen “over the next few weeks to avoid greater disruption to taxpayers during tax filing season,” the IRS said.

“The IRS takes taxpayer privacy and security seriously, and we understand the concerns that have been raised,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement. declaration. “Everyone should feel comfortable with how their personal information is secured, and we are quickly looking at short-term options that don’t involve facial recognition.”

This change “will have no further impact on the current tax season”. Translation: You still have to pay your taxes. (We have a few recommendations to get you started.)


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The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is set to change the way online accounts are accessed this summer, with the new system requiring biometric data in the shape of your face.

IRS.gov personal accounts allow taxpayers to access and view their tax history, but as KrebsonSafety Reports, existing login credentials for IRS.gov will stop working later this year. In November, the The IRS has decided to switch to the ID.me online identity verification service by mid-2022, which requires a lot of personal information to prove your identity.

A message on the IRS login page confirms the upcoming change: “If you have an existing IRS username, please create a new ID.me account as soon as possible. We are bringing you an improved login experience. You have won you will no longer be able to log in with your existing IRS username and password starting in summer 2022.”

What users are sure to dispute is the type of information required to create an ID.me account. The verification process asks each person for a scan of their driver’s license or other government-issued ID, a copy of utility or insurance bills, cell phone service information, and a “live selfie” of herself.

If a document cannot be provided or a fraud indicator is triggered, a recording of a live video chat with the person creating the account will also be required. Just like with the live selfie, this can be done via a mobile device or the webcam of a laptop or computer. The webcam, however, must be on the same device you are using to create the app.

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According to Krebs, the process takes time (even if the ID.me help video says it “takes a few minutes”), requires setting up multi-factor authentication (MFA), securely storing a backup code, and successfully verifying your selfie against a reference image such as your driver’s license. A phone number is also requested and verified, but it cannot be a VoIP service such as Skype. Another thing to keep in mind is timing. Apparently, if you walk away from the process for more than five minutes, you will have to resubmit documents or make other verification requests.

This measure aims to thwart tax evasion and identity theft. As Krebs notes, “some 27 states are already using ID.me to screen identity thieves applying for benefits on someone else’s behalf, and now the IRS is joining them.”

Yet many people may be reluctant to hand over all of this personal information given what happened with Equifax in 2017. The ID.me service is certified against NIST 800-63-3 Digital Identity Guidelines, and will not use verification information for marketing or promotional purposes. There is also a required user approval for a biometric data policy confirming that ID.me will not “sell, rent or trade your biometric data”.

If you want to delete your biometrics once your IRS account is accessible, that doesn’t seem possible. When Krebs tried, he received a link to delete his entire ID.me account, which also meant he had to go through the setup process again to regain access to the IRS website. As Krebs also points out, ID.me is a service that Americans should eventually embrace, because “it will likely be needed at some point to manage your relationship with the federal government and/or your state.”

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Combine VPN and antivirus protection for less than $50 https://anti-spam-league.org/combine-vpn-and-antivirus-protection-for-less-than-50/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/combine-vpn-and-antivirus-protection-for-less-than-50/

Are you one of the few members of the online community who surfs without a VPN? If so, the excuses become much less valid. Threats to unprotected devices are increasing from bots and human hackers, especially for those using public Wi-Fi. At the same time, today’s virtual private networks significantly improve the protection of your hardware and data.

Example: Surfshark One. This VPN takes an all-in-one approach to cybersecurity and has received positive feedback from regular users and PCMag. It’s a great tool for anyone who wants to stay anonymous online, but the wealth of features it offers can improve your entire Internet experience beyond the usual cybersecurity concerns.

When it comes to security, Surfshark has the infrastructure you’d expect from a VPN and more. Connect to any of over 3,000 servers in 65 countries without fear of lag, thanks to the platform’s 10Gbps capability. A strict no-logs policy protects your data, even from the VPN itself, and Surfshark’s rare multi-hop feature means you can bounce your signal between multiple servers for an extra layer of protection.

But that’s just the start of active safety features. An account also includes automatic email alerts when your credit card information is compromised, virus protection, and a “safe search” option that allows you to browse without fear of being tracked by adware or malware. robots. Simply put, it’s your one-stop-shop for cybersecurity for all your devices.

Right now, PCMag readers can get a one-year subscription to Surfshark One: VPN, Antivirus, Search, and Alert on sale for $47.76, or 72% off the MSRP of $173.

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Intel accused of ‘cowardice’ for removing mention of Chinese Xinjiang from its website https://anti-spam-league.org/intel-accused-of-cowardice-for-removing-mention-of-chinese-xinjiang-from-its-website/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/intel-accused-of-cowardice-for-removing-mention-of-chinese-xinjiang-from-its-website/

Intel faces criticism from a US senator for deleting a reference to the forced labor practices in China’s Xinjiang region from a company letter to suppliers.

The letter, sent last month, initially said Intel would no longer source goods or services from the Xinjiang region, where the Chinese government has been accused of committing human rights abuses.

But Monday, The Wall Street Journal remark the latest version of Intel’s letter had removed mention of Xinjiang and the need to avoid vendors in the region.

The original text of the letter.

The latest version of the letter.

The new text. (Intel)

Intel made the switch after China, a major market for the company, accused him unfair treatment. In response, Intel apologized to the Chinese public on social media, saying it had to comply with US regulations, which restrict the supply of goods from the Xinjiang region.

The chipmaker has now gone a step further by removing any mention of Xinjiang from the original letter. But the company’s attempt to fix the fences has caught the attention of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), who accuses Intel of caving in to China.

“Intel’s cowardice is another predictable consequence of economic dependence on China,” he said in a statement. declaration. “Instead of humiliating excuses and self-censorship, companies should move their supply chains to countries that do not use forced labor or commit genocide.”

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Rubio threatens to withdraw federal subsidies from Intel through future congressional funding as the United States tries to improve the country’s semiconductor industry. “If companies like Intel continue to obfuscate the facts about US law just to appease the Chinese Communist Party, then they should not be eligible for any CHIPS funding,” he added.

Intel did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But the company told the Newspaper it will comply with the laws and regulations where it operates.

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Joker Malware Reappears in App Downloaded Over 500,000 Times https://anti-spam-league.org/joker-malware-reappears-in-app-downloaded-over-500000-times/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/joker-malware-reappears-in-app-downloaded-over-500000-times/

Pradeo discovered the Joker malware, which has been active for at least two years, in an Android app called Color Message that has been downloaded more than 500,000 times.

“Joker is categorized as Fleeceware,” Pradeo explains, “because its core business is simulating clicks and intercepting text messages to subscribe to unwanted paid premium services without users’ knowledge. Using the least of possible code and by carefully masking it, Joker generates a very inconspicuous fingerprint that can be difficult to detect.Over the past two years, the malware has been found hidden in hundreds of applications.

The company says Color Message was discovered surreptitiously “establishing connections with Russian servers.” The app has since been removed from Google Play, but screenshots posted by Pradeo show it was touted as a messaging app that “makes texting easy, fun and beautiful” and got a average score of 4.1 stars despite many one-star reviews. .

“Our analysis of the Color Message application through the Pradeo Security engine shows that it accesses the users’ contact list and exfiltrates it on the network,” explains Pradeo. “At the same time, the app automatically subscribes to unwanted paid services without users’ knowledge. To make it difficult to remove, the app has the ability to hide its icon once installed.”

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Pradeo says previous apps containing the Joker malware were installed between 1,000 and 100,000 times before being removed from Google Play. The malware included several document scanners, another messaging app, a wallpaper manager, and the ironically named Safety AppLock. Luckily, it seems that deleting the apps can remove the malware.

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Microsoft Teams app update should prevent 911 calls from failing on Android phones https://anti-spam-league.org/microsoft-teams-app-update-should-prevent-911-calls-from-failing-on-android-phones/ Mon, 13 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/microsoft-teams-app-update-should-prevent-911-calls-from-failing-on-android-phones/

UPDATE 12/13: As Mishaal Rahman reported on Medium as part of his in-depth analysis of the issue, Microsoft has now released Teams app build 1416/1.0.0.2021194504, which does not require uninstalling and then reinstalling the app to resolve. the problem. Just update to this version of the Teams app on your device, and you’ll be able to make 911 calls without encountering the Android OS issue that Google is expected to fix in January.

As Rahman clarifies in his deep dive:

“I don’t think most users have to fear this bug, because it requires a very specific set of circumstances to trigger. And even when those circumstances exist, it’s basically bad luck if it triggers. “

Even then, Teams users should update to the latest version as soon as possible.


UPDATE 12/10: Microsoft has reached out to explain that the issue is caused by an Android operating system glitch, with a Microsoft spokesperson stating:

“We are aware of Google’s plans to roll out an Android platform update in January. We are working on an update to our own app to avoid triggering the underlying Android OS issue. We are working closely with Google to resolve this unintended interaction.”

With the update only coming in January, the steps outlined by Google in the original article below are still the best method to ensure your Android phone with Microsoft Teams installed is able to make 911 calls.


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Google and Microsoft are working to fix a serious bug in Android smartphones after a Pixel 3 owner was blocked from calling 911.

Last week, Reddit user KitchenPicture5849 shared details of how he needed to call an ambulance for his grandmother after she appeared to have a stroke. Using a Pixel 3 running Android 11 on Verizon, she dialed 911, but:

“My phone froze immediately after ringing and I couldn’t do anything but click on apps with an emergency phone call in the background. All this while the phone informed me that he had sent my location to the emergency services Unfortunately I couldn’t tell the person on the other end of the line which apartment I was in, or what the actual emergency was, as I was unable to to talk to a human.”

A landline came to the rescue and got paramedics to Grandma’s house, but the problem with the Pixel 3 persisted and was reproducible, according to KitchenPicture5849.

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Google was made aware of the incident and responded yesterday on Reddit stating that an investigation had been conducted and the issue could be reproduced. This only happens on a small number of devices where the Microsoft Teams app is installed with the user signed out. Google believes “the issue was caused by an unintended interaction between the Microsoft Teams app and the underlying Android operating system.”

Currently, Microsoft and Google “are placing a high priority on the issue, and we expect an update to the Microsoft Teams app to be rolled out soon.” Until an update is released, Google recommends anyone using an Android device running Android 10 or later with Microsoft Teams installed to take some precautionary measures.

If you fall into this category, it is imperative to check if your device is connected to Microsoft Teams. If so, everything is fine and you need to stay connected to make sure 911 calls are working. If not, Google asks you to uninstall and then reinstall the Teams app. Doing so “will resolve the issue in the interim”, but the issue won’t be fully resolved until Microsoft releases an update to the Teams app, including the fix.

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Russia blocks main Tor browser website in censorship surge https://anti-spam-league.org/russia-blocks-main-tor-browser-website-in-censorship-surge/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/russia-blocks-main-tor-browser-website-in-censorship-surge/

The Russian government is blocking access to the main website of Tor browser, a popular tool for bypassing the country’s internet censorship.

The nonprofit behind the browser, The Tor Project, said the blockage occurred on Tuesday just after the publication of a blog post on the growing censorship in Russia. The group is now warning that the crackdown could lead to a nationwide Tor bloc.

“Since December 1, some ISPs in Russia have started blocking access to Tor. Today we learned that the Federal Service for Surveillance of Communications, Information Technology and Media (Roskomnadzor), a bureaucratic entity of the Russian government, is censorship threat our main website, ”the Tor Project wrote.

The block is all the more important given that Russia has 300,000 Tor browser users, or 15% of the total user base, putting the country second behind the United States.

In response, the Tor project redirects Russian users to the association’s website via a mirror link. The biggest problem, however, is the Kremlin blocking access by default. Tor Bridges, the backend connections necessary to help the browser bypass Internet censorship in Russia.

“Thanks to the researchers, we learned that the default bridges available in the Tor browser do not work in some places in Russia,” the Tor project wrote.

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As a result, the association is enlisting new volunteers to run private Tor bridges to help escape Russian blockades. “It is not enough to have several bridges: in the long term, all could end up in blocking lists. So we need a constant stream of new bridges that are not yet blocked anywhere. This is where we need your help ”, The Tor Project wrote last month.

So far, Russian regulator Roskomnadzor has not publicly commented on the Tor browser blocking. But the Kremlin has steadily increased its control over the internet, requiring companies to abide by strict censorship rules or face bans. Additionally, the government has blocked VPN services, which can also bypass the country’s censorship.

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