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At first glance, the free offer with unlimited downloads of virtual private networks (VPNs) like MaskVPN and DewVPN is irresistible.

Malicious proxies

In reality, those who profit from it unwittingly become a potential screen for criminal activities on the web, discovered a team from the University of Sherbrooke led by computer science professor Marc Frappier. Users of these VPNs lend their IP address to become a “home proxy” in a network, 911.re, which makes it accessible without any verification. More than 120,000 of these “malicious home proxies” have been tracked down by Professor Frappier’s team, who last month presented their findings to law enforcement agencies and internet service providers around the world.

Google


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Google queries on airline and agency “trip cancellation policy” are up 210% in Canada over last year, according to the official Google Canada blog.

Business travel and international tourism have returned to pre-pandemic levels. And a sign that complications are more feared than ever, Google queries on airlines and agencies’ ‘trip cancellation policies’ are up 210% in Canada over last year, a blog post reveals of the search engine giant. We also learn that the most popular Canadian attractions are Canada’s Wonderland and the good old Niagara Falls. Abroad, Paris, London, New York and Lisbon are the most popular cities, while Orlando and Cancún are the most popular sun destinations.

Apple


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The new Lockdown Mode announced this week by Apple will notably prevent the receipt of attachments other than images, prohibit calls FaceTime unknown interlocutors and will block the execution of scripts on web pages.

Apple announced this week an ultra-secure mode, “Lockdown Mode”, which will be offered on its next operating systems, iOS 16, iPad OS 16 and macOS Ventura. This mode will notably prevent the reception of attachments other than images, prohibit calls FaceTime unknown interlocutors and will block the execution of scripts on web pages. Beyond the news, experts on the web are wondering: will Google follow the same path with its Android system? Will users agree to deprive themselves of features in the name of security? And above all, underlines with a certain irony the specialized site Ars Technica, could we consider disabling even more functions, in particular the camera, geolocation, microphone, or even the cellular connection?



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