first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSDataSafety TIpsSecurityVPN Previous articleTen Minutes for a Stronger CommunityNext articleAldi’s expanding… get ready for Euro candy and sumo suits Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Emily WalshAre you working from home and need to secure your company data? Maybe you are in the journalism world or trying to blow the lid off government corruption and need to protect your identity? These scenarios, and many more, require top-notch security, and a VPN is a great way to achieve that. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a tech wiz to find the most secure VPN for the job.If you’re short on time, here’s a list of secure VPNs from ProPrivacy. Each one of their recommendations ticks all the boxes for privacy and security. Read on for the details so you know what keeps your data safe and sound.#1 It has a kill switchEven the most secure VPN isn’t perfect, but that’s why safety features are a thing in engineering. Let’s say you have trouble connecting to your provider’s server, or your VPN connection drops for whatever reason and you don’t notice until later. Any cyber criminal worth their salt can take advantage of that small window of opportunity.Since your network traffic isn’t encrypted (i.e. obfuscated) by your VPN, you can be the victim of a man-in-the-middle attack. This is especially the case if you use an unsecured Wi-Fi network. In fact, due to some security flaws in modern Wi-Fi encryption protocols, even password-protected networks aren’t as safe as you think.This is where the kill switch comes into play. This feature automatically stops all network traffic until you can safely reconnect to the VPN – preventing any accidental data leaks.#2 It keeps no logsIf you weren’t aware, many ISPs have been caught selling your data to the highest bidders. VPNs encrypt your traffic so not even your ISP can snoop on your browsing behavior. However, your VPN provider can see the websites you access and which of your apps access the Internet – so you’d better pick someone reliable to protect your data.One way to know if your provider is trustworthy is to look at their data logging policy. “No-logs” VPNs don’t keep tabs on your browsing behavior, meaning your online data won’t be exposed to potential hacking incidents. Nor do you risk your data being seized by restrictive governments.Bonus points if they don’t keep “connection logs” either. They are relatively harmless on their own, as they only show non-identifiable data such as connection times, the amount of data used, etc. However, connection logs could leave you open to a traffic correlation attack – which is sometimes used to break the anonymity of TOR users.#3 Its logging policy has been testedClaiming they keep no logs in their privacy policy is nice and all, but having that fact verified is even better. This could be done through two methods:[For a review on a safer VPN check out]Being audited by an independent third party, such as a cybersecurity firm.Having their logging policy tested in a real-world scenario. ExpressVPN had that happen in 2017, when one of their servers was seized by Turkish authorities. Similarly, Private Internet Access received court orders for information on potential suspects, twice.Nothing useful could be found in either case, because the providers don’t keep any logs.#4 Its jurisdiction is outside the 5/9/14 EyesThe 5/9/14 Eyes alliance is a group of countries whose intelligence agencies collaborate and share information. This wouldn’t be a problem in itself until you realize they also share data about their own citizens. Moreover, the countries that are part of this collective tend to have dystopian surveillance programs in place (see the UK Investigatory Powers Act).Ideally, the VPN’s jurisdiction should have strong privacy laws (for example, no mandatory data retention). ExpressVPN is based in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), a small territory with no data retention laws. Furthermore, other countries (such as the UK or the US) can’t compel BVI companies to share data about their users.Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. The US is a major player in the 5 Eyes alliance, and Private Internet Access is a US-based VPN. However, they’ve had the security of their service proven twice, as seen in the previous section.#5 It Has Perfect Forward SecrecyVPNs encrypt your data using complex mathematical equations. The only way that data can be read is by having the correct key to decrypt it. Now, if a VPN used a single “master key” to encrypt your data and a hacker got their hands on that key, they could intercept everything that’s being encrypted with it.Perfect Forward Secrecy solves that by using a different key for each session. Say, you log into your VPN in the morning before work to make a quick online payment – then log off a few hours later. When you log back in, the VPN will use a different encryption key.Of course, that’s just one example. Some encrypted messaging apps can generate a new key for every message, as described in the Wired article linked above. VPN providers like ExpressVPN use dynamic encryption keys that change every 60 minutes if you tend to browse the web for longer periods.In the unlikely event that a hacker obtains one key, all they could see is the data for that specific session. It’s still not an ideal scenario, but certainly not as bad as if they could continue to spy on your online activity with the “master key.”What else defines the most secure VPN?We could also talk about how secure VPN clients shouldn’t expose your IP address through things like WebRTC or DNS leaks. Although, truth be told, we consider IP leak protection to be a bare minimum for a quality VPN provider.Other than that, the encryption protocols they use in their software are another deciding factor. Most providers nowadays offer OpenVPN, which is widely considered the most secure VPN protocol out there. As such, we couldn’t include it as much of a distinguishing feature – though it’s good to keep in mind for your research. The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplashcenter_img You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena officials are urging city residents to take a minute on Thursday to prepare themselves and their loved ones for the inevitable: a large, damaging earthquake in California that seismologists have long warned is overdue.The third Thursday of October is traditionally the day of The Great ShakeOut statewide earthquake drill.But this year’s event is expected to take on a decidedly different tone, as many throughout Pasadena and elsewhere continue working or attending school from home. While formally scheduled for 10:15 a.m., participants are encouraged to take part whenever their schedule permits.“In the past, school-age children have been asked to drop cover, hold on for The Great shakeout at school. Now they’re at home. So we don’t want that to be a reason why they do not do it,” city spokesperson Lisa Derderian said. “We really want to reinforce the message that because they’re home, it’s a good opportunity to talk as a family and communicate as a family on what to do during an earthquake.”It’s an excellent time to review “drop, cover and hold on,” as well as forming family emergency plans, identifying potential hazards, and restocking emergency kits.“We don’t want people hoarding, but we need you to have extra supplies on hand for the large earthquake where the infrastructure could be affected. …We don’t want to scare you, we want to prepare you,” Derderian said.“In the last six months, we’ve experienced COVID, wildfires in our own backyard, the worst air quality in years, and the (4.5 magnitude) earthquake a few weeks ago,” she said. “So Mother Nature doesn’t care that we’re the middle of a pandemic.”Practicing earthquake drills helps instill the procedures in memory, so they can be performed without thinking during or in the wake of a disaster, such as a massive earthquake, according to Margaret Vinci, who serves as manager of the Office of Earthquake Programs at Caltech and is a regional ShakerAlert coordinator, a volunteer with the Pasadena Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, and a coordinator of Pasadena’s “Map Your Neighborhood” emergency response program. She was involved in the committee that first created The Great ShakeOut in 2008.Since the drill coincides with the pandemic, “This is an opportunity for people that usually work and do their drills at work to actually drill at home. And to bring in the other members of your household — your children, your family — to drill with them as well,” Vinci said.It’s not just about going through the motions, she added. “It’s for everybody to stop what they’re doing to then think about what would happen if you were to get a Shake Alert early warning, or to feel shaking.”“The more they practice, the more their body will intuitively get them into a safe place, so even with two seconds of warning, or if they feel the shaking, if they know where that safe place is, they can get there within a second,” Vinci said.The Great ShakeOut will likely look a little different this year for workplaces, as well, with social distancing precautions now part of the equation, she said.“You want to make sure that you protect yourself from COVID if you’re doing a drill with other people. If you’re doing a drill in the office or with other people, you want to make sure that you practice your COVID practices,” said Vinci.“So if you can, try to social distance,” she added. “Also, make sure that you have your mask, so that after that shaking, when you get out from under your safe place, you’ve got your mask, you’ve got your sanitizer, because there may be no water.”In addition to taking part in The Great Shakeout, city officials urged Pasadenans to join in the Pasadena Fire Department’s Map Your Neighborhood program, designed to help neighbors help each other in the critical first hour following a disaster.Perry Helm, a former Pasadena Fire Department Disaster Advisory Council Member, remains active in the Map Your Neighborhood program. He said he was in the midst of working to organize blocks in the Hastings Ranch and Orange Heights neighborhoods.“The whole idea behind it is a disaster preparation program that is designed to help people have a plan for the first hour after the earthquake hits. So, in other words: What do you do?” he said.Neighbors are encouraged to meet with one another, largely taking place online due to the pandemic, to get to know each other, as well as hazards and resources that would be important to know about in the aftermath of a catastrophe, earthquake or otherwise.Residents are urged to take note of where vulnerable neighbors live, which homes have pets, and where utility shut off valves are located, organizers said.“Who has first aid training? Who’s a nurse? Who has a fire extinguisher? Who has a generator?” Helm said. “You’re gathering information about your neighbors as far as what tools they have and what skills they have. And so you can put that to best use to protect your neighborhood.”The city also maintains a volunteer Community Emergency Response Team, with regular training sessions held throughout the year. But training has been put on hold due to the pandemic as officials consider when and how to proceed, according to Vinci.More information on the Map Your Neighborhood program, as well as downloadable materials, including brochures and videos, is available online at, fire, and city officials are planning an online disaster preparedness forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday via Zoom, officials said.The forum can be accessed at, using Meeting ID 859 11546912, or by phone by calling (669) 900-6833.More information about The Great ShakeOut is available online at also:Pasadena Hosts Disaster Preparedness Forum in Conjunction With Great ShakeoutDisaster Preparedness Urged in Pasadena Ahead of Statewide Earthquake Drill4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Pasadena, No Significant Damage Reported Community News Your email address will not be published. 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first_imgMy Morning Jacket is currently taking a break in 2018, but frontman Jim James is clearly staying busy with his own agenda. Earlier this summer, Jim James released his third solo album, Uniform Distortion, via ATO Records. Uniform Distortion–which got its name “because [Jim James] feels like there is this blanket distortion on society/media and the way we gather our ‘news’ and important information”–contains 11 original tracks penned by Jim James and features Floating Action bassist Seth Kauffman and drummer Dave Givan, along with LA trio Dear Lemon Trees‘ Kathleen Grace, Jamie Drake, and Leslie Stevens on backing vocals.This week, James released a lyric video for “Over and Over”, directed by Alexander W.G. Rickel with video from Justin Tyler Close. Along with the video, Jim James posted the below powerful message to his social media account:We have a chance- right now- to get involved and change history. to put an end to the seemingly endless cycles of war and racism that continue to divide and conquer us as a people. we have a chance to heal the wounds of slavery and injustice to the native peoples created when america was born by opening our arms and our hearts and using the power of our voice and our vote to say we are tired of this cycle happening OVER and OVER again…we want a new cycle. a life cycle more in tune with nature than constantly against it. one of peace. we want freedom. we want equality. we want love. and we want it NOW.Watch the video below:last_img read more

first_imgStop me if you’ve heard this one before.USC opens up its season with a 50-point romp, beating up a lesser opponent before a supposed “game of the year” the following week against a highly ranked team.Ohio State stumbles before the “game of the year,” playing down to an inferior opponent and having to hold on for dear life.If it sounds familiar, you’re thinking of last year. In 2008, the Trojans defeated Virginia, 52-7, while the Buckeyes escaped with a 16-13 win over Ohio.And how about that “game of the year” the next week? The 2008 USC-OSU game was not much of a game at all: Trojans 35, Buckeyes 3.This year, the two teams are off to similar starts. USC trounced San Jose State 56-3, while Ohio State needed late-game heroics to hold on against Navy, 31-27.So what’s to say the result Saturday won’t be the same as last year? Why can’t the Trojans walk into the Horseshoe, drop another 35 on the Buckeyes and walk away big winners again?There’s the obvious disparity in quarterback experience. Terrelle Pryor was essentially handed the reigns in the middle of last year’s blowout in the Coliseum, getting the bulk of the playing time for the remainder of the season.The sophomore threw 12 touchdown passes and ran for another six in 2008 while starting all of OSU’s key games down the stretch.“He understands the game much, much better. I think he knows more of why he’s doing what he’s doing and why we’re doing what we’re doing and why the defense does what they do and all of those things,” Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday via telephone.USC’s signal-caller will be true freshman Matt Barkley who, in case you’ve forgotten, has yet to make a collegiate start on the road or against a ranked opponent.Then there’s the revenge element. The Buckeyes have to be seething after failing to show up in last year’s contest, and while there’s so much turnover from the ’08 squad, it still has to sting.And, of course, USC takes its show on the road this time around. The Horseshoe will be packed Saturday night and it’ll be a loud place to play.“You have to focus in the huddle,” coach Pete Carroll said. “Everybody watches the play caller so you can see his expressions and make the most of the communication. And we have to make our calls.”But that alone is not enough to make this game close.Pryor was unimpressive in OSU’s biggest games last year. He threw an interception, was sacked four times and averaged 1.3 yards on 15 rushes in a three-point win at Wisconsin.He was picked off once and averaged less than a yard per attempt on nine rushes in a 13-6 loss at home against Penn State, which all but ended the Buckeyes’ shot at the national title game.The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl didn’t go much better; he was 5-13 for 66 yards, with no scores of any kind.The rest of the team around him is inexperienced as well. James Laurinaitis, Malcolm Jenkins, Chris “Beanie” Wells, Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline are just a few of the veteran names gone from last year’s roster.“From a playing standpoint, [Pryor is] kind of a veteran. That’s a little bit daunting for a young person that young to be the guy with the most experience,” Tressel said.He added: “We lost some real good ones from the defense, but hopefully this young bunch will get old faster.”Yes, USC’s defense also suffered tremendous turnover. A new corps of linebackers will start at the Horseshoe Saturday. The defensive line has new faces. But even Tressel recognizes the group’s tremendous talent.“If you took the jersey numbers off the guys and just had them out there without numbers, you’d think you were watching last year’s film,” Tressel said. “Again, they know exactly what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, the way to do it.”USC’s ground game remains potent, with junior Joe McKnight looking rejuvenated, redshirt junior Allen Bradford stronger than ever, senior Stafon Johnson in top shape and redshirt junior CJ Gable a force as well.And Barkley?He doesn’t need to be the hero Saturday. He needs to hand the football off, make the easy throws and let the offense carry him — not the other way around. If he can do that, his inexperience won’t be a factor.Don’t forget — if Carroll didn’t think Barkley was capable of winning these games, then he wouldn’t be starting.So what does this mean come Saturday?It means the chips are in place for another not-so-close game. 35-3? Probably not. But a comfortable, double-digit point win? A likely outcome.“Thrilla on Manilla Paper” runs every other Thursday. To comment on this article, visit or email Grant at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgWhen it comes to making March Madness bracket picks, there are no golden rules. Every tournament, every team — whether sleeper or favorite — and every potential path to the NCAA championship is different.In general, to give yourself the best chance to win your bracket pool, you want to figure out which teams in the bracket are being overrated by the general public — then think twice about making big bets on them. However, if you’re in a relatively big pool, or if your scoring system provides great rewards for picking lower-seeded teams to win, then these are some of the top opportunities to consider in terms of making early-round upset picks against popular favorites. Especially if you didn’t plan on picking one of the teams above to make it farther than the Sweet 16 anyway, you might want to consider picking them to lose even earlier.If you want to see the best bracket for your pool, or just need a great bracket quickly since the tournament starts soon, check out that data-driven NCAA Bracket Picks product from you’d like to learn more about TeamRankings, check out this WIRED magazine article and see their past performance in bracket pools.) MORE FROM TEAMRANKINGS: NCAA Tournament Prediction ToolEditor’s Note: This is a guest post from, whose subscribers have reported winning over $1.1 million in NCAA bracket pool prizes since 2007. Check out their 2019 March Madness bracket picks.March Madness 2019: NCAA Tournament bracket pool tips, adviceWhat Is An Overrated Team?For the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on making Sweet 16 picks.If a team’s percentage chance to make the Sweet 16 is lower than the percentage of brackets nationwide that is picking them to get there, that team is being overrated by the public.For example, according to our tournament projections, South Region No. 6 Villanova has a 30 percent chance to make the Sweet 16 this year. (This is clearly not the championship Villanova team of 2018.) However, perhaps because of recency bias, 40 percent of the public is picking Villanova to make it there.That’s a big difference. Unless you’re convinced that Villanova is going to make a big run again this year, you may do better fading the public and having the Wildcats exit your bracket early. If Villanova does lose early, a big portion of your opponents are going to pay the price.Too Many Risky Picks Will Hurt Your ChancesLet’s be clear about one thing first: In standard 1-2-4-8-16-32 bracket pool scoring, optimal strategy almost always calls for picking overvalued teams, especially early on.Great teams are almost always overvalued by the public in the early rounds, and you certainly shouldn’t pick all the best teams in the tournament to lose early. That would be far too risky since those teams usually have the best chances to make a deep run, and scoring a whopping 16 or 32 points for correct picks in the last couple rounds is what usually wins bracket pools.However, drop down a tier or two in team quality and some better opportunities to fade the crowd start to present themselves. Primarily, you’re looking for teams that are being overrated by the public to make the Sweet 16 and also don’t have particularly good chances to win it all or make the title game.It involves a lot of math and data to figure out which overrated teams you should pick to lose early. We built our NCAA Bracket Picks product to figure out the optimal pick decisions. Here are four examples of overrated Sweet 16 teams you might want to think twice about in your 2019 March Madness bracket.MORE TEAMRANKINGS: Can any March Madness sleepers win it all?March Madness 2019: Four overrated Sweet 16 favoritesNo. 4 Kansas State (South)Kansas State is arguably the team that is being most overvalued by the public when it comes to Sweet 16 choices. While 43 of the public has them getting to the Sweet 16, their actual odds are closer to just 18 percent. There’s a double whammy facing Kansas State. First, their best offensive player, Dean Wade, is battling an injury and was doubtful to play as of Wednesday morning. Second, they are facing a juggernaut of a No. 13 seed in UC Irvine before potentially facing a solid No. 5 seed in Wisconsin or a criminally underseeded No. 12 Oregon. It’s a horrible draw for a team that looks to not even be at full strength.No. 2 Michigan (West)Michigan is a popular public choice as a Sweet 16 pick, with over 80-percent support. (Like Villanova, it’s not a huge surprise, as the Wolverines were the runner-up last year.) However, that popularity far outpaces Michigan’s 61-percent chance of winning its first two games. While Michigan has played well in games against tournament-quality opposition, according to the offshore betting markets they have the lowest odds to win the tournament out of all the No. 2 seeds. Michigan’s path through the bracket is part of the reason, with underseeded No. 7 Nevada lurking as the likely second-round matchup. Michigan’s survival odds indicate they’ll probably still make it, but if you’re looking to take an educated gamble in your bracket, especially in pools with upset bonuses, this one should be on your radar screen.No. 4 Kansas (Midwest)Kansas is well known as a traditional powerhouse, and the Jayhawks would have the opportunity to play in front of a lot of hometown fans in the Regional Finals in Kansas City — if they get that far. First, Kansas will have to get by a No. 13 Northeastern team that’s back at full strength. That game isn’t a gimme, as Northeastern has a low-but-realistic 27-percent shot at pulling off the upset. In the second round, Kansas would likely have to play No. 5 Auburn on a neutral court, and Auburn looks to be the favorite in that matchup despite having a worse seed. While Kansas is a good team, they haven’t been the same since center Udoka Azubuike suffered a season-ending injury in January and Lagerald Vick left the team in February. All told, Kansas’s 33-percent chance to get to the Sweet 16 is significantly lower than the 48 percent of the public that is picking them to get there.No. 3 LSU (East)Despite not winning the SEC tournament as its top seed, LSU is a fairly popular choice to get to the Sweet 16, with over 61 percent of the public picking them to make it. However, the Tigers only have about a 41-percent chance. Though they received a No. 3 seed and have been playing better since their lineup stabilized in January, overall LSU has been playing at closer to No. 5- or No. 6-seed quality. LSU is still the slight favorite to make the Sweet 16 over No. 6 Maryland, but it’s a lot closer than most people think. From the standpoint of making a contrarian pick, especially if you don’t have LSU going any farther, having them get upset before the Sweet 16 isn’t as crazy as it may seem.MORE FROM TEAMRANKINGS: NCAA Tournament Prediction ToolShould You Make All These Picks?Let’s reiterate what all this information means from a bracket strategy standpoint.Should you avoid putting all four of these overrated teams above in your Sweet 16 this year? No, almost certainly not. Two of them are still our favorites to emerge from their pods. In most pools, you’d be taking on way too much risk by not picking any of these teams to win two games.last_img read more