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Privatoria Ensures Privacy for Web Users, Preventing Identity Tracking and Hacking

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With Internet privacy increasingly under attack, web users have to consider ways to ensure they won’t fall victim to a breach or have their online activity exposed to unwanted external parties.

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A subscription-based Internet privacy service called Privatoria provides web traffic encryption services to protect everyday web users from the growing threats of malware and spyware. Privatoria’s bundle of services also prevents websites from tracking web surfers’ activities and ensures users their online communication remains anonymous.

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Privacy has become a greater concern to all Internet users as hackers continue to breach Internet activity, malware capabilities increase, and many popular websites gather visitors’ private information for marketing purposes.

Privatoria protects customers’ privacy when using the Internet. It does not ask customers for personally identifiable information, and it does not keep user activity logs, including browsing, download history or other traffic logs.

Specific services include Secure VPN, VPN plus TOR, Anonymous Proxy, Web Proxy Tor, Secure DNS and Anonymous E-mail. These services are available through web interface.

VPN

VPN encrypts the Internet connection, protecting the user from hacking, ISP throttling and information tracking. Users can hide their IP address and encrypt their identity, protecting themselves from identity theft.

VPN enables the user to change their virtual location at any time. The service also unblocks some restricted websites and speeds up Internet connections.

VPN Tor

Web users no longer have to decide between VPN and Tor, thanks to Privatoria’s VPN Tor service. This service doubles security due to two channels simultaneously employed. The service is easy to use, and it performs well with all browsers and operating systems.

Web surfing through Tor typically requires users to download and install a Tor browser and adjust settings. VPN Tor, however, removes this requirement.

Because Tor nodes are not working all the time, Privatoria checks chains in real time and only provides access to known working Tor nodes.

Proxy

Proxy allows users to change their IP and surf anonymously. The IP hider solution uses proxy technology that prevents websites, message services and other IP communication services from recognizing the web user’s real IP address. The user’s real IP address, geographic location and browser version remain unknown.

When a user faces access restrictions due to their geographic location, or restrictions with public entities, Privatoria helps by hiding the user’s IP and enabling anonymous surfing.

Anonymous Proxy allows users to protect personal passwords, bank account and credit card information. It also makes a good proxy solution for Facebook, Youtube and any favorite sites.

Privatoria implemented a plugin for users’ convenience that allows them to change an IP address in one click, without additional multi-tier installations and registration procedures.

Anonymous E-mail

Anonymous E-mail provides users secure email encryption that prevents external access to their messages and files. It allows users to change their IP to send anonymous emails that are protected from being tracked.

Additionally, users can encrypt their emails using a PGP feature, bringing their email security to the highest level.

Users create a mailbox and access it through a web interface; there is no additional installation or special expertise needed.

Proxy Tor

Proxy Tor allows users to use Tor without the Tor browser. Users can surf Deep Web websites and unblock any site.

Free Trial Options

Privatoria provides one hour of free use to interested customers. There is also a 7-day free trial service available. Under the 7-day trial, the customer is not charged if they cancel before the end of seven days.

To try the service, customers create an account on the Privatoria website. They receive an automatically-generated password PDF which they can change at any time.

Customers can pay for Privatoria with bitcoin, credit card, debit card and PayPal.

By paying with bitcoin, users can remain anonymous when purchasing a subscription.

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Easy To Use

The website offers a user-friendly control panel, ongoing customer support, and a variety of subscription plans.

Privatoria’s free Android app includes Anonymous E-mail, Secure VPN and Secure Chat.

The service requires users to use strong passwords. It gives guidance on creating secure passwords.

Passwords can be reset at any time.

Privatoria’s services are available on five different devices simultaneously.

There are 20 servers worldwide, with more being added.

Customer support is available seven days a week. The online chat is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. GMT+1.

There is also an affiliate program starting from 40% per each generated sale with no country restrictions.

The website is regularly updated with information about web privacy and security. A recent blog entry explores how the message service Whatsapp shares data with its parent company, Facebook.

Privatoria uses the following web technologies: Web RTC, SSL, AES, PGP, SHA-2, RSA and TLS.

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The Pirate Bay is Hijacking PCs to Stealth-Mine Cryptocurrency

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For the second time in as many months, The Pirate Bay has been caught mining cryptocurrency on your computer without consent. The torrent platform was actually test-driving cryptocurrency mining in your browser – no doubt a lucrative revenue stream.

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The Pirates Are At It Again

The Pirate Bay has been caught using software called Coinhive, a JavaScript library that essentially serves as a cryptocurrency miner. It basically connects to visitors’ computers to mine Monero, one of the world’s most profitable cryptocurrencies.

The news was later confirmed by Bleeping Computer, which reported that,”The Pirate Bay, the internet’s largest torrent portal, is back at running a cryptocurrency miner after it previously ran a short test in mid-September.”

Estimates indicate that the scheme has earned the pirates a total of $43,000 over a three-week period.

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Users had no way to opt their computers out of being test-driven by the torrent network. Back in September, The Pirate Bay got away by telling people it was just a test. The site’s owners cannot use the same excuse this time around.

CoinHive advises websites to let their visitors  know their browser is being used to mine cryptocurrency.

“We’re a bit saddened to see that some of our customers integrate CoinHive into their pages without disclosing to their users what’s going on, let alone asking for their permission,” the company said.

The good news is most ad-blockers and antivirus programs will block CoinHive, given its recent abuses. That means not all visitors of The Pirate Pay were being used as a conduit for mining Monero.

Monero Joins Global Crypto Rally

The value of Monero (XMR) shot up nearly 8% on Friday, and was last seen trading at $94.17. With more than 15.2 million XMR tokens in circulation, the total market cap for Monero is $1.4 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. That’s enough for ninth on the global cryptocurrency list.

Twelve cryptos have now crossed the $1 billion valuation mark. A handful of others have made their way north of $500 million.

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Ethereum Notches Two-Month High as Bitcoin Offspring Triggers Volatility

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Digital currency Ethereum climbed to a two-month high on Monday, taking some of the heat off Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, which have slumped since the weekend.

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Ethereum Forges Higher Path

Concerns over Bitcoin created a favourable tailwind for Ethereum (ETH/USD), which is the world’s No. 2 digital currency by total assets. Ether’s price topped $340.00 on Monday and later settled at $323.54. That was the highest since June 20.

At its peak, ether was up 10% on the day and 70% for the month of August.

The ETH/USD was last down 2.2% at $315.02, according to Bitfinex. Prices are due for a brisk recovery, based on the daily momentum indicators.

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Fractured Bitcoin Community

Bitcoin and its offshoot, Bitcoin Cash, retreated on Monday following a volatile weekend. The BTC/USD slumped at the start of the week and was down more than 3% on Tuesday, with prices falling below $3,900.00. Just last week, Bitcoin was trading at new records near $4,500.00.

Bitcoin Cash, which emerged after the Aug. 1 hard fork, climbed to new records on Saturday, but has been in free-fall ever since. The BTH was down another 20% on Tuesday to $594.49, according to CoinMarketCap. Its total market value has dropped by several billion over the past two days.

Analysts say that a “fractured” Bitcoin community has made Ethereum a more attractive bet this week. The ether token has shown remarkable poise over the past seven days, despite trading well shy of a new record.

Other drivers behind Ethereum’s advance are steady demand from South Korean investors and growing confidence in a smooth upgrade for the the ETH network. The upgrade, which has been dubbed “Metropolis,” is expected in the next several weeks. Its key benefits include tighter transaction privacy and greater efficiency.

Ethereum Prices Unaffected by ICO Heist

Fin-tech developer Enigma was on the receiving end of a cyber-heist on Monday after hackers took over the company’s website, mailing list and instant messaging platforms. The hack occurred three weeks before Enigma’s planned Initial Coin Offering (ICO) for September 11.

In addition to defacing the company’s website, the hackers pushed a special “pre-sale” ahead of the ICO. While many users realized it was a scam, 1,492 ether tokens – valued at $495,000 – were directed into the hackers’ cryptocurrency wallet by unsuspecting backers.

The irony in all this is that Engima is a cryptography company that prides itself on top-notch security protocols. The company issued a statement that its servers had not been compromised.

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Spotting a Well-Made Investment Scam

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For every reasonably safe investment, there are 1000 scams and 10,000 reasonably toxic investments. Self-served advertising via social media and search engines exacerbates the problem – people sometimes click ads they think were search results, or, as humans are intended to, simply consumes the content on the screen instead of paying attention to where they’re being redirected to.

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In this article we will review a recent example of a well-executed investment scam.

The intended victim, who did not actually get scammed but alerted this author to the hustle, was led to believe that the above image was redirecting to a CNN news article. This is the actual URL the link went to:

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http://cnn.com-cat.press/anonymous-is-going-after-global-stock-market/?aref=http%3A%2F%2Ftrck.anony.trade%2Fsite%2Fredirectpage%3Fsid%3D99462%26hv%3Dgjalu5988de395a461839785307%26hid%3D264193#!

Now if you visit com-cat.press, all you see is a directory listing. This site’s entire purpose is to make people believe they are visiting legitimate .com websites, when in fact they are visiting others. It doesn’t always have to be a scam, sometimes it is simple an advertisement, but often enough it is a definite funnel to a scam. In this case, here’s where you wind up, at a place that looks an awful lot like CNN Money:

Again, this is not a real article on CNN. This is promotion for 10Markets.eu.

10Markets.eu is extremely professional looking. The platform looks to capture your details even just for demo trading. Most traders expect hurdles, so one can imagine tons of phone numbers and e-mail addresses entered:

The demo trading screen never loaded for this analyst, but the phone number is fake anyway. Took it from a coffee shop in Germany. Funnily, it appears the German exchange code is 030 in the first place, but you can’t edit that part. They also don’t allow you to visit the site at all if you’re in North America.

The tipster was clever enough to find out if 10Markets.eu was a registered broker or not. They’re not. According to ForexBrokerz.com:

10Markets is a forex and CFD broker that is headquartered in Scotland [sic] and supports the popular MetaTrader 4 platform. It is not licensed by any authority and there is not much information about the trading conditions on its website. What is worse, this broker is present in the warning lists of UK’s FCA, Australia’s ASIC and Cyprus’ CySEC, so we don’t recommend doing business with 10Markets.

There are review websites which help. Regarding 10Markets, we came up with this one.

The tipster happens to have been our own Jonas Borchgrevink. He is equipped with years of experience in website publishing, and this is why he quickly noticed that he was not reading a CNN article. The sad fact is that a high percentage of people who read that article believe it to be real, and a percentage of those people end up getting scammed. As such, here is a checklist for new trading outfits that you haven’t used or heard about before:

  • Always try to get phone support right away. Before creating an account. If no one answers or there is anything suspicious, this is a scam.
  • Always search for “[EXCHANGE NAME]” + “scam,” and read carefully any results that come up. Most scams could stop at one person if others listened to that one.
  • In the US, you can use FINRA to check the legitimacy of an exchange or broker. In the UK, you have FCA. Many countries have sites like these, and it’s important to check the one from the country where the broker does business.
  • Use ad blockers at least when legitimately searching for financial solutions.
  • Check the URL! For every legitimate exchange website, there are a few fake ones designed to steal your account information.

In The Event That You Spot A Scam

Tattle! Spread the word far and wide, not just so others don’t get scammed, but also to give authorities the jump on the thieves. Otherwise, they may exit and get away with all the money before anyone stops them.

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