There are a number of ways to protect your privacy while surfing the web. A popular, but moderately complicated option is to use Tor software which anonymizes your data to keep internet services from tracking your data.
Now the folks behind the Pogoplug home server and cloud storage service are offering an easy way to setup Tor on your entire home network. It’s called Safeplug, and it’s a small $49 box that you plug into your router and activate to route your traffic through random connections, making it harder to track.
Once that’s done, any time you use your home network, you should have a bit more privacy. Pogoplug doesn’t promise that all of your web surfing will be 100 percent anonymous all the time, but it’s better than nothing… and Safeplug also includes a built-in ad-blocker, for folks who care about that sort of thing.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Safeplug anonymizes your internet use for $49
Of course, if you really want to be safe from prying eyes, your best bet is to stop using the internet altogether, cancel your phone and cable service, and move to a log cabin in Montana… [Safeplug]
- Ouya Android game console update brings USB storage beta, new UI, more
Ouya is pushing out a major software update that allows you to install games to external storage, offers a refined user interface, brings up a system menu when you double-tap the Ouya button, and speeds up the system update process. [Ouya]
- Google Chrome 32 beta kills support for NPAPI plugins, support animated WebP images
Google is effectively killing support for many plugins, in the name of speed and security. Adobe Flash still works, because it’s built into Chrome. [CNET]
- Microsoft may be interested in buying Winamp, Shoutcast from AOL
AOL is set to shut down Winamp.com in about a month. Word on the street is that Microsoft may step in to commute that death sentence. [TechCrunch]
- Custom kernel brings LG G2-style “KnockOn” feature to the Google Nexus 5
Want to turn on your Nexus 5 display by tapping the screen? All you need to do is unlock your bootloader, install a custom kernel, and yeah… this might not be for the feint of heart. [Android Beat]
- HiSilicon Kirin910 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core chip with Mali 450 graphics on the way
Another day, another ARM-based processor. [AndroidPC.es]
- LG Odin processors to include quad-core, octa-core chips
Another day, another consumer electronics company rumored to be developing its own processors in-house, with specs that seem competitive with the latest Qualcomm, Snapdragon chips. [Unwired View]
- Acer founder Stan Shih returns as chair, interim president; replaces chair, president who were recently ousted
Following recent financial losses and a leadership shakeup… it’s time for another leadership shakeup! [Acer]