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Protect your DNS privacy and more by using dnsmasq

Posted on August 28, 2017

Concerns over protecting our privacy while online are nothing new. Watch what you post online, we are told. Use a VPN, some say. TOR is unbreakable, say others. However, not many people tend to pay so much attention to DNS, a potentially massive and gaping great hole in your network that could easily be used against you.

Now, with the proper age of geo-blocking and streaming media well and truly upon us, more and more plucky punters are signing up for so-called smart DNS  solutions. These services provide a great, hassle-free way to access content restricted to specific global regions by means of a complex web of transparent proxies. Some even provide VPN over DNS solutions for the really stubborn geo-blocked services.

What is not made particularly clear to those not familiar with the technology is that by amending your default DNS IP addresses provided to you by your ISP and adding in those from a smart DNS service, you are essentially directing all of your home network traffic over a bunch of proxy servers at a vast array of locations worldwide. These are servers you have no access to, so you cannot see how they are configured and more importantly if anything is being logged, or worse, intercepted due to the potential for so-called man in the middle attacks.

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A voyage of disk-covery.

Posted on June 18, 2015

Earlier this week, I was within close proximity of colleagues discussing the merits of Game of Thrones. One side of the huddle was discussing the time line of the television series against that of the books the show is based upon. The others were summarizing their thoughts of the recent finale episode to the latest season. When I was asked what my opinions were on Game of Thrones, I simply stated that I had seen the first season in it’s entirety, but gave up at that point once the show became a medieval version of Dawson’s Creek. Suffice to say, the reaction upon the brows of my colleagues was more than furrowed, wondering just how I could come to such a conclusion. It’s just an opinion.

Ask any hardcore gamer or computing enthusiast for an opinion on PC games or computing and you’d probably be given a variety of answers. Perhaps championing on-line services like Steam or the popular Humble Bundle packs, to long, drawn-out spiel about which Linux distro is best and why Apple and Microsoft et al are the enemy.

It is reasonable to presume your brow might remain unfurrowed.

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Pi-ump Up The Volumio!

Posted on April 19, 2014

Firstly, may I apologise for the rather tabloid-esque headline to this entry. Secondly, I have a confession to make. I’ve owned a Fiio E09K and a Fiio E17 sat gathering dust on my desk for nearly 18 months and I’ve not even powered them on once. Until today.

This morning, while supping on some cold coffee I forgot I made at the crack of dawn, I was somehow drawn to watching endless YouTube videos about the failed Sinclair C5 electric bicycle car. From endless test drive footage, to heartfelt restoration projects, heck I even revisted the excellent BBC4 documentary Micro Men to round off my mornings entertainment on a high! What followed about 5 minutes later was utterly absurd. Watching this endless stream of media about a failed project suddenly sparked an overwhelming sense of guilt of failed projects that I may have left lurking in the furthest outposts of my homestead. I switched off the television and disconnected my phone from Chromecast and scurried about the house, looking at several of my failed projects, each one tugging at my overwhelming sense of guilt, begging to be picked up and finished.

Well, yesterday evening I did finish restoring my PC Engine GT console, which was nice. One project down, thousands to go. But what next?

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