How to access Apple movies and iBooks in China

Less than seven months after Apple launched iBooks and iTunes Movies, the services have been shut down in China. Every now and then the Chinese government makes such decisions to block various online services. Sometimes they are quick to revoke such decisions but other times they may last for years. One thing is for sure, if visit or you live in China, then you are bound to experience some form of censorship.

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Not sure about your privacy and security online? You’re not alone.

Online Security

A recent survey by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) reveals that, 83 percent of people using the internet believe that there is a need for more rules about how companies and governments use personal data. Furthermore, 85 percent believe that their governments should work closely with other countries and organizations to increase internet security.

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Do NOT use a Wi-Fi hotspot without a VPN!

There has been greater awareness in recent years of how unsafe it is to connect to public a Wi-Fi hotspot, such as those found in most airports, coffee shops and hotels. Although very convenient, in particular for travelers who do not wish to pay excessive roaming mobile data fees when away from home, unsecure Wi-Fi connections are full with perils.

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Windows 10 Privacy Settings

Excerpt from the Windows end user license agreement which is part of the 45 pages of the terms and conditions:

“We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to:

  1. comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies;
  2. protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone;
  3. operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or
  4. protect the rights or property of (our company) , including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services – however, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property of (our company), we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves, but we may refer the matter to law enforcement.”

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