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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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How to Be Even More Anonymous Online

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How to Be Even More Anonymous Online

Recently, we explained how to choose a good VPN (Virtual Private Network), noting that a VPN's privacy policy should be a major factor in your choice. That's because a VPN is run by a single organization that could potentially monitor or log your traffic. If you want to try to protect your internet activity from everyone, you need to send your traffic through layers of different entities, so no one can track what you're doing, not even a VPN provider. Thankfully there's technology that does just that, and it's called Tor, formerly The Onion Router. Layers. Onion. Get it? How to Be Even More Anonymous Online

Here's how it works differently than a VPN. Imagine you want to send a letter anonymously. You could use a trusted courier to deliver it directly without others knowing or revealing your identity. That's roughly how a VPN works. Alternatively, you could use the regular postal service, dropping the letter in a mailbox from which it gets routed through various post offices until it reaches its destination. That's roughly how Tor works.

How to Be Even More Anonymous Online

So what's the catch? Why isn't everyone using Tor? Well, like the letter analogy above, your data is taking the scenic route to get to its destination, not the fast, direct route. This longer route makes surfing the internet slower. You also need to connect to the Tor network before you start browsing, similar to connecting to a VPN, although Tor software makes this easy with options for desktop and mobile:

  • Tor Browser: A complete anonymizing browser for Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • Orbot: Tor connection for Android, to use with your existing browser.
  • Onion Browser: A Tor browser for iOS.

While Tor can't guarantee anonymity, it's the best choice for protecting your identity online.

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