Thanks to GDPR you may need a VPN


If you’re like me you’re used to reading your favorite websites in the US without blinking. Then last May, GDPR happened and all of a sudden certain websites didn’t want me any more. Their teams hadn’t gotten their GDPR acts together. So I was locked out. There are also privacy issues to consider. Then I remembered something about VPN. Here’s what you need to know:

1. Privacy is all the rage in 2018.

Source: mozilla.org

In 2017, the U.S. Congress rolled back Internet privacy rules, giving service providers free reign to track, store and sell browsing data. In July, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) issued a warrant to DreamHost, asking for a list of everyone who visited DisruptJ20.org — a site used to plan protests at President Trump’s inauguration. Both events raise important questions about online privacy, and many consumers are turning to Virtual Private Networks (VPN).

Yikes, right? Right!

2. Hello GDPR

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) padlock on European union flag

The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas.

What? Read more here.

3. Definition of VPN

Source: dictionary.com

Virtual private network: a system or technology that uses a public network, usually the Internet, to transmit encrypted data between a private network and a remote authorized user. When you connect to a VPN, you create a secure, encrypted tunnel between your computer and the VPN remote server. The data is essentially gibberish to anyone who intercepts it. Your ISP, government or hackers won’t know which websites you visit. And conversely, the websites you visit won’t know where you are.

I repeat:  the websites you visit won’t know where you are.

4. How do you pick a VPN provider?

Source: mozilla.org

It may be tempting to turn to a free VPN provider, but many simply don’t deliver a great experience. Some sell your data (anonymized) to advertisers in order to survive. Other VPN services run ads. Some may be free and secure but are painfully slow.

It can also be tricky to pick a good paid VPN service. For example, a provider may offer secure connections and ultimate privacy, but a limited number of server locations. Your browsing data may not be as anonymized as you’d like.

Here are some questions you should ask when considering a VPN provider:


  1. What kind of data, if any, does the VPN provider collect about your browsing?
  2. How long does it keep this data?
  3. Are there any restrictions?
  4. Where are the VPN servers?
  5. How do you pay for the VPN service?

That last question can be really tricky. If you pay for the VPN service with a credit card or PayPal, how private will it be? If you’re after ultimate privacy and security, look for a service that accepts payment from anonymous services like Bitcoin.


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from Sweden this week.

The Good

The Number of Female Executives in Sweden Is Rising


The Bad

Sweden’s Opposition Leader’s Plan Rejected by Coalition Partners


The Ugly

This new food museum expects to upset your stomach — and then make you think about why.



International Women’s Club of Stockholm Fashion Show

Ladies who lunch also raise money for children’s charities and support local designers, all while strengthening the bonds of sisterhood.



Affordable Art Fair Stockholm

Affordable Art Fair Stockholm returns in October 2018, with more than 50 local, national and international galleries exhibiting contemporary art works by established artists and rising stars! Click the image above to get your ticket.

Canadian Thanksgiving

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving 2018!

Canadian Thanksgiving

History of Canadian Thanksgiving


On Thanksgiving, Canadians give thanks for a successful year and harvest.

The Thanksgiving holiday tradition in Canada dates back to when the English explorer, Martin Frobisher, came upon the land we now know as Canada while searching for a Northern passage to the Orient.

When Frobisher settled in Canada, he held a formal ceremony where he gave thanks for surviving the long journey.

Thanksgiving became a nationally recognised holiday in Canada in 1879.

Today, it is celebrated by gathering with loved ones and preparing the Thanksgiving Day meal, which usually includes turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and many other dishes.

Here is a link to take a deep dive into this holiday.

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