Douglas Crawford

Douglas has worked for almost six years as senior staff writer, occasional editor, and resident tech and VPN industry expert at This is something of a perfect storm for him, allowing him to combine writing talents honed by a degree in philosophy with his expertise and love of computer technology, together with his keen (and often outspoken) interest in contemporary politics.

Douglas has been widely quoted on issues relating to cybersecurity and digital privacy in the both the UK national press (including The Independent and the Mail Online) and international technology publications such as Ars Technica. In 2017 he was invited by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to participate as a host in online discussions about net neutrality.

On his thirteenth birthday, he was given a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k, which quickly became the love of his life. After such an early exposure to the wonders of technology, he has always owned the most cutting-edge computer his (often limited) funds could afford. In 1994 he was the only person he knew with an internet connection.

Rivalling this early love of technology was his love of books and writing, which led Douglas to study philosophy and political ethics at university.

He has taught English as a foreign language in various locations around the world, including Hong Kong and Vietnam, owned his own web design business (Arachnaphilia - “We Love to Spin Webs”) in the UK, and worked as a computer repair technician, system builder, and personal computer tutor in southern Spain.

He has also worked as a qualified sound engineer and event manager based in Barcelona, helping to organise and run contemporary dance events throughout Europe.

Douglas has now settled down in Plymouth, UK, with his teacher partner and over-exuberant toddler. This has given him the opportunity to pursue his life-long dream to work as a professional writer and technology journalist.

Articles Written

Why Should you Change your Referer Header settings & How to do it

February 11, 2015

Can You Get Cheap Flights and Hotels with a VPN ?

February 4, 2015

How to roll your own OpenVPN server on a VPS - Part 2

October 31, 2014

Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

October 16, 2014

Anonabox - a tiny and low cost open source Tor router (updated)

October 14, 2014

How, why, and when you should hash check

September 17, 2014

The Fappening, and how to protect your private photos

September 1, 2014

Value your Privacy? Avoid Zoolz backup service

August 26, 2014

Ghostery - a great web extension, but shady business practices?

July 7, 2014

Linux distributions built for security and anonymity

July 2, 2014

How to Build your own VPN kill switch in Windows using Comodo

June 25, 2014

BitTorrent campaign shows scary world of no net neutrality

June 11, 2014

How to bypass a VPN to access specific websites

June 6, 2014

TrueCrypt - vulnerabilities found but no backdoors

April 16, 2014

Top EU court rules Data Retention Directive invalid

April 8, 2014