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

How to Share your printer with DD-WRT

March 3, 2014

Using your DD-WRT router for NAS storage

February 18, 2014

VPN Watcher Review

February 7, 2014

Researchers find ‘spoiled onions’ (malicious Tor exit nodes)

January 22, 2014

More things that go bump in the night: HTTP ETags, Web Storage, and ‘history stealing’

January 2, 2014

A Guide to Two-factor authentication

December 30, 2013

Top security firm RSA sold out for $10 million

December 23, 2013

Harvard bomb threat student caught after using Guerrilla Mail and Tor

December 19, 2013

What are Supercookies, Flash cookies, Zombie cookies?

December 10, 2013

How to Reduce Your Browser's Fingerprint

December 6, 2013

TrueCrypt Part 2: hidden volumes

September 5, 2013

Secure Instant Messaging with Pidgin plus OTR

July 26, 2013

Secure your email with Gpg4win. Part 1: introduction and installation

July 22, 2013

OpenVPN over TCP vs. UDP: Which should I choose?

June 23, 2013

Tor vs. VPN - What are the differences between the two

May 16, 2013