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 change DNS on Fire TV stick

January 24, 2019

How to bypass bandwidth throttling using VPN

January 18, 2019

How to hide OpenVPN traffic – A Beginner's Guide

January 16, 2019

A Beginner's Guide to Online Security

January 16, 2019

The Ultimate Online Privacy Guide

January 16, 2019

OpenVPN vs IKEv2 vs PPTP vs L2TP/IPSec vs SSTP - Ultimate Guide to VPN Encryption

January 16, 2019

The Best Private Search Engines That Respect Your Privacy

January 16, 2019

Zimbabwe social media shutdown – VPNs can help for now

January 16, 2019

Federal shutdown leaves US Government websites vulnerable to hackers

January 15, 2019

How to Bypass VPN Blocks - A Guide

January 14, 2019

NASA employee data breach: Even astronaut data isn't safe!

December 19, 2018

Facial recognition technology at Taylor Swift concert sparks new surveillance debate

December 17, 2018

Can Facebook see your future?

December 13, 2018

WireGuard – A Hands-on guide

December 11, 2018

Americans want more privacy regulation

December 11, 2018

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