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Our specialists share their knowledge about best practices of using VPN and Smart DNS. They write about how useful these services can be and what you can use them for.

Netflix speed capped on Verizon Wireless?

According to The Verge, evidence shows that something is definitely going on with Netflix speed on Verizon Wireless. It seems that despite the whole net neutrality discussion that’s been trending in the past few months, the data speeds at which Verizon Wireless costumers are able to stream Netflix videos has been limited. A large number of users have reported and documented their experiences with Netflix on Verizon Wireless in Reddit threads. Most of them found themselves unable to exceed a download speed of 10Mbps both on Netflix and Fast.com, the Netflix speed test tool. Contacted by the media, Netflix’s spokesperson replied that the issue is definitely not on their side, since they do not cap data for any mobile networks.
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This summer we’re surfin’ Smart! Get 66% OFF!

Update! 18 July, 2017 The promotion has ended!
Add a bit of flavour to your vacation vibe and don’t miss the amazing SmartyDNS summer promotion!

As the temperature rises, the prices are getting cooler so make sure you stay connected to your preferred websites restriction-free, no matter where you plan on travelling.
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VPN Giveaway

July Giveaway Winners Announcement!

The time has arrived! After one week of entries, we are pleased to announce 10 winners of our July giveaway. If your name is listed below, today just happens to be your lucky day! Before that, we would like to thank everyone who entered the giveaway this month!
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5 more websites unblocked!

More awesome news from our scientists at Smarty labs! As you already know, we’re always cooking something new for our users here at the SmartyDNS headquarters. Today, we’re very excited to announce that we’ve just extended the list of unblocked websites by 5 new additions. Eureka! Continue reading “5 more websites unblocked!”

OpenVPN updates for the SmartyDNS Windows and macOS apps

We have some amazing news for all our VPN app users out there! We’re happy to announce that we have updated the SmartyDNS Windows and macOS VPN apps to the latest and most secure OpenVPN 2.4.2 version. Through the OpenVPN protocol, we ensure a high degree of security on all devices for the best online experiences. Continue reading “OpenVPN updates for the SmartyDNS Windows and macOS apps”

With SmartyDNS you can now unblock websites from Sweden

We like to tailor our services as to meet all expectations and this is why at SmartyDNS you will always find new and improved services every time. And because we strongly believe in online freedom for everyone, we are proud to announce that our users have now the possibility to unblock Swedish websites.
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The Australian Government requests access to encrypted communication

In the wake of recent UK terrorist attacks, the Australian Government plans to increase internet surveillance by compelling big corporations like Google, Facebook and Apple to give security agencies full access to encrypted communication in alleged counter-terrorism actions.

PM Malcolm Turnbull and Labor leader Bill Shorten agreed to give the law enforcement unrestricted access to encrypted messages and social media, causing concern amid internet users. Continue reading “The Australian Government requests access to encrypted communication”

New VPN Servers in Germany, Australia and Singapore

We are thrilled to announce that we have recently added 3 more VPN servers so as to ensure the best online experience of our increasing number of users and to facilitate their access to online content. Adding new servers allows you to bypass certain regional bans and also allowing you to maintain your anonymity online. SmartyDNS users now have the opportunity to enjoy 3 brand new top notch VPN servers based in Sydney, Australia; Singapore and Nuremberg, Germany. Continue reading “New VPN Servers in Germany, Australia and Singapore”

Updates on macOS and Windows Apps

In the fast-paced online world, the only constant is change. Having that said, we always try to create the best experiences for our users. By adding new and improved features to our Windows and macOS VPN apps, we give users the ability to benefit from these new functionalities every time they use our VPN and Smart DNS services. Continue reading “Updates on macOS and Windows Apps”

EU Commission Votes for Content Portability

The European Parliament have returned a positive vote on content portability on May 18, supporting the right of EU citizens to access legal content, music, games and movie streaming subscriptions when travelling to any country within the European Union. The aim of this initiative is to improve access to content and reduce online piracy. The new rules were adopted with an overwhelming 586 votes to 34, with 8 abstentions.

The draft supporting content portability was originally adopted in December 2015 as part of the Digital Single Market strategy, designed to remove barriers to e-commerce within the EU.

After the new regulations, internet users will have access to online content subscriptions including video providers, online television, music, sports or game streaming services they have a paid account with in their home country.

Services like HBO Go, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify or Deezer usually offer different content depending on the region by verifying the IP address of the subscriber. Under the new system, ISPs will verify the user’s state of residence and make the home country content available regardless of the user’s current location. Also, internet service providers must ensure that any personal data processing is equitable and must introduce safeguards, especially for IP address checks.

“This is an important step in breaking down barriers in the Digital Single Market.”.

Andrus Ansip, The Vice President in charge of the Digital Single Market strategy

The positive vote on content portability is most relevant in light of the recently adopted rules on roaming charges within the EU.

The draft law is to be formally approved by the EU Council with effect in early 2018. Member states will have nine months from the date of the regulation entry to prepare for the change.

Until 2018, when the new regulations will be applied, the restrictions to access certain content can only be bypassed through the use of a VPN service or a Smart DNS. This will allow users to unblock websites like HBO or BBC iPlayer and also grant them complete access to all types of blocked content regardless the country they are in and without having to worry about the security of their personal data.

SmartyDNS App for macOS has been updated

We are very happy to announce the release of a series of updates on our SmartyDNS App designed for the macOS users.
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Turkey Blocks Wikipedia as a National Security Measure

Following the Russian model, the Turkish authorities are increasing their efforts to consolidate power through online censorship culminating with the recent ban of the Wikipedia website. Officials have stated that the block was carried on under a law that allows filtering for national security and public safety purposes.
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Easter SmartyDNS promotion

Update! 18 April, 2017 The promotion has ended!
One month ago we had these overflowing thoughts in our minds saying “Welcome Spring”! Now, a month later we keep welcoming Spring! It is such a transformable season with so many surprises each day, that we just adore. This year Easter did not make us wait long neither. With this occasion let’s launch out Easter Promotion so you could enjoy our VPN and Smart DNS services at discounted prices. We thought it would be great for you to take advantage to get you online security and privacy at even better price now with Smarty DNS.
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British Home Secretary wants to spy your chats

The British Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has stated that she believes that end to end encryption, particularly for messaging services such as Whatsapp, should be accessible by authorities.

These comments were made shortly in the aftermath of the terror attack in London when an individual drove along the Westminster Bridge killing three people and injuring dozens before crashing the car and getting out to stab a policeman. The assailant was then shot dead.
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American Senate gives ISPs the right to sell users’ data without consent

Trump’s slogan “Make America great again” became, among others, make America a great privacy invader. We say this because of some recent news that concerned us deeply. Senate Republicans voted a law against online privacy that gives Internet Service Providers the right to sell their clients browsing activity without their consent. Yes, you read it right.
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Spring 2017 promotion

Update! 20 March, 2017 The promotion has ended!
Hey everyone! We’re done with the cold season! Welcome Spring! Try to enjoy every single day of this gorgeous season. And, while everything is blooming and blossoming out-there, we have something to celebrate – the good times. Here “the good times” means having our customers happy and making them want and enjoy more and more of what we have to offer. That also makes us work even harder and keep on track running SmartyDNS to your best expectations!

Let’s start our Spring Promotion by bringing you even better prices on VPN + Smart DNS packages! Take advantage of up to 66 % discounts with SmartyDNS!
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Unblock FilmStruck with Smart DNS

Great news for those hunting on limitless access, from restricted regions you are, to this amazing source of a great content – FilmStruck!

Being an American movie subscription service, FilmStruck is unfortunately blocked outside of US. Feel free to watch it limitlessly from anywhere you are with us! Now you can unblock FilmStruck using our Smart DNS service.
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Valentine’s Day Promotion

Update! 16 February, 2017 The promotion has ended!
“We love our customers” promotion – that’s how we will call this promotion. We launch it in the name of well-known and long waited Valentine’s Day. A day that we honor and celebrate by showing love and affection to our beloved ones.

Let’s have another reason to be happy! Take advantage of our Valentine’s Day promotion to maintain your online privacy, security and to bypass restrictions!
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Smart DNS is now available with Android app

We’re sure you’re as happy as we are when we have something new and real good to share. Therefore we bring you the latest and the greatest news on what we’ve done here for you all!

The great news is that with the latest update of our Android application, you’ll have your Smart DNS service back within the application. That means that now you will have both VPN service and Smart DNS in one application. From now on, you don’t have to do it manually in order to set up Smart DNS on your Android device anymore.
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14 new media websites unblocked!

What does it take to become more and more satisfying service in any industry? The answer is: listen carefully to customers needs, yes their needs have a lot to “say” :) What else? Undoubtedly work hard on what they request and let them get the best of what you can offer. This is the point we came to and we hope to keep on moving that way so it puts us further!
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Australia declares legal using a VPN to unblock geo-restricted websites

If you’re wondering if it’s a fair practice to unblock geo-restricted websites using a VPN, take a moment to listen Australia’s point of view. In a time when more and more governments around the world promote laws that diminish citizens’ rights to online privacy and free, unrestricted browsing, Australia takes a stand against this injustices and plans to declare legal unblocking geo-restricted websites, in order to find the best deals on international content.
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Christmas VPN Promotion

Update! 1 January, 2017 The promotion has ended!
The most important day of the year is around the corner. It has been a tradition to celebrate Christmas in the most intimate ways close to those we love. We celebrate this holiday with our families or close friends, and of course, we always try to please them with Christmas Gifts and surprises especially when there is so much going on in the shopping centers allover where nice products are being “poured” around with irresistible discounts.
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German bill limits online privacy

It seems that, regarding online privacy, Europe no longer walks on steady ground. And the threat doesn’t come from outside enemies as you might think, but within its borders, from the same authorities that were supposed to protect it. The first country that made this dangerous and controversial step was UK with highly criticized IP Bill that will allow Police and government agencies to access private date of its citizens any time they see fit. And now is Germany’s turn. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere proposed a bill that will limit the right of the German citizens to protect their online privacy.
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Smart DNS and VPN joined forces for your privacy, security and freedom

Good news for our SmartyDNS users and for all of you online freedom and security seekers! We’ve decided to join Smart DNS and VPN into one single great service. From now on we will deliver a complete package of features that will fully guarantee your privacy, security and anonymity on the Internet. If you already are a customer, you will get the upgrade without extra payments. If you are a new online security enthusiast, don’t worry, we have a great deal for you also: you can access our upgraded services and pay the same old prices. Just check our promotions!
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Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday Smart DNS promotion

Update! 1 December, 2016 The promotion has ended!
On the fourth Thursday in November, families gather to feast on turkey and watch football. Of course there is a lot of shopping to do also, as many retails prepared tasty discounts for the holiday season shoppers!

Before we tell you what have we prepared, let us ask you: did you know that turkey wasn’t even served at the first Thanksgiving — and that the Pilgrims didn’t use forks because they weren’t invented yet? We had read it somewhere and we must say it was a surprising fact for us. We also found out that the first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621. Although, Thanksgiving Day did not become a national holiday until over 200 years later. Quite long ago anyway, but let’s come back to nowadays :)
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Smart DNS Halloween promotion 2016

Update! 1 November, 2016 The promotion has ended!
Have you ever imagine yourself living back in antiquity, when you and your friends and family would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts? If you haven’t, then let’s do it together now! Straddling the line between fall and winter, Halloween is time of superstition, when the gap between life and death is celebrated for years.

Being a community-based event characterised by child-friendly activities, Halloween became the most waited holiday for those who love to party. We love to party and we adore trick-or-treating! We also have some sweet treats for you all! We launch our Halloween promotion!
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3 Years Anniversary Promotion

Update! 22 August, 2016 The promotion has ended!
Today is a special day for all of us – it is our third anniversary! Yes, it is our 3 year anniversary, guys! We have a few things to do: to say Big Thank You for all your support and for being loyal! Celebrate this day and make it remarkable for us as a team, and of course continue in that direction, because we are happy to serve you!

With this occasion, we would love to influence your mood and see you even happier for what we can offer you. We launch 3 Years Anniversary promotion that will offer you 30% discount for all Smart DNS packages! This discount is an additional one to our already existing discounts, so with this promotion you can save up to 53%!
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Summer promotion

Update! 1 August, 2016 The promotion has ended!
For all those who are used with their favorite media and would like to have the opportunity to unblock while being abroad channels like BBC, HBO or Vevo, here is our surprise for you! We launch our Summer Promotion so you could forget about the hot days and continue enjoying the sunny season with its best it has to offer! Our promotion will let you unblock your favorite regional blocked content at even better prices now!
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No more support for Netflix

Ever since Netflix went worldwide they have started to block Smart DNS providers. It’s been a difficult half a year for us. We worked really hard to keep the service for our clients. And we did. Up until last week you could use our service for Netflix. Unfortunately we just can’t do the unblocking anymore so we have to admit that from now on SmartyDNS doe not support Netflix. Please consider this for your next renewal if you use our service for this purpose only. If you have any questions just open a ticket.

Independence Day Promotion (2016)

Update! 6 Juy, 2016 The promotion has ended!
Hello everybody! May American Independence Day be here before we know it! This day is fun for all of us! 4th of July is commonly associated with parades and fireworks, barbecues and picnics, concerts, baseball games and family reunions. Meet relatives and have a good time, celebrating the history and traditions.

Being the National Day of the United States, a lot of companies are closed and their employees typically receive the day off. We will be working, but only for you :) With this occasion we launch our Independence day promotion for all those who want to access regionally blocked media websites. If you are outside of US, don’t hesitate to get limitless access to geo restricted media websites and be aware of what is going on home!

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Top 10 media websites unblocked by SmartyDNS

There are literally thousands of media websites available on the internet right now yet only a handful of them are popular because of their contents, quality and audience. Here is a list of top 10 media websites unblocked by SmartyDNS.
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Father’s Day Promotion (2016)

Update! 21 May, 2016 The promotion has ended!
All fathers in the world are supposed to celebrate the day that highlights their status of being fathers. We are pleased to have an extra reason to party and to bring you our surprise, so you could unblock media websites at even better price now! We want you to know that we lounge a promotion to honor this day and make it even nicer!
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10 new media websites and apps unblocked!

Hey, SmartyDNS family members! We’ve been working on your requests and that makes us happy, meaning that the service works just fine with you all. We are back with great news for all of you. We keep adding regionally restricted media websites to our list of unblocked media websites, so it becomes bigger and bigger each month. Browse the list and find your favorite media website in order to watch shows and many more that you have missed or are still missing. Check the list of newly added websites below.
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Mother’s Day Promotion (2016)

Update! 11 May, 2016 The promotion has ended!
Mother’s Day is coming. It is an ideal opportunity for us to encourage sons and daughters to thank their mothers for all their support and unconditional love. With this occasion we are pleased to launch our Mother’s Day promotion that will offer you 30% discount for all Smart DNS packages! This discount is an additional one to our already existing discounts, so with this promotion you can save up to 53%!
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Earth Day promotion (2016)

Update! 25 April, 2016 The promotion has ended!
Hi everybody! Since the Earth Day is near, why not prepare everything we need for it? Clean after us and make it look and feel better, because the Earth is a wonderful place to live in! To honor this special day we decided to lounge another promotion for you all – members of our big SmartyDNS family! If you did not get a way to unblock your regional restricted favorite media website, then wait no longer. With this promotion you have even better prices!
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Top 5 Netflix alternatives

Netflix is certainly known as the king of movie and TV show streaming and understandably it was one of the first and it certainly helped push online streaming to where we are today. Though it is certainly limited in its approach.
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Zattoo Switzerland unblocked

We have great news for you all! Our list of unblocked websites is getting bigger and bigger! Now it’s time for Zattoo Switzerland to join the media websites that we have already unblocked for you. Zattoo Switzerland – the much waited and one of the biggest European media websites, it’s now available and you can unblock it when being outside of the restricted area. Zattoo restrict their service to various regional boundaries, but through Smart DNS service, the usefulness of Zattoo Live and catch-up TV can extend to a real global level.
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What VPN protocol should I use?

The age old question when it comes to using a VPN is “What protocol should I use?” and that is the correct question to ask. There is no catch all protocol for everyone, everyone has their own needs. Hopefully this article and shed some light on what is best for you.

We offer the choice between PPTP, L2TP, SSTP, OpenVPN and the new player SoftEther. Don’t worry if you are a little overwhelmed by the acronyms and what have you, I will break down which protocols are good for what.
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Easter SmartyDNS promotion 2016

Update! 30 March, 2016 The promotion has ended!
Chocolate eggs, Easter bakery treats, family visitors and children playing around are the creators of a warm and nice atmosphere in our houses. Easter falls at the end of March this year, so it is probably time for a tiny celebration and what SmartyDNS can do to honor the holiday is offer a chunky discount for all of you up there interested in unblocking regional restricted media websites.
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Valentine’s day SmartyDNS promotion (2016)

Update! 16 February, 2016 The promotion has ended!
Lovely surprises in the most lovely month of the year – February. Why is February lovely? Simply because we find love wherever we look and go. Now is our turn to spread it around. We announce our Valentine’s day SmartyDNS promotion so your Valentine’s Day could be even more intensive.
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4 US and 8 German new media websites unblocked!

After an intensive and great partying time within the holiday season, we are finally back to work. Always trying to do our best on getting even more regionally restricted media websites unblocked. We are excited to announce that we unblocked quite few more media websites and have added them to our unblocked websites list. This time we focused on unblocking US restricted media websites and some more German restricted media websites.
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Top 5 video on demand services you can unblock with Smart DNS

Video on demand (VoD) is huge now, this is no secret and with such growth sees a tonne of new players in the market all trying to make a name for themselves. We have the juggernauts of the streaming world but there are other more niche services that are filling a gap the big boys just can’t. Here are the top five video on demand services:
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Smart DNS Winter Holidays Promotion

Update! 4 January, 2016 The promotion has ended!
Winter holidays are around the corner and we can feel it in the air. This season reminds us that we are just grown up children and yes, we like surprises. That is why we decided to launch our Winter Holidays Promotion, so each of you could enjoy these special days even more.

Keep relaxing in front of your screens while watching your favorite media and take advantage of our wonderful deal saving up to 80% off on our Smart DNS packages!
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VPN service from SmartyDNS

Great news again! There are so many reasons to be excited about, one of which being our new surprise for you. Besides the holiday season that is about to warm our hearts and homes, we are pleased to announce the launching of VPN service that will make you enjoy SmartyDNS even more!
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Now you can unblock websites from Canada with SmartyDNS

We continue “flooding” our news feed! Everything we can only do is make our customers happy!

Our record gets bigger and richer! Besides the media websites that we already unblocked, we have also worked on something new you’ve requested from us. Question to you! Did you want to unblock websites from Canada? We think the answer is “yes”! Continue reading “Now you can unblock websites from Canada with SmartyDNS”

Thanksgiving Smart DNS promotion

Update! 1 December, 2015 The promotion has ended!
No matter how big your Thanksgiving shopping list is and neither matters that you’re blocked in between the questions like “which should I start from?“, there is always a teeny-tiny room for one more thing – your Smart DNS service that can be purchased at even better price now. We have 3 different events to enjoy major retailer’s sales online, and we are among them that offer you Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday solid discounts.
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SmartyDNS application now available on Android!

Dear SmartyDNS users, we are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new Android Application!

Due to tremendous number of your requests on releasing Android application, we have taken in consideration your desires and dedicated some more time and energy to make it happen.
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Top 5 TV shows of the year 2015

2015 has been quite the year for TV shows. There was huge slack to pick up after the likes of Breaking Bad and Dexter aired their finales. There was certainly a hole in all of our lives when they were put out to pasture but there are plenty of worthy pretenders to the throne this year. I will be listing the top 5 TV shows of the year for your delectation.
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Smart DNS Halloween promotion 2015

Update! 2 November, 2015 The promotion has ended!
Have you missed one of the biggest scary parties of the year? If so, here you go! Welcome to our scary city, we call it Halloween City. Here we have surprises for each of you! We gathered all your favorite channels together so you could enjoy them in our Smart DNS Halloween promotion. Put your costume on and party like your favorite heroes do! Access the restricted media websites and applications right from where you are, now at even better prices!
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Top 5 sport media websites

As we have all moved online sports have certainly followed. Sports streaming services really come in handy. We don’t always have access to a TV with the relevant prerequisites to watch our favoured sports so being able to watch it with just the internet is fantastic. Especially those of us who may have moved abroad and there is pretty much zero coverage of our sport of choice. I lived in Germany for two years and finding a TV channel that showed cricket was pretty much impossible. Thanks sport media websites, I managed to watch whatever I wanted to.
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