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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.

9 months in prison for selling VPN software in China

China’s fight against local VPN providers takes an unexpected turn these days, as the news of a Chinese man sentenced to spend 9 months in prison because he used a personal website to sell VPN software have emerged on social media.

It’s a well known fact that China is one of the countries with the most restrictions when it comes to the online environment. And of course, as censorship toughens, so does the internet users’ desire to see what is behind the Great Firewall of China. Continue reading “9 months in prison for selling VPN software in China”

How to hide IP address on Android

Before exploring this topic, it’s important to understand the basics. In order to be able to hide IP address in Android, you should know how everything works and more precisely, what an IP address is. Continue reading “How to hide IP address on Android”

What are the benefits of VPN?

VPN stands for “Virtual Private Network” and it is, simply put, a much safer way to surf away. It all started in August 1996, when a Microsoft employee decided that the internet was getting out of hand. Because the internet was growing too much, too quickly, privacy and security were taking a hit with every bit of information shared. Thus our Microsoft man came up with a brilliant plan: to shrink up the connection so that it fits through a peer-to-peer tunnelling protocol, or PPTP for short. What that means basically, is that instead of swimming into an ocean of data with no protection, exposed to hackers and with no certainty of online privacy, one was able, from that point onward, to have access to the same amount of data, but with the benefits of accessing it through a safe tunnel of encryption. Continue reading “What are the benefits of VPN?”

What is the best VPN server location?

When it comes to choosing the best VPN server location, everybody faces the same problems and shares the same needs. Most VPN providers offer a wide range of VPN servers in a huge number of different locations. Making a good choice in these conditions becomes a difficult task since the number of options can seem overwhelming especially for a first time user. Continue reading “What is the best VPN server location?”

Vladimir Putin bans the use of VPNs in Russia

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin has just approved a law that prohibits the use of VPN services and other anonymizers to access previously blocked resources. The law was drafted in June 2017 by members of three different factions and received a favorable vote in the Russian Duma. According to the new law, internet users may no longer use any online tools to bypass officially banned websites. Continue reading “Vladimir Putin bans the use of VPNs in Russia”

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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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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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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