Smart Protection for Your Computer: VPN and Antivirus Solutions

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Internet is not a safe place. You probably know this already. The days when you were able to surf the net and download apps without the fear that all your data (photos, emails, documents) may be stolen or lost are gone. The most important question that you need to ask yourself when you open your computer is how to protect your private data. Unfortunately, a solution that is 100% bullet proof does not exist, but there options that lower the chances to be hacked and lose your important data. My two cents: use both VPN and antivirus solutions.

Before going further and talk about VPN/antivirus protection here is a useful tip: regularly backup your data! As mentioned above there is no solution that fully protects you while connected to the Internet. That is why you should backup your private data regularly (at least once a month) and keep the backup files offline, on DVDs or external hard-drives.

Why do you need Antivirus/Anti-malware protection?

The question is not whether you need an antivirus/anti-malware solution, it’s whether you can afford not have such protection software installed.

You have probably heard about the recent Wannacry attacks. The malware encrypted the data from tens of thousands of computers from all over the World. And the unlocking key was “only” $300 payable in Bitcoin. An earlier version, named WeCry asked users for 0.1 bitcoin (currently worth $259) to unlock files and programs.

According to a recent study, an individual is the target of a ransomware attack every 10 seconds. That is why you need to have a antivirus/anti-malware/anti-ransomware installed on your computer.

Why do you need a VPN?

Using a VPN is a must when it comes to online security. Browsing the Internet using unsecured Wi-Fi networks or even Wi-Fi networks other then the one from your home may be a mistake. A Wi-Fi network can be easily spied and your sensitive data (passwords, credit card info, browsing habits) can be stolen. Even your ISP is able and probably is monitoring your Internet traffic.

By using a VPN your Internet connection is secured and all data that is leaving your computer is encrypted. Do I need to say more?

For your protection: VPN and antivirus/anti-malware

Nowadays everyone that is connecting to the Internet should have VPN and antivirus solutions installed. This is not something nice to have, it is a must. Keeping your data private is not an option. [click to continue…]

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How to Watch Zattoo Switzerland on Apple TV 4

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Watch Zattoo Switzerland Apple TV 4Are you a regular user of Zattoo, but you don’t have access to Switzerland channels on your Apple TV? This post is for you. Learn how to watch Zattoo Switzerland Apple TV 4.

What is Zattoo?

Zattoo is a TV streaming service available in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Spain and UK. The Zattoo content can be watched on computers, smartphones (iPhone, Android, WP7), tablets (iPad, Android, Windows) and other Internet-connected devices (TVs, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Apple AirPlay, Chromecast).

The channels available depend on the country of residence. Thus, similarly to Netflix, by creating an account in Germany you will only be able to access the channels listed for German users.

Why would you be interested in Zattoo Switzerland?

Zattoo FREE offers you a great selection of TV channels, such as: the German public broadcasting channels (ARD, ZDF, 3sat), sports and special interests channels (Sport1, DMAX, Tel 5, N24), children and youth channels (Comedy Central, Nickelodeon), HD channels (ARD, ZDF, KiKA, SRF Info, Arte).

But, Zattoo Switzerland offers access to some attractive Swiss channels like SRF 1 and 2, 3 plus, RTS, private channels of the ProSiebenSat1 and RTL groups, international channels like TF1, M6, BBC, ORF.

Thus, if you are located in Germany you may be interested in having access to the Swiss channels list as well. [click to continue…]

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7 Good HideIPVPN Alternatives

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Are you using HideIPVPN and you are not completely happy with it? This post lists 7 good HideIPVPN alternatives for unblocking websites and browse the Internet anonymously. If you know other good VPN providers please share them in the comments.

HideIPVPN alternativesHideIPVPN is a great VPN provider. Here is what I appreciate the most to HideIPVPN:

  • The simplicity of the VPN apps. They do what are supposed to do in a smooth fashion.
  • The speed of the VPN connection.
  • The fact that it offers access to SoftEther VPN protocol.

Why would you look for HideIPVPN alternatives?

HideIPVPN offers access to servers located United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, Poland and France. If you are looking for more locations or more sophisticated options like DoubleVPN or TorOverVPN you need to look somewhere else.

How to look for alternatives?

Take a look to the list below or simply search Google. You will find plenty of HideIPVPN alternatives. Do not jump to the first one that looks good! Take your time and look for user reviews and reviews written by bloggers. These will help you make an informed choice.

7 HideIPVPN alternatives – Top VPN providers

I have selected 7 good providers that may offer what you need: an extended number of servers, good support and good connection speed. [click to continue…]

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How to Browse with Chinese IP Address

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Browse Chinese IP addressSometimes you may need to browse the Internet with an IP address from China for unblocking sites like Youku and Tudou or testing the accessibility of your site/app. Keep reading to find out how to get one. Learn how to get a Chinese IP address.

What is a Chinese IP address?

A Chinese IP address is assigned to an ISP or hosting provider that provides Internet services in China. The most common Chinese IPs have the following format:

  • 1.0.32.0 to 1.0.63.255
  • 1.24.0.0 to 1.31.255.255
  • 14.112.0.0 to 14.127.255.255
  • 27.16.0.0 to 27.31.255.255
  • 27.192.0.0 to 27.223.255.255

Are you interested in finding more info regarding the Chinese IP blocks? Check this post.

Why would you need a Chinese IP address?

It is more common to try to get a US IP or UK IP address from China than to get a Chinese IP from another part of the World. But, there may be use cases that justify this need. For example, if you want to:

  • Test if your website is blocked in China.
  • Test your website or app like a user located in China.
  • Unblock Youku, Tudou, Sohu, LeTV or other Chinese restricted websites.
  • Check the connectivity to your servers from China.

3 Ways to get a Chinese IP address

1. Use a VPN service

The solution that I recommend in order to get such an IP is by using a VPN service. VPNs provide reliable connection, good speed and excellent security. As far as I know there are no good free VPN services that provide access to servers located in China. Thus, you should go for the premium solutions.

Here are the VPN providers that I found and that provide Chinese IP address:

  • HideMyAss – Beijing (1 server), Guangdong/Shenzhen (1 server), Sichuan Sheng/Chengdu (1 server)
  • ibVPN – Beijing (1 server), Shanghai (1 server)
  • PureVPN – Guangdong (4 servers), Shanghai (2 servers)

2. Use Web Proxies

Another method to browse using Chinese IP address is by using a web proxy.  It is free, faster to start, but not better than VPNs. Web proxies are usually slow and unreliable for browsing and streaming.

To use such a web proxy simply visit the proxy site, type in the desired URL and press the Go or Submit button. Thus, the site is loaded from the IP of the proxy not from your IP address.

One such a web proxy with Chinese IP address is Teleport. Also, you may Google for “Chinese web proxy”. If you know more feel free to share them in the comments below.

Important! Before starting to use a web proxy please read the following post: Risks of using a proxy site.

3. Manually change your IP using paid or open proxies

An alternative to web proxies are the open or paid proxies. They are more stable and usually faster. But, you may need to pay attention to your privacy. DO NOT enter your credit card details or other sensitive info while browsing using open proxies.

You may find proxies with Chinese IP addresses on Free-Proxy.cz. After you choose one you need to setup your browser to use that proxy. Take for example 111.13.2.131:80 and configure your browser to use it when you connect to the internet. [click to continue…]

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How To Protect Yourself From Search Tracking & Leakage? Private Search Engines Options

Privacy Issues

Internet user tracking is a sensitive issue nowadays. More and more sites and apps store info related to their users, built profiles and try to monetize them. We are overwhelmed by targeted ads, suggested posts and other profile related messages. The online activity that probably reveals the most info about you is searching. Learn about the search engine tracking, search leakage and private search engines.

How can a search engine track you?

When you perform a search using a search engine you share important info (like your IP address and the User Agent – information that may identify you directly) with the search engine you are using.

The collected info is usually used for ad targeting and other types of user profiling, but it may also be used to track your online activities.

Search engine profiles can include information about your:

  • Age, sex, location, address.
  • Salary, last purchases, bank name.
  • Facebook profile, Twitter account, email account, social media tags.
  • Political tendencies, beliefs, medical conditions.

What is search leakage?

Moreover, the search terms are sent over to the site you clicked on. Thus, when you do a search you are sharing the search info not only with your search engine, but also with all the sites that you are visiting. That is called search leakage.

Search leakage and search engine tracking can be prevented by using a private search engine like DuckDuckGo or by hiding your IP address using Tor, a VPN service or even Tor over VPN.

What are private search engines?

Private search engines are those search sites that:

  • Protect you from search leakage.
  • Don’t store your personal information (like the IP address).
  • Do not store your search history.
  • Don’t track you in any other way.

By using such a search engine your online identity is protected and you may search anything you want without the fear to be tracked. [click to continue…]

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