7 Good HideIPVPN Alternatives

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

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

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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OpenVPN RSA Handshake – Why Is It Important?

OpenVPN RSA HandshakeOpenVPN uses RSA handshake to secure the communication when a VPN connection is created. Learn why it is important to know the type of the OpenVPN RSA handshake key used by your VPN provider.

What is the RSA handshake?

RSA is a public-key encryption system (aka cryptosystem) used for securing the data transmission. In such a system the encryption key is public and the decryption key is kept secret (private).

A user of RSA creates and publishes the public key. Anyone can use the public key to encrypt a message, but the message can be de-crypted only by those that have access to the private key.

When a OpenVPN VPN connection is created, the negotiation between the server and the client is done using SSL implemented with the RSA handshake keys. This handshake occurs at the very beginning of an OpenVPN session. [click to continue…]

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SoftEther VPN – The Best VPN Providers with SoftEther

SoftEther VPN (from “Software Ethernet”) is a relatively new VPN protocol and it is considered the optimum OpenVPN alternative. This post explains what SoftEther is and how you can benefit from its advantages.

What is SoftEther VPN?

SoftEther VPN was developed as part of a thesis research at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. It consists of two parts: a new VPN protocol and a VPN server capable of establishing VPN connections using multiple VPN protocols, including L2TP, SSTP and OpenVPN.

The SoftEther VPN protocol is an alternative to OpenVPN and other VPN protocols. It is free, open source and runs on Windows, Linux, Mac, FreeBSD and Solaris. Take a look below to see its main benefits.

The SoftEther VPN server is able to communicate with various devices using not only the SoftEther protocol but also L2TP/IPSec or OpenVPN. Moreover, the Microsoft’s SSTP is accepted, even if the VPN server is installed on Linux. By the way, the SoftEther VPN server can be installed  on Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mac OS X. You may read more details regarding the SoftEther server architecture on the SoftEther official web page.

SoftEther VPN protocol & server

SoftEther VPN protocol benefits

Here are some of the most important benefits the SoftEther protocol brings to its users:

  • It is free and open source. Thus, any potential security flaws can be easily detected and fixed by the community.
  • It is fast!
  • Due to its SSL-VPN Tunneling on HTTPS, it is able to “penetrate” highly-restricted firewalls.
  • It uses high-level encryption: AES 256-bit and RSA 4096-bit.

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