Is There Such Thing as Free Torrent VPN?

Torrent Tools, VPN Services

Free Torrent VPN - Free VPN for torrentingFree torrent VPN is not easy to find these days and for good reasons. The costs for maintaining such a service are high, and even some of the premium VPNs ban the P2P traffic. So, is there such thing as free torrent VPN? Let’s find out.

What is a Torrent VPN?

A torrent VPN is a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service that you may use for downloading torrents. The main reason for using torrent VPN is anonymizing your online identity and hiding your public IP address. Another reason is to avoid bandwidth throttling and use the full capacity of your regular Internet connection.

It is important to underline that not all VPN providers allow P2P/torrent traffic. Only top providers are willing to spend lots of money on powerful VPN servers capable of handling torrent traffic and providing large bandwidth. Also, torrent VPN providers have to manage DMCA complaints, copyright violations, copyrighted material reports, abuse reports from different organizations (copyright holders) that are monitoring the P2P file downloads. Some of the VPN providers are simply not willing to.

Torrent VPN main features

To be able to use it for downloading torrents, a VPN service has to fulfill several vital requirements.

Downloading speed

Probably the main criteria when it comes to VPNs for torrents is speed. It has to be as high as possible to have decent download/uploads rates.

Unlimited bandwidth

When it comes to torrent downloading, the unlimited bandwidth is vital. Metered VPN services are of no use for P2P file sharing.

Servers nearby

The server locations are important. The closer the VPN server, the higher speed. At least in theory. Anyway, a good (free) torrent VPN provider should have P2P servers on all continents to provide fast speed VPN connections to torrent users all over the World. [click to continue…]

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No Logs DNS – Free DNS Servers That Do Not Keep Logs

DNS Services

Your browsing activities can be tracked and used by different companies by logging the DNS servers. Learn what a DNS is and why you should use no logs DNS servers.

What is a DNS server?

A DNS (Domain Name Server) is a computer/server that translates hostnames to their associated IP addresses. Thus, when you type in an URL in the address bar of your browser, the browser queries a DNS server to get the IP address associated with the hostname/domain you entered. Next, the browser contacts the web server located to the IP address and starts to download the required content.

When you get your Internet connection installed on your computer you also get a DNS server set up, the one of your ISP (Internet Service Provider). Otherwise, you would not be able to access any web page by entering a URL in your browser. Thus, most of the people get their DNS service from their ISP.

What is DNS logging?

Every time you use a DNS, the server may record your IP address, the domain name you looked up, the current time, and the name of your ISP.

Unfortunately, almost all DNS servers keep logs, meaning that they store the DNS requests received for a period. Thus, someone could take a look at the DNS log records and find out your browsing habits and history. Yes, this is possible!

What do ISPs do with these logs? Officially, they use them to prevent abuses (spam, illegal downloads, etc.), but they may also sell the aggregated info to advertising companies or other companies interested in such data. Just an example of DNS logging: some years ago, AT&T was exposed to dredging DNS records and selling the results to would-be advertisers.

What are the alternatives to DNS servers provided by ISPs?

The default DNS provided by your ISP can be overridden and you may manually set up the DNS server to be used by your computer. You may choose the DNS you want from the public and free DNS servers.

Some of the most popular public DNS servers are those provided by Google (8.8.8.8 and, the alternate DNS, 8.8.4.4) and OpenDNS (DNS server IPs: 206.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220). Both are free in the sense that they do not charge you for the usage, but they keep logs and use them for advertising, re-marketing, profiling, etc.

Here is what the admin of UncensoredDNS (one of the free and public DNS services that do not keep logs) has to say about Google DNS and OpenDNS:

I dislike any form of abuse of the DNS system, and OpenDNS’ entire business model is to manipulate DNS. They used to do NXDOMAIN redirection, an advertising trick where misspelled domains get redirected to a search page. Now they make a living blocking malware and other things in DNS. Google runs a decent DNS service but I don’t think it is a good idea to give them all DNS lookups in addition to all the other data they have on everyone.

What to do? Go for no logs DNS servers.

A no log DNS server does not keep any lookup requests. How can we be sure that a DNS server does not keep logs? We can’t. It is all based on reputation. The list of no logs DNS servers that I propose on this post relies on what the server owners declare and on their Internet reputation. It is not a guarantee, but it is probably better than using Google DNS or your ISP DNS.

FreeDNS

FreeDNS is an open, free, public, and unrestricted DNS server. The admins claim that no logs are kept. [click to continue…]

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Free VPN for Chrome – Top Extensions for Hiding Your IP Address

Hide IP Solutions

Do you need a lite solution for hiding your IP while browsing the Internet using Chrome browser? A solution that does not interfere with other applications? And, would you like it to be free? Then, install a free VPN for Chrome extension in seconds and get your work done.

What is a VPN Chrome extension?

As you probably know, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a solution that encrypts the Internet traffic between your computer and a VPN server. Thus, your browsing data is secured, and your public IP address is hidden behind the VPN server. It is important to underline that a VPN app encrypts ALL your Internet traffic, for ALL applications, not only for your web browser.

Then, what is a VPN Chrome extension? Well, truth to be told, there is no such thing as VPN web browser extension. For the simple reason that browsers can not set up VPN connections, only proxy connections. Proxies work similarly with VPNs, but they are less secure, and they can be configured application-based (you may set up a specific app to use a proxy and let others un-proxified).

To sum up, the extensions you may find in Google Web Store and that call themselves “VPN” are not using, in fact, VPN technology, but a proxy. Why do they use the VPN term? Probably because not many users know the differences between VPN and proxy, plus both can be used to hide your IP address. It’s only marketing 🙂

Free VPN for Chrome extensions

I have tested several Google Chrome extensions advertised as VPN, and that show up to the top of the search results. Read my findings below.

Hotspot Shield VPN Free Proxy

Hotpot Shield Chrome extension offers an elegant browser extension with a lot of extra, security and privacy-related options, like an ad blocker, tracker blocker, and cookies blocker. The default server selection is “Optimal,” but you may switch to manual and pick one of the following countries: Canada, Chile, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Russia, India, Germany, and Singapore.

Hotspot Shield - Free VPN for Chrome extensions

The extension is very popular and used in millions of Google Chrome browsers, but don’t install it just yet. You should first be aware that AnchorFree, the company that runs Hotspot Shield, was recently accused of snooping on its users and selling data to an advertising company. True or not, you should use it cautiously.

Betternet Unlimited Free VPN Proxy

Betternet offers a basic, but friendly, user interface with no extra options besides connecting/disconnect and select from the two available server locations: the United States and the United Kingdom. It works smoothly and it can be activated with a single click. However, the latest news shows that Betternet is not safe. [click to continue…]

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How to Automatically Change IP Every X Minutes

Hide IP Solutions

Is web crawling and data scraping part of your daily routine? If so, you already know that most of the websites implement firewalls that automatically block repeated requests coming from the same IP address. The solution? Regularly change your public IP address. Learn how to change IP every X minutes and increase your productivity automatically.

Why automatically change IP?

There are two main reasons for changing your IP automatically every several minutes: to increase the level of anonymity or to automate tasks like web crawling or data scraping.

If you are looking for increasing your online anonymity, the automatic IP rotation virtually changes your online identity and hides your public IP address. Thus, tracking your browsing or downloading activities becomes more difficult (unlikely, but not impossible).

For data scraping and web crawling the frequent change/hide IP address is the way to go. Can it be done manually? Yes. Is it efficient? No. The auto IP rotation is an excellent solution to the problem.

Automatically change IP prerequisites 

The auto-rotate IP is not a trivial task, and the implementation depends on your needs. Before you proceed, you need to ask your self the followings: how many IPs you need, on what locations (countries, states) and what is the desired rotating period.

Number of IPs

As mentioned above, if you are in the data scraping business than you need enough different IPs such that you don’t get blocked. How many exactly? It depends on the site you are scraping, on the site firewall, on the scraping frequency, etc. I guess that you need between 20 to 100 IPs for simple tasks, and more for complex data requests.

Number of locations

You may need to change your virtual position with IPs from different parts of the World. Yes, it is possible, but you have to find the proper solution.

Rotating period

How often do you need to have your IP automatically changed? Once every minute, every 5 minutes, once an hour? Some of the solutions to be presented have specific restrictions regarding the rotating frequency, and others are quite flexible. Keep reading. [click to continue…]

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How to Browse with Greek IP Address

Hide IP Solutions, Proxy Sites

Image showing the Greek flag - How to browse with Greek IP AddressDo need to browse the Internet with an IP address from Greece for unblocking streaming sites or posting on forums? Keep reading to find out how to get one. Learn how to get a Greek IP address.

What is a Greek IP address or Greece IP?

A Greek IP address is assigned to an ISP or hosting provider that provides Internet services in Greece. Here are some common Greek IPs:

  • 94.64.0.0 to 94.71.255.255 (OTE SA Hellenic Telecommunications Organization)
  • 2.84.0.0 to 2.87.255.255 (OTE SA)
  • 5.54.0.0 to 5.55.255.255 (Hellas OnLine)
  • 37.6.0.0 to 37.6.255.255 (TELLAS Telecommunication)
  • 46.12.0.0 to 46.12.255.255 (FORTHnet)

Do you want to find more details regarding Greece IP blocks? Check this post.

Why would you need a Greek IP address?

There may be use cases that justify this need. For example, if you want to:

  • Unblock streaming channels restricted to Greek Internet users.
  • Post to forums with a Greek online identity.
  • Check the connectivity to your servers from Greece.

Why do you need a Greece IP address? Let us know in the comments below.

3 Ways to get a Greek IP address

1. Use a VPN service

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

Here are the VPN providers that I found and that provide Greek IP address (they also offer other VPN server locations and various VPN protocols options):

  • PureVPN – Thessaloniki (6 Greek VPN servers)
  • ExpressVPN – Athens (1 Greek VPN server)
  • ibVPN – Athens (1 server)
  • NordVPN –  Athens (1 server)

Are you not happy with the VPN speed? Learn about the things that may impact your VPN connection.

2. Manually change your IP using paid or open proxies

An alternative to VPNs is open or paid proxies. 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 anonymous proxies with Greek IP addresses on Free-Proxy.cz. After you choose one, you need to set up your browser to use that Greece proxy server. Take, for example, 46.198.143.60:65103 and configure your browser to use it when you connect to the Internet. [click to continue…]

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Smart Protection for Your Computer: Antivirus and VPN Solutions

Special Offers

The 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% bulletproof does not exist, but there options that lower the chances to be hacked and lose your essential data. My two cents: use both antivirus and VPN 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 adequately protects you while connected to the Internet. That is why you should backup your private information regularly (at least once a month) and keep the backup files offline, on DVDs or external hard-drives.

Why do you need Antivirus programs/Anti-malware protection?

The question is not whether you need an antivirus software, 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 an antivirus/anti-malware/anti-ransomware installed on your computer.

Why do you need a VPN?

Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a must when it comes to online security. Browsing the Internet using unsecured public WiFi 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, and other personal information) can be stolen while browsing the Web. Even your ISP (Internet Service Provider) 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 antivirus and VPN solutions (Virtual Private Networks) installed. It is not something beautiful to have; it is a must. Hiding your IP address and keeping your data private is not an option. [click to continue…]

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How to Watch Zattoo Switzerland on Apple TV 4

Unblock Netflix, Hulu, BBC and other channels

Watch Zattoo 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 Apple TV 4.

What is Zattoo?

Zattoo is a TV streaming service (similar to BBC iPlayer) available in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The Zattoo on-demand content can be watched on computers, smartphones (iPhone, Android, WP7), tablets (iPad, Android, Windows) and other Internet-connected devices (Smart 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 TV users.

Why would you be interested in Zattoo Switzerland?

Zattoo FREE offers a great selection of TV channels, such as the German public broadcasting channels (ARD, ZDF, 3sat), sports and special interests TV streaming (Sport1, DMAX, Tel 5, N24). Also, 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 Excellent HideIPVPN Alternatives

VPN Services

Are you using HideIPVPN and you are not completely happy with it? This post lists seven 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 an excellent VPN (Virtual Private Network) provider. Here is what I appreciate the most to HideIPVPN:

  • The simplicity of the VPN apps. They do what is supposed to go smoothly for the primary operating systems.
  • The speed of the VPN connection and the unlimited traffic.
  • The Smart DNS option that easily accesses blocked websites.
  • The fact that it offers access to SoftEther VPN protocol.

Why would you look for HideIPVPN alternatives?

HideIPVPN (Hide IP VPN) 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, TorOverVPN or Stealth VPN you need to look somewhere else.

How to look for alternatives?

Take a look at the list below or search Google for “alternatives to HideIPVPN.” 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 services providers

I have selected seven excellent VPN alternatives that easily hide your IP address and may offer what you need: an extended number of servers, excellent support, simultaneous connections on multiple devices, and good connection speed. [click to continue…]

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How to Browse with China IP Address

Proxy Sites

Browse Chinese IP address - China 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 browse with China IP address.

What is a China 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 an 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 China IP address

1. Use a VPN service

The solution that I recommend to get such an IP is by using a VPN service. VPNs provide a 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:

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

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 merely 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 is 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 set up 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 search engine tracking, search leakage, and private search engines. They are alternative search engines to Google and Bing.

How can a search engine track you?

When you perform a search using a search tool or 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.

How to protect your online search privacy

If you are stuck using one IP address the whole time you use the internet, and that data is found, someone could view all of your search records leaving you very embarrassed or making you a victim of identity theft. Here are some suggestions on how to protect your online privacy while using a search engine.

1. One key point to protecting yourself is to never enter any personal data into a search engine.

Sometimes, we may want to see what happens when we enter our name in a search, but your name will be linked to anything else you have searched for that IP. It wouldn’t be the smartest decision to search for your social security number or credit card numbers online.

2. Protecting your IP address is probably the easiest way to start defending yourself from online attacks.

There are plenty of programs that can help you do this. Tor is one such tool that will switch your IP, making it impossible to track the location you are in. This is especially important for internet users that have to surf on a static IP address.

3. Searching from different locations is another way you can protect your search data from appearing on one IP address.

No two places are hit with the same IP address. If you work on a network of computers, like in an office behind a firewall, you won’t have to worry about your identity being as easily distinguished as others. For users on a broadband connection, your modem will assign an IP address every time it is rebooted. Using a new IP address with this type of connection is simple as it only requires you to turn off the modem, and restart it to create a new IP address for all your searching needs.

4. You should block your cookies while searching or delete them after you close your browser.

Searches can also be tracked by cookies. While it would be best to turn off cookies completely, many websites require them for access. You should take care of your online search privacy by wiping cookies from your browser as you close it.

5. Avoid using search engines from your internet provider, or on websites you are logged into.

While they provide convenient ways to search for data on the internet, it is easily tracked and stored in a centrally accessible place.

6. Use a private search engine with no search leakage.

What is search leakage?

Moreover, the search terms (or search queries) are sent over to the site you clicked on. Thus, when you search, you are sharing the search info not only with your search engine but also with all the websites 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 (no tracking your steps, no tracking cookies).

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

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OpenVPN RSA Handshake – Why Is It Important?

VPN Services

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

What is the RSA handshake encryption?

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 key).

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 decrypted only by those that have access to the private key.

When an 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, not for all OpenVPN connections. [click to continue…]

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SoftEther VPN – The Best VPN Providers with SoftEther

VPN Services

SoftEther VPN (from “Software Ethernet”) is a relatively new VPN protocol, a cross-platform multiprotocol VPN,  considered the excellent OpenVPN alternative. This post explains what SoftEther is and how you can benefit from its advantages.

What is SoftEther VPN?

The SoftEther project was developed as part of a thesis research at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. It consists of two parts: a new VPN (Virtual Private Network) protocol and a VPN server capable of establishing VPN connections using multiple VPN protocols (a.k.a, multiprotocol VPN), including L2TP, SSTP VPN, 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. Also, you may read this article for more details.

The SoftEther VPN server can 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. Also, you may download SoftEther VPN applications.

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 a 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 can “penetrate” highly-restricted firewalls. It is considered to be a StealthVPN protocol.
  • It uses high-level encryption: AES 256-bit and RSA 4096-bit.
  • Supports PFS (Perfect Forward Secrecy).

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7 Excellent ibVPN Alternatives

VPN Services

This post presents seven ibVPN alternatives for accessing the Internet in privacy and anonymity. If you know other good VPN providers, please share them in the comments.

ibVPN AlternativesibVPN is one of the top VPN providers available on the market (make sure you read my complete ibVPN review). It offers a lot of nice features for an accessible price. Here is what I appreciate the most to ibVPN:

  • The Windows app that is not the most beautiful, but well organized and includes useful features like Kill Switch, ibDNS (ideal for unblocking restricted websites) and DNS leak protection / WebRTC leak protection.
  • The Mac OS app is simple, straightforward and available in the App Store.
  • The DoubleVPN that provides double encryption.
  • The TorOverVPN that can be used to access .onion sites.
  • The Stealth VPN protocol and SoftEther VPN protocol to bypass advanced filters.
  • The SOCKS5 for easy P2P/torrent downloads. Also, the Torrent VPN package offers access to exclusive VPN servers.
  • The Chrome, Firefox and Opera browser extensions.
  • The price. It is an affordable VPN service, with several VPN plans: Ultimate VPN, Standard VPN, Torrent VPN, SmartDNS packages.

Why would you look for alternatives to ibVPN?

You may have your reasons to leave ibVPN or look for VPN (Virtual Private Networks) alternatives. For example, you may not be happy with the connection speed while using the ibVPN servers or you need specific locations that are not offered by ibVPN.

How to look for alternatives?

Firstly, you should analyze your experience with ibVPN and make your mind on what you need. Do you need faster connection speed? Is the price an issue? If so, you may try other VPN providers.

Secondly, take a look at the list below or search Google. You will find plenty of ibVPN 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 ibVPN alternatives – Top VPN providers

If you are looking for ibVPN alternatives to protect your online activities, take a look at the ones I have selected below. They all offer an extended number of server locations, excellent support, money back guarantee, fast servers, unlimited bandwidth, strong encryption, more than 5 simultaneous connections, and good connection speed. [click to continue…]

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What is WebRTC and How to Protect Yourself from WebRTC Leak?

Privacy Issues, VPN Services

WebRTC LeakThis post briefly explains what WebRTC is and why you should be aware of the WebRTC leak. Also, it presents how to fix the problem.

What is WebRTC?

WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) provides RTC (Real-Time Communications) capabilities to browsers and mobile applications. WebRTC uses Javascript to enable peer-to-peer audio, video, and data sharing web applications, running in browsers without any external plugins.

At this time, WebRTC is supported by the following browsers, and it is enabled by default:

  • Desktop PC – Google Chrome 23+, Mozilla Firefox 22+. Opera 18+, Microsoft Edge 12+.
  • Android – Google Chrome 28+, Mozilla Firefox 24+. Opera Mobile 12+.
  • Chrome OS.
  • Firefox OS.

What is WebRTC leak?

In January 2015, TorrentFreak reported that users were facing a massive security flaw as websites can easily see their real and local IP-addresses through WebRTC.

More than that WebRTC can be tricked into revealing your real IP address, even if you are connected to VPN! It is called WebRTC leak (a.k.a. WebRTC IP leak or WebRTC flaw), and it is seen as a critical security hole.

If you are interested in more technical details, here is how WebRTC may reveal your IP address. WebRTC relies on Javascript, and a website can insert some Javascript code to send a UDP packet to a STUN Server (Session Traversal Utilities for NAT). That server sends merely back a package containing the IP address from which the request originated. It is simple to implement as Firefox provides a default STUN server that can also be used with Google Chrome. [click to continue…]

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How to Browse with Mexican IP Address

Hide IP Solutions, Proxy Sites

Browse Mexican IP Address ProxyWould you like to browse the Internet with an IP address from Mexico for secure browsing or unblocking restricted websites? Keep reading to find out how to get one. Learn how to get a Mexican IP address.

What is a Mexican IP address?

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

  • 187.128.0.0 to 187.143.255.255
  • 187.144.0.0 to 187.159.255.255
  • 187.192.0.0 to 187.223.255.255
  • 189.128.0.0 to 189.159.255.255
  • 201.96.0.0 to 201.111.255.255

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

3 Ways to get a Mexican IP address

1. Use Web Proxies

The simplest and fastest method to browse using Mexican IP address is by using a web proxy.  Unfortunately, such proxies are usually too slow and unreliable for online streaming. To use such a web proxy simply visit the Mexican 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 Mexican IP address is Teleport. Also, you may Google for “Mexico proxy servers”, “Mexican 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.

2. Manually change your IP using paid or open proxies

An alternative to web proxies is 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 anonymous proxies with Mexican IP addresses on Free-Proxy.cz or Samair.ru. After you choose one, you need to set up your browser to use that anonymous proxy. Take for example 189.209.241.121:8081 and configure your browser to use it when you connect to the internet. [click to continue…]

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