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How to Hide Your IP Address, Browse the Web Anonymously and Access Blocked Sites

How to Hide Your IP Address, Browse the Web Anonymously and Access Blocked Sites

How to hide your IP address using a VPN and browse the Internet privately

The Internet is the backbone of all things we do today. Without the Internet, we can’t use social media tools, conduct online banking transactions, chat with our near and dear ones, send and receive messages. In fact, we cannot do anything without the Internet. The Internet comes with some distinct disadvantages as well. One of them is Internet censorship. Blocking websites is the favorite game of governments.  is something which almost all of us, no matter where we live, encounter in one form or the other. Social networking or video sharing sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are

Internet censorship is something which almost all of us, no matter where we live, encounter in one form or the other. Social networking or video sharing sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are usually blocked in offices. Some sites, like Kodi, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, are country specific. Countries like China ban websites on the whims and fancies of their generals.

Even if you can visit the sites mentioned above using certain workarounds or tools, your school/company or ISP may record your recent activities, something you might not want. The other way to beat the censorship is to use online web proxies too, but many of them are of unknown origin and hence you cannot ensure complete privacy.

So how do you hide your IP address from the prying eyes of authorities and hackers and securely surf the web anonymously? VPN is probably the only best and ultimate solution to bypassing internet censorship in a secure way.

Using a VPN lets you hide your IP address from the prying eyes of the government authorities as well as the growing number of hackers and cyber criminals. It lets you beat the censorship and blockages to popular websites like The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents, ExtraTorrents and thousands of NSFW websites.

Using the right VPN service makes a big difference to beating the censorship and browsing anonymously. LiquidVPN is one such VPN service which gives you total privacy while surfing.

Some of LiquidVPN software’s unique features include…

Liquid Lock – Protect your identity if your VPN connection fails.
Automatic DNS/Data Leak Protection – Blocks unwanted apps from “leaking” your real information.
IPv6 Control – Disable IPv6 when connected to LiquidVPN
Session Traffic Statistics – Find out how fast your P2P VPN connection is transferring using the real-time HUD.
Custom Connections – Connect to all of  LiquidVPN topologies with a few clicks.
Built-In Firewall – Block things like the WebRTC vulnerability with built in VPN firewall.

Thus, you will find that using a VPN is great for Kodi even if you are outside the United States. Same is the case when you are in a limited or censored network and using a VPN to connect to that network.LiquidVPN has many great features all bundled into one, that no other VPN providers offer to date LiquidVPN is great if you want to scramble across multiple IP addresses without having to reconnect and disconnect various times. LiquidVPN also has a very good TOS that ensures no logging is begin done, and that your connections remain secure.

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Google Claims Breakthrough Could Speed Up The Launch Of Alphabet’s Internet-Providing Balloons

Google Claims Breakthrough Could Speed Up The Launch Of Alphabet's Internet-Providing Balloons

Google can now navigate its Project Loon balloons to remote areas

Project Loon, an initiative by Google parent Alphabet, aims to provide Internet to the world using high-altitude, internet-streaming balloons. Now, the company says that it has made a “breakthrough” on its plans to offer Internet access to rural areas via connected balloons.

The initial thought behind Project Loon was to make a “continuous stream of” balloons travel around the globe, using winds at that altitude. They were designed to ride the wind and if one fell out of place another would come in and replace it. Now, Google has acquired the ability to target these balloons at a particular area. With this breakthrough, they will use 100x times less as many balloons to accomplish even more than it has in the past, according to Project Loon.

As per Astro Teller, head of Google X laboratories, the company’s experimental wing, a breakthrough in machine learning will allow Google to control the navigation of these balloons and use less of them to beam internet down to rural, unreachable areas. The use of less balloons will also bring down the expense and increase practicality of the project.

“We always thought Project Loon would operate by creating rings of balloons around the globe and worked hard to maximize the amount of time each balloon spent over land. But over the last few months we were able to make some major breakthroughs by applying machine learning techniques to our navigation algorithms, and as a result, we can now get teams of balloons to cluster together over a particular region of the earth. This has enormous implications for Loon’s economic and operational viability: we can put together a Loon network over a particular region in weeks not months and we can get greater value out of each individual balloon. Overall this means a 100x reduction in the total number of balloons we’d need, which has huge implications for the costs of operating a Loon-powered network,” said Astro Teller, head of Google X laboratories.

The Project Loon balloons will also draw on power from the sun, forming a network of floating communication instruments 20 km (12.4 mi) above the Earth’s surface. The balloons have already been tested in places such as New Zealand and Brazil, and Alphabet has partnered with Sri Lanka and Indonesia to one day deploy them over those countries.

The deployment of Project Loon’s balloons, albeit in smaller numbers, is much closer to reality. Though Teller doesn’t disclose when this might be, he does seem mighty optimistic about where they are heading.

Pointing out the balloon breakthrough as an indication of other technical advances, Teller wrote in a blog post: “You make unexpected discoveries that propel you forward faster than you ever thought possible. That’s the less-well-known secret of our moonshot factory, and the Project Loon team just had one of these magical, serendipitous experiences.”

Source: Project Loon

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The Dark Web explained: What lies on the Tor accessible dark websites

The Dark Web explained: What lies on the Tor accessible dark websites

What is Dark Web? What lies in the deep depths of the Internet which is accessible only through Tor

What is Dark Web? What hidden secrets does the Dark Web conceal? Many of our readers ask us this question. Noob users who use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft’s Edge often come across terms like Dark Web, Deep Web and Tor. It leaves them with thousands of questions and at the same time in awe. The “dark web” is the encrypted network that exists between Tor servers and their clients, whereas the “deep web” is simply the content of databases and other web services that for one reason or another cannot be indexed by conventional search engines.

Neither the deep web nor the dark web can be indexed, but not all that cannot be indexed is the dark web. Even the most professional users don’t go the vast depths of the dark web. For normal users it is a much-hyped, mysterious place that the media would have you believe is a wretched hive of scum and villainy where you’d be well-served to shoot first if you hope to survive. Activists will tell you it’s our last, best hope for privacy and free speech, all alone in the night.

First of all, if you want anyone who matters to take you seriously, drop the “dark/deep web” thing. What you want to access are sites using the Tor Hidden Service Protocol. It works over regular Tor (anonymity network), but instead of having your traffic routed from your computer and through an onion-like layer of servers, it stays within the Tor network. You won’t know exactly what system you’re accessing unless they tell you, and they won’t know who you are unless they do – or unless one of you is careless.

But what exactly lies on dark web? The hidden nature of The Dark Web can make it difficult to know exactly what goes on there, but it is frequently associated with financial fraud, file sharing and data breaches, including the sale of details from identity theft. Equifax has made an Infographic that may be useful to readers to gain some knowledge about dark web and how it operates.

Delving into the Dark Web – An infographic from Equifax UK

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Forget 5G, new terahertz band can transmit data faster than 100 Gbps

Forget 5G, new terahertz band can transmit data faster than 100 Gbps

Researchers develop new Terahertz transmitter which sends data at 100 Gbps and above and is 10 times faster than upcoming 5G tech

While smartphone users world over are awaiting deployment of 5G tech by their respective mobile service providers, researchers from Japan have stolen the march over 5G by developing a new terahertz transmitter which can transmit data at an unbelievable speed of more than 100Gbs and above. While the fifth generation of mobile network, 5G is hardly three years away from its launch in 2020, this new tech could totally change the face of how we transmit data wirelessly.

Researchers in Japan have been able to successfully go beyond 5G data speeds to reach terahertz (THz) data transmission speeds that are 10 times faster than 5G, which is currently in trial phase. The breakthrough will make way for faster downloads and improve in-flight network connection speeds. The THz transmitter could also make it possible for the whole content on a DVD (digital versatile disk) to be transferred in a fraction of a second.

The scientists are developing a THz transmitter that will transmit data at over 10Gbps using 300GHz frequencies. The 300GHz band is higher-up the spectrum than 5G is likely to use.

Just like 3G, 4G and 5G that operate in distinctive radio frequency bands to achieve enhanced transmission speeds, the THz band is a new and massive frequency resource expected to be used for future ultrahigh-speed wireless communications. The transmitter achieves a communication speed of 105 gigabits per second using the frequency range from 290 GHz to 315 GHz.

“Terahertz could offer ultrahigh-speed links to satellites as well, which can only be wireless. That could, in turn, significantly boost in-flight network connection speeds, for example. Other possible applications include fast download from contents servers to mobile devices and ultrafast wireless links between base stations,” said one of the researchers Minoru Fujishima, Professor at Hiroshima University in Japan.

Currently, in most parts of the world, including in India, the 4G LTE speeds peak out at 50 Mbps. In trial tests conducted for 5G data speeds, they have easily reached over 3 Gbps to 50 Gbps. In fact, last year some trials in Japan actually saw 5G researchers go beyond 100 Gbps wireless data transfer speeds.

Terahertz Transmission Band

“This year, we developed a transmitter with 10 times higher transmission power than the previous version’s. This made the per-channel data rate above 100 Gbit per second at 300 GHz possible,” said Fujishima.

“We usually talk about wireless data rates in megabits per second or gigabits per second. But we are now approaching terabits per second using a plain simple single communication channel,” said Fujishima. “Fibre optics realised ultrahigh-speed wired links, and wireless links have been left far behind,” he said. “Terahertz could offer ultrahigh-speed links to satellites as well, which can only be wireless. That could, in turn, significantly boost in-flight network connection speeds, for example,” Fujishima added.

“Other possible applications include fast download from contents servers to mobile devices and ultrafast wireless links between base stations,” he added. “Another, completely new possibility offered by terahertz wireless is high-data-rate minimum-latency communications,” said Fujishima. “Optical fibres are made of glass and the speed of light slows down in fibres. That makes fibre optics inadequate for applications requiring real-time responses,” he said.

The research was actually scheduled to be presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2017 to be held from February 5-9 in San Francisco, California.

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Who provides the Internet service to Internet Service Providers (ISPs)?

Who provides the Internet service to Internet Service Providers (ISPs)?

Internet Service Providers provide you with data connection but who provides the Internet to ISPs

Many of you may have had this question in mind! You get the data connection on your smartphones through your mobile service providers and on your Wi-Fi routers through your local Internet Service Provider commonly known as the ISP. But who provides them with the huge gigs of Internet so that they can give part of it to you for monthly fees.

First of all, you should know that the internet isn’t a thing, a place or a service as you might think. It is just a group of computers connecting to each other. And these computers are owned by big data companies.There are ISPs who specialise in providing wholesale connectivity between retail ISPs these are called Tier 1 providers. Here is a simple answer to the question about who provides the Internet to ISP companies.

1. Peering

Most of the big ISPs use this method. When ISPs peer they open their own networks to users of the other ISP. It’s done for free: no ISP pays the other. This is usually done between ISPs that are of (more or less) equal size, reside in the same region and can easily connect at an Internet exchange or in a data center they both use.

2. IP-transit

Most small data providers opt for IP-transit. As it is not possible, nor economically viable, to connect to every ISP in the world (there are thousands of them) IP-transit carriers provide connectivity to the rest of the world that ISPs cannot reach through their peering partners. As IP-transit involves carrying Internet traffic between continents and connecting to many other ISPs, it’s a paid service. The ISP pays for the volume of traffic carried by an IP-transit carrier.

 

So, what Network Tiers are there?

The huge networks who provide the Internet to ISPs are known as Tier 1 networks. Although there is no authority that defines tiers of networks participating in the Internet, the most common definition of a tier 1 network is one that can reach every other network on the Internet without purchasing IP transit or paying settlements.

By this definition, a tier 1 network is a transit-free network that peers with every other tier-1 network. But not all transit-free networks are tier 1 networks. It is possible to become transit-free by paying for peering or agreeing to settlements.

Common definitions of tier 2 and tier 3 networks:

Tier 2: A network that peers with some networks, but still purchases IP transit or pays settlements to reach at least some portion of the Internet.
Tier 3: A network that solely purchases transit from other networks to reach the Internet.
If you click through to Tier 1 networks from the Internet Backbone page you get to a list of the current Tier 1 networks:

AT&T from USA
Cogent Communications from USA
Centurylink (formerly Qwest and Savvis) from USA
Deutsche Telekom AG from Germany
GTT (formerly Tinet) from USA/Italy
Level 3 Communications from USA
Telecom Italia Sparkle from Italy
Telefonica Global Solutions from Spain
Verizon Business (formerly UUNET) from USA
TeliaSonera International Carrier from Sweden-Finlnd
NTT Communications from Japan
Tata Communications from India
Orange from France
XO Communications from USA
Zayo Group from USA

What is Peering?

When two mid-sized networks connect to each other through a process known as ‘peering’. Most traffic needs to go over at least 2 different top tier networks in order to reach its destination, and the networks are bridged with peering arrangements. The way this usually works is that each party to the agreement will commit to routing x amount of traffic for the other party on their network, and vice-versa. There is usually no money exchanged in these arrangements, unless one side is sending or receiving a lot more data than the other sides.

Large companies can also go out and arrange their own peering relationships. For example, Netflix has arranged its own peering and network infrastructure directly with multiple tier-1 networks so that its traffic is both cheaper and closer to end users on each of the popular US broadband ISP’s.

To put all the above mumbo jumbo in simple words. Tier 1 data companies are internet backbones that connect with each other. Smaller ISPs work with these internet backbones and then sell bandwidth to their users. No one really owns the internet as it comprises millions of servers everywhere. Very small network providers from remote countries buy Internet from the mid-sized ISPs through Internet gateways and than relay it to their users.

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5 Ways to Rule the Internet while being Anonymous

5 Ways to Rule the Internet while being Anonymous

Here are five ways to surf the Internet anonymously and securely

By Sheheryar Ahmed Khan

Imagine if you were the king or queen of a kingdom. Apart from purchasing the best gaming consoles and an iPhone 7, like I would do, you’ll want to spend your resources elsewhere too.

If you were smart, you’d concentrate more on your security and privacy and will try to maintain your anonymity. To do this, you’ll have your army safeguard your capital and your palace and provide you with adequate security elsewhere.

Common people living in your country won’t be allowed to see you or meet you every day because your privacy is important to you. Similarly, you’ll want to live in a palace which contains several rooms so you can change them from time to time in order to remain anonymous.

Now imagine that the kingdom you’re ruling is the internet. Though the life won’t be as filled with grandeur and luxury as it would if it was a real kingdom, but ruling the internet has its own obvious advantages.

How would you make sure that your rule remains intact and your kingdom completely under your control, with no governmental or corporate agencies spying on you or your family? The answer is short and simple: Use a VPN.

So how can a VPN alone give you the power to rule over the internet? Let’s find out:

Online Freedom:

First of all, a VPN service would allow you to browse the internet with complete freedom. You can go anywhere and access any website you want. In a world so full of geo-restrictions and other similar stuff, having complete browsing freedom on the wrist of your hand is no ordinary privilege.

Privacy and Anonymity:

A reliable VPN service will provide you with the online privacy and anonymity that you want and need. Once connected to any particular server, your original online communications will hide between the hundreds of users already connected with that particular VPN server.

Furthermore, you can also encrypt your online communications, hiding them completely in the process. This means that no individual or agency can access your online communications in any way, even if he has access to the most advanced tools available today.

Online Security:

Online security is another important aspect in your life, which can greatly improve once you start using a VPN service. Premium VPN services such as PureVPN have servers which are equipped with all the tools necessary to safeguard your network and your devices.

These servers are equipped to filter out all sorts of malware, adware and other such dangerous programs lingering around on your network. These also provide you safety against DDoS attacks and other similar forms of attacks which aim to disrupt your network or your devices.

Online Streaming and P2P File Sharing:

Let’s admit, we all love to stream popular content on the internet. To rule effectively over the internet means that you need to have accessed to all the famous online streaming websites. This is only possible if you start using a VPN.

Even if a particular website is geo-blocked, you can still access it when you connect with a VPN server located in a country where that website is accessible. Multiple premium VPN services provide you with the best speeds, allowing you to easily stroll in buffer-free zones.

Furthermore, you can torrent any file you want easily using a VPN service. While torrenting, the VPN service makes you anonymous on the internet, allowing you to download files even if torrenting is disallowed in your country.

Avoid Censorship:

Every person living on this planet must have the right to speech. However, this right isn’t provided even by the biggest democratic countries of this world. Censorship rules apply to anything and everything that we say on the internet.

However, you can maintain your right to speech and avoid censorship easily once you start using a VPN service. VPNs provide you with the privacy and anonymity that you need, allowing you to avoid any rules which should never have existed.

In a Nutshell…

Premium VPN services provide you with all the tools you need to rule over the internet. VPN services are essential in providing you with online privacy, security and the freedom that you need. So subscribe to a VPN service now and get the keys to your very own online kingdom!

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Author’s Name: Sheheryar Ahmed KhanAuthor’s Name: Sheheryar Ahmed Khan

Bio: Sheheryar Ahmed Khan is a privacy enthusiast who covers on a range of issues related to the world of cybercriminal activities. He is a gadget enthusiast who loves travelling to interesting places around the world. He is currently affiliated with PureVPN. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @SheheryarAhmedK

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Best VPNs of 2017

Best VPNs of 2017

The best 10 VPN service providers for anonymity and security – 2017 edition

In order to improve your online privacy and security, using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service is arguably the most effective measure that one can opt for. VPN is a network technology, which links the private network over internet using encryption methods. It is generally preferred by government agencies, corporates, educational institutions, and private citizens to facilitate easy access of remote users to secured private networks.

In comparison to private networks, VPN is not only economical and flexible, but it also allows VPN users to maintain their anonymity and protect themselves from being snooped. A VPN can be used to access region-restricted websites, shield your browsing activity from prying eyes on public Wi-Fi, and more. However, one should be aware that there is no such thing as a one-stop-shop when it comes to protecting your privacy and staying secure while using the internet. Therefore, VPNs should be considered as an important tool in your internet toolbox.

Basically, VPN works on 4 protocols:

• IP security (IPSec): IPSec utilizes two methods to encrypt its user’s data: a) transport mode or b) tunnelling mode. Encryption of message within the data packet by transport mode is also termed as Payload, whereas inscription of the whole data packet is known as Tunnelling.

• Point-To-Point Tunnelling Protocol (PPTP): This is the most widely used protocol; PPTP uses the tunnelling method wherein PPTP stores data within the PPP packets, which are further stored inside the IP packets and transported to the desired destination.

• Layer 2 Tunnelling Protocol (L2TP): It works on two major features: L2TP Access Concentrator (LAC) and L2TP Network Server (LNS). LAC is a device which terminates the call, whereas LNS authenticates the PPP packets as seen earlier in the PPTP.

• Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) i.e. TSL/SSL: This system uses a combination of authentication and encryption, which leads to the sharing of data between the servers and client.

In this article, we bring the top 10 VPN service providers that not only offer privacy but also data security.

1. PureVPN

PureVPN is based in Hong Kong, which has the advantage of being out of view of the prying ‘14-eyes’. It has gained a reputation for being a respected provider with solid encryption, global server coverage, and state-of-the-art software. It uses 256-bit grade encryption and boasts more than 500 servers across 141 countries.

While it does not monitor or record any activity that passes through its servers, but it does acknowledge of keeping a record of connections and bandwidth, which it says is in order to optimally manage its servers. It also offers the more secure OpenVPN protocol and maintains its own DNS servers.

Features include a Kill Switch that ensures that your actual IP is never exposed should the VPN drop. It also has split tunnelling, which routes specific apps to access the internet via their local internet connection and other specific apps via their VPN connection at the same time. You can select a location either by city or by activity, such as online sports streaming, and it will connect you to an optimal server.

PureVPN Pricing is reasonable at $4.99 per month, and you can pay via anonymous payment methods such as MasterCard, Visa, American Express, PayPal, Discover Card, Bitpay, CoinPayments, PaymentWall, Alipay, Cashu, and much more. Further, there is a 7-day money back guarantee, as long as you don’t go beyond 3GB. Additionally, PureVPN offers 24/7 support in case you have technical or other difficulties.

URL: PureVPN

2. Ivacy

Founded in 2007, Ivacy was the first VPN service to offer Split Tunnelling feature. It has recently been revamped and with impressive new features, it is one of the most secure VPN services that are around. One of the newest privacy providers in the world, Ivacy offers robust encrypted tunnelling with an uncompromising Zero Logging Policy. Ivacy VPN secures subscribers’ activities and data using leading edge tunnelling protocols (PPTP, OpenVPN, SSTP and L2TP)& military grade AES-256 bit encryption.

Ivacy VPN Apps have been developed in-house ensuring there is no foreign code or malware injected to deliver advertising and pop-ups. The apps are quality tested to ensure optimal performance on all compatible operating systems.

Ivacy VPN never retains any data the provider ensures nothing is ever available against user accounts. Servers automatically delete all connection time stamps and connection data every 48 hours ensuring you are 100% anonymous and completely safe when using Ivacy VPN.

URL: Ivacy VPN

3. TorGuard

TorGuard will give you “No logging policy” and will also provide you a second layer of data security with IP configuration, which is very tough to find users IP. No logs are monitored. TorGuard VPN has multiple Socks proxy servers and VPN’s around the world. The entire data is wrapped into single packet by encryption via tunnel method through secure servers and then this data is again connected to the BitTorrent cloud, which gives it the second layer of insulation from being attacked.

Currently, TorGuard maintains 1600+ servers in over 50 countries across the world and are in continuous expansion. It retains its control on all hardware though it seeks partnerships with data centers who can adhere to strict security criteria. All servers are arranged and managed exclusively by TorGuard’s in house networking team through a single, secure key. TorGuard advises its clients to use OpenVPN connections only and for encryption use AES256 with 2048bit RSA for better security. It runs OpenVPN and will do so on Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android and iOS.

URL: TorGuard

4. IPVanish

This creates a secure environment for day to day web usage. Before user logs onto the net, it is essential to establish IPVanish VPN connection, which will convert entire online data into encrypted tunnel including emails, data transfers, online banking, instant messaging and all online browsing. The encrypted data cannot be intercepted by any third party including ISP (Internet Service Provider). It supports P2P traffic. It uses OpenVPN, L2TP, and PPTP Protocols for its operations.

URL: IPVanish

5. BTGuard

This service is based on proxy service where the user is able to hide their true IP address from the rest of the world. This is a service specially built for the BitTorrrent users to protect their anonymity. BTGuard was just a basic proxy service that user would need to configure to avail the BitTorrent service. However, now BTGuard is becoming a handy tool with its easy to install software to protect their anonymity. It also has an encryption tunnel software for users who require special security for their data. BTGuard stores username, password and e-mail addresses; however, the IP addresses are never stored.

URL: BTGuard

6. BolehVPN

It hides true location of the user by encrypting and encapsulating the entire data, which passes through the VPN, thereby making it difficult for the snoopers or the third party to intercept or decode the internet traffic. Various features of BolehVPN can be listed such as it protects the user by masking the IP address. Further, the data is encrypted throughout i.e. to and fro when it passes the VPN server, it accelerates the P2P. It also hides the true location of user due to which user appears to hail from a different location. Lastly, it also helps users to bypass certain corporate firewalls. It is based on Open VPN and SSL VPN.

URL: BolehVPN

7. HideIPVPN

It is based on combination of PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, IPSec, OpenVPN and SmartDNS. It is compatible with a huge list of operating systems Windows, Mac, Linux, Routers etc. HideIPVPN offers a very high quality of anonymity to its users on the internet wherein user can access even the blocked websites, surf the web anonymously, hide the IP address and encrypt user’s data. It does not restrict access to any online sites or services. All data going out and coming in via VPN is encrypted, secured and it also hides IP address, which means one can safely access secure websites without anyone intercepting the connections.

The encrypted data is hidden from user’s ISP and network administrator too, which means only user and the destination will be able to see what is being sent. SmartDNS service helps the user to access more than 35 online media services from around the world hence it is ideal for anyone who has limited cable access to TV channels, by using HideIPVPN user can change their DNS name and hence get easy access to the blocked TV/media servers.

URL: HideVPN

8. SlickVPN

An IP address acts as a digital signature which helps to detect the location of the user to any website or to the Internet Service Provider i.e. ISP. SlickVPN hides the true IP address of user by assigning them an anonymous one hence enabling user to hide their location from snoopers. If any user connects to SlickVPN, a connection will be created between user’s computer and our servers.

SlickVPN encrypts any data transmissions or online activity so that user’s presence is anonymous. In addition, the connection is also secured by SlickVPN so that the internet activity, usernames, passwords, emails, instant messages, downloads, uploads, etc. are shielded from third party.

URL: Slick VPN

9. Unspyable

This uses an Off-Shore VPN service wherein VPN encrypts the entire internet connection and creates an encrypted tunnel between the user’s computer and the server chosen by user from the preferred list of servers. Whenever user browses the internet, all the websites which user visited would see the address of the remote server and not the real IP address of the user. Due to the encrypted tunnel between user and server, user’s IP address is now anonymous. Hence, none of user’s information is available on the local network nor to the local ISP or to government censors and monitoring.

For users who want a higher security Unspyable also offers the Multiple Hop VPN wherein just as in Off Shore VPN the data is made to pass through a multiple off shore hops / servers which is very difficult to crack. Major benefits of this VPN are: it provides secure and private offshore email logs which is not saved or monitored, correspondence is secured using hot spots, and anonymity of IP address.

URL: Unspyable VPN

10. NordVPN

This provides a great 256bit AES OpenVPN protection and there are PPTP and L2TP/IPSec connections available. As soon as user connects to the NordVPN, a tunnel is created between user and the server and all the data in this route is encrypted. It is also one of the only VPNs to allow Tor over VPN and has a double-hop encryption system which cannot be cracked. Tor over VPN is an advanced privacy solution provided by NordVPN.

The basic principle here: User first connects to NordVPN server, which then routes all traffic through a widely known Tor network. Here, the data is encrypted within NordVPN layer at the initial stage and later sent to the Tor network. The Tor is more safer for privacy as the encrypted data is made to route through a few Tor hops and finally reach its destination helping in maintaining the anonymity of user’s vital information and also DNS traffic is  routed through the Tor network user’s will be able to access ” .onion websites” or the hidden websites just using NordVPN.

URL: Nord VPN

The VPN services provided above are the best according to us. However, there could be others too that may be better than those given above. If you know of a better VPN service, then drop the name of the provider in the comments section below that can help other readers to stay secure and private.

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10 Most Interesting Websites To Visit When You Are Bored!!!

10 Most Interesting Websites To Visit When You Are Bored!!!

10 Most Interesting Websites To Visit When You Are Extremely Bored

The Internet is deep, I mean really deep but there are times that you get utterly bored. Visiting the same websites, Wiki, Reddit and other web resources is good but doing it day in day out can cause a certain ennui even diehard web surfers.

Then there are times in which you wish to remain alone with your thoughts. Such moments of solitude can cause depression and in moments like this, what is better to check out some of the amazing websites that are just made to kill your boredom. Today we bring a small collection of websites which have something in common: they are as useless as are entertaining. These websites are not meant to be bookmarked or taken seriously. They are there on the Internet for killing your that ‘ten minutes’ which you don’t know how to spend.

10 Most Interesting Websites To Kill Your Boredom

#1 The Useless Web

The-Useless-Web

This is the most useless website there is. And so the developers have aptly named it “The Useless Web.” The website will take you to any random and useless site which will keep you entertained for a minute or so. So, keep clicking The Useless Web button and watch your time being wasted.

#2 Hacker Typer

 Hacker Typer
Another website where you can spend those boring minutes typing abracadabra and watching it coming to screen as a coding language. The Hacker Typer lets you enter anything random and it will appear as a code on the screen complete with the surreal black screen and green cursor.

#3 The Faces Of Facebook

The Faces Of Facebook
When bored it is best to watch profile pictures of Facebook users. One such site, The Faces of Facebook loads 1.28 billion Facebook users in a single page. You can randomly click on any part of the screen and visit any Facebook user profile that is thrown up. From a philosophical point of view, The Faces of Facebook shows us how small in this world considering the number of Facebook profiles is almost equal to the population of India.

#4 Weave Silk

Weave-Silk
Remember in the olden days when there was no Internet and we used to pass time by drawing absurd designs on a piece of paper. Now you can do it online with Weave Silk. The website lets you kill time by creating amazing creative works of art with your mouse cursor.

#5 This Is Sand

This Is Sand

Just like Weave Silke above, This is Sand lets you create very creative designs with sand. Just press the C key to select the color and click anywhere on the screen to start pouring sand on the screen. Kill as much time as possible with all that sand at your disposal creating piles and piles of designs.

#6 Incredi Box

Incredi-Box
Music is perhaps the best medium to kill time. And Incredi Box lets you create your own sounds as you go along. With a few proper clicks, you could become Beethoven or Mozart, just don’t tell it to the world.

#7 A Soft Murmur

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Listening to the fabulous sounds of nature is a fantastic way of killing your boredom. Listening to the sound of sea waves or a running river can cool down an agitated person. A Soft Murmur is a perfect website for bored souls. So, just plug in your headphone and relax to the sounds of nature.

#8 The Nicest Place On The Internet

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The Nicest Place on the Internet is just that, the nicest place on the Internet. If you are feeling bored, it is the best place to kill your time by getting hugs from random people on the Internet.

#9 Free Rice

Free-Rice
This is a website which combines pastime with charity. The more you want to kill your time, the more you will donate to the charity. Every correct answer given by you is converted into 10 grains of rice which are then donated to the charity.

#10 Do I Have A Dead Pixel

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Do I Have A Dead Pixel tries to make your boredom a little productive. It involves testing your monitor to see if the screen has a dead pixel. You can pass your time trying to find that one solitary dead pixel on your desktop or laptop screen. Be sure to wipe your screen with a cloth so that you don’t confuse dirt spots with dead pixels.

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Pornhub’s boobs vs butt search insights throws up unexpected result

Boobs vs Butts Pornhub search results reveal what do Americans and rest of the world prefer most

Boobs vs Butts Pornhub search results reveal what do Americans and rest of the world prefer most

This is an adult article, therefore, user discretion is requested to proceed with reading the article.

A thoroughly adult question : What do you prefer, boob or the butt? This age old boob vs butt conundrum finally has some answers thanks to Pornhub. The utterly despised adult video website often provides deep insights into the human psyche and the boob vs butt question is one of those.
 It is a fact that a particular search result on Pornhub about the adult browsing habits reveals more than just sex. Rather the search results often offer insights into some subjects that are considered taboo in the real world. Pornhub in partnership with YouPorn has collated data from its search insights to answer the millennium old question. What does the world prefer, boobs or butts? Do Americans prefer boobs or butts?

So what does the world think about Boob vs Butt?

The world loves boobs more than butts. Strangely development and per capita income doesn’t seem to influence a person’s choice for butts. A developed country like the United States of America has underdeveloped countries of Africa and not so developed countries of Latin America and Europe as partners in its butt loving spree. On the other hand, population does seem to have a correlation with one’s sexual preference. The world’s most populated countries like China and India with billion plus citizens prefer boobs over butts.

What do Americans like more?  Boob or Butt?

A majority of Americans love butts. Save for a few states in the north, the whole of US is a butt loving country. As said above, it follows South America and African in its pursuit of the perfect butt.

Pornhub search is known to bring out the deepest of human emotions out because its users generally search for the most erotic thing they prefer. This was shown after Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States of America. The Pornhub users immediately started searching for Trump family video clips, Trump’s daughter, Tiffany lead the search with a whopping 1000+ percentage points.  Ditto with Meghan Markle, the royal love interest of Prince Harry of United Kingdom. The stories of the romance between Prince Harry and Meghan broke this week and she immediately became the most searched personality on Pornhub.

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What Will Happen If Entire Internet Goes Down

What Will Happen If Entire Internet Goes Down

What would happen to us if the Internet went down…?

The DDoS attack which brought down the Internet in much of United States of America and  parts of Europe left users without Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, Netflix and many other websites. The attack also left PlayStation Network users high and dry throughout the day. The DDos attack was fuelled by your and my common Internet of Things connected devices like smart camera, CCTVs, smart refrigerators etc.

For those out of the loop, on Friday morning, a distributed denial of service attack against DNS provider, Dyn brought down websites and apps across the internet, temporarily barring access to Twitter, Pinterest, WhatsApp, and more for millions of users. While Dyn was able to stabilize the situation within a few hours, a second DDoS attack began in the early afternoon, again disrupting services across the web.

Dyn provides domain name system services, translating common internet addresses into machine-legible information that ensures you get to where you’re trying to go on the web. So every request you make for a website has to go through a DNS server. Citing Flashpoint, a security intelligence firm, Forbes reports that the attackers appear to have used a Mirai botnet against Dyn.

Mirai botnets exploit Internet of Things devices, taking advantage of their low security to employ them in DDoS attacks. In late September, someone going by the handle Anna-senpai released Mirai’s source code, and since then, the DDoS attacks using Mirai botnets have increased.

The 1.2TB DDoS attack using such Internet of Things connected devices caused a complete breakdown of the Internet in the United States and parts of Europe. What would happen if the Internet to the entire world goes down? Such a scenario has been actually predicted by a security researcher, Bruce Schneier. In fact, Schneier says that some unknown entity is already working on bringing down the whole Internet. Schneier in an essay last month revealed that companies responsible for the basic infrastructure of the Internet are experiencing an escalating series of coordinated attacks that appear designed to test the defenses of its most critical elements. It seems likely that the attack against Dyn which brought down the Internet on 21st and 22nd October was a part of this grand scheme.

So what happens if Schneier is right and the Internet is actually shut down?  We look at the impact if such a situation arises in near future.

A situation like this brings  E.M. Forster’s disturbing tale ” The Machine Stops” to mind. Written in 1909, it describes the downfall of a civilization that is totally subservient to an automated life-support system. Foster’s novel has its citizens thinking of the Machine as an infallible deity and live in their individual mechanical wombs, communicating and doing business only through the Machine. They worship it in their fashion until in the words of the author:

There came a day when, without the slightest warning, without any previous hint of feebleness, the entire communication system broke down, all over the world, and the world, as they understood it, ended.

Though we have not yet arrived at such a situation where the Internet is a god but it leaves no doubt that our lives totally depend on the being online today. Here are some things that would happen if there was no Internet :

1. No Social Networking = No online friends.  When Internet connection goes off, the first casualties are social network websites like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Snapchat. As soon as this happens, users who normally contacted their friends and colleagues through social media try to contact with friends and family through telephone lines. Due to overload, telecommunication services go down. Due to non-availability of Internet, LTE networks go down leaving users at the mercy of landlines.

2. No Internet = No News/Information Without the Internet you wouldn’t be able to get round the clock information like news, or weather forecast. Air-traffic can’t function, high seas become dangerous. Metros come to a complete standstill. Suburban train networks will run slowly bringing big cities around the world to a creeping halt.

3. No Internet = No online banking/ATMs Online banking goes down. ATMs failures cause huge queues at banks. Banks face huge clearing pile up as the cheque clearing and money transfers have to be done manually.  This continues until the time there is a breakdown in services. There would be no PayPal or Visa purchases. Credit and Debit cards would become redundant as Point-of-Sales would not work. NYSE, FTSE, Nifty etc would stop trading in shares and stocks. WTI trades for Crude oil would stop as will Chicago Mercantile Exchange leading to stopping of commodities trade.

4. No Internet = No Satellites. The GPS network would completely breakdown as will the normal satellite communications. Everything which is connected to Satellites would have to be shut down.

The above some examples that come to mind easily. The Internet is much more than dominant in our life today than it was a decade ago. Also millions of IT workers who are dependent on the Internet would be out of work while big companies like Google/Facebook/Uber would shut down.

Seems like a grim scenario! Looks like Foster foresaw the situation in 1909 when he wrote ‘The Machine Stops’. Though there is a counterview to this. The internet is self-resilient.   It can’t simply be “shut down” – it’s not built that way.  Turning off the Internet is like shutting off religion. You just can’t do it.  Come to think of it… it’d be easier to turn off religion than to turn off the internet.

However, we seem to closer to making the Internet our god. Not in the abstract way but the Internet surely dominates our way of life with a god-like presence. Without the Internet we would surely be hurtled to stone age again as switching to manual way of doing things would be too difficult.

Time to remember that the Internet can’t just be turned off… but it can/could be stopped, of course.

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