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Why You Need a VPN, or How You Can Benefit from Using One

A VPN alone is just a way to bolster your security and access resources on a network you’re not physically connected to. What you choose to do with a VPN is a different story. Usually, VPN users fall into a few separate categories:

  • The student/worker. This person has responsibilities to attend to, and uses a VPN provided by their school or company to access resources on their network when they’re at home or traveling. In most cases, this person already has a free VPN service provided to them, so they’re not exactly shopping around. Also, if they’re worried about security, they can always fire up their VPN when using airport or cafe WI-Fi to ensure no one’s snooping on their connection.

  • The downloader. Whether they’re downloading legally or illegally, this person doesn’t want on some company’s witch-hunt list just because they have a torrenting app installed on their computer. VPNs are the only way to stay safe when using something like BitTorrent—everything else is just a false sense of security. Better safe than trying to defend yourself in court or paying a massive fine for something you may or may not have even done, right?
  • The privacy minded and security advocate. Whether they’re a in a strictly monitored environment or a completely free and open one, this person uses VPN services to keep their communications secure and encrypted and away from prying eyes whether they’re at home or abroad. To them, unsecured connections mean someone’s reading what you say.
  • The globetrotter. This person wants to watch the Olympics live as they happen, without dealing with their crummy local networks. They want to check out their favorite TV shows as they air instead of waiting for translations or re-broadcasts (or watch the versions aired in other countries) listen to location-restricted streaming internet radio, or want to use a new web service or application that looks great but for some reason is limited to a specific country or region.
  • Some combination of the above. Odds are, even if you’re not one of these people more often than not, you’re some mix of them depending on what you’re doing. In all of these cases, a VPN service can be helpful, whether it’s just a matter of protecting yourself when you’re out and about, whether you handle sensitive data for your job and don’t want to get fired, or you’re just covering your own ass from the MPAA.

Even if none of the above really sound right to you, you can still benefit from using a VPN. You should definitely use one when you travel or work on an untrusted network. That means opening your laptop at the coffee shop and logging in to Facebook or using your phone’s Wi-Fi to check your email at the airport can all potentially put you at risk.

What you want to look out for within a VPN Provider:

+ Security and Anonymity due to high encryption
+ Lots of locations so you can bypass any country restrictions
+ Unlimited speed and usage, so you are not limited by the use
+ Different payment methods so you can choose how to pay the service
+ Apps, although configuring a VPN on a device takes usually between 30 sec and 2 min.

A neat VPN provider that we can recommend is tigerVPN which was positively reviewed by torrentfreak in their Anonymity 2015 report. The provider also ticks most of the items above and you should definitely give it a try.

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Keeping Yourself Safe on Public Wi-Fi Connections

Today, public Wi-Fi connections have become practically ubiquitous. Whether it’s password protected at your local coffee shop or mall, or completely wide-open in a public park or airport, public Wi-Fi has become an important way for many of us to connect to the internet, no matter where we go.

But with the ease of use and convenience come risks. It’s easy to forget that you’re not the only one using a public Wi-Fi connection, and there may be plenty of people out there on the same network who may wish to snag your data for nefarious purposes. It requires essentially zero hacking skills to monitor or hijack public Wi-Fi network communications. Free software, which is widely available, make snooping on public Wi-Fi users’ emails, chats, and web browsing about as easy and straightforward as pressing a button.

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Hackers can quite easily monitor an entire store’s network traffic with a small tablet-size device hidden in their backpack. Making public Wi-Fi networks even more irresistible targets, very few users are aware of the dangers, and routinely give away potentially damaging personal information on such connections.

It may seem that public Wi-Fi hotspots that utilize a password are secure, but such passwords offer a false sense of security. As long as the password is publicly posted and widely available, a user’s security is essentially compromised on the network.

Indeed, a freelance tech writer for pcworld.com conducted a test last year to measure just how easy it would be to grab the private information of Wi-Fi hotspot users. The writer, Eric Geier, used the trial version of a piece of software known as a network analyzer to gather users’ information. Geier took a seat at his local coffee shop and immediately began scooping up 802.11 packets – the discrete pieces of information sent over most wireless networks.

After a few minutes he had already captured much more than he could analyze in a sitting. His network analysis software reassembled the captured packets into readable webpages, but also was capable of gathering up username logins and passwords that did not make use of encryption, for example FTP logins and passwords. As long as the data was not transmitted over a securely encrypted line, it was vulnerable to eavesdropping.

One of the only ways to guarantee your safety on a public Wi-Fi connection is with a VPN, or Virtual Private Network. A VPN works by creating an encrypted tunnel between your computer and the VPN provider, ensuring that all of your data that travels over a public wifi connection isn’t privy to prying eyes. Even if there is someone eavesdropping on the public wifi hotspot you’re using, the only thing they’ll see is scrambled, encrypted  garbage.

A VPN can also provide the additional advantage of allowing you to view the internet as if you were in your home country while traveling abroad. We found a competitive provider named tigerVPN, the company offers 60 locations in 41 countries which means you should be able to access a fast, secure connection practically anywhere you might be in the world. The company claims it has built the network from the ground up with your privacy in mind – they don’t log nothing, and do not monitor users’ activities.

The benefits that come with tigerVPN

+ Protect yourself while using public hotspots
+ Huge network of 60 network locations in 41 countries
+ High Speed, unlimited use and unlimited traffic
+ Neat Apps for Windows, Mac, Android (soon iOS)
+ Affordable (7.5$ per month if paid annually)
+ Secure and Anonymous and tested by many other vendors

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How to access any content on Netflix with tigerVPN

So you’ve got yourself a Netflix subscription and you are browsing the catalogue at home. Ever wondered if Netflix is the same in all the countries around the world?

The short answer: NO!
And you might miss a lot of content. BUT we got a solution for you.

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Netflix is currently available in quite some countries around the globe, but Netflix is different in each and every market.
How come? Content restrictions and local TV rights interfere with a unique global video catalogue.

Those who have traveled before trying to access Netflix either got a nasty (not available in your country) message

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Or something similar to that:

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We did some research and compared video availability from all the countries where Netflix is available. You’d be surprised, on how much you may miss out if you are in a geographical area like – let’s say Germany. While the country itself has 1642 titles available (in July 2015), in the US, there are 7425 as of while we type.

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Doesn’t seem like a big deal to you? 
We’ve got more for you!

If you love House of Lies , as an example, you will keep looking for it on Netflix USA forever. Turns out that Canadians however, watch House of Lies Season 1 and 2 just around the corner.

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Another example?

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Archer, is available for all netflix regions, but Germany and Switzerland only gets to see season 3, while all other regions have the latest season 5 available to stream.

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The solution:
Netflix allows you to switch regions, as long as your IP address is from one of the supported countries. E.g. if you have a Netflix subscription from the US but you want to access the Canadian catalogue, you have to change your IP address to a Canadian one.

While this sounds like rocket engineering, it’s really that simple with a VPN provider, such as tigerVPN.com

In our test, the performance was really good and the speeds exceptional. Because at the end of the day, the streaming should support HD.

tigerVPN also has 60+ locations in 41 countries around the globe covering nearly any country where Netflix is available. So you can switch around easily.

They have a neat APP for Windows, Mac, Android and are supposed to launch iOS in the near future – but you can easily set tigerVPN on iOS within 30 seconds.

Below is a quick demo on how their app works.

If you didn’t know, a VPN also helps you avoid be exploited on the public Internet to hackers, Government and even the NSA! Priced at 5.83€ per month (if paid annually), it’s worth adding to your digital shopping cart.

Visit tigerVPN.com

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