IPVanish Privacy First Sale

Last week you may have read that the DOJ demanded the data for visitors to an anti-Trump website. This is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy that shines a light on the current political landscape in the United States and beyond. In response the IPVanish team is offering a Privacy First Sale to help protect user’s online privacy. Those new to IPVanish can sign up for a year of unlimited VPN for just $3.25 a month. That’s 50% off the already discounted pricing on 12 months of VPN access.. The sale will be active through Wednesday, August 23rd.

IPVanish Privacy First Sale

IPVanish is a strong supporter of groups that focus on online privacy rights. This certainly includes the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) which will receive a portion of the proceeds for the sale. The EFF was founded in 1990 to help promote civil liberties on the Internet. That’s quite impressive considering the state of the Internet in 1990. Back then we were using BBS and newsgroups to communicate online. Fast forward 27 years and we’re all interconnected. It’s hard to go anywhere or do anything without being tethered to your cellphone. This is yet another reason to encrypt your data. IPVanish allows members to connect on 5 different devices at one time using a single VPN account. This will help protect all your devices. You can even set up IPVanish to run through a router to protect every device on your home network.

The IPVanish Privacy First sale will end soon so you will want to sign up today to take advantage of the discount. To be more exact, the sale will be available until midnight EST on Wednesday, August 23rd. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to help fight for our online privacy.

ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship

Our friends at ExpressVPN are offering students a chance to speak out about privacy this summer.  The ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship will award $5,000 cash prize to the winner.  That’s just the beginning as the winning entry will also be shared with a worldwide audience.  This is your chance to have your voice heard on the impact of government surveillance in the future.  The winning entry will earn a $5,000 scholarship with 5 runners up winning a free year of VPN.  Visit the ExpressVPN scholarship page for more details.

ExpressVPN Privacy Scholarship

High school students, undergraduates, and graduate students in the United States or United Kingdom are eligible to submit an entry for the ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship.  Those interested will want to write a 300-400 word essay. The ExpressVPN team has offered a prompt to help you get started.

  • Essay prompt:
    • It’s 2027 and government surveillance on citizens’ internet activities is legal, in force, and widespread. Governments worldwide are watching everything you’re doing. What happens to art, culture, innovation, scientific research, freedom of expression, etc.?

New to the topic of online privacy?  If so I still encourage you to give thought to the prompt and write an essay.  This is a great opportunity for students to share your thoughts on where we’re headed and how privacy, or a lack thereof, will impact our lives in the future.  Just remember to follow the guidelines listed on the ExpressVPN scholarship page to be eligible for an award.  You will want to submit your essay by Thursday, August 31st.  The winners will be announced on Friday, October 13th.  Best of luck!

StrongVPN Net Neutrality Promotion

On Wednesday, July 12th the Internet will come together in protest of the direction the FCC is headed in terms of net neutrality. This is a hot button issue that has come full circle since Trump took office in January. The Internet has gone from net neutrality regulations to a government stance to end net neutrality. These are the same rules that help keep ISP’s like Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner, and AT&T from slowing down or blocking access to websites. The FCC is accepting comments and received feedback from over 3.5 million Internet users in 2015. That helped lead to the strong net neutrality rules that are now in jeopardy. Make sure your voice is heard.

StrongVPN Net Neutrality promotion

StrongVPN will be joining in on the net neutrality efforts on Wednesday and is offering a promotion around the event. You can save 50% off any StrongVPN plan (monthly, quarterly, annual) in addition to their normal term discounts. The special is live and will remain active through July 17th. Sign up during the #StrongForNetNeutrality promotion and benefit from unlimited VPN access from just $2.91 a month.

StrongVPN promo price

The coupon code for the StrongVPN Net Neutrality promotion is DAYOFACTION but you won’t need it. The StrongVPN team has taken care of everything for you. Simply visit their StrongForNetNeutrality page and sign up for any plan to save 50% off. As you can see above, the discount brings the price of unlimited VPN and smartDNS down to $5 a month, $12 a quarter, or just $34.99 for a full year of access. Please take a moment on July 12th to make your voice heard and let the FCC know that we all care deeply about the future of the Internet.

HideMyAss Summer Special

HideMyAss is celebrating the Summer season with a special offer on their HMA Pro VPN service.  You can save up to 56% off.  The discount is recurring so you can enjoy the savings for the life of the account.   The promotion will be active through the end of August and the discount will stay active as long as you’re an HMA member.  This will give you a chance to follow your favorite summer sporting events and travel with the assurance that your Internet connection is encrypted. Sign up to enjoy unlimited VPN access from just $4.99 a month.

HMA Summer Sale

Hide My Ass is more than just protection for your desktop or laptop at home.  You can use the free HMA Pro client to protect your PC or Mac but the service goes well beyond that.  With support for iPhone, iPad, Android devices and DD-WRT routers.  You can even use a VPN router to protect every device on your wireless network.  Including game consoles, media players, tablets and more.  Encrypt all your online activities.

Let’s take a closer look at the special pricing HMA is offering for the summer season:

The annual plan works out to just $4.99 a month for unlimited access to HMA’s large network.  We’re talking 720 servers in 190 countries and growing.  You can easily switch between server locations anytime with their free HMA Pro client or on your mobile device.  With support for OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP connections you can choose between maximum protection and performance.  Finding the right balance based on your needs.

The Hide My Ass Summer Vacation promotion is already live.  You won’t need a coupon code to take advantage of the offers.  Just visit the Hide My Ass Summer Promotion page before the end of the month to save.

IPVanish Releases VPN App for Amazon Fire TV

The team at IPVanish recently released their popular VPN app for Amazon Fire TV users. Whether you are using an Amazon Fire Stick or Fire TV box, the new IPVanish app will run without side loading or doing any extra work.  You can simply download the app from the Amazon website and push it to your device or grab it directly from your Fire TV. Protect your privacy and unblock geo-restrictions while using Fire TV. The new app is a great option for Kodi users as well. You can sign up for unlimited VPN on up to 5 devices from just $4.87 a month.

IPVanish for Fire TV

We ordered an Amazon Fire TV Stick for $39.99 and received it two days later with Prime shipping. It’s great to see the firestick back in stock since it was a 2-3 week backorder last month.  The Fire TV Stick couldn’t be any easier to use. Simply plug it into an HDMI input and a power outlet. It comes with everything you need to get started including a voice controlled remote. The first time you launch the firestick it will have you select a language and tie your Amazon account to the device. After that we went directly to the App section and found a blank screen. It stayed that way for about 20 minutes and then populated with the Amazon App store selections. We only mention this in case you run into the same issue. We tried syncing the device and a few other things but in the end it appears that it was a server issue.

There are two ways to get the new IPVanish VPN app on your device. If you are greeted by a blank apps screen the first time you launch the device, then we recommend opening the Amazon website on your phone and purchasing the app. The IPVanish app is free and you can choose which device to push it to. Alternatively you can find it via the Amazon App Store on your device. Either way will result in the app being loaded to your Fire TV. The user interface is very clean. You will immediately see the similarities to the other IPVanish apps. You can simply tap on the Connect button to connect to the best VPN server or select a server location. The app will let you choose a country and server location. It will even let you select a specific server if you want.

HMA Launches Liberty Island Servers for US Streaming

It has been almost a year and a half since Netflix started blocking customers from accessing their popular US streaming service with a VPN. Today we’re excited to share that HMA has added a new VPN server location. The Liberty Island servers have been optimized to work with popular US streaming services including Netflix. To celebrate the news, the team at HideMyAss is offering a sale for new and existing members. You can save 57% off HMA Pro VPN by signing up for a year of unlimited VPN service for just $4.99 a month.

HMA sale

Here’s a breakdown of the HMA sale to celebrate their new US streaming servers:

All the discounted prices are recurring so you will save month after month or year after year. The best value is definitely the annual plan. You can enjoy VPN for less than $5 a month. That gives you unlimited access to over 700 servers in 190+ countries around the world. You will be hard pressed to find many countries that don’t have an HMA server location. You can connect to their servers using the custom HMA Pro VPN apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Let’s take a quick look at how to connect with the Windows app.

HMA Liberty Island

Want to connect to a Liberty Island server to enjoy some Netflix or any of your favorite US streaming services? If so go ahead and launch the HMA Pro VPN app. If you don’t have it already you can download it directly from the HMA site. Once you open the app, simply click on the “Change location” button, then “Cities”, and search for Liberty. As you can see in the first screenshot above, the “USA, New York, Liberty Island” server comes right up. Go ahead and select it. That will take you back to the main screen. Move the slider to the right and the HMA app will connect you to a Liberty Island server. That’s all there is to it. Enjoy your favorite US streaming services and save during the HMA sale. Visit the HMA promo page to save up to 57% off their popular VPN service.

VPN Unlimited Adds DNS Firewall

The KeepSolid team recently added a new feature to their popular VPN Unlimited service. Members now have access to the KeepSolid DNS Firewall. The new feature gives VPN subscribers the ability to enable different levels of firewall protection to meet their needs. This includes VPN encryption, anti-malware, website & tracker blocking, and ad blocking. You can enable different combinations of these features by setting the DNS Firewall protection level. This will help protect your online privacy and security while blocking unwanted content.

VPN Unlimited DNS Firewall

As you can see in the screenshot above, the VPN Unlimited client has a “Protection” tab that let’s you set the DNS Firewall to low, medium, or high. Here’s a more detailed explanation of each firewall level you can set.

  • None – Advanced VPN traffic encryption that defends from man-in-the-middle attacks. No blocks, all websites can be reached.
  • Low – Anti malware + VPN protection. Encrypts your web traffic and blocks malicious websites, which can harm your device.
  • Medium – Anti-malware + stop tracking + VPN protection. Blocks malicious websites, as well as web tracking systems’ domains. Advanced VPN traffic encryption is also included.
  • High – The most advanced level of online protection and privacy. Blocks all malicious websites, as well as domains of the web tracking systems and advertising networks.

In addition to setting the level of DNS firewall protection, you can add any website to their black list to block it or white list to ensure that it doesn’t get blocked. Try out the new feature and let us know what you think. You can join us on Twitter and share your impressions of the new KeepSolid DNS Firewall.

OverPlay Introduces New Servers, Software, and Mobile Apps

We’re excited to share some big news from the OverPlay team. They just released a slew of new software and a big network update. For the first time ever, OverPlay members have access to a network of 650+ servers in 50 countries along with SmartDNS with JetSwitch to quickly change regions. The network is available through the new OverPlay mobile apps and redesigned desktop client software. Select between AES 256, AES 128, and no encryption based on your needs at the time. Use our coupon to save 25% off OverPlay VPN and SmartDNS.

OverPlay mobile apps

Are you already an OverPlay member? If so you will want to download the latest client release. Doing so will give you immediate access to the new OverPlay network. How does it compare to the old network? For starters you now have access to 650+ servers instead of 48. Connect to any of 70+ server locations across 50 countries with the new client. The service is even more attractive for mobile users. In the past you had to manually set up the VPN. Now you can simply download the iOS or Android app and connect to any server. The user interface on the desktop and mobile apps is very similar so you can expect the same experience regardless of what device you are connecting from at the time. Simply tap connect to secure your data and protect your privacy.

The best way to see the new features is to experience them for yourself. You can sign up for SmartDNS to unblock content in other regions. This is good for watching content that would otherwise be geo-blocked. We recommend adding VPN since online privacy has never been more critical than in today’s world. This will also give you access to the new OverPlay network and software for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. A big thanks to the OverPlay team for offering our visitors a discount. Enjoy unlimited access to all the new servers and software features from just $6.25 a month using our VPNSP coupon.

New VyprVPN Plans: More Features, Lower Price

VyprVPN recently revamped their VPN plans to include more features for a lower price. We were glad to see the VyprVPN Basic plan go away. It was limited to PPTP which is not as secure as the rest of the protocols VyprVPN offers. Cheers to the VyprVPN team for doing away with the Basic plan. You can now choose between two plans. The first is simply called VyprVPN and is the one we would select. It includes unlimited data usage and up to 3 connections. The VyprVPN Premium plan adds VyprVPN Cloud and Chameloan protocol which is good for those in countries that attempt to block VPNs. If you live in China then go with the VyprVPN Premium plan.

VyprVPN plans

If you compare the new VprVPN plans to their previous plans you will quickly notice a big difference in pricing. The old VyprVPN Basic account was once offered at the same annual price as the new VyprVPN Premium plan. Instead of being limited to PPTP connections, you gain full access to the VyoprVPN network along with 5 connections and all the extra features for the same price. Those who are fine with 3 connections can drop down to the standard plan and save even more. Here’s a closer look at both the new VyprVPN plans:

  • VyprVPN (unlimited data usage, 3 connections) – from $3.75 a month
  • VyprVPN Premium (5 connections, VyprVPN Cloud, Chameleon) – from $5 a month

The VyprVPN Premium plan is a must have for users in China. The Chameleon protocol will help you get around the great firewall. China puts a lot of effort into blocking VPNs so this is well worth the extra cost. You can also set up your own dedicated cloud VPN server. This is a good solution for more technical users who want more control. You can connect to your personal server through the VyprVPN client app.

Safer Internet Day USA Livestream

Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to for kids and young adults to learn more about steps they can take to stay safe online.  Safer Internet Day is recognized in over 100 countries around the world.  Many will be celebrating with events.  In the United States the celebration includes a special day for students at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.  The event will include guest speakers, a special guest, and an opportunity for students to get involved.  The theme this year is “Be the Change: Unite for a Better Internet” which points to the fact that we all have a responsibility to help keep the Internet as safe as possible.

Safer Internet Day

A number of schools in Pennsylvania will be on site for the Safer Internet Day event at the National Constitution Center.  For those of us who are aren’t in the area, the organizers are making the event available via a livestream.  You can watch the event live starting at 9:30 am EST.

Here’s a look at the agenda for today’s event:

9:30 a.m. – Welcome Remarks

9:50 a.m. – Youth & Parents Mentoring Children & Teens (Panel Discussion)

10:15 a.m. – Announcing the What’s Your Story? Video Contest

10:20 a.m. – Diversity and Security Careers

10:35 a.m. – Singer-songwriter Aisha Fukushima

11:00 a.m. – Special Guest

11:15 a.m. – Youth & Tech Industry Issues in Perspective (Panel Discussion)

12:00 p.m. – Live Stream Ends

Whether in attendance or watching via livestream I encourage teachers and parents to get involved in Safer Internet Day.  Many times our kids know as much or more about technology as many parents.  That can be good in some cases but it also means that new obstacles are in their path that we didn’t have to deal with when we were young.  Understanding the threats and steps you can take to promote a safer Internet is well worth the effort.  Cheers to the students at the National Constitution Center.  Have a great time and stay safe online.