PureVPN Black Friday Deals & Coupon Codes

We are happy to bring you this over-the-top Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal from the folks at PureVPN.  During this special period, you can save 88% off five years of unlimited VPN which makes your price for 5 years of their VPN service just $79.  PureVPN includes a number of features including encrypted VPN access, SmartDNS service, dedicated IP, and port forwarding. The promotion is live so you can visit PureVPN and save during their Black Friday sale. When we visited the site there was also a popup offering 1 year of VPN for $35.

PureVPN Black Friday deals

The PureVPN network consists of 2000+ servers in 140 different countries.  They have custom written software for most platforms including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux.  They are compatible with more than 20 devices including consoles, SmartTVs, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, routers, laptops, desktops, and mobile phones.  So, you should have no problem connecting any of your devices to their service using a DD-WRT or Tomato router. This allows you to protect your home network and unblock geo-restrcitions with a single account.

To restate this excellent special:  you can get five years of their VPN service + dedicated IP and port forwarding for just $79.  Visit the PureVPN Black Friday sale page to sign up for their promotion.  Since they have a 31 day money back guarantee, there is no risk on your part.  Take advantage of the deal, but remember it is only available for a limited time.

SaferVPN Black Friday Promotion

It’s never too early to launch a Black Friday deal now a days. The SaferVPN team just launched their BF promotion which will be live through November 26th. If you haven’t had a chance to try SaferVPN yet this is a great time to check them out.  The Black Friday promotion includes discounts on annual, 2 year, and 3 year terms.  As a member you have access to their network of VPN servers in 30 countries along with custom client software.  You can enjoy unlimited VPN access from just $2.29 a month.

SaferVPN Black Friday dal

As you can see all three SaferVPN plans are discounted between 55% and 80% off.  The difference between each plan is simply the term of the account.  Here’s a summary of the terms offered along with the price for each:

  • 36 months – $82.26 ($2.29 a month)
  • 24 months – $71.77 ($2.99 a month)
  • 12 months – $59.88 ($4.99 a month)

As you can see the 3 year plan is the best value. The Black Friday / Cyber Monday promotion brings the equivalent price down to just $2.29 a month for 3 years of unlimited VPN service. That’s the best price we’ve seen from SaferVPN.

You can read our SaferVPN review to learn more about the service.  We have tested their network and performance was good in both the United States and United Kingdom.  Visit our SaferVPN Black Friday Special page to save up to 80% off unlimited VPN access.  As always let us know what you think of the service.  You can follow us @VPNSP for the latest VPN news and promotions.

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 future of privacy for the next generation.  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.

  • If you had the combined powers of all the world’s leaders, what would be your 10-year plan to ensure the next generation has the right to privacy?

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 Friday, August 31st.  The winners will be announced on Saturday, October 13th.  Best of luck!

PureVPN Anniversary Sale

PureVPN has been in business for eleven years.  That may not sound like that long but it’s a lifetime in the VPN industry.  PureVPN was an early player in the online privacy space and continues to be a leader.  They are celebrating a birthday just like you might imagine, with presents and some surprises.  For starters you can enjoy a special 77% discount on the service.  With unlimited VPN from just $2.49 a month for 2 years of access.

PureVPN Anniversary Sale

PureVPN started the celebration with a deep discount on their service….but wait….there’s more.  Haha, I’ve always wanted to say that.  There really is a lot more going on at PureVPN.  We’ve seen a number of VPN services reach high levels and then sit back and relax.  That isn’t PureVPN’s approach.  Just the opposite.  We’ve been more than impressed with their efforts in expanding the PureVPN network over the years.

Along with announcing the special anniversary pricing PureVPN is extending the special to all new and existing members.  That means you can enjoy two years of VPN access for $59.76.  That works out to just $2.49 a month.  One of the lowest prices we’ve seen in a long time and is actually right in line with some of the best Black Friday deals.  Of course you do have to sign up for 2 years and pay up front to get the deal but that seems fair given the low price.

Those new to PureVPN will want to test the service.  I always recommend testing before you commit to anything.  PureVPN understands that too.  That’s why they offer a 31 day money back guarantee.  Giving you ample time to test the service and their client software.  PureVPN offers Windows and Mac clients.  Along with iOS and Android apps.  You’ll find that they’ve put a lot of thought into the user interface of all the apps.

Let’s take a look at what you get in terms of features and price during the PureVPN birthday sale.  For starters PueVPN members enjoy unlimited VPN access on up to five devices at a time.  That’s with a single account.  Connect using IKEv2, L2TP, or OpenVPN.  You can use the PureVPN apps to connect to any of their 2000 VPN servers in 141 countries.  Changing locations anytime within a few seconds.

Here’s a quick summary of the PureVPN Birthday sale prices:

As you’ll notice the discount makes their two year plan the best deal by far.  You save quite a bit more by signing up for two years of access.  You’ll pay just $2.49 s month for two years of unlimited VPN access.  All the prices are recurring so you can save month after month or year after year with the discount.  This is the one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on PureVPN accounts.

You can visit VPNSP.com to learn more about VPN services.  Follow us @VPNSP for the latest news and deals.

5 Best World Cup VPN Deals

After all the waiting and anticipation it’s finally time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  A lot of VPN companies are big fans as well.  They’ve been planning for the event for months.  Today marks some of the best VPN deals of the year.  There’s no reason to miss a second of the action with several leading VPN providers offering deep discounts.  Watch all the World Cup matches from sites around the world with a fast, reliable VPN service.

Let’s jump right into the deals.  All the specials listed below are active.  They are also time limited so you’ll want to sign up soon to save.  We’ll list them in order based on quality of service.  The providers listed are all VPNSP Editors Choice winners.  I highly recommend all of them for fast, reliable access to the World Cup.

1. ExpressVPN – VPN + SmartDNS from just $6.67 a month

ExpressVPN World Cup Promo

ExpressVPN members enjoy unlimited VPN and SmartDNS.  You can use ExpressVPN’s network of VPN servers located in 94 countries (full list) along with support for SSTP, PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN.  New members can enjoy a 15 months of unlimited VPN from just $6.67 a month.

2. Private Internet Access – unlimited VPN from just $2.50 a month

PIA World Cup Discount

Private Internet Access doesn’t have quite as large a network but they are arguably the best value.  PIA is known for speed and privacy.  They are a favorite of the P2P community.  The PIA team manages a network of VPN servers in 10 countries.  You can see the flags above.  Make sure your World Cup coverage falls into one of them.  If so enjoy unlimited VPN from just $2.50 a month.

3. IPVanish – unlimited VPN from just $4.87 a month

IPVanish coupon

IPVanish is a fine choice for World Cup coverage.  They manage a tier-1 network of VPN servers in 60 countries.  Managing their own network gives them fast performance.  When speed counts IPVanish is hands down a great choice.  They have free client software for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  Along with free mobile apps for iOS and Android.  Enjoy unlimited VPN from $4.87 a month.

4. CyberGhost – unlimited VPN from just $2.75 a month

CyberGhost World Cup

CyberGhost has gone all out for the World Cup.  They are offering an excellent price and have set up the VPN client to easily unblock a number of popular streaming services.  Stream the World Cup matches from various countries. Speed and reliability are not an issue as CyberGhost manages a network of servers in 60 countries.  Enjoy unlimited VPN from $2.75 a month.

5. Hide My Ass – unlimited VPN from just $5.99 a month

HMA World Cup Deal

If you’re new to VPN then you’ll likely get a laugh out of the Hide My Ass name.  Don’t let the name fool you though.  HMA is a huge, well known VPN.  They manage a network of over 900 servers across 190 countries.  Giving you a great selection of server locations to choose from.  Select from their Windows, Mac, iOS and Android apps.  Enjoy unlimited access from $5.99 a month.

In addition to the great VPN deals our friends over at FlashRouters are offering discounts on their custom VPN routers.  If you haven’t had a chance to try out a DD-WRT or Tomato router you should check out the video on their homepage.  FlashRouters will be running specials throughout the World Cup so check them out.

You can visit VPNSP.com to learn more about VPN services.  Follow us @VPNSP for the latest news and deals.

Take Back Your Internet Party & Privacy Panel

South by Southwest (SxSW) Interactive is set to start in Austin this week.  You can bet there will be plenty of talk around privacy.  A few years ago the audience was greeted by a stream from Edward Snowden that pointed out the need for developers and everyone to focus on privacy.  That wasn’t the only privacy related event in Austin.  Privacy will once again be a hot button issue at the conference this year.  What you might not know is that Golden Frog, the company behind VyprVPN is located in Austin.  They will be sponsoring their annual “Take Back Your Internet” party on Friday night that will include a panel of privacy experts.

Take Back Your Internet Party

The Take Back Your Internet party will take place at Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin on Friday, March 9th at 6:00 pm CST.  The party will give attendees an opportunity to network and enjoy some dinner including BBQ, gourmet tacos, and craft beer.  The privacy panel will center around whats next for net neutrality, the declining Internet freedoms around the world, and a discuss of personal data s your personal property.  The discussion is very timely given the recent FCC decision to repeal net neutrality.  Golden Frog has gone so far as to meet with an FCC commissioner in Austin last month.

Here’s a list of the privacy panel participants:

  • Philip Molter – Co-CTO, Golden Frog
  • Drew White – Senior Federal Policy Analyst, TPPF
  • Rachel Wolbers – Policy Director, Engine
  • Joseph Lorenzo Hall – Chief Technologist, CDT

The panel was moderated by Ellen Troxclair, member of the Austin City Council

You will not need a SxSW badge to join the party.  The Golden Frog team only asks that you RSVP for the event.  I would make it a point to arrive at Texas Public Policy Foundation around 6:00 pm so you network and take in the privacy panel.

Join Golden Frog and partners for their 2018 Take Back Your Internet Party.  In the meantime consider taking a few minutes to watch the privacy panel from 2014.

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 Omni hotel in Austin, Texas.  The event will include guest speakers, a special guest, and an opportunity for students to get involved.  The theme this year is “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you” 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 (all times shown in CST):

9:30 a.m. – Doors Open & Exhibits

10:30 a.m. – Welcome Remarks

10:50 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

11:25 a.m. – Youth & Tech Industry Issues in Perspective

1:00 p.m. – Student Activity

1:30 p.m. – Announcing the What’s Your Story? Video Contest

1:40 p.m. – A Teen Who Doesn’t Just Play Games — He Builds Them

2:00 p.m. – Event Wrap-Up

2:30 p.m. – Program Close

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 event in Austin.  Have a great time and stay safe online.

Watch the 2018 Super Bowl Ads

I was really looking forward to seeing the Eagles match up against the Patriots in the Super Bowl.  The second half of Super Bowl 52 was exciting to say the least.  It’s hard to imagine a better way for the Eagles to get their first Super Bowl victory.  While last year’s game was a blowout in the first half, this year the game was close all the way through.  Then there were the commercials which never fail to entertain.  There were some good ones this year.  My favorites included ads from Doritos and Mountain Dew Ice with Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman, M&M’s with Danny DeVito, Tide, and Amazon Alexa.  You can view them all on YouTube.

Dorito Super Bowl commercial

Here’s some help if you are currently in a location that blocks YouTube.

How using a VPN can help you unblock YouTube?

Let’s see how a personal VPN service can help you access YouTube  from anywhere in the world:

  • A virtual private network (VPN) gives to access to IP addresses in the United States.
  • Your web traffic is routed through a secure tunnel to help ensure your privacy.
  • Since speed is critical for streaming, a VPN can help you achieve better performance.

As you can see a good privacy service will help secure your connection with a US IP address.  Giving you access to YouTube no matter where you might be physically located at the time.

Connecting to YouTube through a VPN

We’ll guide you through signing up for a VPN service and connecting to YouTube from outside the US.  We recommend a fast VPN connection for streaming videos.  There are lots of VPN providers that can’t support the bandwidth necessary for YouTube.  Two of our favorites for speed and reliability are IPVanish and SrongVPN.

We’ll be using IPVanish in our tutorial since they have very fast VPN servers in the United States.   The first thing you’ll want to do is get an account.  You can sign up for unlimited VPN access from $4.87 a month.

2017 Best VPN Service Awards

After you sign up watch for the welcome email.  Once received you can either follow the link in the email or go to IPVanish.com and download their client software.  IPVanish offers a free VPN client for Windows and Mac.  Along with set up guides for iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the IPVanish client go ahead and launch it.  You’ll see this screen:

IPVanish Windows 2.0 client

From here you can choose a server location in the U.S. or another country with uncensored access to YouTube.  For me the servers in the United States are the fastest but IPVanish also performs very well in other areas of North America and throughout Europe so you really can’t go wrong when selecting a server location.

We won’t make things too technical.  Feel free to connect to any IPVanish server.  They offer locations throughout the United States.  If you ever want an IP from elsewhere they offer servers in 63 countries.  As a member you can switch between locations anytime.  With up to two simultaneous connections.

You’ll notice a dropdown box at the top of the client for OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP.  These are the protocols used to secure your connection.  You can test them to see which one works best from your location.  For streaming content like YouTube we recommend OpenVPN (UDP) for the best performance.

That’s all there is to it.  The VPN will also help you gain access to Sling TV, Hulu, Skype, Twitter, Facebook and other sites.  Follow us @VPNSP for more how-to guides along with VPN reviews and discount offers.

HMA Pro VPN Winter Sale

HMA is celebrating the season and winter Olympics with a discount on their popular VPN service.  New and existing members can sign up for unlimited VPN access from just $4.99 a month.  The HMA Pro VPN service includes access to over 280 server locations across 190 countries.  This gives you access to a wide range of geo-blocked websites around the world.  Visit the HMA Winter Sale page to sign up and save up to 57% off.

HMA VPN Winter Sale

If you haven’t used a VPN in the past this is a great time to see the full advantage.  In addition to Internet anonymity you can enjoy the best of the Olympics and other exciting events throughout the year.  When you connect to any of HMA’s 860 VPN servers you will get an IP address in that country.  At that point you might as well be sitting in a coffee shop there.  You will have access to all the websites and streaming services available in that country.  You will also appreciate just how easy the HMA Pro VPN client software is to use.  I recommend you try the new HMA Pro client for Windows.

Hide My Ass VPN users have access to a full range of free software.  Starting with a nice client for Windows and Mac.  Not to mention the new client style for Windows users.  They also have free mobile apps for both iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and Android devices.  I mainly use their Windows app now.  It let’s you easily connect to any server location and secure your connection.  From there you can switch between VPN servers and update your IP address anytime with just a few clicks.

Read our HideMyAss review to learn more about the service and follow us @VPNSP for the latest VPN deals.

Data Privacy Day : Protect Your Data

Sunday,January 28th, is Data Privacy Day in the United States.  That might sound like an oxymoron given the Snowden revelations and continued news of our growing lack of privacy.  That’s all the more reason to wake up and start paying attention to your data.  Understand what happens to your personal information when you visit sites, use services and download apps from Internet giants like Google, Facebook, iTunes and Amazon.

Data Privacy Day

You can learn more about Data Privacy Day on StaySafeOnline.org.  They have a full list of events happening across the country that deal with making your data privacy a higher priority.  That’s really what it’s all about.  At least as a beginning to understand the kind of information and just how much data is being stored as you browse the web, use search engines and talk to your friends on Facebook.  Not to mention your mobile apps.

The second image above reads “Terms and Conditions May Apply“.  This is a documentary released in 2013 that examines how free services are gathering your personal data with your approval.  Because let’s face it no one reads the terms and conditions.  After watching the documentary you might think twice before sharing so much personal information online and trusting sites that carry the big brand names.  It’s an eye opener.

  • If something online is free, you’re not the customer, you’re the product

Give that sentence some thought next time you log into Facebook to share your activities and family photos.

Since we spend most our time reviewing VPN services it would only be right for us to read the terms and conditions along with privacy policies closer and share the details of what we find.  We’ve started through the list of top VPN providers and will be sharing our findings throughout the year.  Trust me it’s insanely boring to read legal speak but it’s also revealing to see how many companies are tracking your online activities.