Netflix and China Crack Down on VPN Use?

February 4th, 2015
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A couple of news items have caught our eye over the past month, both involving VPN’s.  The first is news that Netflix has been asked to ban VPN use of their service by individuals using to get around regional content locking.  The second is an increase in restrictions affecting VPN users within China.  In both cases, it appears that personal VPN’s are taking some lumps.  While this is to be expected with any growing technology, it’s a bit depressing to see the VPN technology getting a bad wrap.  For users, this is another example of the ever changing landscape on the internet.  It seems each month, and each year, users are watching technology sprout up (and get chopped down) in a variety of different ways.  Read the rest of this entry

2014 Recap and Recent Downtime

January 5th, 2015
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We are BACK!

My, how the scene has changed in only a few short months.  Where to begin…

2014 was full of drama in the Usenet and VPN universe.  To make matters worse, our website took a huge dump in the Summer.  No thanks to the hosting company, the spammers, hackers, and apparently even other similar websites.  In 2014 this site was spammed, targeted by hackers, and even copied and re-hosted under a similar URL by competing similar websites…all apparently in an attempt to shut us down.  Why?  We have no clue.  This site barely turns enough advertisement money to pay for the annual hosting fee and Akismet spam-blocker costs.  Perhaps we pissed someone off, who knows.  Here’s a short list of our personal drama from 2014: Read the rest of this entry

No Logs! Kickoff by VUR

March 28th, 2014
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Following TorrentFreak’s lead, we are announcing a new distinction here at VPNandUsenetReviews.com (VUR):  the No Logs! award.  This award will be earned by VPN service providers who demonstrate a clear commitment to their customers privacy by not keeping identifying logs.  This is actually quite a feat, considering the current environment.  It is also not easy.  There are a multitude of “identifying logs” that could be out there to identify customers.  Some more innocuous than others.  VPN services have to actually know what they are doing too – you can’t just circulate keys online and call it a day. Read the rest of this entry

CactusVPN Now Offers Cheap DNS

March 17th, 2014
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CactusVPN has rolled out a very low cost DNS service for customers.  Only $4.99/month for CactusVPN Smart DNS Service and you can unblock all the major high def streaming providers.  This includes the big names like Netflix, Hulu, BBC, HBO Go and many other websites.  The big benefit to Smart DNS service is that there is zero sacrifice in speed when connecting to the high def streams.

All too often VPN providers connections strain under the speed required to maintain a HD connection.  Smart DNS service sidesteps the entire problem by actually removing the network connection from the equation.  Simply change the DNS server settings on your internet enabled device and its off to the races!  CactusVPN Smart DNS works with a variety of devices including desktops, laptops, mobile devices, smart TV’s, and video game consoles.  DNS service itself is a great fit for internet enabled media devices like Smart TV’s.  You don’t have to worry about a VPN connection or VPN software, all you need is ability to get online and access DNS settings.

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CryptoCloud Has Officially Bit the Dust

March 14th, 2014
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It is no more.  Service and website completely down and not coming back.  CryptoCloud has bit the dust.  It’s not just you, it’s down for everyone.  A recent posting over at Cryptostorm confirms what some had suspected:  CryptoCloud simply could not overcome its troubles and has folded.  The good news is that current customers of CryptoCloud can get their service transferred over to Cryptostorm, free of charge.  Since 2007 CryptoCloud had been at the forefront of VPN services and secure networking.  Sadly they went out with a “bang” instead of a graceful exit.  Many customers complained of automatic payments for a service that didn’t exist.  Support inquiries with no response, and even now CryptoCloud maintains it was not their doing.  Sigh, just another day on the interwebs.  Read the rest of this entry

Invisible Browsing VPN Reduces Their Prices!

March 13th, 2014
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The team over at ibVPN has reduced prices on their Ultimate VPN plans to only $10.95/month!  This is down from $19.95, where it was some time ago.  It’s one thing to lower the price and offer the same service, but ibVPN has actually stepped up their game at the same time!  The Ultimate VPN now includes the new ibDNS, proxy, torrent, AND 2 simultaneous connections.  That’s unlimited VPN on 60+ servers in 23 countries for 11 bucks.  The discount gets even better when you signup for a 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month plan.  One year of Ultimate VPN is only $82.95 which works out to only $6.91 per month! Given the substantial reduction in price per month,  over 45% lower, and the improvement in service, its no wonder that ibVPN has been coming on strong.  Read the rest of this entry

HTPC ATX Case Comparison: The Fullsize Battle!

March 13th, 2014
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The right full size ATX case for a HTPC build can be hard to find.  Many people will tell you that the future is in Micro or Mini ITX and full ATX is for noobs.  People will trot out high priced euro-design boxes that can barely handle a 250W PSU and SSD.  In truth, a lot of the small form factor cases are gorgeous and offer new HTPC builders some amazing customization options.  But, what about the people building HTPC with full size parts?  What about the guy who wants to run a pair of GTX780’s?  Better yet…and what is more likely to be common in the next few years, what about the guy who has got loads of ATX parts laying around… Read the rest of this entry

The new low cost DNS service everyone is talking about

March 12th, 2014
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Ultra low cost DNS service is an excellent solution for people who need to unlock regional content without sacrificing any of their streaming speed.  All too often private VPNs have suffered from reliability and speed problems making streaming high def video pretty difficult.  Most of that is a thing of the past now with home broadband and major VPN services, but DNS service does offers some benefits in comparison to a traditional dial-VPN service.  It’s no wonder then why many of the major players like StrongVPN and Overplay VPN have started offering their own form of DNS service.

Strong VPN DNS Service

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VyprVPN for Android App Review

March 12th, 2014
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The VyprVPN app for Android is a push button simple VPN that can quickly secure your smartphone’s internet connection.  Complete with live widgets and server selection, the VyprVPN app for Android provides an excellent feature set.  The VyprVPN app for Android is just one of the many applications associated with the VyprVPN service.  In addition to Android, apps exist for Windows, Mac, and iOS.  The app for Android rounds out the family and provides total VPN coverage to all of your devices.  Available for free in the Android Play Store, the VyprVPN app is easily installed.  Once installed the app will need user/password credentials.  After that, just hit connect!  The VyprVPN app for Android can automatically search for the closest VPN server to ensure a fast connection.  In addition to selecting the closest server, the VyprVPN app for Android provides a listing of all available servers. Read the rest of this entry

VPN All Over the News

March 11th, 2014
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It’s insane the number of times VPN is being mentioned in the news – in a personal context no less.  In only one short year the staff at VPNandUsenetReviews.com have been astounded at the rise of “VPN talk” in the news.  Whether it’s a discussion of watching the Olympics, protecting yourself from cyber criminals, working around ISP throttling, fighting against unwanted surveillance, or improving your Netflix connection, it seems like the news can’t stay away from discussing personal VPN’s.  Read the rest of this entry