Netflix og Kina slå ned på VPN Bruk?

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Et par nyheter har fanget vår øye over den siste måneden, both involving VPN’s. The first is news that Netflix har blitt bedt om å forby VPN bruk of their service by individuals using to get around regional content locking. The second is an øke i restriksjoner som påvirker VPN brukere innen Kina. 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, og hvert år, brukerne ser på teknologi spire opp (og bli hakket ned) in a variety of different ways.

First up are the claims that Netflix is under pressure to reduce VPN access to its streaming media service. For expatriates abroad, og svært mange brukere av Netflix…this could be catastrophic. TorrentFreak picked up this story in the Fall of 2014, og en haug med nyhetsformidlere løp med den inkludert Forbes. In the months following the news, Netflix utstedt en uttalelse som sier ryktene var ikke sant, og de hadde ingen planer om å forby VPN brukere from accessing the service. But if you read their statements carefully, du kan se at Netflix tar handling mot VPN, per its policy and contracts with the content owners. Men, de har ikke foretatt noen “spesiell innsats” to outright ban VPN’s. So glass half-full we suppose. But what is a user to do? Sit around and hope their service isn’t the one who gets chopped?

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Vel for det første, du kan ta en titt på noen data for å se at Netflix er ikke til å regelrett forbud VPN når som helst snart. They can’t, they have too many users who fall into the category. According to internet data analytics firm, GlobalWebIndex, Netflix har noe sånt 30 Million brukere i utlandet, virtually all of them using a VPN of some sort to connect. By their estimates, 20 Millioner av 30 Millioner er inne Kina og selvsagt utenfor de regionale grensene for Netflix kontrakter med medieeiere (som Foxtel, for eksempel). While this is welcome news, og en indikasjon på at Netflix blir nødt til å handle nøye hvis den ønsker å bevare sin betalende brukerbase, it is not a silver bullet. Speaking of China

VPN Cat and Mouse Games

Også fremheve de nye utfordringene personlige VPN-tjenester er en fersk spillet til Kina for å øke restriksjoner på deres “Great Firewall”. In January of this year, nyhetsmedier var travelt med kunngjøringer om at Kina hadde kuttet av mange populære VPN-tjenester som for eksempel StrongVPN, Astrill, and Goldenfrog VyprVPN. Since just about everyone with an internet enabled device in China uses a VPN, this made pretty big news. Some small VPN services escaped unscathed, and the big services were able to restore access within a day or two. Fremdeles, det ser ut som tøffe tider i møte.

Great Firewall InfoGraphic Courtesy of TheCoffeeDrinker

VPN users are likely in for some cat-and-mouse games down the road. These examples with Netflix and China are confirmation of what many have thought for some time: personal VPN will soon feel the pressure too. That goes for DNS services as well too, unfortunately. Ultimately we are seeing more restrictions, and it’s coming from all over. In the case of Netflix it’s the content owner/licensor, and in the case of China it’s obviously the government. In either case we are seeing an increase in focus to personal VPN services and also an increase in restrictions aimed at reducing their effectiveness.

Vi anbefaler at du følger nøye med tjenesteleverandøren støtte informasjon VPN, and those that find themselves with second or third tier providers may find themselves on the outside looking in. Katt-og-mus spill tendens til å ta tid og ressurser, noe mindre bedrifter kan ikke ha; which might bode well for the big guys. The drawback being the big guys can be easier to spot (tror IP og trafikk). Just look at what happened to Astrill, VyprVPN, and StrongVPN. All pay services confirmed issues in China. As of this writing, alt 3 were back up and functioning. Som vi sa, welcome to the new cat-and-mouse. Again, no clear victories here. Just more battles

 

 

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