Thursday, 26 November 2015

Black Friday Reveals Password Leak for Amazon

Black Friday is upon us with some fantastic deals from big companies like Microsoft, Target, and, of course, the mega-site Amazon. Deals on Kindles, Consoles, gadgets--and virtually anything you could want is being reduced. The only bad news is that some Amazon customers have received emails cautioning them to change their passwords to their Amazon account.
According to user reports at ZDnet, Amazon sent out an email with this message to affected users explaining the issue at hand: “[Amazon] recently discovered that your password may have been improperly stored on your device or transmitted to Amazon in a way that could potentially expose it to a third party.” Amazon claims that they have no reason to believe passwords were improperly disclosed, but they still want users to change their passwords as a cautionary measure.
It’s not entirely clear if only a subset of users are affected by this exposure, or just select users. The company hasn’t commented on this issue, but it’s become common for companies to ask users to change passwords after serious data breaches--so Amazon’s subtle word of caution might need to be taken seriously.
Only last week Amazon just enabled two-factor authentication for customers (not available for UK customers yet).


Friday, 6 November 2015

Why the Netflix and Chill Button is Genius

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Netflix proves once again that it's a VERY resourceful company by listening to its consumer base by making a guide on how to properly "watch Netflix and chill." People love businesses that listen to them, and with this product guide, Netflix has demonstrated that it's not only aware of its consumers, their discussions, and their habits, but a part of it all as well.

The guide helps you create a Netflix button that accomplishes simple tasks into one button. Namely it dims your lights, silences your phone, turns on your TV to Netflix--and the kicker, it can even order you food.

The phrase "watch Netflix and chill" is a recently coined term that appropriately sums up the 21st century where teenagers and adults alike rely and binge on Netflix for a majority of their media needs. Now, people everywhere, (if they have a considerable amount of technical know-how) can automate a process that has been ingrained into our very tech soulz. Instead of ignoring the potentially sexual vibes from the expression, Netflix seems to be embracing the cultural phenomenon it has created.

The Netflix button in a box reminds me a lot of the first Apple computer. It was a very cool piece of technology that could do a lot of things, but not many people could even build the device in the first place. A basic summary of the setup requires soldering knowledge, electronic programming, networking, a smart TV, and knowledge of IR signals.

So, no one is going to build one of these bad boys--and for the people that do, I commend you. Maybe you can start selling them to your friends and make a lot of money (the only thing is that the box isn't very adaptable, you'd have to sell box pieces, as it has to be custom built to a particular set-up requiring specific peripherals that are compatible).

The genius behind the guide is the guide itself. It's the perfect example of why Netflix has done well, and continues to do well. Their secret is adaptation. And their power is lots and lots of money.

When DVDS stopped becoming a thing, Netflix did a 360-degree turn and focused on streaming. When competitors started copying them, they started releasing new products within their company that made their service unique. House of Cards and Orange is the New Black are only some examples of how they company has innovated in an entirely different space. A streaming service creating their own TV shows? Who would have thought? That's like Block Buster producing a TV show. Maybe now, they wish they had!

Netflix has stayed ahead of the competition by disrupting the market and grabbing the market share, and they can continually innovate as a process to sustain their success. Their Netflix button is the perfect example of why the company is genius. They are transparent, responsive, and open.

Netflix has expanded into many countries, and in a lot of ways, it feels like its taking over. That said, not every Netflix service is the same since licensing deals come into play when the service migrates to different locations. Thankfully, there are ways to access any show you want on Netflix by using A VPN to change your IP address.

So even if no one even builds the button, I still think it's quite smart. It's like a giant "Hey you! We're awesome, and we know it. And here's how."

What's next Netflix? Will we be able to control what happens in our TV shows? A new form of entertainment altogether? If their previous route has given any indication, it's going to be big. The Netflix car. Or maybe they'll just smack that button into existing self-driving cars. Push the button, the car drives itself, and you can just sit back and enjoy Netflix on your front window.

Remember, you heard it from us first.


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

How to Unblock Google in China

Google is the premier search engine used around the world with multiple applications included that people use every day. Google Docs, Spreadsheets--even Google Photos are great applications that are highly rated and highly valued not only for their simple design, but also their usefulness, understandable complexities, and generous offerings.

While the Google ecosystem has expanded, so too has Google's empire over the world. Google owns YouTube, Android, and a few other acquisitions have been integrated and absorbed. Inside Google rests hundreds of thousands of "questionable" websites, hundreds of thousands of blogs, and more hundred of thousands of images.

With so much content available, it's not a surprise that China has just cut the cord on Google altogether. It's a fundamental part of the internet--an unrestricted search engine. The block severely hinders Chinese citizens ability to use the internet the way they want to. In many ways, people's idea of what the internet can do is framed by Google--I can't be the only one that has seen people go to websites through Google instead of typing it in the address bar. How would you find information? Most importantly, how would you find the best information?

Well thankfully, even if you're behind the "great firewall" you can still access Google by using TorGuard VPN. TorGuard VPN has designed special protocols specifically for heavily censored countries like China. Stealth VPN and Stealth Proxy ensure that your normal VPN will NOT be detected by the government, or anyone monitoring your traffic through deep packet inspection techniques.

Stealth VPN provides you with encrypted access to the Internet that appears like normal HTTP traffic while the Stealth Proxy works alongside the VPN providing a double layered security approach that hides the "handshake" of a VPN. It's the best way to access any content you want without being detected or monitored.

With TorGuard VPN, you can unblock Google in China, access Netflix, Youtube, and even social networking sites like Twitter that are often the platforms for controversial debates on country news.



Saturday, 31 October 2015

Why you need a Dedicated IP VPN

VPNs are great ways to encrypt your IP address by connecting through a tunnel to a remote server. It’s one of the best ways to protect your internet privacy from deep packet inspection techniques, DDOSers, Skype resolvers, and even internet service providers looking to either market with your data or target you with ads. 

For people in eastern Asia, censorship is also a serious problem--and a VPN can be a lifesaver, if not a mandatory tool to use. Most VPNs give users IP addresses that are shared across a network, and this can help with anonymity.

However, shared IP addresses can give websites various flags that become annoying and bothersome. Sometimes you might not be able to log in, or you might have to verify your computer, or you might even get connected from your ISP that something is wrong with your connection since you appear in a new location. Changing your IP address around a few locations especially if you’re traveling to other countries can also provide to be problematic.

If you’re tired of dealing with these issues, a dedicated IP address can be a good solution. A dedicated IP address can be provided by a VPN provider to give you your encrypted IP address for a small additional cost. A dedicated IP address is static, and won't flag websites requiring another email verification.This can help if you’re looking for consistency in website applications like Gmail, or through your preferred online banking. It can also make online gaming websites, and logins in general work much better.

There is a host of VPN providers that give dedicated IP addresses, but our most trusted VPN provider is Torguard. Other providers are just plain shady, with scammy affiliate schemes, false advertising, and unremarkable service. You’ll find these VPNS on a lot of advertising blogs, but Torguard is our highest rated VPN for it’s amazing customer service, fast speeds, support for international customers through Stealth services, and their easy-to-use clients. Lately, they’ve also made huge strides in app support and browser proxy extensions.

Torguard also has their blog article detailing some more information on the subject if you want to check it out here.