Friday, 8 January 2016

Which VPN Review Sites Can You Trust?

Many people don't know how cutthroat the VPN industry is. VPN providers often DDOS each other, compete (steal) over customers, and seek to acquire each other on a weekly basis.  In a sense, it's like any competitive industry out there that makes tons of money in that VPN providers (some more than others) purposely make it hard for consumers to decide which VPN is good. VPN providers do this by selling their VPN as the fastest, the most secure, and the most reliable service around. But how can consumers tell the difference between a good VPN and a shit VPN, besides buying each one and testing them out themselves?

VPN review sites seek to answer that complicated question--but make no mistake, some do it better than others. We've compiled the five best VPN review sites (both the pros and cons of each) you can use this as a resource to make smart purchasing decisions. launched in late 2015 with a small amount of superb content that makes it stand out from older competitors. While the site lacks niche providers (not as many reviews as some other sites), Best10VPN has covered all the main providers, and it seems like they are making decent progress going through each respective VPN with laser focus.

Each review on the site is written with a precise amount of detail explaining each VPN's features and processes. Whether the site's author is describing inadequate support, return policies, or just unreliable performance--everything feels brutally honest and to the point. Not only that, but the site isn't afraid to critique VPN providers openly by listing out possible improvements and giving them realistic ratings to make it easier for users to decide which VPN is right for them.

The site even lets users add their ratings to the site to compile a "user" rating similar to Metacritic. While the site seems focused on aggregating a lot of reviews, it does contain tutorials, comparisons, and blog posts outlining guides on VPN use. Our favorite thing about is that they seem to want to foster unbiased and honest discussion about VPNs in their forums and interactive website.

BestVPN has only been around for three or so years, but it's already made a significant impact on the VPN review market. The site contains over 100 reviews of the most popular VPN providers, and they also have tons of tutorials and articles to help users understand VPN terminology (like protocols, security measures, and other tips and tricks). But just because there's an enormous wealth of content on the site doesn't mean that it's all GOOD content.

The site is very obviously sponsored by certain VPNs, which makes their reviews and content suffer. Reviews missing necessary critical information that would make favorite VPNs look bad is relatively common (for example their review of ExpressVPN--also their best ranked VPN, contains no information about missing encryption options or security application features like DNS leak protection or kill switch)--or VPNs are rated highly while lower rated VPNs have obviously been the subject of much higher scrutiny. On the flipside, good VPNs might not get the best evaluation if the VPN provider doesn't have as deep of a pocket to boost the review on the site.

While BestVPN might be the unfortunate victim of a little too much sponsorship, it does have well-written readable articles and reviews. It's also an invaluable resource since you can find so much information on and through their site.

BestVPNService is a rather dull looking VPN site. Most of the content feels sprawled out framed by a green VPN discount offer in the small header menu. BestVPNservice seems to have all of the basics of content with a lot of information on offers, reviews, and country-specific VPNs--but none of this material feels compelling, readable, or organized in an easily readable fashion. The reviews seem to be fairly accurate and reliable even if PureVPN has somehow managed to be at the forefront of the site (a definite sponsor).

Top10BestVPN is another simple site that tries to push particular VPN providers forward while attempting to balance content at the same time. In more ways than one, the site almost feels like one giant landing page--or a page dedicated to providing support for VPNs. In its feature comparison chart, it compares 5 chosen VPNs, and its main page contains mainly the same selection. Reviews here are unfortunately too short and lacking details to feel really significant. However, while exceedingly long, the website does provide a massive FAQ sheet with enough information about VPNs.

When you look at, you see a perfect example of how to make a generic VPN review site. You get tons of ideas for landing pages that help people chose a VPN for something specific, plenty of reviews, tutorials, and then you proceed to write them in semi-broken English--that, while informative, just feels sloppy after awhile. Take this sentence for example: "One of the best systems to bypass blocks in place is the make use of a Virtual Private Network, also known as a VPN." VPNcompare isn't a bad site for VPN reviews by any means--as it did make this list--but it's more because of how much content the site and how many niches it strikes for. Not only that but its reviews also feel decently fair and reliable. 


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.