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A Free VPN For iOS - Onavo Protect

Posted on May 13, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

If you are looking for a free vpn for your iPhone or iPad, checkout Onavo Protect, which is a free and new VPN software for you to use on your iOS devices.

After downloading the app, Just follow the instructions to install and set up the Onavo Protect app in your iPhone or iPad step by step.

Description from iTunes

Onavo Protect keeps you and your data safe wherever you are.

Onavo Protect gives you peace of mind when you browse and share information on the mobile web. This powerful app safeguards you, your passwords and private information from malicious, phishing and unsecure mobile websites that can see and share your private information.

Onavo Protect secures your website logins and personal information, such as bank accounts and credit card numbers, so that you and your data are safe no matter where you are.

Onavo Protect:
-Warns you when you visit potentially malicious, phishing or harmful sites
-Blocks potentially harmful sites
-Alerts you when you share information over an unsecured website
-Notifies you when you are connected to an unsecured WiFi network
-Adds an extra layer of protection to all of your mobile data traffic for additional security


Free Access To Anonymous VPNs

Posted on March 30, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

As citizens around the world endure Internet censorship of all types, a Japanese university has stepped in to level the playing field. Whether you’re in Iran or China and blocked from YouTube, Twitter or Facebook, or in the UK desperate to get back on The Pirate Bay, KAT or H33T, a new tool from researchers gives instant access to dozens of VPN services. Not only is the system simple to use, but it’s also completely free.

No matter which country you live in there are always people in authority seeking to limit which websites you’re able to view.

Admittedly some sites are quite rightly deemed repulsive to society in general and 99% of the public have few problems with them being hidden away. However, the blocking of ‘normal’ sites is much more controversial.

China is infamous for its Great Firewall and its censorship of anything it pleases from Twitter to YouTube. Iran also has concerns that its citizens’ minds will be influenced by Western thinking via the web. Overall, oppressive regimes tend to see some websites as having a destabilizing effect, so they censor them to maintain control.

In recent times the notion of website blocking has become fashionable in the West too, mainly because certain domains are viewed as offensive to the music and movie industries. The Pirate Bay is blocked in many countries and just this week the UK added another three sites to its ISPs’ filters – KAT.PH, H33T and Fenopy.

But, as mentioned countless times in the past, these filters represent mere temporary roadblocks for the determined and today we bring news of an exciting project that allows almost anyone to access any site they like in seconds. Best of all, it takes just a few minutes to setup and it’s completely free.

VPNGate

The Graduate School of University of Tsukuba, Japan, has just launched the VPN Gate Academic Experiment Project with the aim “to expand the knowledge of Global Distributed Public VPN Relay Servers.” We’re very happy to help them with that today.

How it works

Volunteers have given the University access to dozens of VPN servers located all over the world which people can access from pretty much any device running Windows, Linux, iOS, Android and more. No sign up or user registration is needed. Once connected the user’s IP address is hidden and switched for one issued by the VPN of their choice selected from dozens around the world.

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Protocols and the SSL-VPN client

Several protocols are accepted, such as L2TP/IPsec, SSTP and the popular OpenVPN, but things get really streamlined for those who select the SSL-VPN option. This requires the easy installation of the Windows freeware client SoftEther VPN but it’s straightforward and only takes a couple of minutes.

The beauty of running the client (which is also developed by the University and will soon go open source) soon becomes apparent. Not only does SoftEther offer SSL-VPN tunneling via HTTPS to pass more easily through NATs and firewalls, it has another trick up its sleeve.

The client comes with a nifty pre-configured plugin which displays a list of all the available VPN servers offered by VPN Gate (see below). This enables the user to activate, disconnect, or switch between VPNs with just a click. This means that there is no need to set up each VPN connection manually in an operating system, although that can be done if the user prefers.

VPNGateList

Unblock any site in an instant

Want to unblock The Pirate Bay, KAT.PH or H33T in the UK? Easy, just select any server that isn’t in the UK and preferably outside Europe. Want to access YouTube in China? Simple, just access any non-domestic VPN server. US citizen who needs to use Hulu overseas? Fine, just pick a United States server. UK citzen who needs to access the BBC iPlayer abroad? A UK server will provide the solution.

Once a server is selected and connected to the client, simply use your regular browser and other Internet applications as usual and traffic will be diverted through the VPN.

Tests

TorrentFreak carried out some basic tests yesterday and got some decent results. We successfully unblocked all of the blocked torrent sites in the UK, accessed Hulu from outside the US, and watched the BBC iPlayer and TVCatchup services from outside the UK.

Also, since the people at VPN Gate apparently have no problem with people using the service for video transfers (they mention YouTube specifically), we conducted some limited BitTorrent runs on half a dozen servers around the world. In each case we connected to a VPN server via the SoftEther Client and carried out tests with a service such as TorrentIP to ensure that our IP address when using BitTorrent had actually been changed. All but one of our tested servers worked fine while another appeared to block torrents.

Performance, logging and offering your computer as a server

As might be expected, performance changed from server to server but in each case browsing and transfer speeds were more than acceptable for a free service. Each server shows its available bandwidth so picking one with more tends to yield better results. That said, we tried a couple of slower ones and they performed just fine too.

While VPN Gate offers anonymity to a point, they do keep connection logs for around three months. In common with most other VPN services they do not monitor your activities but will comply when ordered to do so by the local courts, in this case those in Japan. However, each VPN server has its own logging policy and many appear to delete logs after a couple of weeks, if they keep them at all.

To give an outline of how the logging might affect users in real-life situations, we can look at a few scenarios.

If a US citizen carried out file-sharing on a US VPN server, he might be logged by those carrying out six strikes in the US. However, if that same user selected a server overseas, he would not be monitored by six strikes. Equally, an Iranian or Chinese citizen looking to carry out activities frowned upon by his or her government would be advised to use servers located outside their respective countries.

Finally, please use the services responsibly – respect the volunteers offering their services and consider becoming one yourself. If you have a Windows computer and can offer your bandwidth, click here for more information.


Bazooka Attacks Slowing Internet

Posted on March 29, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

The Internet may have been slowed by one of the largest cyber attacks ever seen, which targeted a European group that patrols the Web for spam, security experts said Wednesday.

The attacks targeted Spamhaus, a Geneva-based volunteer group that publishes spam blacklists which are used by networks to filter out unwanted email, and led to cyberspace congestion which may have affected the overall Internet, according to Matthew Prince of the US security firm CloudFlare.

The attacks began last week, according to Spamhaus, after it placed on its blacklist the Dutch-based Web hosting site Cyberbunker, which claimed it was unfairly labeled as a haven for cybercrime and spam.

While the origin of the attacks has not been identified, some experts pointed the finger at Cyberbunker, possibly in coordination with Eastern European cyber-criminals.

CloudFlare, which was called for assistance by Spamhaus, said the attackers changed tactics after the first layer of protection was implemented last week.

“Rather than attacking our customers directly, they started going after the network providers CloudFlare uses for bandwidth,” Prince said.

“Once the attackers realized they couldn’t knock CloudFlare itself offline… they went after our direct peers.”

Prince said the so-called denial of service attack, which essentially bombards sites with traffic in an effort to disrupt, was “one of the largest ever reported.”

Over the last few days, he added, “we’ve seen congestion across several major Tier 1 (networks), primarily in Europe where most of the attacks were concentrated, that would have affected hundreds of millions of people even as they surfed sites unrelated to Spamhaus or CloudFlare.”

“If the Internet felt a bit more sluggish for you over the last few days in Europe, this may be part of the reason why,” he said in a blog post.

Prince noted that these attacks used tactics different than the “botnets” — these came from so-called “open resolvers” which “are typically running on big servers with fat pipes.”

“They are like bazookas and the events of the last week have shown the damage they can cause,” he said. “What’s troubling is that, compared with what is possible, this attack may prove to be relatively modest.”

A spokesman for the network security firm Akamai meanwhile told AFP that based on the published data, “the attack was likely the largest publicly acknowledged attack on record.”

“The cyber attack is certainly very large,” added Johannes Ullrich of US-based SANS Technology Institute, saying it was “a factor of 10 larger than similar attacks in the recent past.”

“But so far, I can’t verify that this affects Internet performance overall,” he told AFP.

Spamhaus, which also has offices in London, essentially patrols the Internet to root out spammers and provides updated lists of likely spammers to network operators around the world.

CloudFlare estimates that Spamhaus “is directly or indirectly responsible for filtering as much as 80 percent of daily spam messages.”

The attacks began after Spamhaus blacklisted Cyberbunker, a Web hosting firm which “offers anonymous hosting of anything except child porn and anything related to terrorism.”

Cyberbunker denounced the move on its blog.

“According to Spamhaus, CyberBunker is designated as a ‘rogue’ host and has long been a haven for cybercrime and spam,” the Cyberbunker statement said.

“Of course Spamhaus has not been able to prove any of these allegations.”

Prince said of the latest incident: “While we don’t know who was behind this attack, Spamhaus has made plenty of enemies over the years… We’re proud of how our network held up under such a massive attack and are working with our peers and partners to ensure that the Internet overall can stand up to the threats it faces.”