Saturday, March 7, 2015

SumRando 1 GB Free VPN

Just fell over this new VPN while searching Google.

SumRando.  The 1 GB free caught my eye, so I downloaded the file (under 5 MB) and installed it. Then had to sign up and give my email, then click a link in the email to validate.

Once validated, the Sumrando desktop app offers 1 GB of free surfing, however it does not specify whether the 1GB is a day, a week, or a month... Sumrando wraps your screen-top in a black & yellow bar that turns bright green when you are connected to an IP, and supposedly "protected".

Friday, March 6, 2015

VPN - Security Kiss Free Edition: 300 MB per Day

Security Kiss has been around awhile. I've used their Free edition on and off since 2009. Kiss Free edition is good for a short browse, but the longer you stay online, the more you risk the secure line being "dropped", and your data exposed.

That said, I tried their paid version a couple of years ago, and when the month was over, I went back to Free. I didn't see much difference in the quality. The only real difference was the quantity of country IPs available.

And, although there is a bigger variety of IP's available in the paid Kiss, they don't necessarily all work, any more than the free IP's necessarily all work at any particular time.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Just Free VPN - Canada, USA, UK: Rotating Password is a triple free PPTP VPN service based in Canada that has been around for a couple of years now.

The access is free, you have to set up the connection on your PC, and dial in using a Login and Password.  The password changes arbitrarily during the day, so keep the web site on your browser's bookmarks to be handy.

It can sometimes take awhile before you get into the tunnel, but I've used all three of these free VPN's and the service is pretty reasonable.

As always, pay close attention so that you are not surfing after the access randomly expires when they change the password!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: Wifi Protector – FREE VPN service

Holy Toledo! This VPN software and service come from a very professional looking web site, with a scrolling roster of praise from the VPN users.

This is the first time I had heard of Wifi Protector. The "initial" download was a bit over 6MB, however, during instal it began downloading more components.... and more components... and more components! Instal went on for at least half an hour, I couldn't believe it.

One component it was trying to add was an updated version of Silverlight. There was a conflict and I manually skipped it. Which may account for the red "Error!" message at the end of the long, long instal. I thought, okay, that's that.

How To Configure Your Web Browser To Use Proxies

FireFox users, go to (Tools > Options > Advanced > Network > [Connection] and click "Settings"). Select "Manual Proxy Configuration" and enter an IP and Port from one of my free proxy lists into the text boxes.

Internet Exporer users, go to (Tools > Internet Options > Connections > LAN), select "Use proxy server" and enter an IP and Port from one of my free proxy lists into the text boxes.

Opera users, go to (Tools > Preferences), select the Advanced tab and click on Network to the left (3rd box down). Then, top of same window, click the "Proxy servers" button. Select "HTTP", and enter the IP address and Port number of the proxy server you have chosen to use. Hit OK at the bottom. You're done.

Google Chrome users, go to Option (top-right side) > and click the Under The Hood tab. > Then click on Change Proxy Settings and input the IP address and Port number of the proxy server you wish to use.

A Proxy Is Good For Privacy

The word proxy means "go-between", someone who does something for another.

An IP address is called a proxy because it can put a remote computer (to which the IP address belongs) between your own computer's IP and the IP of a resource you are accessing over the Internet.

In other words, you can use the IP address of another computer in a different location as a shield or buffer. This can help to make your activities online more private by masking your own IP address as the origin whenever you interact with online resources.

Privacy is a fundamental right and necessity in a free society.

Using a proxy IP address makes it look like the request came from that remote computer, instead of from your own. For example, when you click a link in a search engine, or on a web page, or use any online service, a proxy IP can make it look like someone else's computer is doing those things, not yours. This can protect you from online spying by others, including snoops, the government, or even your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

This is not the whole story on proxy IPs, or online privacy. You should certainly look into the subject if your privacy is important to you.

What is CoDeeN?

CoDeeN is an academic testbed Content Distribution Network (CDN) built on top of PlanetLab by the Network Systems Group at Princeton University:

This testbed CDN consists of a network of high-performance proxy servers.

Currently, proxy servers are deployed on many PlanetLab nodes. These proxy servers behave both as request redirectors and server surrogates.