Category Archives: Internet safety

Which VPN is safe to use in UAE in 2016

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We often get questions like:

Is it safe to use VPN in UAE?
Which VPN is safe to use in UAE?
How to select a good vpn provider in UAE?

VPN safety is based on tunnelling protocols and encryption techniques.

The VPN security model provides:

  • Confidentiality such that even if the network traffic is sniffed at the packet level (see network sniffer and Deep packet inspection), an attacker would only see encrypted data
  • Sender authentication to prevent unauthorized users from accessing the VPN
  • Message integrity to detect any instances of tampering with transmitted messages

Read more in Wikipedia

Some virtual networks may not use encryption to protect the privacy of data. While VPNs often provide security, an unencrypted overlay network does not neatly fit within the secure or trusted categorization. So selecting a reliable vpn service provider pay attention if they provide encryption.

Log files

Another question of security and safety:

Does VPN provider keep log files?

The best for your security if vpn service does not store your log files. This means nobody knows what you are doing online and so no one can supervise your Internet activity.

We tested only the most reliable and secure services with the main features:

  1. Help to Unblock All sites
  2. Safe, secure, and reliable
  3. Protect your privacy

Provide good service with:

  1. No speed limits
  2. No bandwidth
  3. No log files

 

Sahrzad VPN
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1 week $3.99
1 month $9,99
3 months $27.99
6 months $53.99
1 year $89,99
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VPN Account
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1 week $3.5
1 month $10
3 months $28
6 months $52
1 year $98
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 Spider VPN (for Android)
1 week $3
1 month $5
3 months $10
6 months $15
1 year $29.99
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VPN Privacy
1 week $3.5
1 month $10
3 months $28
6 months $52
1 year $98
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Shared from Sahrzad’s Blog: http://sahrzad.net/blog/which-vpn-is-safe-to-use-in-uae/

Instant messengers in China 2016

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In our modern world communications are extremely important. And instant messengers are very popular today all over the world.

So what are the most popular Instant messengers in China?

Let’s ask Google Trends and compare world’s leaders.

First let’s compare

  • Skype
  • Whatsapp
  • Viber
  • Momo
  • Wechat
  • Line

Among these services Skype, Whatapp and Wechat are leaders but…

Let’s add another Chinese messenger and you will be surprised!


As you can see QQ is number 1 in China!

As for now (January 2016) the next messengers are not blocked in China:

  • QQ
  • Wechat
  • Momo
  • Weixin
  • Whatsapp
  • Youni

Unfortunately, Skype and Viber are blocked in China. A good solution to unblock them – use VPN.

VPN for Israel: Why use it

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Israel is currently not included in the list of the so-called Enemies of the Internet. In fact, there is no single evidence showing that anyone in the country is not allowed to use the Internet. So far, around 55 percent of the households in Israel have access to the Internet, using various devices. But still, it’s better to use VPN (Virtual Private Network) to protect your privacy. Actually, there are many ways to browse the web anonymously but VPN is so far the best option.

As political unrest continues to exist in Israel, the Israeli government is now thinking of implementing Internet censorship to block online anti-Semitism posts especially on social media. In addition, several Facebook groups have been created to expose alleged war crimes. As of posting, there are more than 40 Internet service providers (ISP) in the country, but there are only three Internet infrastructure providers – Bezeq, Hot and a new company, IBC.

For the record, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are allowed in Israel. Nevertheless, there are several important websites that are blocked in Israel. This includes political sites from both the leftist and rightist groups. So you are plan to visit Israel and you want to be aware on current issues, you will need a VPN. But the question is, why VPN? Why not proxy servers, browser extensions, or any major anonymization service company?

In terms of purpose, VPN is similar to other methods. All of them allow users to hide their real IP address and location, by providing a temporary IP address. Therefore, you can browse the web as if you are outside Israel but actually you are. However, the main difference between VPN and the others is how you are protected. Unlike other services, VPN traffic is highly encrypted and therefore, your data is very unlikely to be intercepted by any third party.

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In addition, VPN connection is relatively faster than the others. This means that you can enjoy video streaming, online games, and Voice over IP (VoIP) services such as Skype without any hassle. VPN also offer lower operating costs because the variables are lesser as compared to traditional ways of communication. No wonder, a lot of business enterprise use VPN so their employees can still work remotely without worrying of exposing sensitive data to hackers.

For your choice of security, there are several types of VPN tunneling protocols – Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), Layer Two Tunneling Protocol (L2TP), and Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP). Each of them has different levels of encryption, and choosing which of them is the best depends on your needs. And yes, VPN is also available on various electronic devices including smartphones, whether you are using Android, iOs, or Windows.

For the record, VPN is not illegal in Israel,. But it doesn’t mean you choose any VPN service provider. Free VPN services are very tempting, but the paid ones are definitely a better option. First, you don’t want ridiculous ads appearing while you are using your VPN. Second, most of them keep logs of your activities. Last but not the least, the service is not really that reliable.

From: http://vpn-account.com/new/why-use-vpn-service-in-israel/

SSTP VPN: Pros and Cons

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There are several types of vpn available today. We have discussed different types of vpn recently and offered you some tips how to select the best vpn for your needs.

Today we would like to describe SSTP VPN, its main features, advantages and disadvantages.

Without a doubt, VPN (Virtual Private Network) is the best way to browse the web anonymously no matter where you are. Besides being affordable and offers fast Internet connection, VPN traffic is highly encrypted thus protecting you from unwanted third parties even if you are in Wi-Fi zone. There are many types of VPN, and SSTP VPN is only one of them.

By simple definition, SSTP (Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol) VPN is a proprietary Microsoft protocol and was introduced in Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and therefore best suited for computers and gadgets running on Windows operating system. This application-layer protocol employs a synchronous data flow between two programs in a back and forth process.

As the client is connected to the Internet, connectivity is being established via common ports such as TCP 443 or 80. As the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) negotiation takes place, the client gets the server certificate and will be validated. The client will also send a HTTPS request, where S means Secure. This makes it better than most VPN types for Windows users.

During the PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) negotiation at both ends, the client is being authenticated to the server. Once this PPP has been completed, an IP interface shall be established on both the client and the server, and both ends can already to send IP packets to each other. With all of these processes, SSTP VPN addresses many VPN connection problems.

Another great feature of SSTP VPN include having an integrated support for Network Access Protection (NAP). In addition, it establishes a single HTTP over SSL session from the client to the server, instead of two. Therefore, it offers better load balancing third-party SSL-based VPN solutions that use two HTTP over SSL session, thus providing lower network utilization.

Pros and Cons of SSTP VPN

Generally speaking, SSTP VPN is not only an application tunnel for one application and is virtually better against a very restrictive firewall as compared to other VPNs. Nevertheless, you should still understand its advantages and disadvantages so you know if it is compatible to your devices, and will satisfy your needs. Below are some of its major pros and cons:

Pros:

➢ Best VPN for Windows users, when compared to OpenVPN and PPTP, and L2TP/IPsec
➢ Fully integrated into the VPN client components
➢ You are not required to install any third-party software, making it applicable independent
➢ Well-secured Internet connection, and can bypass most firewalls
➢ SSTP has stronger forced authentication than IPSec. and has support for non IP protocols
➢ SSTP can be configured to use AES encryption, making it more trustworthy than L2TP/IPsec

Cons:

➢ Compatible only on Windows-based devices, since it is exclusively designed for Microsoft
➢ Being a proprietary protocol, it is not subject to the independent audits, as compared to OpenVPN
➢ Very poor or totally no support on non-Microsoft platforms, such as Apple
➢ Does not support site-to-site VPN tunnels, unlike the PPTP and L2TP/IPsec protocols
➢ Prone to the TCP meltdown problem, where performance depends on the sufficient excess bandwidth

From Sahrzad’s Blog

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How to open sites in restricted countries in mobile phone

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Internet censorship is a serious problem for Internet users in many countries. Middle East and China are one of the most affected regions is the world. Lots of most popular websites are blocked here due to many reasons.

Pornography and gambling websites are banned. Skype, whatsApp, Viber and VOIP services are restricted too. Also there are many different blocks and limits.

So how to see all these blocked sites?

There are many possible solutions to resolve this problem, such as:

  • DNS
  • proxy
  • translations services
  • Google cache
  • wayback machine
  • VPN

The most reliable and secure solution is using VPN service.

5 reasons to use VPN for unblocking sites

  1. This is completely safe and private
  2. 100% encryption of your traffic guaranteed
  3. Absolutely anonymity
  4. No supervision
  5. No monitoring

A great advantage of VPN service is that it can be used on mobile devices and gadgets. Once you created vpn tunnel on your device you can unblock sites.

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Why VPN works for accessing blocked sites?

Most restrictions in countries with government supervision are based on geo location and your IP address. As soon as you can change your IP address you can avoid these restrictions.

How to change IP address:

  1. Move to another country where there are no limits.
  2. Use VPN service to mask IP address.

VPN tunnels hides your real IP address making you secure, safe and anonymous on-line.

At the same time you can access any blocked site you want.

How to use VPN in mobile Phone?

There are two main methods to use VPN mobile device:

  1. Use application
  2. Setup vpn connection manually

The fist way (mobile pplication) looks simpler but you need to be very careful! You cannot be sure what exactly the application performs on your device besides making a vpn tunnel. Remember great words:

While you are not paying for the service – you are a product, not customer!

Very often free applications collect your data and show you lots of advertising. If you do not want to be a victim you can consider the next solution:

Setup  VPN manually.

This is fast and easy to do. Using step by step setup guides you will need only a few minutes to make a vpn tunnel from your gadget.

How to setup vpn on Android

To create new vpn tunnel

    1. Click Settings icon

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2. Select Wireless & Networks and tap on VPN
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3.Tap Add VPN Network
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4. Input connection name (Sahrzad VPN), select the type of your VPN connection – PPTP VPN, input VPN server address from your account data.
Please be carefully – don’t use any additional symbols like spaces, http://, www, / …etc in the server address.

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5. Input your Username and password that you received from VPN account service in e-mail.
Save it and tap Connect
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For connection to vpn server:

  1. Select Home > Menu > Settings
  2. Tap Wireless & networks
  3. Tap VPN settings
  4. The VPN connections you have added are present in the list
  5. Tap the VPN you wish to connect to (Sahrzad VPN)
  6. A dialog box will open asking for your credentials, enter them and click connect

When you are connected to VPN, you will see an ongoing notification in the Status bar on your Android device. If you are disconnected, you will receive a notification and an option to go back to the VPN settings section.

Once you have created vpn connection you can switch it on and off on the main settings screen.

How to setup vpn on iOS

To make a new vpn connection in your iOS device you need to do the next:

1. Go to Settings > General > VPN
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2. Click Add VPN Configuration

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3. Choose PPTP VPN and enter you VPN account data. You will receive your VPN server, username and password in the e-mail

Server address must be exactly as in your account data (without http://, www or any other symbols)

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4. Save your VPN configuration. Once you have created VPN connection you can switch it ON and OFF on the main settings screen

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Once you have created vpn connection you can switch it on and off on the main settings screen.

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Is WhatsApp secure?

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It is impossible to imagine modern life without communications. Internet messengers are extremely popular now. And one of the most popular today is WhatsApp.

Many people ask question :

Are WhatsApp messages secure?

WhatsApp support team answer:

“WhatsApp communication between your phone and our server is encrypted.

Even though data sent through our app is encrypted, please remember that if your phone or your friend’s phone is being used by someone else, it may be possible for them to read your WhatsApp messages. Please be aware of who has physical access to your phone.”

However, if you are posting some messages to public groups, you have to be very accurate because in some countries you can be arrested for posting inappropriate content.

If you want to be 100% safe and secure it is better to use vpn.

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Where VoIP is blocked

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Communication is a significant part of our life today. We use Internet and mobile phones, computers and even watches to stay in touch with our friends and family.

It is hard to imagine our travels  without calls and messages to our friends and relativeis.

Have you ever tried Skype, WhatsApp, Viber or other VoIP services?

They are very convenient and much cheaper than usual international calls. And now please look and the map below!

In all these countries Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and VoIP services are blocked!

Where VoIP is blocked?

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Among them we can see most of Caribbean countries, Mexico, Middle East, China, North and South Korea and many others.

How to unblock VoIP?

Are there any solutions how to avoid these blocks?

Luckily, such kind of restrictions usually based on geolocation (your IP address)  and can be easily bypassed with VPN solution. Virtual private network (VPN) masks your IP and encrypts all traffic inside vpn tunnel. This gives you a great opportunity to use Skype, WhatsApp, Viber and others VoIP service even if they were originally blocked!

So if you are going to United Arab Emirates or other places where VoIP is blocked get your VPN account and enjoy communications with your friends!

VPN Service is easy in use and very simple to setup.

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Which VPN Protocol is the best? PPTP vs. OpenVPN vs. L2TP/IPsec vs. SSTP

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PPTP VPN Protocol

Point-to-point tunneling protocol is common and easy to set up. PPTP clients are built into many platforms, including Windows. It is said that this type of vpn protocol is not very secure.

Open VPN vs PPTP VPN 

SSL or OpenVPN

OpenVPN uses open-source technologies like the OpenSSL encryption library and SSL v3/TLS v1 protocols. It can be configured to run on any port, so you could configure a server to work over TCP port 443. The OpenSSL VPN traffic would then be practically indistinguishable from standard HTTPS traffic that occurs when you connect to a secure website. This makes it difficult to block completely.

It’s very configurable, and will be most secure if it’s set to use AES encryption instead of the weaker Blowfish encryption. OpenVPN has become a popular standard. We’ve seen no serious concerns that anyone (including the NSA) has compromised OpenVPN connections.

OpenVPN support isn’t integrated into popular desktop or mobile operating systems. Connecting to an OpenVPN network requires a a third-party application — either a desktop application or a mobile app. Yes, you can even use mobile apps to connect to OpenVPN networks on Apple’s iOS.

OpenVPN is new and secure, although you will need to install a third-party application.

L2TP/IPsec

Layer 2 Tunnel Protocol is a VPN protocol that doesn’t offer any encryption. That’s why it’s usually implemented along with IPsec encryption. As it’s built into modern desktop operating systems and mobile devices, it’s fairly easy to implement. But it uses UDP port 500 — that means it can’t be disguised on another port, like OpenVPN can. It’s thus much easier to block and harder to get around firewalls with.

IPsec encryption should be secure, theoretically. There are some concerns that the NSA could have weakened the standard, but no one knows for sure. Either way, this is a slower solution than OpenVPN. The traffic must be converted into L2TP form, and then encryption added on top with IPsec. It’s a two-step process.

L2TP/IPsec is theoretically secure, but there are some concerns. It’s easy to set up, but has trouble getting around firewalls and isn’t as efficient as OpenVPN.

SSTP

Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol was introduced in Windows Vista Service Pack 1. It’s a proprietary Microsoft protocol, and is best supported on Windows. It may be more stable on Windows because it’s integrated into the operating system whereas OpenVPN isn’t — that’s the biggest potential advantage. Some support for it is available on other operating systems, but it’s nowhere near as widespread.

It can be configured to use very secure AES encryption, which is good. For Windows users, it’s certainly better than PPTP — but, as it’s a proprietary protocol, it isn’t subject to the independent audits OpenVPN is subject to. Because it uses SSL v3 like OpenVPN, it has similar abilities to bypass firewalls and should work better for this than L2TP/IPsec or PPTP.

It’s like OpenVPN, but mostly just for Windows and can’t be audited as fully.

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What do you know about your Internet privacy?

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Do you think you are private on-line? You will be surprised but today really big money are made in violating your privacy. Companies will pay big bucks to learn more about you, and service providers on the web are eager to get their hands on as much information about you as possible.

So what do you do? How do you keep your information out of everyone else’s hands? Here’s a guide to surfing the Interneet while keeping your privacy intact.

The adage goes,

“If you’re not paying for a service, you’re the product, not the customer,”

and it’s never been more true.

Every day more news breaks about a new company that uploads your address book to their servers, skirts in-browser privacy protection, and tracks your every move on the web to learn as much about your browsing habits and activities as possible. In this post, we’ll explain why you should care, and help you lock down your surfing so you can browse in peace.

Why You Should Care

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Your personal information is valuable. More valuable than you might think. Huge companies are ready to pay big money for information about people, their demographics, income, and habits, and then roll it up so they could get a complete picture about who you are and how to convince you to buy their products.

The real money is in taking your data and shacking up with third parties to help them come up with new ways to convince you to spend money, sign up for services, and give up more information. Relevant ads are nice, but the real value in your data exists where you won’t see it until you’re too tempted by the offer to know where it came from, whether it’s a coupon in your mailbox or a new daily deal site with incredible bargains tailored to your desires. It all sounds good until you realize the only thing you have to trade for such “exciting” bargains is everything personal about you: your age, income, families ages and income, medical history, dietary habits, favorite web sites, your birthday…the list goes on. It would be fine if you decided to give up this information for a tangible benefit, but you may never see a benefit aside from an ad, and no one’s including you in the decision.

So you must be very careful in the modern global network.

  1. Never share your personal information
  2. Stay protected in public wi-fi networks
  3. Do not save passwords
  4. Use privacy protection tools like VPN

Stay secure and private with pider VPN!

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Internet censorship in the world

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