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Need a VPN? Here is what I use.

People often ask me what VPN service I use and I have been a happy user of ProXPN for some years.

With recent events surrounding people getting warnings on the breaching of copyright laws the question of which VPN crops up.

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A copy of an email sent to a client.

I enjoy using ProXPN so much I have secured a discount code to get you 50% off the regular subscription price because I believe that anyone using the internet from a public wifi hotspot, while abroad or if they are concerned about security they should be using a VPN service.

You can try the service for free to see if it suits you and when you want to subscribe you can use the code EZI016 to get 50% off the US$10/month subscription.

When you think about it a reasonable price to protect your identity online and secure your computer when accessing sites via public Wifi hotspots.
To find out more about what VPN technology is and how ProXPN works, take a look at the video below.

A word on the free VPN services out there.

“If you are not paying for the product then you are the product.” We understand that this is the case when using social networks but when it comes to using a service that is supposed to be about privacy and security we should be nervous.

Free VPN services often snoop on what you do or share your connection with other subscribers to a free service.

Nobody does this for free without a reason. They have to make money to justify the service one way or another. If you are paying for the service there is an understanding of where the money is coming from to run the service and how the provider is making money. It is very clear who the customer is.

If you have any further questions about online security for when you are at home, work or abroad I am happy to answer them. Just get in touch via the contact page.

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Podcast : Tech Tonight 14/5/2016

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Opinion : We do not measure download speed in movies per household.

In response to this statement on ABC’s Q and A programme 23/5/2016.

pyneMr Pyne’s statement about not needing fast NBN and then using the measure of being able to watch “5 full length movies in the same household if you all want to at the same time.” shows the reluctance to actually put a number on expected speeds while simultaneously making an attempt to manage consumer expectations.

Firstly, Last time I checked we measured speeds in fixed units of measure known as bits per second or bytes per second not simultaneous streams of video that can be in variable resolutions and subject to different compression techniques.

fastcomUsers understand megabits per second, there are tools all over the place and netflix has recently launched fast.com the simplest speed test I have ever seen. People can instantly test the speeds of their internet service and report these figures back to their internet service provider and the ISPs actually accept these as true measurements.

Secondly, the NBN is not all about movies. The education and health sectors are becoming increasingly reliant on high speed networks as are small and large business. There will come a time when the economy will be looking to shift further into knowledge economies where a fast and reliable internet connection to the rest of the world could mean the difference between winning and losing a contract.

50BillionThingsThere is also this upcoming and booming sector known as the Internet of Things, an expected US$348M for 2016 is expected to be spent globally on this new class of product that will inevitably rely on an internet connection. We can expect to see homes and businesses all over Australia demand faster broadband as consumers purchase more IoT services and businesses scramble to catch this massive wave of innovation that is expected to be worth 6% of the global economy by 2020 at an estimated value of US$100T.

Throughout the ISP and telecommunications industry, it is accepted that FTTN is a short term and poor performer compared to FTTP as it still relies on copper for the last stretch between the node and the home. This is even before we look at remote solutions where people are expected to work with satellite services that are a decent half-measure but lack the responsiveness for time sensitive applications like video conferencing and monitoring.

Mr. Pyne has lost my confidence as it seems he is intentionally lowering the bar on a technical project that has simply been turned into a political plaything.

I would have had more respect for the current governments plans for the NBN is they had simply said that FTTP was a good option and simply pushed ahead with it. In my mind there is no shame in running with someone else’s idea and delivering it instead of saying that a slower and shorter-lived solution would be better.

We are not stupid. We can see what you are trying to do.

Additional reading:

My internet was down for 5 minutes so i went downstairs and spoke to family. they seem like nice people

Telstra : “It’s Fixed.” Subscribers : “No it’s not.”

I have a theory on what is happening and why we seem to be getting a different story from each end.

There was an initial outage that was put down to “a fault with the device that manages the interaction between our network and all of the different types of customer modems” according to a statement from a Telstra representative. Continue reading Telstra : “It’s Fixed.” Subscribers : “No it’s not.”

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Podcast : Tech Tonight 9/5/2016

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