For those who use the internet in any way, having a VPN service is essential. VPN services not only help protect your security online, but can also help you get around government censorship, geo-restricted content filters, and ISP traffic shaping.
As a part of a new series of VPN reviews, today we’ll be reviewing VPN Unlimited by KeepSolid. KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is a New York based VPN service with development teams in Ukraine founded back in 2013. The service is well reviewed, offers lots of servers around the globe, and is reasonably priced, but does it live up to its expectations? Let’s find out!
The Basics VPN Service KeepSolid [...]
It’s an unfortunate yet inescapable fact of life that if you’re on the internet, chances are you’re being monitored in some way shape or form. While many websites have made the transition to HTTPS which has greatly improved security, HTTPS still allows anyone snooping around such as hackers, your ISP and the government to identify which websites you’ve visited as well as look at any content that isn’t secured by HTTPS.
The best way to improve security a bit further is to use a VPN, or Virtual Private Network. VPNs act as your proxies online and encrypts the data between you and the VPN to ensure that even if your connection was being [...]
In the computer networking world, the three most ubiquitous pieces of equipment are modems, routers, and switches. These are used everywhere from the datacenter hosting Google to the internet connection in your own home. However, despite how important these three pieces of equipment are, many people are completely oblivious as to what each piece of equipment does, so in this article, we’ll attempt to clarify the difference between the modem, router and switch, and how it all fits in your home network.
What is a Modem?
A modem is the short way of saying “modulator, demodulator”. The primary purpose of a modem when used in a home [...]
Back in 2013, privacy and encryption was thrust into the forefront of mainstream news when NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, leaked a huge repository of classified materials to the press, revealing a lot of very unnerving information about the NSA’s global surveillance programs. Among what was revealed included the NSA’s capability to monitor the online activities of US citizens which include everything from browsing activity to phone calls to e-mails to text messages and much, much more.
While government spying may be worrisome, what should be even more worrisome is the fact that unencrypted transmissions can literally be deciphered by anyone [...]
Generally speaking, Steam download speeds are pretty good. Steam was originally built as a game distribution platform, so by design they’re supposed to have a lot of capacity. For the most part, you should be able to max out your internet connection without any issues. However, if you’re not getting the maximum download speeds you’ve come to expect when downloading that new copy of Elder Scrolls Online, here’s a couple ways to try to speed up the download process.
Change Your Steam Download Server
By default, Steam selects the closest server to your location rather than by choosing intelligently based on the server load. As a [...]
Chances are if you’ve used a modern internet browser in the past few years, you probably know that each browser has some sort of private mode. In Google Chrome, it’s called Incognito, in Microsoft Edge, it’s called InPrivate, and in Mozilla FireFox, it’s called Private Browsing.
While many have used this type of private browsing functionality, one of the biggest questions that I get is, “Is private browsing actually private?” and the simple answer to this is no.
In fact, each of the browsers specifically warn you before surfing the internet in their respective private browsing modes that while private browsing will keep your [...]
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is one of the best ways to keep information about your internet usage private from hackers, your ISP, and the government. However, if it’s not setup properly or if the VPN service only secures your connection in some ways and not others, then you still leave yourself vulnerable to monitoring and security issues.
Today we’ll be discussing how to check if your VPN actually secure and how to check for any IP Leaks.
What is an IP Leak?
Before we begin, the most important thing is to understand what an IP Leak is. An IP Leak is broad term that covers any instance where your real IP is “leaked”, [...]
Over the past few weeks, we’ve reviewed several home mesh Wi-Fi systems including the Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD, the Linksys Velop, and the Eero and found that while each one had its own unique benefits, none of them were perfect.
Today we’ll be reviewing the Netgear Orbi which is Netgear’s home mesh Wi-Fi solution. Like the Linksys Velop, the Netgear Orbi features three radios in each unit, allowing one of the radios to serve as a dedicated backhaul for better performance between the Orbi nodes.Specifications Manufacturer Netgear Model Orbi Home WiFi System (2-Pack) Wi-Fi Bands IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac Radios 3 (2.4GHz [...]
As we live in a more and more connected world, being able to conduct an internet speed test and subsequently interpret the results is one of the most important computer skills to have.
This is important for many reasons as it’s not only the first thing to do when troubleshooting a connection issue, it’s also necessary to determine if you’re getting the correct internet speeds you’ve paid for from your ISP.
What is Internet Speed, Ping, and Jitter
Before we begin, let’s first discuss bandwidth and latency, which are the two components that make up “internet speed”.
Bandwidth, which is most commonly [...]
When I switched to Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum) several years ago, one of the first things I did was purchase a new cable modem. At the time, Time Warner Cable was charging customers $6 per month to rent a modem which means if I purchased a modem, used it for just shy of two years, I would be saving $6 a month for the rest of the useful life of the modem.
At the time, the best modem on the market was the ARRIS SurfBoard SB6141. It was the standalone modem of choice for Time Warner Cable, so I picked one up. For the next few years, the modem worked well, but when Time Warner Cable began rolling out their new speed tiers up to 300Mbps, an upgrade was [...]