The gap between Australian and American streaming service libraries are continuing to grow, as more and more networks are moving towards creating streaming services of their own. To best get around this, many Aussies are taking to VPNs.
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The file-storing service Mega usually cuts free users off once they’ve downloaded around 5GB or so, forcing you to wait hours before you can resume whatever it is you were transferring. It feels like Mega is more generous nowadays (I downloaded 18.75GB of data the other day before I hit the wall), but it still has some kind of download quota. And if you want to get past it without waiting, there’s only one trick left in your arsenal.
With the federal government looking for ways to push legislation through that would compel tech companies to weaken systems by providing access to encrypted communications, it seems that more of us are taking matters into our own hands. With the number of searches on privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo reaching 30 million searches each day, almost a quarter of internet users are running VPN software.
Wave goodbye to "Back to My Mac." As of macOS Mojave, Apple is officially removing the helpful file and screen-sharing utility baked directly into the operating system. And while Apple has a few suggestions about what you can now use instead of Back to my Mac, they're less practical, especially since one "solution" is going to set you back a lot of money. Pfft.
Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, are a vital tool in the fight for online privacy.
All of them send your data through an encrypted tunnel to keep out hackers, but their additional features (and price points) vary widely. VPNSecure is a highly rated cross-platform VPN that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
VPN software is pretty much mandatory these days. If you connect to any network that you can't 100 per cent trust, then you need to have VPN access - plain and simple. PureVPN is a Hong Kong-based provider with over 750 servers around the world that supports a wide range of different VPN protocols. And we've got two great deals for PureVPN that are exclusive to Lifehacker readers.
As smart TVs become more prevalent in lounge rooms, it makes sense think about their security. And, as they also have embedded apps for accessing streaming video services, as we turn away from traditional terrestrial services, we can use a VPN to unlock more viewing options. NordVPN has released an Android TV version of their software to address those needs.
You might know what a virtual private network (VPN) is, but the odds of you actually using one are low. You really should be using a VPN -- ultimately, you may end up seeing it as just as vital as your internet connection. We'll tell you why, explain how to choose a VPN provider and list five that are worth considering.
As we all know, private or incognito mode on your web browser isn't quite as private as you think. Which is why we suggest a VPN is needed for better privacy. It seems the folks at Pornhub agree. They've released VPNhub - a fast and free, they say, multi-platform VPN service that guarantees anonymity and the ability to bypass censorship.
I imagine that upon first accessing the US Netflix library, most Australians begin to belt out the classic Aladdin jam “A Whole New World” - it truly is like stepping into an alternate, content-filled universe of TV and movies. Unfortunately, since Netflix cracked down on VPNs at the beginning of 2016, its been much harder to access the US library, but fret not! Here’s some reliable VPNs that will grant you a golden ticket to Netflix-and-chill-ville.
It's 2018, and if you're surfing the web without a VPN, you're exposing yourself to serious hacking risks. While the market is full of VPNs that claim to keep your browsing secure, not all are created equal. Rated 5/5 stars by TrustPilot, NordVPN has proven itself as one of the best security solutions out there, and two-year plans are on sale for 75 percent off the usual price.
A few years ago, Facebook acquired a VPN app from security software company called Onavo. The app, Onavo Protect, has been sitting there, not doing a whole lot. But now Facebook is on a more concerted push to make Onavo part of your Facebook experience.
If you launch the Facebook app on your smartphone, pop into the settings and scroll down the "Explore "section (you might need to tap on a "Show more" option) you'll find a link to something called Protect. This leads you to an App Store link for Onavo Protect. But it's not just about protecting your data.
If there's one basic, essential security feature that you should be using whenever you're online - it's a VPN. In 2017, we rounded up the best five but as our desire for increased privacy and unrestricted access on the internet grows, so do the amount of providers. It can be hard to sift through them all to find what the service you're looking for.
So we've taken a look at the best VPNs for Australians over the year and for the upcoming year.