Monday, 4 December 2017

Best VPN Services of 2017

5 Best Totally Free VPN Services of 2017


VPN or Virtual Private Network is an online service that provides privacy and security to its users. You can even access blocked websites on your computer using VPN. However, premium VPN services are very expensive and one has to think twice before trying one. What if we told you about 5 best totally free VPN services of 2017? Sounds interesting, isn’t it.


Let’s check them out.

Best VPN Services of 2017


VPN services allows you to send and receive data anonymously and securely. There are many commercial VPNs available on the Internet. Some of the most popular ones come with an expensive price tag. However, if you are looking for an easy way to get started and mask your IP, especially on public Wi-Fi then, try the following free VPN services.

Express VPN




This is an ultrafast VPN service that is available in over 94 countries. You can stream or download anything from their servers and keep your IP address hidden. They offer you 30 days free trial. You can even try their paid version with guaranteed refundable deposit in case you are not happy with their service. It is compatible with all devices and easy to download. If you are a traveler looking for an fast, user friendly VPN, then Express VPN won’t let you down.

Windscribe




Windscribe is another free VPN service that provides about 10GB data/month. It is committed to keeping user privacy protected at all times. All you need to do is create a username and password on sign up. It never stores any connection logs, IP stamps, or browsing history. Those who tweet about it get an extra 5GB and even earn an extra 1GB when a friend joins in. And in case any of your referral joins the Pro subscription, you will get access to the unlimited plan.

Speedify




Speedify is a secure VPN connection that is very strong on the privacy part. It however, provides only 1GB monthly data allowance. It is a fast VPN service and gives you access to all the servers just like in the paid service. However, there is limitation to the amount the data one can download in the free version. In the first month, the users get 4GB free data and then it is reduced to 1GB. However, it is enough for surfing the Internet or checking your emails.

PrivateTunnel




If you want to keep your data safe on any PC or mobile device, then PrivateTunnel is the best choice. It is simple to use and has a range of clients. It is available on many platforms such as Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. It offers 200MB of non-expiring data instead of a monthly subscription package. When you run out of your 200MB, you can either purchase more data in 20GB or 100GB.

TunnelBear




TunnelBear is one of the best free VPN services of 2017. It is completely user-friendly and works fine on both desktop as well as mobile clients. You can choose the free VPN or the subscribed version of this cutely designed VPN service. The free service however offers just 500MB of monthly traffic. This is not much but can be used when you need to keep your identity private and protected.
These are the 5 best free VPN services of 2017. If you like what they offer, then you can definitely try using their paid subscriptions. And if their restricted free versions are enough for you, then go ahead and use them as per your discretion.

References:


1.http://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-vpn
2.https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/top-really-free-vpn-services/
3.https://www.bestvpn.com/free-vpns/
4.https://www.expressvpn.com/bestvpn-editors-pick
5.https://bestvpn.org/best-free-vpns-to-use/
6.https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/285788/the-best-free-vpn-services
7.http://in.pcmag.com/software/38911/guide/the-best-vpn-services-of-2017
8.https://www.top10vpn.com/free-vpn/
9.https://www.vpnranks.com/free-vpn/#1

Tips to Prevent Wi-Fi Theft

Do you find your broadband data suddenly running low?


Is your Internet speed slower than the speed of a turtle? Well, then it means someone is stealing your Wi-Fi network and using it for their personal gains. Many people tend to blame their ISP’s or think their routers are out-of-date. However, at times the real reason is neighbours or kids who love to hack are silently stealing Wi-Fi network from you.



Let us have a look at some tips that helps you prevent stealing of Wi-Fi network.

Tips to Prevent Wi-Fi Theft


There are many methods that you can try all at once or one by one to prevent Wi-Fi theft. These methods will make sure no one can suck the bandwidth out of your connection.


Keep a STRONG Wi-Fi Password


The first step to prevent someone from stealing your Wi-Fi is keeping a strong password. When a password is strong it becomes very difficult for hackers to hack it. You should use a combination of upper and lower case alphabets, numbers, as well as special characters. Do not use common phrases or names such as your pets name or date of birth, zip code, etc. Instead use something that is difficult to guess and hack.

Use Stronger Encryption


You should use strong network encryption to prevent hacking. Do not use the basic WEP encryption. Instead use WPA2 as it is stronger and harder to break.

Keep SSID Names Smart


Do not use ‘My Wi-Fi’ or ‘Internet Zoom’ as your SSID names. These names tend to attract hackers. Use scary names such as malware.exe, Police_Surveillance, cyber_attack, etc. that tends to deter hackers or nosy neighbours from trying to steal your Wi-Fi.

Use Apps to Detect Unwanted Devices IP Address


There are many apps that are available for free and help in detecting unauthorized devices accessing your IP address. Make sure none of your devices are connected to the network. Once the unauthorized IP address are displayed, write them down. Then, connect to the admin page of your router and go to the Security tab. Here, find Mac Filtering  Add Device. Here, enter the IP addresses of the devices you wish to block from accessing your network. Click Apply  Save.
This will block your neighbours who are accessing your Wi-Fi network permanently.

Hide SSID


You can even hide your SSID from being displayed in the list of available Wi-Fi network. Just go to the admin page of your router and uncheck the box where it says display SSID. Thus, no one will be able to detect your Wi-Fi network and thus, will be unable to steal network.

These are some of the tips to prevent theft of Wi-Fi network. Keep your passphrases strong and make sure you use a combination of these tops to deter people who are planning to leech over your Internet connection.


 

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References:


1.https://www.labnol.org/internet/prevent-wifi-theft/19919/
2.http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/secure-wi-fi-stealing-neighbors/
3.https://maxwell.en.softonic.com/blog/wifi-patrol/5-ways-to-stop-your-neighbours-from-stealing-your-wi-fi
4.https://www.pcworld.com/article/237660/WiFi.html
5.https://www.androidpit.com/how-to-know-who-is-stealing-your-wifi-and-block-them
6.https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/komando/2015/11/20/stop-neighbors-stealing-your-internet/76097152/
7.https://www.oxhow.com/prevent-neighbors-stealing-wi-fi-network/
8.http://wikimonks.com/prevent-wi-fi-theft/

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Setting Up a Guest Network to Share Your Wi-Fi Network

Having friends over for a party?


Do you have your colleagues or study group coming over for project work? Guests coming over for a week this holiday season? If yes, then you may need to share your Wi-Fi network with them in order to get things working. You may not like the idea of putting your entire Wi-Fi network at risk, but you have no other way out. In order to complete the assignment or project or give your friends and family some freedom to enjoy their stay at your place, you may have to share your Wi-Fi network with them. At times, your neighbor may even request you to share your Wi-Fi for a couple of hours. In such a case, you need to protect your network from getting compromised easily.





The following article will help you in setting up a guest network to share your Wi-Fi network with your friends and family.

What is a Guest Network?


Many network administrators provide the Guest Networking feature. This means you can share your Wi-Fi network without compromising on the sensitive data on your network. This means you can allow access to the guest to use just the Internet and not gain access to other Internet enabled devices on your home network. This includes your Internet-connected TV, computers, NAS, etc.



Today, all the latest models of routers have guest network feature available on their admin page. It is very easy to set up and allow you to control how many features a guest network can allow users to use.

How to Set Up Guest Network for Wi-Fi?


Routers such as D-Link routers have ‘Guest Zone’ on their access page and Linksys have ‘Guest Access’ on their Linksys Smart Wi-Fi remote management interface.

To set up a guest network, you need to do the following:

  • Open a browser and type the default IP address of your router. This is usually 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1.
  • Enter the default username and password when prompted and you will gain access to the admin page of the router.
  • Here look for Settings  Wireless  Guest Zone. If the ‘Status’ is ‘Disabled’ then toggle the button to ‘Enabled’.
  • Now, enter the Guest Network and create a password for your guest network.
  • If you only want the guest to access just the Internet and nothing else, then make sure you toggle the ‘Internet Access Only’ bar to ‘Enabled’.
  • In some cases, you can allow the guest to access the Local home network resources such as file shares and printers.
  • You can even select the maximum number of guests allowed to use the guest network. 

Once you complete the set up and save the settings, it is now time to know how to access the Guest Network. You will need to give it a new SSID that can be accessed by your guests and your main SSID remains safe and sound.

In some cases, you can even set up time limit for guest users to access the Internet. Once the time is up, you can always blame it on router issue. This is all about letting others contact you through your own Wi-Fi network.

References:


1.https://lifehacker.com/how-to-share-your-wi-fi-safely-and-why-you-might-want-1659672959
2.https://www.labnol.org/internet/share-wifi-with-neighbors/21024/
3.http://in.pcmag.com/networking/68109/feature/10-ways-to-set-up-your-wi-fi-for-holiday-guests
4.http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/how-to-give-guests-to-access-your-wi-fi-without-exposin-1777526975
5.https://www.lifewire.com/guest-network-for-home-tutorial-818204
6.http://blog.dlink.com/how-to-set-up-a-guest-wi-fi-network/