Why Are VPNs Important For Americans Overseas Who Monitor Credit Reports?

Americans living around the world have their credit rating to worry about, and the federal government and private industries in the USA has made it simpler over the years for Americans to monitor their credit reports. The AnnualCreditReport.com website is a venture by the biggest credit rating agencies to allow Americans one free report each year.

But for Americans living outside the USA, access to the AnnualCreditReport.com site is often blocked and only available to people residing on American soil. If an American tries visiting the site from overseas, they see an error message like this:

Credit Reports Blocked

So this free service that keps Americans aware of errors in their credit reports, problems with their finances, and issues with possible financial crimes, is off-limits to Americans living outside the USA!

But there is a solution. A good VPN (virtual private network) allows an American overseas to appear as if they are using a computer in the USA. That way, they can access the AnnualCreditReport.com site with no problems.

Why is AnnualCreditReport.com blocked to people outside the USA? Most likely it is a security issue to thwart phishers and hackers emanating from non-USA IP addresses. Or it could just be a big middle finger from AnnualCreditReport.com to all the American expatriates living abroad.

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Why Are VPNs Important For Americans Overseas Who Monitor Credit Reports?

Americans living around the world have their credit rating to worry about, and the federal government and private industries in the USA has made it simpler over the years for Americans to monitor their credit reports. The AnnualCreditReport.com website is a venture by the biggest credit rating agencies to allow Americans one free report each year.

But for Americans living outside the USA, access to the AnnualCreditReport.com site is often blocked and only available to people residing on American soil. If an American tries visiting the site from overseas, they see an error message like this:

Credit Reports Blocked

So this free service that keps Americans aware of errors in their credit reports, problems with their finances, and issues with possible financial crimes, is off-limits to Americans living outside the USA!

But there is a solution. A good VPN (virtual private network) allows an American overseas to appear as if they are using a computer in the USA. That way, they can access the AnnualCreditReport.com site with no problems.

Why is AnnualCreditReport.com blocked to people outside the USA? Most likely it is a security issue to thwart phishers and hackers emanating from non-USA IP addresses. Or it could just be a big middle finger from AnnualCreditReport.com to all the American expatriates living abroad.


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VPN Startup Launches In Asia, Focuses On Global Growth

Asia is home to a new virtual private network startup.

Danny Levinson, an American technology entrepreneur who has successfully grown and exited Internet ventures in China over the past nearly 20 years, is focusing on online privacy with his latest venture named Kovurt based in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is also the first outpost Snowden fled to once his spying revelations came to light.

Kovurt calls itself an Internet privacy fix and is aiming at providing cheap privacy solutions for users around the world. Kovurt began a couple years ago when Levinson was creating free virtual private networks for friends’ companies operating in China, and he morphed it into a business recently and already claims thousands of free and paid users. The company is providing mobile apps and desktop software to aid users to maintain privacy on wireless networks so that snoopers and malware don’t harm users’ data.

The company is headquartered in Hong Kong’s Cyberport, where many Internet startups are based, and has staff working in Scotland, Beijing, Delhi, Moscow, and Seattle. The company has been self-funded by Levinson the past two years and reportedly is not seeking any investment in the near term. Levinson says he is focused on growing his paid customer base and investment may be necessary for jumping further hurdles in the future.

Levinson’s two most recent ventures were one of China’s largest vertical business media news groups which sold to private investors, and a Cloud-based social media aggregation and distribution service that incorporated email marketing and social media monitoring that was acquired by Nasdaq-listed Vocus in the United States.

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VPN Startup Launches In Asia, Focuses On Global Growth

Asia is home to a new virtual private network startup.

Danny Levinson, an American technology entrepreneur who has successfully grown and exited Internet ventures in China over the past nearly 20 years, is focusing on online privacy with his latest venture named Kovurt based in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is also the first outpost Snowden fled to once his spying revelations came to light.

Kovurt calls itself an Internet privacy fix and is aiming at providing cheap privacy solutions for users around the world. Kovurt began a couple years ago when Levinson was creating free virtual private networks for friends’ companies operating in China, and he morphed it into a business recently and already claims thousands of free and paid users. The company is providing mobile apps and desktop software to aid users to maintain privacy on wireless networks so that snoopers and malware don’t harm users’ data.

The company is headquartered in Hong Kong’s Cyberport, where many Internet startups are based, and has staff working in Scotland, Beijing, Delhi, Moscow, and Seattle. The company has been self-funded by Levinson the past two years and reportedly is not seeking any investment in the near term. Levinson says he is focused on growing his paid customer base and investment may be necessary for jumping further hurdles in the future.

Levinson’s two most recent ventures were one of China’s largest vertical business media news groups which sold to private investors, and a Cloud-based social media aggregation and distribution service that incorporated email marketing and social media monitoring that was acquired by Nasdaq-listed Vocus in the United States.


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A Great VPN Solution That Combines Computer Backup For Windows Users

There are lots of different types of VPNs based on how they are used. Some VPNs like those from Citrix GoToMyPC create a VPN connection so you can safely access your home computer from anywhere in the world. Other VPNs like those from Kovurt and OpenVPN focus on privacy and circumvention so you can access the Internet safely and privately. And there is a third type of VPN usage: creating a true private network so you can exchange files, chats, and messages with friends.

In this third type of VPn usage, a fantastic piece of software is Gbridge. Here is how Gbridge describes itself:

Gbridge is a free software that lets you remotely control PCs, sync folders, share files, and chat securely and easily. An extension of Google’s gtalk service, Gbridge automatically forms a collaborative, encrypted VPN (Virtual Private Network) that connects your computers and your friends’ computers directly and securely with patented technology. Gbridge has many unique features.

Not only does Gbridge let you privately chat with friends, it is also a fantastic computer backup solution, as well as a normal VNC. That means you can use it to troubleshoot other computers or access them in the same way GoToMyPC does it.

It is a great way to transfer very large files between friends or colleagues, and Gbridge use Dynamic DNS.

A couple caveats:
1) Gbridge only works on PCs. So Mac lovers are out of luck.

2) You must use a Google account to access it. Gbridge is not owned or related to Google, but it does use Google’s gtalk service so you must login with a Gmail or Google Apps account. You may worry that Gbridge or Google will then have access to your info… Gbridge “promises” everything is encrypted and they have no access to anything you transmit.

You can get more info at http://www.gbridge.com

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A Great VPN Solution That Combines Computer Backup For Windows Users

There are lots of different types of VPNs based on how they are used. Some VPNs like those from Citrix GoToMyPC create a VPN connection so you can safely access your home computer from anywhere in the world. Other VPNs like those from Kovurt and OpenVPN focus on privacy and circumvention so you can access the Internet safely and privately. And there is a third type of VPN usage: creating a true private network so you can exchange files, chats, and messages with friends.

In this third type of VPn usage, a fantastic piece of software is Gbridge. Here is how Gbridge describes itself:

Gbridge is a free software that lets you remotely control PCs, sync folders, share files, and chat securely and easily. An extension of Google’s gtalk service, Gbridge automatically forms a collaborative, encrypted VPN (Virtual Private Network) that connects your computers and your friends’ computers directly and securely with patented technology. Gbridge has many unique features.

Not only does Gbridge let you privately chat with friends, it is also a fantastic computer backup solution, as well as a normal VNC. That means you can use it to troubleshoot other computers or access them in the same way GoToMyPC does it.

It is a great way to transfer very large files between friends or colleagues, and Gbridge use Dynamic DNS.

A couple caveats:
1) Gbridge only works on PCs. So Mac lovers are out of luck.

2) You must use a Google account to access it. Gbridge is not owned or related to Google, but it does use Google’s gtalk service so you must login with a Gmail or Google Apps account. You may worry that Gbridge or Google will then have access to your info… Gbridge “promises” everything is encrypted and they have no access to anything you transmit.

You can get more info at http://www.gbridge.com


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VPN Encryption Is Broken? Not Exactly…

The latest Snowden revelations that governments in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and elsewhere have broken encryption are not entirely new. Nor should people be surprised. After all, key encryption protocols were developer by U.S. government spy agencies, so we should always expect some sort of backdoor access or undisclosed weakness.

That doesn’t make these public revelations any less worrisome.

As for Virtual Private Networks, news outlets are reporting that VPNs are vulnerable. This is not exactly true. SSL appears to be compromised, and therefore browser-based SSL VPNs are at risk. But VPN providers providing OpenVPN, PPTP, and IPSec/L2TP protocols appear fine (until we hear of the next revelation that state they are not fine.

But users of VPNs in places like China already know that they are targets. Many news outlets have stated for over a year that VPNs are blocked in China. That is not true. Instead, they have repeatedly been filtered. There is a difference between blocking and filtering. In most cases, it would be impossible to block VPN traffic on L2TP, OpenVPN, or PPTP without blocking most other “innocuous” traffic of users visiting bank websites, e-commerce sites, etc. But with filtering, the Chinese Internet police are filtering highly encrypted traffic for DPI (deep packet inspection). It still takes supercomputers and lots of time to decrypt this traffic, so in China this type of traffic is being filtered.

But what all VPN users need to worry about is collusion between governments and websites to track VPN users. These latest revelations appear to say that people using encrypted traffic are now targets. That is worrisome even more so because one of the few ways governments can spot this type of data is by working with website operators. So the next time you use Yahoo, MSN, Amazon, eBay, and other sites you should ask yourself if the executives running those websites are doing the right thing, or not.

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VPN Encryption Is Broken? Not Exactly…

The latest Snowden revelations that governments in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and elsewhere have broken encryption are not entirely new. Nor should people be surprised. After all, key encryption protocols were developer by U.S. government spy agencies, so we should always expect some sort of backdoor access or undisclosed weakness.

That doesn’t make these public revelations any less worrisome.

As for Virtual Private Networks, news outlets are reporting that VPNs are vulnerable. This is not exactly true. SSL appears to be compromised, and therefore browser-based SSL VPNs are at risk. But VPN providers providing OpenVPN, PPTP, and IPSec/L2TP protocols appear fine (until we hear of the next revelation that state they are not fine.

But users of VPNs in places like China already know that they are targets. Many news outlets have stated for over a year that VPNs are blocked in China. That is not true. Instead, they have repeatedly been filtered. There is a difference between blocking and filtering. In most cases, it would be impossible to block VPN traffic on L2TP, OpenVPN, or PPTP without blocking most other “innocuous” traffic of users visiting bank websites, e-commerce sites, etc. But with filtering, the Chinese Internet police are filtering highly encrypted traffic for DPI (deep packet inspection). It still takes supercomputers and lots of time to decrypt this traffic, so in China this type of traffic is being filtered.

But what all VPN users need to worry about is collusion between governments and websites to track VPN users. These latest revelations appear to say that people using encrypted traffic are now targets. That is worrisome even more so because one of the few ways governments can spot this type of data is by working with website operators. So the next time you use Yahoo, MSN, Amazon, eBay, and other sites you should ask yourself if the executives running those websites are doing the right thing, or not.


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How Can You Add Better Encryption To Your Web Browser?

Having a VPN is a must-have for increased privacy, but a good security and privacy setup also includes a great browser. We like both Google Chrome and Firefox as browser choices, but when we visit website we also want to make sure our communications are encrypted as best as we can.

A free browser add-on called “HTTPS Everywhere” helps to solve this problem. HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox and Chrome extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.

EFF.com says “HTTPS Everywhere is produced as a collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Many sites on the web offer some limited support for encryption over HTTPS, but make it difficult to use. For instance, they may default to unencrypted HTTP, or fill encrypted pages with links that go back to the unencrypted site. The HTTPS Everywhere extension fixes these problems by using a clever technology to rewrite requests to these sites to HTTPS.”

The Firefox version is a stable version, and the Chrome extension is in beta but still freely available for everyone to use. So download, install, and gain another layer of protection!

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How Can You Add Better Encryption To Your Web Browser?

Having a VPN is a must-have for increased privacy, but a good security and privacy setup also includes a great browser. We like both Google Chrome and Firefox as browser choices, but when we visit website we also want to make sure our communications are encrypted as best as we can.

A free browser add-on called “HTTPS Everywhere” helps to solve this problem. HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox and Chrome extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.

EFF.com says “HTTPS Everywhere is produced as a collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Many sites on the web offer some limited support for encryption over HTTPS, but make it difficult to use. For instance, they may default to unencrypted HTTP, or fill encrypted pages with links that go back to the unencrypted site. The HTTPS Everywhere extension fixes these problems by using a clever technology to rewrite requests to these sites to HTTPS.”

The Firefox version is a stable version, and the Chrome extension is in beta but still freely available for everyone to use. So download, install, and gain another layer of protection!


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