What is a VPN and why do I need one in China
VPN or Virtual private network is a technology to use publicly available networks in a secured and safe environment provided by a private network. A VPN transmits your encrypted data through remote servers making it appear as if you are logging from that location only and thus keeps your total log activity and your IP identity confidential as well as private.
A person travelling to China faces censorship issues and anything which is not approved by Chinese government is blocked by the Great Firewall.
Near about 20,000 sites are blocked by Chinese government which are world’s top discussed sites. Unavailability of direct peering and high peer costs leads to slower speeds and low bandwidth for internet connection. Tampering with speed and network congestions are other associated bottlenecks for people around China. By blocking sites like Google, Facebook, and Twitter they are promoting their mainland sites and blocking any sort of external touch with the world.
A VPN provides a way for data transmission over internet through a public or shared network in such a way that the computing device seems to be actually connected to a private network. This is achieved by creating virtual tunneling protocols, dedicated connections, or encrypting the traffic. As a user you can enjoy many benefits of VPN such as managing network, providing security and hiding your identity on any network.
A VPN relies on encryption of data for safely and securely achieving the wireless transactions performed by a user. This can be done by encrypting the transmitted data at one end of the tunnel and then decrypting it at other end of the tunnel. This is where encryption protocols comes handy as only pair of keys can’t be used for a completely secured encryption.
If a user is outside office and he wants to access office intranet then the employee can securely access it using virtual private network. Even if an organization faces issues of having offices in various countries, then the distance can be reduced giving rise to a cohesive and coordinated network. This solves many issues faced due to remote locations. Any individual making wireless transactions can safely and securely achieve it through VPNs. Users can circumvent censorship, prohibited accesses to particular sites and many geographically restricted sites. In case of identity protection and location hideout connection using proxy servers can really help.
The Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) is one of the encryption protocols used for implementing virtual private networks. Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol was founded by Microsoft using the idea of VPN over dialup networks. It has been a standard protocol for internal business since a long time. PPTP uses TCP and GRE tunnels to allow PPP packets to pass through them.
A VPN provides a secured network connection on the internet for connecting to a private network through a public network for transmitting and receiving data. The private network could be any network like an organization’s internal network, Bank websites and Government agency portals. A VPN protects your online browsing activities and keeps your identity anonymous as it encrypts the transmitted data and then re-routes it from its own remote servers. Thus, it helps you to access restricted websites from any location without the information getting intercepted and keeping your network location completely hidden.
VPN is designed in such a way that it acts as a secure and encrypted tunnel for transmitting data. The information gets transmitted through encrypted tunnel and nobody else can intercept or read the information in between. Also, the encryption mechanism makes sure that only the authorized user is able to access the transmitted information over the network. A VPN comes handy when you are accessing internet through public Wi-Fi hotspots as the wireless connection is not secure enough and can lead to information being compromised over the internet. Also, VPN would help you to access blocked websites over public Wi-Fi connection and prevent data theft.
HideMyAss VPN is a go to ready tool for anyone who wants to surf the web freely, privately, securely and with no restrictions. It brings you an important privacy tool which has high grade encryption as that of banks, business and government organizations. It has a wide global network coverage having 935 VPN servers which are located in 352 locations across 221 countries. It gives access to more than 120000 IP addresses.
What is a Proxy?
Proxy is basically a purposeful computer which serves as an intermediary hub between the endpoint device, like a computer or laptop, and the server which is being used to request a service from the user. All the internet requests gets processed through proxy servers. By letting the user to connect via one of these servers, the host computer can send the user requests to proxy server which in turn processes the request and finally returns the required result to the user which he wanted. So, in this manner proxy is actually serving as an intermediate between the user machine and all the remaining computers over the internet. These servers are generally located at user’s own system, or between destination servers on the internet and user’s system.
Proxy server remains invisible to the user. All requests sent over internet and their returned responses to the user appears to be associated with addressed Internet server. A proxy can exist as a firewall server on the same machine or it can be configured on an entirely different server, which in turn can forward the requests via firewall.
What is Ransomware
Ransomware is a type of malware used for blocking a specific user from accessing data on his own computer and also disabling the functionalities which can unblock the restricted access to data. Then, the author of the malware will demand a ransom amount which the user needs to pay in order to restore the access to blocked data. For any normal user having only some basic understanding of Computer and Internet, Ransomware can be considered as one of the most vulnerable and dangerous type of malware. If a user gets infected with it, he has no other choice than paying the ransom amount which can be up to few hundred dollars.
The Ransomware malware program is designed in such a way that it will frequently lock down a computer, followed by display of several images related to law enforcement in order to frighten the user and extort some money from the targeted victim. Some ransomware will not only lock your computer, but also encrypt your files, after which you won’t have any access to those files.
A VPN provides a way for transmitting and receiving data over internet through a public network in such a way that it seems you are actually connected on a private network. It keeps your browsing activity, current location and identity completely private by encrypting your data and then routing it over its own remote servers. In simple words, a VPN would hide your network location from which you are connecting and let you access internet without imposing any restrictions.
Since many countries have blocked several websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Google, one would need an excellent VPN in order to connect to internet without bothering about those restrictions and browsing the internet securely. For example, in order to use internet in China, which has put restrictions on most of the websites, using a VPN is a must.
One of the most effective and popular VPN used worldwide is StrongVPN. It is a US based company which was set up in 1994 and it provides VPN servers in 21 countries and 45 cities supporting most of the VPN protocols. Its high speed servers provide excellent encryption of data, IP address switching and secure browsing.
What is a VPN?
A Virtual Private Network – or VPN – allows you to send and receive data via the internet using a public network as if you were connected to a private network. In other words, it is a system that allow you to connect to a public network (a hotspot, for example) but acts as if you were connected to your company’s host computer. This makes it difficult to be located and greatly improves the security of your connection. But let’s not get too technical. Below you’ll find the principal uses of a VPN:
- Access to services that are only available in some countries, principally audiovisual content (such as television shows, series or podcasts). For example, if you want to watch your favorite programs on Netflix or Hulu, but you are not in the United States, you can’t. Unless you use a VPN to access those website from a US server!
- To send sensitive data (such as banking information) via an encrypted connection. Many people use these systems to protect their banking and personal information from being robbed by third parties when connected to public networks, and/or to maintain anonymity.
- To create your own VPN and allow your employees to access your company’s private network, including if they are not physically connected to it.
It is currently very common to use an emoji keyboard in conversations or emails using Android and iOS mobile devices (like the iPad and the iPhone), but in the case of laptops it is not common to use them, and more so, many people don’t know that these emoticons are even available.
Mac Emoji Keyboard
Accessing the Emoji keyboard from a Mac is really simple and its appearance to iOS is very similar as you can see in the picture above, with the difference being that it is shown on a small screen and not the keyboard itself as in the aforementioned devices. To access it, we have to use the following keystroke shortcut:
Control + Command + Space Bar
What is Xiaomi?
Xiaomi is a company that was founded in June 2010 by 7 very powerful partners that have strong connections with the governments of China and Singapore. Between them are Qiming Venture Partners, IDG Capital and particularly Temasek, an investment group owned by the government of Singapore.
Three years after the creation of Xiaomi, they were already selling more phones within China than Apple, with a market share of 2.5% and a value of 10 billion dollars. That same year, Xiaomi appeared in the global news for having contracted Hugo Barra, one of the principle figures responsible in the development of Android within Google.
A year later, in the fourth quarter of 2014, Xiaomi was already leading their market above popular brands like Apple, Samsung, or Huawei with a market share of 12.5%, becoming the most valuable emergent business in the world only four years after being founded, reaching a total value of 45,000 million dollars, surpassing the 40,000 million dollar value of the Uber taxi app.
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