50% Discount On All Annual VPN Plans At Kovurt.com

VPNInstructions.com has unveiled a new partnership discount code with VPN provider Kovurt.com. from now until the end of October 2014, use the discount code “vpninstructoct2014” on the checkout page for a 50% discount off any Annual Plan.

Kovurt.com has both Solo Annual Plan which gives you unlimited bandwidth and one concurrent connection. Also Kovurt has a Pro Annual Plan that also has unlimited data bandwidth plus up to 3 concurrent connections.

A 50% discount is a fantastic deal and it’s a great way to keep your Mac or Windows computer Internet activity private and safe!


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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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Top 5 Mobile VPN App Choices For iPhone And iPad

Looking for a VPN app for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? While there are many great choices at the Apple iTunes store, CNET’s Download.com website does a great job of profiling and listing available apps for iOS users.

There are dozens of choices, but we have picked our own list of recommended top 5 VPN apps for iOS users:

1) Kovurt VPN: this is always our favorite, as the VPN services are stable, robust, and used by top-tier professionals around the world. Kovurt’s VPN app is useful in its Version 1.0 only for Kovurt’s paid subscribers, but it’s worthwhile to get a paid subscription because of the great service and stability of the VPN network to keep you secure and private on WiFi hotspots. Download the VPN app from here or click the button from Download.com below to take yourself straight to the download page:

Get it from CNET Download.com!

2) Norton Hotspot Privacy: Keep your confidential information safe and secure when you use public WiFi hotspots wherever you are. Norton is famous for its anti-virus software, and now it provides a slim app that keeps your wifi activities safe. Download here.

3) Hotspot Shield: CNET staff say “Hotspot Shield VPN is a free iOS app with a single aim: to protect your online presence.” Get your own version of the app from here.

4) Cisco AnyConnect: CNET staff say “Cisco AnyConnect is an iOS app for connecting through VPNs (not necessarily those controlled by Cisco hardware). It provide access through a secure tunnel to allow iPhones and iPads to access corporate e-mail, files, and remote desktops. The app is free and works with any VPN that supports the standard DTLS security layer.” And you can get your own download from here.

5) Junos Pulse: Junos Pulse for iOS enables secure connectivity over SSL VPN to corporate applications and data from anywhere, at any time. Using Junos Pulse, you can connect securely to your corporate Juniper Networks SA Series SSL VPN gateway and gain instant access to business applications and networked data from wherever you are. Download the app from here.


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Top 5 Mobile VPN App Choices For iPhone And iPad

Looking for a VPN app for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? While there are many great choices at the Apple iTunes store, CNET’s Download.com website does a great job of profiling and listing available apps for iOS users.

There are dozens of choices, but we have picked our own list of recommended top 5 VPN apps for iOS users:

1) Kovurt VPN: this is always our favorite, as the VPN services are stable, robust, and used by top-tier professionals around the world. Kovurt’s VPN app is useful in its Version 1.0 only for Kovurt’s paid subscribers, but it’s worthwhile to get a paid subscription because of the great service and stability of the VPN network to keep you secure and private on WiFi hotspots. Download the VPN app from here or click the button from Download.com below to take yourself straight to the download page:

Get it from CNET Download.com!

2) Norton Hotspot Privacy: Keep your confidential information safe and secure when you use public WiFi hotspots wherever you are. Norton is famous for its anti-virus software, and now it provides a slim app that keeps your wifi activities safe. Download here.

3) Hotspot Shield: CNET staff say “Hotspot Shield VPN is a free iOS app with a single aim: to protect your online presence.” Get your own version of the app from here.

4) Cisco AnyConnect: CNET staff say “Cisco AnyConnect is an iOS app for connecting through VPNs (not necessarily those controlled by Cisco hardware). It provide access through a secure tunnel to allow iPhones and iPads to access corporate e-mail, files, and remote desktops. The app is free and works with any VPN that supports the standard DTLS security layer.” And you can get your own download from here.

5) Junos Pulse: Junos Pulse for iOS enables secure connectivity over SSL VPN to corporate applications and data from anywhere, at any time. Using Junos Pulse, you can connect securely to your corporate Juniper Networks SA Series SSL VPN gateway and gain instant access to business applications and networked data from wherever you are. Download the app from here.

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Kovurt VPN Adds Free New App For iPhone, iPad, and iPhone Touch

The VPN service at Kovurt.com, whose services are mostly still in Beta but they still offer a few paid subscription options, has launched a new free VPN app.

We tested the VPN app from Beijing, Hong Kong, Chengdu, London, and New York and all loaded pages quickly on an iPad or iPhone. The VPN app offers “one-click” action, so you only need to click a button once to load all your configurations and the next time you want to get on the Kovurt VPN network you just click “On” in your iPhone’s settings.

This first version can be downloaded by anybody, but the main features require a login only available to paid VPN subscribers of the Kovurt service. This first version also only offers VPN server connections from Asia, but Kovurt says an update soon will expand all the offerings to servers in Europe and North America. This means anybody in the world can use the app now, but when you connect to the VPN it will appear like you are in Asia — this makes sense for Kovurt since many of its users are in Asia. But the US and Europe are huge VPN markets too, so the next update should make watching Netflix or BBC much easier for Americans and Brits.


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Adding Some Key Facts In WSJ.com’s China’s Internet ‘Wall’ Hits Business Article

VPNs are useful for creating a private connection online. Most users around the world use VPNs specifically for privacy. But a growing number of users in places like China and Iran also use VPNs for circumvention.

The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.com has a decent article (China’s Internet ‘Wall’ Hits Business) related to VPN usage in China among businesses built around a recent American Chamber of Commerce in China press release. The article is written by Paul Mozur and Carlos Tejada. The article is pretty good but there are a few things that caught our eye that need more explanation:

1) The article states “it is illegal for foreign companies to operate a VPN in China without a local partner”. That is true, as Internet Service Providers must be primarily owned by local Chinese. But it skims over the subtleties about whether it is illegal to use a VPN in China, period. It is not illegal to use a VPN in China if the Virtual Private Network’s nodes and servers are outside of mainland China. The Shanghai-based lawyer we conferred with, along with our deep understanding of China’s Internet landscape, shows us that there are no laws on the books in China that prohibit any user in China from connecting to a VPN outside of mainland China.

2) The article states “the government has been closing ports used by VPNs, and that the company has maintained services by switching to new ports each time an old one is closed.” Yes, this is true and this began around October 20, 2012. However, according to the monitoring from VPN provider Kovurt.com based in Hong Kong, as of around November 27, 2012, new actions were taking place in China: not only were ports closed, but also highly encrypted packets started to be filtered. So even when using alternate ports, it was the more enhanced packets that were being captured for possible further analysis and/or blocking. In the VPN world, we call that “filtering”. The bottom line: even changing ports does not work in the end because all encrypted packets using OpenVPN are filtered. That means VPNs using the OpenVPN protocol do not work.

3) As an important addition to #2, we should note that not all VPN protocols are blocked. Only OpenVPN protocols are blocked. But PPTP and L2TP, which users can easily use from their laptops, desktops, or mobile devices, are not blocked in China. Why? Because they use traditional ports used by e-commerce sites. Is it possible to block PPTP and L2TP? Yes it is, but that means either a DNSBL is used or the entire Internet is shut down to SSL traffic. So people complain that VPNs do not work in China are only usually trying to use OpenVPN, which is only one of the triumvirate of useful VPN protocols and technologies. This article fails to mention that VPNs are used and running fine if OpenVPN is not relied upon. Providers like Astrill, Kovurt, and Witopia all provide their users a choice of OpenVPN, PPTP, and L2TP.

Let us know more about how you are using VPNs around the world and your experiences with VPNs in China.


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Is OpenVPN Dead?

With total filtering (i.e., block) of the OpenVPN protocol in recent weeks in places like China, many users are wondering if this is the end for OpenVPN. What started in late October 2012 with only filterings of certain ports of OpenVPN, was ratcheted up by the end of November 2012 with a seemingly total block of OpenVPN services throughout most of China. This has left users of OpenVPN paid systems at places like Witopia, Astrill, and StrongVPN a loss, frustrated, angry, and despondent.

So if OpenVPN has been so easy to block in a place like China, is this the end for the service? Probably not because other services like Kovurt have quickly filled the void by using OpenVPN and encrypting it in ways that do not readily allow future blocks of OpenVPN user accounts.

Companies like Kovurt use the same types of VPN protocols that Witopia, Astrill, and StrongVPN use, such as PPTP/L2TP/SSL VPN/OpenVPN, but they go a step further and create “digital envelopes” that create more trusted connections between users and the Virtual Private Network world. (You can see more information about VPN instructions and tutorials at VPNinstructions.com). This does slow down the usage for users a little, but that slow pace is balanced by broader privacy and better Internet access for users of services like Kovurt VPN.

According to Wikipedia, OpenVPN is “an open source software application that implements virtual private network (VPN) techniques for creating secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities. It uses a custom security protocol that utilizes SSL/TLS for key exchange. It is capable of traversing network address translators (NATs) and firewalls. It was written by James Yonan and is published under the GNU General Public License (GPL).”

So nothing in that definition and use of OpenVPN should change much in the near-future. The only change now is more companies will be utilizing best practices to keep more users private and secure when using VPN services. OpenVPN is far from dead!


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VPN Instructions for How to Install Your VPN on All Devices

We want to cover as many different configurations as possible on this site for different types of VPN configurations. Whether you use L2TP, PPTP, OpenVPN, SSTP, or even SOCKS, we want to make sure you have the details you need to stay private and anonymous.

Most of the instructions we provide will come from Kovurt VPN, which provides us some information and also helps support this site via its affiliate program. Help support us by supporting Kovurt.

If you have different types of configurations or thoughts, please leave us comments and we will try to cover as many ideas on this site for staying secure.