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VPN Reviews / ZenMate - a free privacy protection plugin for Chrome
« on: June 15, 2015, 03:26:01 PM »
Zenmate is a new privacy protection plugin for the Chrome (and Chromium) bowser. Ok its not new but nobody posted it here so I am posting about zenmate now.

The plugin works like a traditional VPN. It encryts the traffic between your Chrome browser and Zenmate’s servers. By using Zenmate it allows you to access geo-restricted content like Netflix and Hulu and it lets you surf anonymously.

And yes Zenmate is still free with no bandwidth caps. You could also upgrade your account to Premium which gives you additional access to Zenmate's desktop VPN client, turbo speed, more advanced features and extra server locations.

The only downside with zenmate chrome plugin is its not really a VPN but a proxy. But again if you want to use it as a VPN you can always upgrade your account.

How can you install zenmate?

The fastest way to download the ZenMate plug-in is to go through the Chrome Web Store. Once the plug-in has been downloaded and installed, provide ZenMate your email address and go to your email inbox to verify your email account. Click on the link provided in an email you will receive from ZenMate upon providing your email address, and your ZenMate will begin functioning.

VPN Client Setup Support / Fix Routing bug on OpenVPN on Windows 8
« on: January 20, 2013, 07:40:19 AM »
In case your OpenVPN on windows 8 is not working properly. You may need to do the instructions below.

It looks like OpenVPN requires the “Network Connections” service to be running.  Simply change this service from manual to automatic (so you don’t have to do this again) and start it.  OpenVPN should then connect correctly with no warnings.


You may also need to enable  ‘RAS Connection Manager’  which is disabled be default on windows 8.

Just go to Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features

‘Turn Windows features on or off’

Turn On ‘RAS Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK)’


Close the window and test your OpenVPN connection.

I already managed to setup a pptp vpn using this tutorial: http://www.vpntutorials.com/tutorials/pptp-vpn-setup-tutorial-for-windows-8/

My problem is ALL traffic is sent over the VPN. This slows a fast internet connection to a virtual crawl.

What do you use if you just want normal high-speed internet access from your provider, but you want to have access to a server located in another location, such as a relative’s house? This connection would be used for storage, backups and other LAN like tasks.

When you connect your PC, SmartPhone or your device like a flat panel TV or an external media box to the internet you only have access to your local internet services. The many US services such as Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, Pandora and many more are only accessible in the US – unless you set up a proxy or a VPN.

Now there's an easier way to access this service without using a Proxy or a VPN especially on devices which does not support a proxy or a vpn connection. That is possible through DNS rerouting.

In this guide we tell you how to do that and how to get access to Netflix from anywhere.

Use Netflix outside the USSmart TVs and internet boxes can access internet services but the selection in Europe and especially some of the smaller markets is not very appealing. However, in the US people have tons of possibilities.

Netflix on Apples TV
Netflix on Apple TV
One example is Netflix; a pay-per-month service with unlimited access to movies, TV shows and documentaries. In just a few years almost 25 million subscribers have joined Netflix, which also makes Netflix bigger than the largest cable TV providers. With Netflix you can see shows such as Mad Men, South Park, The Office, Lost and many more. Or new Hollywood movies such as Toy Story 3, Salt or The Other Guys. Everything for just 8 dollars per month.

Netflix is only available in the US but with a small DNS rerouting you can access it from anywhere on Smart TVs or Apple TV / Boxee media players.
Netflix on a European Samsung Smart TV. Also notice services such as Hulu and Blockbuster
Netflix on a European Samsung Smart TV. Also notice services such as Hulu and Blockbuster
Guide: How to set up DNS for Netflix accessYou do not need advanced VPN services or proxies. Instead you can use the service Unotelly that helps you reroute your internet connection.

Here is a step-by-step guide to set up the DNS service
  • Visit unotelly.com. You can try it free. If you want to continue it costs 5 $ a month.
  • Join unotelly.com on the front page with your e-mail. You will receive an e-mail with an activation link and 2 DNS numbers.
  • Enter these DNS numbers into either your router or the device that you want access from (such as a TV or internet box). You need to enter DNS1 and DNS2 exactly like provided. Do not change number for IP, Subnet and Gateway.
    If you enter the DNS numbers into your router, all devices on your home network can access US services. If you enter them into one device only this device can access the US services.
  • Often you need to reset your TV after entering the DNS numbers. This is possible from the TV menu.
  • Now create a user on www.netflix.com. You can try it free for 30 days. Afterwards it costs 8 $ per month. If you receive a message telling you that you have no access to Netflix from your country, the DNS setup has gone wrong. Try again.
  • Fire up Netflix and enjoy. Good luck.

With Netflix you can see movies and TV shows/documentaries
With Netflix you can see movies and TV shows/documentaries
If you are looking for instructions on setting up specific devices see unotelly.com. They can help you set up Apple TV, Samsung TVs, Sony TVs, PS3, Xbox360, and Boxee Box.

You can now enjoy a range of movies, TV shows and documentaries for 5+8 dollars per month – anytime you want. You can also try to access other US services such as Pandora (music service) and Hulu (free movies with commercials).

Also notice: If you have a dynamic IP from your internet provider it is often best to set up the DNS numbers in specific devices instead of your router, because every time you are provided with a new dynamic IP and you have the DNS numbers in your router, you need to revisit the Unotelly website for activation.

VPN Discussion / Did your VPN stop working? Here's why.
« on: December 13, 2012, 07:20:52 AM »
Have you been using a VPN for awhile and sudenly it can no longer connect? When you check the log file, take note of the IP it was trying to log into. Most likely it is not the IP of your VPN company's server.

How are they (the GFW), doing this? It's called DNS poisoning.

Cache poisoning attacks
Normally, a networked computer uses a DNS server provided by the computer user's organization or an Internet service provider (ISP). DNS servers are generally deployed in an organization's network to improve resolution response performance by caching previously obtained query results. Poisoning attacks on a single DNS server can affect the users serviced directly by the compromised server or indirectly by its downstream server(s) if applicable.

To perform a cache poisoning attack, the attacker exploits a flaw in the DNS software. If the server does not correctly validate DNS responses to ensure that they are from an authoritative source (for example by using DNSSEC) the server will end up caching the incorrect entries locally and serve them to other users that make the same request.

This technique can be used to direct users of a website to another site of the attacker's choosing. For example, an attacker spoofs the IP address DNS entries for a target website on a given DNS server, replacing them with the IP address of a server he controls. He then creates files on the server they control with names matching those on the target server. These files could contain malicious content, such as a computer worm or a computer virus. A user whose computer has referenced the poisoned DNS server would be tricked into accepting content coming from a non-authentic server and unknowingly download malicious content.

Unlike the situation outlined in this Wiki quote, in China the government is poisoning it's own servers to disrupt people trying to use sights like FaceBook. And sometimes the the DNS servers in China screw up other countries internet conections as well.

DNS Screwup Accidentally Extends Great Firewall Of China To Chile And The US?

A bit surprised this story didn't get more attention, but apparently some sort of DNS networking "error" meant that certain computers in both the US and Chile came up against the infamous Great Firewall of China -- meaning many sites were suddenly inaccessible (and, one assumes, Google sent folks to Google Hong Kong):

Security experts are not sure exactly how this happened, but it appears that at least one ISP recently began fetching high-level DNS (domain name server) information from what's known as a root DNS server, based in China. That server, operated out of China by Swedish service provider Netnod, returned DNS information intended for Chinese users, effectively spreading China's network censorship overseas. China tightly controls access to a number of Web sites, using technology known colloquially as the Great Firewall of China.

The issue was reported Wednesday by Mauricio Ereche, a DNS admin with NIC Chile, who found that an unnamed local ISP reported that DNS queries for sites such as Facebook.com, Twitter.com and YouTube.com -- all of which have been blocked in China -- were being redirected to bogus addresses.

I'm reminded of the case when Pakistan tried to block YouTube and ended up blocking YouTube around the globe. Just a bit of a scary reminder of how fragile and interconnected the internet can be at times.

Free VPN Services / Kepard VPN - 1 year Free Trial!
« on: December 13, 2012, 07:16:49 AM »
Kepard Free Trial VPN Service

1.Visit Kepard free trial page and click activate free button to create account by enter email address and password.
trial address page:

2.Now you enjoy Kepard vpn service for 365 days that limit to 30 minutes daily with no cost.

3.Here i use Kepard dialer software for vpn service connection. Key in email and password that you created.

4.After logged in the main window showed vpn connection already turn on. Here you will see that how many days left and which country you are connected and others information.

5.Click change IP or country button to switch IP and country.

6.You can change vpn protocol connection in this dialer software.

The connection is quite fast, not so much different with local internet connection as i tested it. What impressed me is Kepard dialer software is allow to switch vpn protocol connection instantly without any configuration.

Free VPN Services / Cloudnymous - Free VPN
« on: December 12, 2012, 12:16:48 AM »
Here is another free vpn.

This is taken from their website

Free Servers

Some of our servers are free, and they are truly free - you won’t pay a dime no matter how long you stay connected to these servers. But please note that usually the free servers are quite crowded, for obvious reasons: we all love free stuff, and the network speed and ping on them is low most of the time.

Register here: https://cloudnymous.com/account/register

VPN Discussion / Secure your VPN connection using VPN Lifeguard!
« on: December 10, 2012, 11:57:25 PM »
This guide will show you how to stay safe with a vpn when the vpn connection drops.This program will close multiple programs specified when the vpn has lost connection and will open them when you regain vpn connection.
 1.Install vpn lifeguard, you can download it here http://sourceforge.net/projects/vpnlifeguard/
 2.Connect to the vpn and open vpn lifeguard.
 3.Make sure the checkbox is checked then click on config.
 4.Click on list ip and your vpn ip should be listed under "Local IP of VPN"
 5.Under "IP of the box" change it to or use the dropdown menu to that address.
 6.Under divers, check the 2 boxes on the left. The first box will minimize the program to the tray area.
 7.Check VPN exclusive under "connection VPN exclusive".
 8.Under "autorun" check run on startup & run softwares managed
 9.Change the number to 1 then click on browse.
 For 64 bit windows, most program files are located in.
 C:\Program Files (x86)\
 Some are located in C:\Program Files\
 For 32 bit windows.
 C:\Program Files\
 Note: You can use the shortcuts on the desktop if you have them.
 Example for firefox.
 C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
 C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Mozilla Firefox.lnk
 10.For multiple programs repeat step #9.
 11.When working correctly it will display an ON status and it will show the vpn ip. You can also visit http://www.pdproxy.com/ to display your vpn ip.
 11a. Also check dnsleaktest here. http://www.dnsleaktest.com/

Download app here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/vpnlifeguard/

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Free VPN Services / List of free vpn
« on: December 06, 2012, 01:59:21 AM »
Are you looking for a free VPN account?  Here you can get a Free VPN account instantly. No email address is required. No registration is needed.

Free VPN with US IP - If you want to watch Hulu or other streaming sites outside US









Free VPN with UK IP - If you want to watch BBC player outside UK







Free VPN with Canada IP






Free VPN with IP from Netherlands




All VPNs in the list are PPTP based VPN. Some of the VPNs change their passwords time to time. Some of them don’t change their passwords, but you need to visit their websites after you established VPN connection.

PPTP VPN connection can be easily setup. It works with Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 7, Apple Mac OSX Mountain Lion, Linux Ubuntu, iPhone 4S, New iPad, Samsung Galaxy S III, WM65 Mobile phone and most network appliances. Check our VPN tutorial for instructions.

Free VPN Services / Spotflux - Free vpn
« on: December 06, 2012, 01:45:21 AM »
I have tested a wide number of Free VPN and paid vpn alike.

But this is the best of all

Has no ads
No bandwidth limit


If you want to test it and has no invitation code, just go over to RaptorVPN


Register your email id and password

Download the client from the Download section

RaptorVPN uses the Spotflux client

Spotflux is only invitation based but if you register via RaptorVPN you automatically get a Spotflux username and password and the Spotflux client.

I am trying to install Cisco VPN client on my windows 7 but I am getting this error.

Internal Error 2738

This error prevents me from installing the Cisco VPN client.

VPN Client Setup Support / Setting up a site-to-site VPN
« on: August 02, 2012, 10:09:15 PM »
'm trying to set up a site-to-site VPN between two business locations. Each site has less than 5 users who need to connect to the SBS2003 server for their Exchange needs. My goal is to connect with higher throughput and without them having to use the MS software VPN and connect through the SBS 2003 server.

Remote site = Comcast Business class with one static IP and a Netgear UTM 5.
Server site = Verizon FiOS with one static IP and a Netgear UTM 10. SBS 2003 serves Exchange and a few shared folders, no web service.

Here are my challenges:
1) Remote Site = Comcast Business class over a SMC 8014 Gateway. Based on my reading, this does not support a hardware level bridge that is required for IPSec VPN connection.
1a) I have FiOS at home without a static IP. Is there a way I can still use this location to test out the connection between my home and the datacenter site?

2) Is SSL VPN a safe alternative if I can't overcome the SMC 8014 limitations to use IPSec?

3) If I can't get the broadband routers to work in true bridge mode and must use SSL, would it be reasonable to enable a DMZ on each broadband device and put the UTM's on the DMZ?

4) IP configurations are not my strength. (I'm a mechanical engineer by day, so I have 2-bit IT skills in an 8-bit world). I would love a suggested IP configuration (IP address ranges and subnet masks for each side of the site UTMs) for both ends that will not conflict and allow any client on one side to talk with any client on the other.

At the server site I have the 192.168.1.* / - between the broadband and the UTM10, and 192.168.2.* / inside. At the remote site I have 192.168.3.* / between the broadband and UTM5, and 192.168.4.*/ inside the UTM5.

Thanks for any advice you can offer.

Free VPN Services / VPNeo
« on: February 06, 2012, 11:41:12 PM »

Free VPN Services / CactusVPN Free trial
« on: February 06, 2012, 11:37:58 PM »

With CactusVPN you don't need special abilities to have a secured
and encrypted internet connection. Just install our software, enter
your username and password and connect. Everybody can do this!

Just register in this site https://billing.cactusvpn.com/cart.php?a=add&pid=3 for a free trial

VPN Client Setup Support / OpenVPN is connected but cannot browse
« on: November 07, 2011, 09:51:43 PM »
I already connected my vpn but my internet is not passing through the vpn. Can anyone please help me.

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