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How to Choose the Best VPN Type for your Needs (Open vs PPPT vs SSTP vs LTP)

VPN Types

VPN Types

VPN (Virtual Private Network) is known to be the best way to protect your privacy while browsing the web. With a VPN, users can enjoy a secure Internet connection due to very strong encryption being used while sending and receiving data. This secured tunnel hides the real IP address and geo-location of the users, allowing them to access sites anonymously. There are many different types of VPN based on protocol, and it is important that you understand them. Here are some of the most common ones.

OpenVPN 

OpenVPN is an open source implementation that supports different kinds of encryption from the OpenSSL library and SSL v3/TLS v1 protocol. However, you need third party software no matter which platform you use. Nevertheless, it can bypass HTTP proxy and offers high level of security, even against the NSA (National Security Agency). It is fast and reliable, but it quite harder to set up than the others.

PPTP

PPTP (point-to-point tunneling protocol), which was developed by a consortium founded by Microsoft, relies on various authentication methods to provide security. But despite being widely supported protocol before, it is now considered as not being totally secured because of its low, 128-bit encryption. However, it is relatively fast and very easy to set up because no additional software is required.

L2TP

L2TP (Layer 2 Tunnel Protocol) is considered as an extension of PPTP, but does not provide encryption. Instead, it relies on the security protocol as it passes through the tunnel while protecting the privacy of users. Therefore, it is ideal for not so critical use. This is also why it is usually being implemented with IPsec, which uses cryptographic security services as protection to its users.

SSTP

SSTP (Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol) is basically an L2TP protocol over SSL connection. But because it a proprietary standard owned by Microsoft, it is applicable to Windows platform only. However, it is highly secured and can bypass most firewalls. In short, it offers almost all the advantages of OpenVPN, except that it cannot be independently audited for back doors or similar cases.

The above explanations might look so technical and therefore can be confusing. But if you want to know the best VPN for you, check the offers of various VPN protocols. Then, compare them to what you really need and how you will use VPN. Know where the VPN service provider is based, the number of simultaneous connections it can serve, their log policy, and of course, the bandwidth. But more importantly, you should know which countries the service can cover or the location of the servers.

The different VPN protocols mainly differ on the level of security they can provide. In that case, OpenVPN could be the best option so far. The availability of mobile apps is an added advantage since many people are now using mobile devices. And although L2TP/IPsec also works well in public Wi-Fi hotspots, OpenVPN is highly configurable and very scalable, making it efficient for businesses.

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Why VPN on Smartphone is Very Important

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These days, having a smartphone is very common. Besides the convenience, there are many brands competing against each other, and therefore prices become lower. Features range from simple to sophisticated, and there are also different designs to choose from. The battle between operating software (OS) is tough, allowing customers the freedom to choose which among those OS are efficient for them. In short, mobile devices now play a vital role in daily social life and businesses as well.

Nonetheless, a lot of ordinary smartphone users tend to ignore online safety. This is why identity theft is rampant, as well as scams. As a countermeasure, various security measures are being developed and this includes VPN (Virtual Private Network). Some people use VPN to access restricted websites if they are in a country where Internet censorship is very strict. Likewise, some businesses use VPN to make sure that their sensitive information on their website is protected from hackers.

But do you still need VPN if you are not making business transactions online? What is the use of VPN if you are in a place that allows you to access any website you like? Note that VPN is a service created not only to protect you when you are doing business online. VPN service providers do not only help you visit a banned website in your area. VPN in general, protects you while you are online especially if you are in area where your online activities are not secured.

VPN is not the only way to hide your IP address so you can browse the Internet anonymously. But with VPN on your smartphone, your traffic is encrypted and is therefore safe from identity theft. And because smartphones are designed for use in public places, it is very important to use VPN. In Wi-Fi zones such as airports, train stations, and coffee shops, your communication can easily be tracked and intercepted, and the job of VPN is to make sure no intruder can pass through.

However, choosing the right VPN is also important. Free VPNs services may look good because they are effective and you don’t have to hurt your wallet. But with paid VPN, you can be sure of more reliable, faster, and safer connection. Customer support is also better because it is part of the services you are paying for. In addition, some VPNs may work for iOs phones but not for Android. So before you pay, make sure the VPN is compatible with the features of your smartphone.

How to be Safe Online Using your iPhone or iPad

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Apple has various ways to protect users of iPhone or iPad from identity theft. The electronic giant said that the iOS platform is designed with security at its core, and that all their devices have very high level of security. But sad to say, the risk is always there. We have heard sad stories of famous celebrities whose photos were leaked online. In fact, various flaws targeting Apple users in public Wi-Fi have been discovered. So far, VPN (Virtual Private Network) is still the most reliable way in terms of online security.

1. Use the latest version of iOS on your iPhone or iPad

But first, make sure that you are always using the latest version of iOS on your iPhone or iPad. However, there were reports that some users had a hard time installing the latest update. In some cases, the device requires to be reset because it has no enough space. This means you have to erase some files or store them in iCloud. Using an alternative web browser is not also the best option. So if you cannot get the updated iOS or your device is not eligible for the upgrade, don’t use it in a Wi-Fi zone.

2. Choose strong passwords

Second, choose a very strong password. Use upper and lowercase letters, characters and numbers. Have a unique password for every service you access. If you have problems memorizing many passwords, there are now services that can generate passwords for you. Also, avoid opening emails or clicking any links that looks so tempting. Sometimes, these links appear to be coming from your friend or someone you know, but not really. In short, be a keen observer especially when you’re on Facebook.

3. Consider iOS security applications

In addition, there are tons of free and paid iOS security apps available at the Apple iTunes store. And remember, don’t ever jailbreak your iPhone or iPad although it allows you to install apps that are blocked by iOS. This is simply because you are removing the safety features that Apple has installed in your device, besides the fact that you are invalidating its warranty. But while there are many other ways to protect your privacy when using an Apple device to browse the web, VPN is still the best method.

4. Use VPN for iPhone and iPad – recommended!

With a VPN for iOS, a new IP address will be assigned to you and hide your real IP address and geo-location as well. Browsing the web anonymously also allows you to have access on restricted sites. Different VPNs have different security protocols, which you can choose from depending on your needs. But more importantly, your web traffic is highly encrypted. This means no authorized third party can read your data, not even hackers. Well, they still can but only if you visit a compromised website or a spam link.

How to select a good VPN for your requirements

However, be very careful when choosing a VPN. Not all of them are trustworthy. Some of them might be logging your activities. This is why you should do some research first, and read their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. When it comes to reliability and customer service, it’s always better to choose a paid VPN instead of the free ones. After all, premium VPNs are very affordable and will not hurt your wallet.

Original post: http://sahrzad.net/blog/how-to-be-safe-online-using-your-iphone-or-ipad/

How to open blocked sites? The Best VPN for Dubai 2015

During the last five years Sahrzad helps people to bypass Internet censorship in the Middle East and access blocked. The problem of on-line restrictions in the Gulf countries was discussed several times.

What is new in 2015?

! UAE blocks more sites are services in the Internet

! Most public proxies and free vpn services are blocked

! On-line restrictions became more serious

What is good?

! Wi-fi Internet access is available in many public places including beaches and parks.

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So as we can see with the time Internet limits in United Arab Emirates are not disappear but censorship became only worse.

With the time the number of tourists and workers in Dubai is growing rapidly. All people who visit Dubai meet Internet censorship, on-line limits and blocked sites.

How to avoid Internet censorship in UAE?

Well, as before there are many solutions to enter blocked sites in UAE.

Among them:

I will not discuss all these methods – you can read more about them here .

I would only stop at VPN or Virtual Private Network. You can read what is this on our website or in Wikipedia.

VPN service is one of the most reliable methods to access blocked sites in UAE and others countries because it hides your real IP address and location letting you enter  blocked sites, it is also encrypts all your traffic, making you completely anonymous and secure in the global network.

This is very important if you are using public Wi-Fi Internet spots. VPN protects all your data which can be easily stolen in public WiFi.

With Sahrzad vpn you can visit any site you want and be 100% sure that you are anonymous. Nobody can review your Internet activity.

You can use VPN on any device which has Internet connection.

It is easy to setup VPN connection in Windows, Android, Mac OS, IOs and others operational systems.

Another advantage of vpn is that it is not necessary to setup any additional software. All you need is just create new vpn tunnel in your device following our simple setup instructions.

Mobile gadgets are extremely popular today.

Ensure your security with our vpn service.

Sahrzad guarantees :

  • The best service
  • Technical support
  • Adequate price
  • Fast and stable vpn connection.

Also please find out why vpn is better than proxy?

Read our article Proxy VS VPN.

When you are connected to vpn all your programs work through this secure tunnel.

So you can unblock Skype and Viber in Dubai, watch USA TV, open any blocked site safe and easy.

Also VPN guarantee you full protection and security in the Internet.

If you are still not sure if it will work for you – please contact us and we will provide you free trial VPN account and help you to setup secure vpn connection!

We are doing our best to provide you professional service for affordable price!

From Sahrzad Blog: http://sahrzad.net/blog/how-to-open-blocked-sites-dubai-2015/

How to unblock Viber on Android

viber-free-callViber is a great application that can help you to save a lot of money on communications. You can use it for International calls and text messaging via the Internet. Viber lets you to call for free from any country wherever you are.

Unfortunately due to some reasons Viber is blocked in some places like Dubai UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia and others. But this problem can be easily resolved with vpn service. Probable, you have already known what vpn is. This is a secured tunnel inside network connection that masks your IP and also encrypts all your traffic. VPN is easy and reliable solution for using Viber if it is blocked.

To use Viber on Andoid you need to setup vpn connection from your Android device.

It is not difficult and will not take you a lot of time.

    1. Click Settings icon

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    1. Select Wireless & Networks and tap on VPN

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    1. Tap Add VPN Networkhow to setup VPN in android
    2. Input connection name (Sahrzad VPN), select the type of your VPN connection – PPTP VPN, input VPN server address from your account data.
      Please be carefully – don’t use any additional symbols like spaces, http://, www, / …etc in the server address.how to setup VPN in android
    3. Input your Username and password that you received from VPN account service in e-mail.
      Save it and tap Connect

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For connection to vpn server:

  1. Select Home > Menu > Settings
  2. Tap Wireless & networks
  3. Tap VPN settings
  4. The VPN connections you have added are present in the list
  5. Tap the VPN you wish to connect to (Sahrzad VPN)
  6. A dialog box will open asking for your credentials, enter them and click connect

When you are connected to VPN, you will see an ongoing notification in the Status bar on your Android device. If you are disconnected, you will receive a notification and an option to go back to the VPN settings section.

Once you have created vpn connection you can switch it on and off on the main settings screen.

When vpn connection is made on your device you can use Viber from any place of the planet (where Internet is)!

Source: http://sahrzad.net/blog/how-to-unblock-viber-on-android/

Why Use VPN to Unblock Sites in the Middle East

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Middle East is one huge region that is currently implementing very strict Internet censorship. In case you are not aware, Skype has been available in UAE only in 2013. As of posting, Oman is blocking many VOIP services including Skype and Viber is banned in Saudi Arabia. But then, all websites that contain illegal gambling, illegal drugs, pornographic material, gay and lesbian content, dating services, sexual health resources, hate to religion, and political criticisms are definitely ban in the Middle East. So, if you feel like you need to unblock sites in the region, don’t hesitate to use VPN (Virtual Private Network).

When it comes to unblocking sites in the Middle East, many people choose VPN over other methods such as proxy sites. But this is not surprising to know, simply because VPNs are faster and more secure than proxies. In addition, a lot of school and universities are now blocking many proxy sites. But best of all, your traffic with VPN servers is encrypted. This means only a computer with the right decoder can be able to read the data and use it, thus protecting the files on your computers, including emails. With this process, no third party (not even the governments in the Middle East) can intercept them.

Simultaneously, VPN service providers allow you to browse the Internet anonymously. Note that Internet police in the Middle East are closely monitoring all the online activities of their residents. With a VPN, your real address will be replaced with a new IP address provided to you by your VPN service provider. And because your geo-location is also hidden, local authorities will see you logging in as someone outside the region, say US or Canada, depending on the node assigned to you. A good VPN company can immediately provide you another IP address in case your first VPN IP address will be blocked.

If you’re going to choose between a free VPN and a paid service, the free service is very tempting. Who would not want to enjoy a VPN service without paying anything? But before you do, prepare yourself being bombarded with tons of unrelated ads. You cannot avoid them because this is how free VPN service providers make money. Plus of course, you cannot expect an excellent customer support that you did not pay for. On the other hand, paid VPNs provide faster and consistent Internet connection. In addition, many VPN service providers offer very low service fees. We at Sahrzad are one of them.

Sahrzad VPN has served many clients who were satisfied with our service, and dubbed us as an expert in Internet freedom. We are admired for protecting the privacy of our customers. We don’t log their personal information and online activities. But besides security, we also guarantee first class VPN services, which come along with an incomparable customer service. If you want to check if we are true with our words, you can try our free one-day trial without any obligation. If you are satisfied, then you continue enjoying our service by picking one of our affordable VPN plans.

 

Source: http://sahrzad.net/blog/why-use-vpn-to-unblock-sites-in-the-middle-east/

How to unblock Viber in UAE

How to unblock Viber in UAE

How to open blocked sites in Dubai on iPad

Iphone is extremely popular device nowadays. A huge number of happy users enjoy this gadget everyday all around the world and in United Arab Emirates as well. Of course it is hard to imagine iPhone without Internet connection.

People go on-line with business purposes and for fun. We read news, watch videos and talk to our friends and partners.

We use wi-fi networks in our offices and homes and this is mostly safe and secure. But what about the security when you are using public wi-fi spots in cafes, hotels and other public places?
Do you know that it is very easy to intercept your data if you are using not protected Internet connection in your smartphone?

Personages concerned can steal your private and business data if you do not protect your privacy!
We all need to care about our privacy and security.

VPN is the best solution for this poser.

Virtual private network (VPN) keeps all your data protected and safe. All the traffic sent via the vpn tunnel is encrypted and besides that your real IP location is hidden.

So vpn is a secure tunnel which guarantees you completely anonymity, safety and protection in the Internet.

Why use VPN on iPad in UAE?
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VPN is also essential and indispensable for Internet users in UAE because it helps to bypass censorship and avoid Internet limits and restrictions in UAE.

With VPN you can easily use Skype and Viber in UAE to stay connected to your friends and business partners!

A great number of restricted websites will be also available for you.

Why free proxy is not a good solution?

Many people do not want to pay for vpn.
We can find free vpn! – They say.

Yes, today Internet teems loud titles about free vpn. But you should me very careful when they ask you to install some software on your gadget because in the vast majority of cases it is harmfull software! It can steal your data or simple use your device as a proxy or any other else because you must understand that free cheese is only in a mousetrap. And finally you lost more with this FREE proxy and vpn services.

Respect yourself and use only reliable and estimable vpn services with good reputation. Do not waste your time on treacherous and unsafe solutions.

Also remember that UAE laws are very strict is the questions of Internet censure. So do not risk your security, safety and Internet privacy.

Using VPN on iPhone, iPad, iPad mini

VPN Account is easy to use on your iPhone or iPad.
You don’t need to install any additional applications so you can be sure our service will not harm you.

All you need is just follow the next instructions and input your VPN account data you receive from us.

Also we are always ready to provide you a free trial vpn account so you can test that our service works for you.

How to select the best vpn for iPhone in Dubai UAE?

If you are locates in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or others places in United Arab Emirates you might meet numerous Internet limits.

You cannot visit gambling and dating sites, Youtube and Facebook are also blocked.
And what is the worst – you cannot use Skype or Viber to talk to your family, friends and partners.

VPN for Dubai resolve this problem!

Choosing the best vpn for UAE is not a complicated question and it depends on your needs and wishes.

To select the vpn service for Dubai you need to consider the following items:
– What IP address you require
If you want to watch Hulu or Netfix, or USA TV, for example, you need to have USA IP address
If you simple want to unblock websites in UAE and use Skype and Viber you need to select VPN Server that is closer to you but is located outside the UAE, for example Europe VPN server.
– What are your main objectives of using vpn.
If you simple need to hide your IP and mask your traffic you can select any one.
– Are you going to use p2p or torrent sites?
Most vpn services prohibit using torrents. We allow this on our Luxemburg server. And it is strictly prohibited on USA server. Please note this.

If you are still hesitating please contact us for free trial vpn for UAE.
When do you need VPN for iPhone in UAE?
– I connect to the Internet in public Wi-Fi zones in hotels, restaurants and business centers
– I want to use Skype in UAE
– I need Viber in Dubai
– I want to surf any site and like
– I want to unblock Facebook
– I want to protect myself
– I want to be free on-line

If you answered YES on some of these questions – you need VPN in UAE!

How to make a vpn connection in your iOs device?

To set up vpn on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch you need to follow the next instructions:
Go to Settings > General > VPN.
Click Add VPN Configuration.
Choose PPTP VPN and enter you VPN account data. You will receive your VPN server, username and password in the e-mail.
Save your VPN configuration. Once you have created VPN connection you can switch it ON and OFF on the main settings screen.

If you have any problems with vpn settings on your iPhone you can always contact us and our technical support will help you resolve any issue with vpn.
Sometimes you cannot use pptp vpn in UAE. In such cases you can always employ open vpn. Open vpn works anywhere!
Please review this page for more detailed instructions: http://vpn-account.com/vpnsetupiphone.html

Below you can find some easy video guides how to use vpn account in UAE.
How to unblock websites in UAE with VPN account.

How to unblock Viber in Dubai with VPN account

We are always ready to help you with your Internet freedom and security!

Source: http://vpn-account.com/using-vpn-iPhone-UAE.html