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Finding a US Netflix VPN

There is something of a battle going on across the internet and it looks like it’s going to continue for a long time.  On the one side are the media giants of the internet, companies like Netflix, Amazon, BBC and Hulu who supply streaming media services to millions across the planet, on the other are the users of these services who use the better VPN services when they access the internet.   The growth of the VPN (virtual private network) has been pretty incredible, once they were primarily used for very high security connections such as people dialing back into corporate networks to access confidential servers.  Nowadays millions of people use them for everyday browsing and accessing secure sites online, they also use them to bypass the various blocks and filters which have been established by the media companies – but what is really the a good US Netflix VPN.

This is a big problem for the media companies, many of whom have very specific licensing agreements which allow them to broadcast in specific countries.  This however has led to huge disparities in the service offered across different countries – the Netflix service in some countries offers a very small proportion of the movies and shows available in US Netflix for example.   Not surprisingly people use VPNs to allow them to switch to the better services, in fact it is estimated that there were nearly half a million Australian Netflix subscribers before it was even available in that country! The practice was pretty much ignored until recently, most of the media companies blocked the easier to detect proxies but didn’t do anything about the many VPN users, until recently.

There’s obviously something happening behind the scenes, likely the content providers themselves are forcing the media companies to enforce the licensing agreements.  It’s  a crazy situation where online media is still licensed in this way, instead of globally which is after all how the internet was meant to work.   The reality is that millions of VPN users are now finding their service blocked or restricted in the wake of this clampdown.  Netflix have been particularly aggressive in blocking access to people using a VPN, it used to be simple but now you’re liable to get the following message –

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Quite a friendly, happy message but it’s meant millions have been either blocked completely from accessing Netflix or restricted to using the one offered in their own country.    Some VPNs still work, however before I give some clues to how to choose a US Netflix VPN I’d first like to clarify a couple of points that I see in comments on this site and across the internet.

  • First, a VPN is not illegal, criminal or anything like that.  It is perfectly legitimate to use a VPN all the time when you connect to the internet and many millions do to protect their security and privacy.
  • You are also not committing a criminal act by using an American VPN to access US Netflix from somewhere like Canada, UK or Europe.   At the very worst you are breaking the Netflix Terms and Conditions and could get your subscription cancelled – though it’s not happened to anyone yet as far as I’m aware.
  • VPNs are now useless because they can be detected by media websites, this is incorrect.  A VPN service still provides you with encryption and privacy whilst you’re online and they are still very smart thing to use particularly if you’re travelling and using unknown Wifi hot spots and networks.  The media companies block these VPN connections by building up lists of IP addresses which they suspect to be VPNs.

This is the reality of the situation, although it’s virtually impossible to detect the use of a VPN – companies like Netflix can build up lists of IP addresses used by VPN services and put them into a black list denied access.    This is quite easy to do, they simply target high profile online services who advertise a lot and they also monitor which IP addresses are used for multiple, simultaneous connections.

When choosing the best VPN for Netflix and other services, there’s a few simple rules to follow.  Firstly look for a low key web site which doesn’t openly advertise the facility to watch these services.  One of my favorite pre-purge options for watching US Netflix was a successful company called Overplay and their Smart DNS service, their servers were among the first to be blocked and stopped working for me several months ago for Netflix.  They have also aggressively targeted the online TV watching facilities, both directly on their websites and through advertising.

Choose a VPN service which doesn’t mention the media companies, they still work the same way but are less likely to get blocked.

Be cautious, particularly if your primary requirement is a VPN to watch a specific region of Netflix.  What is currently happening, is a cat and mouse game – Netflix will block a range of IP addresses and access will be blocked, the VPN service will switch out these ranges and replace with others enabling them to work with Netflix again.  This has been continuing over the last few months and there’s no way of knowing how long this will last.   It is time consuming and expensive for both sides in the war, and the result probably depends on whether Netflix continues their efforts to block all VPN servers.

Update – July 7th 2016, Netflix have now blocked almost all VPN services from accessing their site by restricting access to only residential IP addresses. However . have issued an update and expanded their network to include residential addresses. I’ve been testing for a couple of weeks and it now works perfectly for US Netflix – you can try their . here. It’s now not only the Best VPN for Netflix but one of the only ones that now works, currently you can only access the US version of Netflix but that’s expected to expand although this is the version that most VPN users want access to.

Facebook Crime – Removal Scam

There is a very real and fundamental problem with buying and selling anything using social media, identifying whether the person you are dealing with is legitimate. Think about it, normally when you find a trader or company they will have premises, registered offices, land lines. You may have responded to an advert or directory listing, all these things take time and money to set up.

Now let’s compare that with a Facebook Company page, which takes two minutes and no verification. In fact, you can set up a Facebook page for a fictitious company and then add hundreds of fake likes and reviews in an hour or so. The result can look extremely legitimate and representative of a well respected, reliable company or tradesman. It’s not hard to do and costs very little money, what is more if you’re reasonably careful almost impossible to trace back.

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This is unfortunately what happened to Becky Szenk and her partner Mark Higgins when they moved from their flat in Wolverhampton.

They needed to find a inexpensive removal firm, and like many of us turned to the social media site Facebook to see if they could find someone. They managed to find one of those ‘man with a van’ services and immediately contacted them to book his services. Many of us do exactly the same, only last month I booked a roofing contractor who came up in a Facebook search. My experience was good despite my lack of care, however it was a very different story for Becky Szenk.

The removal guys turned up on time, and two of them quickly and efficiently loaded up their worldly possessions into a large transit van. What was notable was the speed in which they completed the task, loading up in about 45 minutes and driving off to the pub that they had invested their savings in.  Or so they thought, in fact that was the very last time they saw their stuff – the men and their possessions were never seen again.

“I have never cried more in my life than I did on Friday afternoon – I am so distraught that they have taken my engagement ring and my baby’s toys.”
Becky Szenk

It’s not an isolated case, police have reported several similar incidents just within the West Midlands area of the UK.  It is an easy crime to perpetrate, you can easily hide your tracks and the payoff can be extremely large – the possessions lost by Betty Szenk and her partner were estimated in the region of £10, 000.

 

Poker Cheat Trojan – You Looking at My Cards

The trouble with most malware, is that it’s often completely pointless – little more than electronic vandalism. Sure your computer can be held to ransom by some eastern block computer geek (like who pays those), or your computer recruited into a massive global botnet to cause even more chaos – but it’s all kinda vague and desperate.

So it’s quite cool to see something like odlanor, a clever piece of malware which is designed with a single, very specific goal – to cheat at online poker. Once installed the virus has a single goal to reveal the cards of any infected player when he’s playing online poker.

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The malware specifically targets only users who access two of the largest online poker sites – Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker. Once they are infected the attacker will attempt to join the tables where any victims are playing – obviously with a huge advantage as they can see all of the victim’s cards.

The delivery mechanism seems to be through infected software and downloads across the internet. This is also targeted though by infecting poker related programs such as player databases, poker calculators and odds programs. These are distributed across various torrent sites and piggy back the installers of these applications.

When Odlanor is installed it will sit quietly and search for windows from either Pokerstars or Full Tilt poker windows. When these are detected, screenshots are taken and sent to the command server. These screen shots contain both the players hands and their player id which makes it much easier to detect infected players using the search functions.

The malware currently seems to be spreading largely across Eastern European countries, which may be the origin of the virus. Several hundred infected players have been detected in the last few weeks. There is no doubt though that it poses a potential threat to any online poker player and it’s likely the code will be adapted to cover other similar sites other than Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker.

So if you’re an online poker player who downloads his apps through torrents, you should be cautious and make sure that your computer is thoroughly virus checked any up to date, mainstream virus checker should detect Odlanor.

For me it wouldn’t make much difference as I always get hammered when taking part in any online gambling.

Russians Caught Out by IP Address

It’s astonishing to think that a Russian state media channel would go around changing Wiki pages in order to pass blame in a different direction. But possibly even more amazing that they were stupid enough to do it from a PC connected with an IP address registered to their company, no proxy or VPN like this!

So what’s happened is that a journalist or other person employed by the All Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) has sat in the office and changed a story about the Malaysian Flight MH7 air disaster.

IN the very likely true initial version the sentence read –

“by terrorists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic with Buk system missiles, which the terrorists received from the Russian Federation,”

However an hour later that was modified to this –

“The plane was shot down by Ukrainian soldiers”

Maybe they were hoping that the edit wouldn’t be noticed, in fact it was picked up by a Twitter bot, but the reality is that the edit would be visible for years to come. Russia seems to have lost a bit of ground in the digital propaganda wars, modifying such visible sites whilst using an IP address registered to the Russian government is a bit hopeless unless you wanted to get caught and look even more guilty!

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It seems that the realisation that we are all tracked and logged by our IP address still seems to have not dawned many. I mean you would have thought the Russian Government would have a few paranoid ex-KGB types to figure this stuff out. Reports are all over the news with American and UK agencies routinely monitoring huge amounts of internet data. Sneaking an edit into a Wikipedia page, looks rather amateurish especially without using a fake ip. It’s rather good to know that there are a lot of Bots out there routinely monitoring activity on these sites from known addresses of the world’s governments.  Although it also worries me slightly that they keep catching them out so easily.

No Politics – But Ninja Videos Ok

Is this right?

Fuck…I hope not….
The Dead Kennedy’s shocked in my youth – some thirty years ago..,,,,still pretty hard core…..

Awesome video 🙂

Original video got canned – this one is nearly as good though, enjoy.