Think your VPN provider is looking out for your security and privacy? A lot of snake oil is sold in the VPN service industry these days. The terms “privacy” and “security” are tossed around fairly loosely without much regard for what they actually mean. In fact this is why the team at Spotflux doesn’t like our service to be called a VPN, its akin to calling Facebook a website – what we do is so far beyond a VPN service that it just doesn’t compare. In this post we’re going to address some of the ridiculous snake oil being sold to consumers in the VPN service space and try to help you understand some important nuances to consider when looking for a company that will protect your privacy and security online.
Snake Oil Concoction #1 – VPNs make you private because they Hide Your IP Address
Most VPN providers do indeed “mask” your ip address by re-routing traffic through their servers. Your IP address does indeed look different and this may be good enough to trick some GEO-IP based filters into thinking you are somewhere else than your actual location. The myth however is that you are somehow “more private” just by having a different IP address – this couldn’t be further from the truth. Let’s take a look at an example… read more …
At Spotflux we are rapidly expanding and constantly opening up new datacenter locations. At our latest deployment Federico took a time-lapse video to show the meticulous work that goes into getting a rack ready for servers. Here are some best practices that we like to follow when deploying new racks that you’ll notice in the video… read more …
Some of the team members just got back form Defcon 21 and there were some good talks this year. Watching Kevin Mitnick conduct his social engineering awesomeness was particularly amusing during David Kennedy and Nick Hitchcock’s talk where they demonstrated in real time how modern malware + social engineering can easily defeat many “next-gen” firewalls. Of course next-gen is nothing more than a fancy marketing term but suffice it to say these overly expensive appliances just aren’t driving the “bang for the buck” that they promise. We’ve got some exciting things coming in the next few months here at spotflux and well we think they’re going to shake things up for some of these “nextgen” guys.
We know you’ve been anticipating this release, and we are happy to announce worldwide availability in the Google Play Store. In addition to the security and privacy that you enjoy on our desktop apps, we’ve added bandwidth compression to make sure you can get the most out of your data plans. It’s fresh out of beta, polished up, and ready for you get your hands on.
Unlike low-end VPN providers that throttle your speed and simply hide your IP address, Spotflux Free VPN helps you to:
- Save bandwidth and maximize your data plan
- Stay private with pro-active privacy defense
- Stay protected from malware
Enough talking, time to go and download the app.