Friday, August 31, 2012

Start8 update brought the classic Start menu,skip the splash screen and turn off the heat angle


Ever since Microsoft released the preview of Windows 8, the decision to remove the Start Orb has been heavy discussed, with both positive and negative response about the move. Some time ago, Aatif explained why Microsoft have decided to let go of the Start Orb and replace it with the Start Screen. Whatever the reasoning behind it, one thing is for sure; the Start Menu is going to be majorly missed after being around in one form or the other since the birth of the Windows operating system. However, it has been the norm that whenever Microsoft decides to axe a feature or misses to include something, third party developers take the charge of providing the service to the community, and fill the gap left by Windows with useful tools. Same is the case with the Start Orb. As soon as the news broke of Windows 8 not having it, tools started coming out that added it back to the system. Previously featured on AddictiveTips, Start8 is one such application, which recently received an important update. Now, it allows you to skip the Start Screen entirely upon start, disable Hot Corners, and lets you view the Start Menu in its classic style.



All of the previous options provided by the program, such as Start Screen-like start menu, search function, customization of Start Orb image, and shortcuts to open Run and Shutdown dialog boxes are still available. The most prominent addition to Start8 in this update includes a classic style start menu. In contrast to the previous Start Screen-like start menu, this one sports the same features as the one in Windows 7, and allows you to access the installed programs and settings in the same way.



 


 



Start8 Classic



Note that the classic start menu has not replaced the Start Screen-like start menu, and the switch between the two can be made by right clicking the Start Orb. The right-click also contains other options, such as On login go to the desktop (skip the start screen upon login), Disable Windows 8 desktop hotspots, Pick a different Start Button image, Run and Shutdown.



Start8 Right Click



In the Start Screen-like start menu, you are provided with more options for changing the Non Fullscreen Size from Small, tall, Wide and Large, and Allow Windows Key to show full screen menu.



Right Click More options



Just like the Start Menu of Windows 7, you can pin frequently used programs and settings to the main window for quicker access. Just right click a program or setting and click Pin to Start8.



Start8 Pin



Start8 works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.



Download Start8

Thursday, August 30, 2012

FREE VPN SERVER


We provide BEST Free VPN Service! We are expert in VPN service for many years, our free service is extremely fast and reliable.Free VPN to secure public internet access for privacy and anonymityIt's pretty simple to use this PPTP based free vpn  in your desktop or mobile devices, PPTP protocol VPN client is bulit in in most of OS,mobile phones and network appliances, no software  installation, no additional cost for the client.  Here is the VPN CONNECTION detail:



VPN account information




 



Notes about our top free vpn service




  • Having questions about the free VPN service?  You can find most answers over there. If not, feel free to submit your questions, we will be happy to solve your problem!
     


  • To guarantee every user has equal priority to use the free VPN account, each VPN session will stay alive for maximum 8 hours. If your VPN get disconnected, you can simply connect again with password list above to get the VPN back;
     


  • User will get 3Mbit/s download speed and 1Mbit/s upload speed for each free VPNsession, it means you can watch youtube 720P HD stream video smoothly without buffering or waiting!
     


  • To maintain a very HIGH QUALITY of VPN service, P2P and BT traffic are not allowed. Also no illegal activities allowed with the free service. In case of abuse, users' VPN access log is subjected to expose to related authorities, thanks for your corporation;
     


  • We suggest you to use Google DNS Servers to avoid DNS hijacking from your local ISP:   DNS Server 1: 8.8.8.8    DNS Server 2: 8.8.4.4 



Troubleshooting the most common Error 619 problem




  1. Make sure you paste the most up-to-date password without mistake;


  2. If you have firewall software installed, make sure TCP port 1723 is opened;


  3. Check wireless router firewall settings, make sure PPTP VPN Pass Through is enabled;


  4. Check your local ISP that if the GRE protocol on port 47 is opened;   

NEW Free PPTP VPN Service


 



VPN (Virtual Private Network) has become more of a necessity for Internet users. PPTP, L2TP/IPSec and OpenVPN are the 3 common VPN protocols provided by VPN service providers. Sometimes we are asked, “Which is better, PPTP VPN or Open VPN?”. The Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) is the most widely supported VPN method among Windows clients. PPTP has relatively low overhead, making it faster than some other VPN methods. 



 



The advantages of PPTP VPN are:



1.
PPTP VPN is easy to setup on Windows, Mac and Linux operating system. Iphone, Ipod Touch, Android, and Windows Mobile are just a few of the devices that work natively with PPTP. It’s a very easy setup, just a Host Name, Login and Password in the network settings. With your PPTP settings you can use any computer around the world to connect, even computers in Internet Café’s.

2. 
Usually PPTP offers a faster connection than a OpenVPN SSL VPN.



Bandwidth and Hosting is expensive. A free VPN may die or become a paid service if the operator can’t afford the server fee. Below are 3 free PPTP VPN working in July, 2012.



1. www.sshour.com



Zacebook.com provides free web proxy and free VPN service. You don’t need to register an account with Zace Book, their service is open to every Internet user. Their VPN server location is in the USA. Their password will be changed every 24-48 hours. 



2. www.vpnour.com



This website is providing free US PPTP VPN. Their formerly domain is freevpnservers.com. They change their VPN password every 30 minutes. They say your VPN connection will not be disconnected when the password is updated. You can get their VPN info



3.www.freevpntunnel.com



I think this website is a clone of freevpnserver.tk. The difference is the VPN server address and the password changing time. They change the VPN password every 10 minutes. You can unlock their newest password



 



 

OkayFreedom VPN 20,000 Free Premium Code Giveaway


 



OkayFreedom is a VPN tool that allows you to hide your real IP on the Internet. The VPN service provided by OkayFreedom makes access to websites that are regionally restricted accessible to you. So called geographical restrictions or country restrictions are appearing ever more frequently, and hamper the free access to the contents of the internet. OkayFreedom uses a network of VPN servers for this and therefore makes not only surfing possible, but is also the safest environment for privacy on the net in general. 



 



Official Website URL: http://www.okayfreedom.com
VPN type: OpenVPN
Server location: German, US, UK, Swiss



OkayFreedom is giving away 20,000 premium code for everyone. Hurry UP!



1. Visit the giveaway detail page on CHIP website. Then, download the software by clicking on “Zum Download” button. Go to step 2 before you install it.
2. Visit the Okayfreedom giveaway page, enter your e-mail address and click on the “Abschicken” button.
3. Check your email for the OkayFreedom premium code.
4. Double click the file “okayfreedom_website10.exe” you downloaded from chip.de. It will check if there is a new version available and download the new installation file from Okayfreedom.com.
5. Wait until the installation complete.
6. Run OkayFreedom. Right-click on the OkayFreedom icon on the system tray, choose “Get more traffic”.
okayfreedom vpn
7. Click the link as the screenshot below. Key in the Premium Code.
okayfreedom vpn



Right-click on the OkayFreedom icon on the system tray, select a VPN server to connect and enjoy your free premium VPN. The monthly traffic limit for a free premium user is 5GB. You can raise your 

Free File Hosting and Free OpenVPN Service Provided By FreeUploads.fr


 



FreeUploads.fr offer both free file hosting and VPN service. They offer unlimited file hosting space for free. The maximum size of single file is 5GB. At freeuploads.fr, you can upload your files to diffrent file hosters – including RapidShare, FileFactory, Uploaded.to, DepositFiles, Wupload, Hotfile, Crocko. You can upload your videos and use freeuploads.fr as a video streaming tool. The VPN service provided by freeuploads.fr is OpenVPN. The VPN server IP is in France. There is NO data transfer limited for their free VPN. They even allow P2P downloads while you are using their VPN service. 



 



Using freeuploads.fr file hosting service is very simple. The registration is 100% free and your account is active instantly. Here we will show you how to use their VPN service. Since their VPN is setup by the technology of OpenVPN, you need to install OpenVPN client on your computer.



How to install OpenVPN on Windows?
1. Please visit OpenVPN download page and download the latest OpenVPN client. Currently the newest version is OpenVPN 2.2.2. The file you need to download is openvpn-2.2.2-install.exe.

2. Installation of the client is quite straightforward, just confirming the default options is enough. The installation directory is best left as it is.



3. In the installation, you may see a warning asking you to install the Desktop Clients TAP Adapter, check the box that says “Always trust software from “OpenVPN Technologies, Inc.” and click Install.



How to use freeuploads.fr free VPN on Windows?
1. Log in your freeuploads.fr account.



2. Click “VPN” on the top menu.



3. Generate your OpenVPN certificates by clicking the GENERATE link.



4. Please wait a few seconds and download your certificates.



5. Unzip your certificate files into your “C:\Program File\openVPN\config\” folder (or where you installed OpenVPN).



6. Start OpenVPN either through the Start menu or by clicking on the desktop icon.



7. Then right click on the icon in the lower right hand corner of your screen and select “client” to connect.



freeuploads.fr free VPN



8. It will take seconds for the VPN connection to be established. In the Connection window you will see a log file scrolling by of all events pertinent to this.



9. Eventually the Connection window will disappear from sight, the OpenVPN icon in the taskbar will turn green, and a balloon will appear next to it, confirming that the connection is now active. Inside the balloon you will also see the IP address assigned to your VPN gateway.



10. You don’t need to change your web browser or apps configuration after the VPN connection is established.



How to use freeuploads.fr free VPN on iPad/iPhone?
If you want to use OpenVPN on iPad/iPhone, please read our post How to Setup OpenVPN on iPhone/iPad.



How to use freeuploads.fr free VPN on Android?
Setup OpenVPN on Android tablets and Android mobiles is only recommended for a tech savvy. You must have a rooted Android and install two OpenVPN apps. So we suggest you use PPTP/L2TP VPN on Android. You can search free PPTP/L2TP VPN on our site.



Free unlimited file hosting and free OpenVPN service is so great! Visit www.freeuploads.fr and try it today!

VpnDirect Offer One Month Free VPN Trial (OpenVPN Type)


 



VPNDirect is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service that lets you hide your real IP address and browsing history to ensure you remain anonymous as you like. With VPN Direct; not only will your IP address and data be protected from the ever watchful eye of cyber thieves but you’ll also be able to connect to a wide range of ultra-fast servers across Asia, Europe and the Americas allowing you to explore the internet without censorship. .



 



VPN Direct develop their client software base on OpenVPN. OpenVPN is an encrypted VPN tunnel that protects your private network traffic by using a custom security protocol that supports client authentication methods based on certificate, smart cards, username and passwords.



To use VPN Direct on Windows, please follow these steps:

1. Visit VPN Direct official website at http://www.vpndirect.com.
2. Sign up a free account.
3. Download VPN Direct installation file from their website. The file size is about 1.1MB.
4. Run the VPN Direct installation file, it will download files from VPN Direct and install the program on your computer. If you have VMware or Virtualbox on your computer, you can install VPN Direct in a virtual machine.
5. When a Hardware Installation notification pops up during the installation, click Continue Anyway. This is the step to install a virtual network card on your PC.
6. Finish the installation.



When your launch VPNDirect for the first time, you need to enter your username and password in the client control panel. Then you can select a server from the list to connect. Below is a screenshot of VPNDirect server list.



Free VPN - by VPNDirect



VPN Direct is a fast and highly secure Virtual Private Network service that is incredibly intuitive and easy to use. As a free user, I can watch Youtube 720P HD video smoothly with VPN Direct. The only inconvenient of using VPN Direct is they don’t let you download only OpenVPN config files, even if you have installed Openvpn on your computer. Currently VPN Direct client software only works on Windows systems. If you are satisfied with VPN Direct, you can use Paypal to upgrade your free VPNDirect account to a premium account.

Free VPN For Android – Hotspot Shield VPN Android APP Released


 



On 05/31/2012, AnchorFree, the global leader in consumer security and internet freedom, announced the release of a version of its Hotspot Shield app for Android devices. With Hotspot Shield for Android, tablet and smartphone users can connect to the internet using the company’s IPSec VPN service. Currently the app supports Android 2.0-2.3.7 OS devices only. The download is available at Google Play



 



Hotspot Shield for Android provides the same great features as their popular desktop software. AnchorFree’s Hotspot Shield is available in both free and a paid (Elite) flavors. The free client gives users VPN browsing, Wi-Fi and 3G encryption, and protection against malware threats, phishing, and spam. Should you need a little extra peace of mind, the Elite service offers expanded malware protection, and broadband data compression.



Key Features of Hotspot Shield VPN:

* Secure your web session, data, online shopping, and personal information online with HTTPS encryption.
* Protect yourself from identity theft online.
* Hide your IP address for your privacy online.
* Access all content privately without censorship; bypass firewalls.
* Protect yourself from snoopers at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, airports, corporate offices.



A version of Hotspot Shield VPN for iOS has been available on iTunes since November 2011. Hotspot Shield is only free for the first 7 days on iOS.



NOTE: Before starting Hotspot Shield VPN – if you have other installed VPN clients, please be sure that they are disconnected.

Service For Free Until July, 2012


 



VPNod, a previous free VPN service provider, announce the launch of the new VPNod.com website recently. VPNod invite everyone to celebrate with them and enjoy a free PPTP VPN account simply by registering to VPNod.com. This Offer valid until July 1st, 2012. By inviting 5 of your friends to signup for VPNod free offer, your free service will be extended to August, 2012. 



 



VPNod can be easily setup on your computer or device because they use standard PPTP VPN protocol. They provide step by step setup instructions on their website. For Windows users,they only show how to setup the VPN connection on Windows 7. If you are using Windows XP, you can read the PPTP VPN For Windows guide on our website. In VPNod instructions, the VPN server shown in the image is VPN.VPNOD.COM. That is the old server address. When they launch the new service, VPNod now have 6 PPTP VPN server address. You can find the server info in the member area.



VPNod yearly subscription is $59.99 USD. With a yearly subscription, you get 2 months for free. The Launch Special Offer is $45 USD for a year subscription. If you are looking for PPTP VPN for iPad/iPhone or Android, VPNod is a good service provider for you!

Protect Your Online Privacy With SumRando VPN


 



SumRando is a new VPN service provider. They are in beta test now and everyone can use Sumrando VPN service for free. By using OpenVPN technology, SumRando makes your online experience truly private. OpenVPN provides the best VPN performance and the highest encryption for VPN connections. This VPN protocol is extremely fast and reliable on high-latency networks. OpenVPN encrypts and sends packets via UDP or TCP as opposed to a traditional tunneling protocol via GRE like PPTP uses. When using TCP, Open VPN is proud to boast that in the event of a lost connection, you won’t simply drop packets and be thrown back on the internet. This is undoubtedly important to many who have high security concerns. 



 



To use Sumrando VPN, first you need to download and install their client software. Currently their client software only works on Windows system. You can register a new account when you run Sumrando for the first time. Please use a valid email address because you need to confirm your signup by clicking a link in the email they send to you.

Log into Sumrando client software. You can connect to a VPN server from the list. Currently they are launching with VPN nodes in India, Sweden and New York.



SumRando VPN



When you are notified that you are connected through SumRando, your internet experience is now fully encrypted. If anyone attempts to hack into your traffic whether you connect from your local coffee shop, airport or even at home, your data will be untouchable. Feel free to login to your webmail, chat or social media. Your personal, private information is kept behind an adamant shield.



Also worth mentioning is that your IP address is no longer tied to you. It is now just a random IP. If someone is monitoring activity to website that you visit, instead of identifying you, strangers, thieves and other undesirables see information that is not attributable to you.



The data transfer limit for a Sumrando free user is 10GB per month. SumRando only keeps track of how much data you use. They don’t keep logs of what you are doing. Your content and destinations are your business alone.



Sumrando is in beta and it is free now. Try it today before they become a premium only VPN.

PD-Proxy Offering Free VPN Service With PD-Proxy Unique Client Software


 



PD-Proxy is a VPN tunneling software that can secure your internet connection by encrypting all your connections to the internet. On their official forum, the administrator says “PD-Proxy or DroidVPN is not using OpenVPN/ L2TP / PPTP or IP SEC. We are using our own proprietary VPN protocol which DOES NOT USE any config files or certificates or settings that you can use. You can only use our service using our own VPN clients.” The PD-Proxy client software is unique, it is easy to use and free for your download. The client software works on Windows operating system.



 



Here are the easy steps to use PD-Proxy VPN:



1. Sign up for a PD-Proxy account for free at http://www.pdproxy.com/signup.htm. Check your email box and active your PD-Proxy account.
2. Download and unzip PD-Proxy from their official website.
3. Open PD-Proxy.exe. When a prompt message asking you to install a driver press Yes.
4. For free users, select DEMO SERVER from the server list. You can select UDP or TCP protocol.
5. Enter your username and password.
6. Press connect and wait till it says that you are connected.
7. You don’t need to config a proxy server in your web browser or other applications.
8. Open your web browser and enjoy browsing the internet safely and securely.



Below is a screenshot of the PD-Proxy client software.



Pd-proxy VPN



I made a PD-Proxy instruction video and uploaded it to Youtube. This is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coN-xoTVGyU.



Like other VPN services, the advantages of using PD-Proxy include:



Security – VPNs provide the highest level of security using advanced encryption and authentication protocols that protect data from unauthorized access. When you create a private virtual tunnel between your computer and the VPN server, and surf the internet with a VPN, your VPN connection is giving you a layer of security you did not have before.



Wi–Fi Security for a Wireless World – when you use public Wi–Fi hotspots, all the information you send to and receive from the Internet is sent over the air in the clear. Wi–Fi is a radio, broadcasting everything to anyone who bothers to listen. Web pages, emails and passwords, instant message traffic, everything that’s not encrypted is readable by anyone in the area.



Access Geo-Restricted Websites – PD-Proxy have servers in the US and Europe. You can select a US server and watch Hulu videos when you are outside the US.



Bypass Internet Filters – Facebook, Twitter and Youtube may be blocked in some countries. You can access these websites through a VPN.



Anonymous Surfing – The VPN service will make anonymous and secure your Internet connection, creating an encrypted tunnel between you and the VPN servers.



P2P Downloads – Pd-Proxy VPN allows torrent traffic on some of their servers.



There is a bandwidth limitation for free PD-Proxy users. And only a demo server is available for free users. If you want a faster connection speed and more servers, please upgrade to a premium PD-Proxy user.




Get SecurityKiss Tunnel One Month Premium Account For Free


 



SecurityKISS Tunnel is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) implementation. SecurityKiss program creates an encrypted tunnel between your computer and SecurityKiss security gateway. The tunnel prevents third parties from viewing your web browsing activities, instant messages, downloads, credit card information or anything else you send over the network. SecurityKiss was founded in 2010, they are a well known free and premium VPN service provider. 



 



SecurityKiss have a GiveAwayOfTheDay special offer on April 20th. It was too late when I heard the special offer. The special offer gives away SecurityKiss VPN JADEITE plan for half a year. To get the premium account is simple, you just need to send an empty emailto giveawayoftheday@securitykiss.com. Somebody said they didn’t get a response while using a Yahoo email. Today is April 24th, I sent an email from my Gmail account to the SecurityKiss giveaway email address. I was pleased to see that I got two respond emails. In one of the email it says:



“The GiveAwayOfTheDay special offer where you could get JADEITE plan for half a year for free HAS ENDED. However latecomers are welcome and we EXTENDED PROMOTIONAL OFFER. We are activating JADEITE plan for a month worth about $8.”



My one month SecurityKiss Tunnel premium account info is included in the email.



Account Details
——————————–
Client ID: client00xx0xxx
Plan name: JADEITE
Usage limit: 50 GB/month
Duration: 1 month
Value: 5.99 EUR
——————————–
In theSecurityKiss client area, I saw a long list of SecurityKiss VPN servers. Servers for premium members only are available for me now.



securitykiss tunnel VPN servers



If you are on Windows system, the easiest way to use SecurityKiss Tunnel is using their client software. In the email there contains your unique download link. Click on that link and your download will start.



In order to get access to more options like PPTP or L2TP VPN, you need to log into the client area to view the servers IP. You can read their detail step by step setup guides if you are new to VPN.



I don’t know how long will the special offer ends. Hurry up if you want a SecurityKiss Tunnel one month premium account for free.

CyberDodge Offers 24 Hour Trial Free VPN – Servers in the US, UK, NL, DE and Hu


 



CyberDodge offers 24 hour trial free VPN service. [Update on April 6: CyberDodge stopped offering free trial VPN service.]They are a registered business in New Zealand. VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a secure encrypted connection between your computer and the VPN server. You just need to visit CyberDodge and enter your email address, your free VPN account will be setup instantly. You will receive an email with your VPN account detail in it. 



 



The VPN protocols CyberDodge using are PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN. PPTP VPN is easy to setup but it may be blocked on some networks, you will get an Error 619 after VPN connection is fail. On networks where PPTP is blocked, you can choose L2TP and OpenVPN. CyberDodge have servers in the Netherlands, Germany, Hungry, UK and the USA. You can watch Hulu outside the US by using a USA VPN, or watch BBC iplayer outside the UK by using a UK VPN.



The easiest way to use CyberDodge is to download the CyberDodge connection manager software from their website. The download page is at https://www.cyberdodge.co.nz/setup. CyberDodge connection manager software works for computers running on Windows XP/Vista/7 32/64bit. CyberDodge VPN will also work on Mac OSX, iPhone, iPad, Android and Linux devices because it uses the standard PPTP protocol.

You can download the CyberDodge connection manager software from https://www.cyberdodge.co.nz/setup. When you first run the downloaded file and install. Tick the “Add a shortcut to desktop” box. You can now run CyberDodge from your desktop.



cyberdodge vpn



After running CyberDodge, you can select the VPN server by clicking “Properties”. If you want to watch UK TV use a UK server. If you want to watch an American TV site such as Netflix or Hulu then select a USA server. They recommend the Netherlands and Hungary server for P2P download.



To use CyberDodge free OpenVPN service, you need to follow these steps:



1. Visit openvpn.net to download the latest client from http://openvpn.net/index.php/open-source/downloads.html. (Download the ‘Windows Installer openvpn-2.x.x-install.exe’)
2. Install OpenVPN on your computer.
3. Download the CyberDodge openVPN config files from https://www.cyberdodge.co.nz/setup.
4. Unzip CyberDodge openVPN config files into C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config.
5. Start OpenVPN as administrator.
6. Right click the OpenVPN network icon in the lower right corner of the screen and connect to one of CyberDodge servers.
7. Enter your username and password.
8. To disconnect, right click the OpenVPN icon in the lower right corner of the screen. Select “Disconnect”.



CyberDodge free VPN is only active for 24 hours. If you are satisfied with the service, you should consider ordering a premium account

Free US VPN Service List – March 2012


 



1. sshour.com
URL: http://www.sshour.com
Server Location: United States
VPN Type: PPTP VPN
Note: No signup or client software download is required. VPN password changed every 30 minute.



2. vpnour.com
URL: https://www.vpnour.com
Server Location: United States, United Kingdom
VPN Type: PPTP VPN
Note: 5 day free trial. No logs are kept of any kind. Simple free account signup form. You may have to wait for hours before receiving your account information.

3. www.freevpn.cc
URL: http://www.www.freevpn.cc
Server Location: United States
Note: Trial account has only 500MBs of free data transfer each and every month. VPN client software download is needed.



4. bestfreevpnservice.com
URL: http://www.bestfreevpnservice.com
Server Location: United States
VPN type: PPTP VPN
Note: FlixVPN opened in December 2010. We first introduced Flixvpn in this post. They offer less than 24 hour trial. Signup form is simple. Free account will be created instantly.



5. freevpntunnel.com
URL: http://www.freevpntunnel.com
Server Location: United Kingdom, United States and more…
VPN type: PPTP, L2tp VPN
Note: Their former domain is veryfastvpn.net. We have an old post reviewing their free service. You can read the post here.



Thanks for visiting our site. If this is the first time you hear about VPN, here is how VPN works: VPN connection creates a secure tunnel between your computer and the VPN server. After the tunnel is created, you can use any wireless network without the risking security of your Internet data. You can use VPN for anonymous Internet browsing. VPN can also be used to bypass geographic web blocks.

Free L2TP/IPSec VPN Service Provided By VPNtool.com


 



VPNTool.com was started with the intention to bring quality VPN service to the people that need to benefit from the VPN technology. VPN can secure the communication when you are using open hotspots and unsecured internet connection. VPNTool free service uses Blowfish cipher encrypted at 128 bit. The reason why they chose 128 bit is because its secure enough and at the same time it won’t kill your CPU. 



 



VPNTool offers free L2TP/IPSec VPN service. Their connection clients work on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 system. Their server location is in France. VPNtool don’t display any ads while you are using their free service. The connection speed for free account is limited to 96Kbs for upload and 96Kbs for download. If you are looking for a high speed VPN, you should try other premium VPN service.

Before using VPNtool. first you need to visit their official website at www.vpntool.com. Then click “services” link. There you should choose a sign up link corresponding to your operating system. The signup form is very simple. You need to enter your valid email address. You will receive VPNtool client software, username and password instantly on their website. A copy of username and password will be emailed for your records.



The easiest way to use VPNtool is to download and run their connection client. After running their software, a new VPN connection icon will be created on your desktop. Double click the VPNtool connection icon, enter your user name and password. Click “Connect” and you are done. See the screenshot below.



VPNtool



For advanced user, you can manually setup a VPN connection and name it “VPNTool”. The free VPN server address is nos.vpntool.info. You need to edit the properties of “VPNTool” before connecting. Below is the property setting on Windows 7.



VPNtool free VPN setting



VPNtool properties: Click the Security tab, select “Automatic” as type of VPN. Don’t choose “L2TP/IPsec” because we don’t have a pre-share key for this L2TP VPN. Authentication setting are shown in the above screenshot. Save the setting and connect. PPTP and L2TP connection will be automatically tried. And L2TP connection will be connected successfully. The settings only work on Windows 7.



You can check your IP address after connected to VPNTool.

5 Free VPN Service Alternative to Hotfreevpn


 



In November, 2011 we posted an article about hotfreevpn. Now their free service is down. It’s not a strange thing. Fast VPN service must be running on a dedicated server. Free VPN service requires a lot of bandwidth. It’s expensive to rent such a dedicated server. If the VPN service provider can’t make enough money to cover the rental of the dedicated server, they will have to shut down the free service. A free VPN may be shut down for some users using the free VPN for bt, p2p and spam activities. So please don’t use free VPN for bt, p2p and spam activities. 



 



Since Hotfreevpn is down, here are 5 alternatives:



1. FreeVPNToday.com



FreeVPNToday.com provides free PPTP VPN. They have server located in the U.S. and Sweden. The U.S. server hostname is us.freevpntoday.com and the Sweden server hostname is ch.freevpntoday.com. Please visit their website at http://www.freevpntoday.com for details.

2. NLfreevpn.com



This is a free PPTP VPN. The server is located in the Netherlands. Please visit their website at http://www.nlfreevpn.com for details.



3. Vpnour.com



Vpnour.com provides multiple country VPN service. Servers are located in the USA, Switzerland and Estonia. The VPN is PPTP type. Please visit their website at http://www.vpnour.com for details.



4. SSHour.com



SSH tunnel is also a secure tunnel to protect your online privacy. It is a good alternative to VPN tunnel. What SSHour.com is providing is PPTP VPN service, not SSH service. They have servers located in Fremont, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle and Kansas of USA and servers located in Switzerland and Estonia. Please visit their website at http://www.sshour.com for details.



5. freevpn.cc



This website is written in Arabic. It’s Iran’s human rights committee founded VPN to anti network inspection and to combat filtering. The VPN server is in the United States. They are offering free VPN proxy services. If you can read Arabic, please visit their website at http://hraicp.com for more info.



The free VPNs listed above are PPTP VPN type. If you are on Windows operating system, please read PPTP VPN for Windows for the step by step setup guide. Any feedback on these VPNs are welcome.

CactusVPN Offers Free Trial VPN For 24 Hours


a premium VPN service provider, is offering free trial VPN for 24 hours. Everyone can register and use CactusVPN trial account for 24 hours. It’s absolutely free and no credit card is required. Your trial account will be active instantly. If you have a Google PR 2 website and would like to write a review about their service, CactusVPN also offers free premium VPN accounts for bloggers and webmasters. We have test the trial service and it works great!



 



The VPN protocols CactusVPN is using are PPTP, L2TP/IPSec and OpenVPN. Even if you are using the trial service, you can use all the 3 type protocols to connect to CactusVPN. They have servers located in the USA, UK and Netherlands. For premium users, P2P/BitTorrent is allowed on CactusVPN Netherlands server. If you are new to VPN, the benefits of using a CactusVPN are below:



Anonymous internet identity – VPN provides a layer of anonymity by hiding your real IP address. It means that you are behind of a VPN server while surfing the net. CactusVPN does not keep any logs!

Access to blocked sites and apps – Using VPN you can gain access to sites restricted to US and UK residents only like Hulu, Pandora, ABC, NBC, BBC iPlayer, ITV. It also unblocks websites and applications you are not allowed to connect like Skype and VoIP.



Virtual residence – As a CPA affiliate marketers, you can test a country specified CPA offer through a VPN connection. As a webmaster, you can test your sites or applications as if you were in US or Europe. Now it is easy to analyze on what position your site is in Google for US or UK users. VPN is perfect for SEO specialists.



High level security – VPN creates a tunnel and encrypts all your incoming and outgoing data. This way no one can access your information. This is a must if you use insecure networks such as public WiFi hotspots.



Now you know the benefits of using a VPN, below are steps on how to use CactusVPN:



1. Visit their website at http://www.cactusvpn.com and register a billing account with CactusVPN. No credit card is required. You need to enter a valid email address.



2. Your trial VPN account user name and password will be sent to you instantly by email. The VPN user name and password is NOT the same as your billing account login and password.



3. Log in CactusVPN client area (billing account) with your login and password. Click “My VPN Services” and you will see that your free trial VPN has been active. Click “Free trial – Free trial US/UK/NL – PPTP, L2TP/IPsec and OpenVPN” link and you will see the VPN server information. Your VPN user name and password is listed here.



4. The easiest way to use CactusVPN is download and install their client software. The download link and step by step installation guide is here: http://www.cactusvpn.com/2012/01/19/cactusvpn-software-windows-setup/.



CactusVPN software



5. For advanced users, you can manually setup CactusVPN on your computer.



CactusVPN free VPN doesn’t display ads while you are browsing the web. From their client software, you can easily change the server location and VPN protocol. If you are satisfied with CactusVPN service, you can upgrade to a premium user in the client area. The monthly fee is $9.99 USD for US, UK and NL VPN.

Hotspot Shield VPN App Available Now For iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch


 



Hotspot Shield VPN is provided by AnchorFree Inc. Their free VPN service for Windows has been around for quite a long time. On Windows, Hotspot Shield offers both a free and a paid elite version. The free version is ad-supported which means they will place ads on top of each webpage you are browsing through Hotspot Shield VPN. 



How Hotspot Shield Works:



If you are new to VPN, here is how Hotspot Shield works: Hotspot Shield creates a virtual private network (VPN) between your Computer and Hotspot Shield Internet gateway. This impenetrable tunnel prevents snoopers, hackers, ISP’s, from viewing your web browsing activities, instant messages, downloads, credit card information or anything else you send over the network. Hotspot Shield application is free for download and is easy to install and use.



Why Should You Use Hotspot Shield And Key Features of Hotspot Shield:

There are a couple of advantages while using Hotspot Shield, but the main one is security.






The key features are:




  • Secure your web session, data, online shopping, and personal information online with HTTPS encryption.


  • Protect yourself from identity theft online.


  • Hide your IP address for your privacy online.


  • Access all content privately without censorship; bypass firewalls.


  • Protect yourself from snoopers at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, airports, corporate offices.


    Hotspot Shield VPN Available Now for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch



    You can download Hotspot Shield VPN on Apple App Store from http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hotspot-shield-vpn/id443369807. On Windows PC you can always use the free version of Hotspot Shield. On iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Hotspot Shield is only FREE for the first 7 days. There is no ads and no bandwidth limited in the 7 day trial. The monthly subscription is $0.99.



    hotspot shield on iphone



    Hotspot Shield for Android Is Coming Soon!



    Want to be among the first people to use Hotspot Shield on Android? You can follow Hotspot Shield on Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/hotspotshield). 



Get A Trial Free VPN Account From VPNeo.com


 



VPNeo.com provides customers with free and paid VPN service. VPN is a secured encrypted channel which can protect your online privacy and protect against remote attacks. With the VPN, you can get full direct access to any Internet segment regardless of your ISPs limitations. 



 



VPNeo.com offers both PPTP and OpenVPN service. The benefits of using VPNeo are the following:



1. Vpneo has multiple servers located in the US, Canada, UK and NL.
2. Complete privacy of your Internet actvity, even from your ISP.
3. Being absolutely protected in public service networks such as Wi-Fi public areas, hotels, cruises, cyber cafes, schools and universities, otherwise your e-mail, ftp, on-line banking and e-shops access passwords could be easily stolen by culprits.
4. Open access to you to any even blocked transfer protocols such as VoIP/ SMTP/ POP3/ IMAP4/ FTP/ SSH/ HTTP/ HTTPS/ ICQ/ TORRENT/ P2P, any social networks websites and services.
5. Easily enjoy Online Poker and other games.
6. Protection against attacks on your DNS, phishing, nuking, DDoS and other popular attacks.
7. Secure high speed connection to any Internet resources.
8. Keeping your real IP and DNS completely hidden.

How to use VPNeo PPTP VPN Service?



1. Please visit vpneo.com and create a new account.
2. You account password will be emailed to you in minutes.
3. Log into Vpneo member area. There is a link to active your free trial. The trial will be expired in 3 hours.
4. When your trial is active, you will see your VPN user name and password. The VPN password is not your Vpneo account password. The PPTP VPN server address can be found in the member area.



vpneo free pptp vpn



5. Follow our step by step guide to setup a PPTP VPN connection on your computer. PPTP VPN Setup For Windows



You can also download Vpneo portable PPTP VPN tool from the member area. With the tool, you don’t need to manually setup the VPN connection.



How to use VPNeo OpenVPN Service?



1. If you don’t have Openvpn program installed on your computer, you need to download and install Openvpn first.
2. Download and unzip config files to the folder where OpenVPN is. In Windows, the path is C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config.
vpneo openvpn



3. Launch OpenVPN GUI. Right-Click on the OpenVPN GUI icon in your system tray and choose a server and port to connect.
vpneo openvpn



There is no doubt that PPTP VPN is the easiest protocol to set up and use. But there is also a tangible drawback since it works via port:1723 using GRE, which is its major weakness. In some corners of the world major Internet Service Providers (or ISPs) as well as corporate firewalls disable port:1723 and GRE which makes the PPTP connection incompatible. You can choose Vpneo OpenVPN service to get around the blocking.

Best 5 Free VPN Services To Protect Your Online Privacy


 



Today we will list the best 5 free VPN services for you. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. VPN creates a secure reliable communication tunnel over the Internet between Internet users and remote sites. Anyone who has serious privacy concerns should use a VPN service, as it adds another layer of protection and privacy when you access the Internet in a hotel or airport wireless LAN hotspots. A VPN connection guards every type of traffic that emerges from your computer. Whether you access a resource from the Internet browser, your FTP program, your email client or anything else, that traffic will be routed with the VPN, it’ll be anonymized and it’ll be encrypted. 



 



Finding a free VPN service is really easy – Just open a search engine and entering in “Free VPN” as the search term and you will find a dozen. But should you try those free VPN service one by one? It’s time-consuming and so we list the best 5 for you.



1. Freeopenvpn.com VPN Network
freeopenvpn
Freeeopenvpn provides free VPN service since December 2010. They don’t ask for your email or other personal info. Just visit their website and you will find the VPN server and login username and password. They offer PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN VPN service. The only inconvenient thing is you don’t know how long they will use a domain. They use a new domain from time to time.



The latest working domains are:
http://www.freesslvpn.net – Free OpenVPN
http://superfreevpn.com – Free PPTP VPN

2. RaptorVPN Free VPN
RaptorVPN
We introduced RaptorVPN for the first time at February, 2011. It is still a Ads free VPN service provider today. RaptorVPN service features including:



- Unlimited Bandwidth
- Unlimited Connection Time
- No Ads
- PPTP and OpenVPN



Obtaining a RaptorVPN account is very simple. Visit www.raptorvpn.com and signup an account. Check your email and confirm your account. Then you can start using RaptorVPN by creating a PPTP VPN connection or download their OpenVPN client.



3. Packetix VPN



Packetix VPN is a Japanese free VPN solution with technology developed by SoftEther Corporation. PacketiX VPN is free to use and you can easily connect to the VPN server. The speed is fast and the connection is reliable. The VPN server is located in Japan.



Packetix vpn



To use Packetix VPN free service you need to download and install their VPN connection manager on your system and connect to the private network to which you want to access. The application is developed to transport the network data packets privately, using encryption. Thus you can safely access the information from your office computer right from your home.



You can download Packetix VPN installation and connection setting file (secure.vpn) from http://www.packetix.net/en/secure/install/.
You can download another Packetix VPN connection setting file (MobileFree.jp.vpn) from http://www.mobilefree.jp/jp/download/



4. SecurityKiss Tunnel



We introduced SecurityKiss for the first time in July, 2010. They are a trusted premium and free VPN service provider. They are a leading VPN provider to protect privacy, ensure anonymity and bypass Internet restrictions. SecurityKiss free VPN is 100% clean and No ads. They have servers located in the US and the UK. As a free user, you are allowed to switch between these servers.



Securitykiss Tunnel



For SecurityKiss free account, there is a 300MB daily bandwidth limitation. So if you want to use SecurityKiss to watch online videos, you need to upgrade to a premium account. Their Economy plan price is 2.99 euro per month.



The official website address is: http://www.securitykiss.com.



5. ProXPN



ProXPN official website address is http://www.proxpn.com. ProXPN is a personal VPN that provides you safety and privacy while using the Internet. Free proXPN VPN accounts comes with the some restrictions. Free VPN accounts bandwidth speeds are limited to 100 Kbps and all ports except standard web browsing is restricted. Here is the differences between ProXPN premium and free accounts.



proxpn



For free user, you will redirected to a proXPN page when you try to visit a website. There is a link on that page to your destination website. The proXPN page will only appear once though. This VPN service is useful for casual browsing in Wi-Fi hotspots and other untrusted locations. If you need more, you can obviously upgrade to their premium VPN services.



Free VPN services mentioned above are good for anonymous web surfing/browsing to protect your online privacy. They also let you bypass/unblock local or regional restrictions and allow access to blocked websites like Facebook, twitter, Hulu, and Youtube.



If there are other Good Free VPN services which have not been covered, please suggest in comments. If you find this article useful, click share button below and share it with your friends.

Remove Malware from an Infected PC with Windows Defender Offline Tool


 



Microsoft has launched a new version of its Windows Defender antivirus tool. That is Windows Defender Offline Tool. This tool will run before Windows even boots up. Sometimes, malicious and other potentially unwanted software, including rootkits, try to install themselves on your PC. The computer infected with malware wouldn’t load properly. Reinstalling Windows is not a good choice. You can try to fix the infected PC with Windows Defender Offline Tool. 



 



1. Download Windows Defender Offline Tool
On a working PC with Internet access, go to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/what-is-windows-defender-offline/ and download a 32 or 64-bit version of Windows Defender Offline Tool. It is a small installer file. You still need Internet connection in the next step.

2. Run the Program
After downloading run the program and you will be greeted with the similar screen, as shown in the screenshot below. Then click next and accept the license agreement.



Windows Defender Offline Tool



You will be asked where to install the tool – on a CD/DVD, USB flash drive, or to create an ISO file.



Windows Defender Offline Tool



3. Make a Windows Defender Offline Tool Bootable Media
Insert a blank write-able CD or DVD in your disk. If you are installing the tool on a USB flash drive, please make sure you backup all data on your flash drive. The USB flash drive will be formatted and all data in it will be lost.



4. Wait until the Bootable Media Created Successfully
Please keep your PC connected to the Internet. The latest antivirus definition files will be downloaded from the Internet and added to your device. The downloaded file size is about 250MB.



5. Boot Infected PC with Windows Defender Offline Tool
Set the infected PC to boot from CD or USB in BIOS. Insert the Bootable Media to the infected PC. Now you can boot up using the media and you’ll get the Windows Defender Offline Tool screen.



windows defender offline tool



The tool will scan your Windows system. It will fix errors and clean malicious software from the infected PC.



Hopefully, the next time you have a problem with your computer and you know it’s spyware or malware, you can use the offline tool to disinfect your system. However if you want to use this tool again then you have to go through the same process again as the files are updated regularly.

How to Create and Use Windows 7 Password Reset Disk


 



If you forget your Windows 7 password, you can use a password reset disk to create a new one. This reset disk can be created before you have an issue and not after you have forgotten your password. If you’ve already forgotten your Windows 7 password but do not have a password reset disk, try Ophcrack or PCLoginNow to crack or reset your Windows 7 password. In case your computer is domain oriented, Windows 7 Password Reset Disk cannot be created because the domain administrator is capable of resetting your password for you. 



 



How to create Windows 7 password reset disk
1. Log onto the account that for which you need to create a password reset disk.
2. Insert the portable media you will use to create a password reset disk on into the computer. This means that you will need a flash drive or a floppy disk drive and blank floppy disk.
3. From the “Start” menu open the “Control Panel”.
4. Click on the “User Accounts and Family Safety” link. (Note: If you’re viewing the Large icons or Small icons view of Control Panel, you won’t see this link.)
5. Click “User Accounts”.
6. At the left pane of the “User Accounts” window, click on “Create a Password Reset Disk”.
windows 7 password reset disk
7. Within the “Forgotten Password Wizard” box, follow the instructions to make the disk.
8. Label the disk or flash drive “Windows 7 Password Reset” and store it in a safe place.



How to use Windows 7 password reset disk
1. Once you have a password reset disk, you can use it easily the next time you forget your password… once you’ve typed the wrong password Windows 7 will show a “Reset password” link below the login box.
2. Click “Reset password”, and then insert the password reset disk into your computer.
3. You should get a password reset wizard on screen.
4. Follow the Wizard to reset Windows 7 password.



Now you can log into your Windows 7 account with the new password. This is an easy and safe method to reset Windows 7 password. No third-party Windows password recovery tool is needed in this method

Windows 7: How to Add a “Select All” Button to Windows Explorer


If you open Windows Explorer in Windows 7, by default there is a toolbar sitting between the navigation and search, and the sidebar and file listings in Windows Explorer. It contains items such as Organize, Open, Share With or New Folder. Windows 7 does not include a Select All button in Windows Explorer.



 



 



 


 



custom windows 7 explorer



 



This tutorial will show you how to add a “Select All” button (or other custom buttons like Copy, Delete, Paste, etc) to the Windows Explorer Toolbar. We will need a small utility called CustomExplorerToolbar to remedy this. CustomExplorerToolbar is small utility for Windows 7 only, which allows you to easily customize the toolbar of Windows Explorer, and add buttons that were existed in previous versions of Windows, like Copy, Cut, Paste, Select All, and more. This utility also allows you to remove the toolbar buttons that you previously added.

After you download CustomExplorerToolbar from nirsoft.net, open the .zip file and extract the files to any folder on your drive. Double-click CustomExplorerToolbar.exe. You will notice that everything is configured on one screen. A list of available buttons has been placed prominently in the interface.



custom explorer toolbar



In this tutorial I want to add “Cut”, “Paste” and “Select all” buttons to Windows Explorer. So I place a check next to each feature I want to add. Then place a check in all of the Folder Types: fields. Finally, click the Do It! button.



If you have a Windows Explorer window open, please close it. Open your Windows Explorer again, you will notice that “Select All” button has been added in the toolbar.



windows explorer buttons



If you want to remove the toolbar buttons that you previously added, run CustomExplorerToolbar again. In the Action field, please select “Remove specified toolbar buttons” from the drop down menu.



remove windows explorer buttons



CustomExplorerToolbar is for Windows 7 only. You can download CustomExplorerToolbar from the official Nirsoft website. The download link is towards the bottom of the CustomExplorerToolbar page.

How to solve PC issues with Windows Safe Mode


 



If you’ve been a Windows user for a while, chances that you have encountered the Safe Mode are pretty high. Safe Mode essentially opens up your computer in a limited state, which means not all activities that you’d normally do over the regular mode will be available. The most basic functions that is required for the computer to function work, but not much else. How this helps is identify the problem with your system (especially if it is over one of the essential drivers) and then helps to isolate it and fix it. 



 



This can be tedious if you don’t know just how to go about it. Ideally you should be able to isolate the problem through the simple process of elimination – because the computer exists in a limited state, this should not take as much time as it normally would. This is more manual than you might perhaps like, but then again, Windows has never been the most error-free of software. There’s generally been some glitch or another; but the good news is with Safe Mode you can pretty easily figure the problem out yourself instead of taking it to a technician and wasting time and money. All it needs is a bit of effort.



Here’s how to do it.

1. Open Safe Mode:



The easiest way to get to this is by restarting your computer. As soon as it turns on again, start hitting the F8 key, and if you do this before anything else has a chance to pop, it should take you to the text menu screen. If your computer itself gives you the option of how to start (Start normally, start in safe mode etc), then of course all you need to do is use the cursor keys to choose safe mode. Try to choose Safe Mode with Networking as this will help you figure out where the problem lies. There is also the Safe Mode that uses the Command Prompt. Unless you are very familiar with how DOS works, this is best avoided. If you’re using XP, you can access Safe Mode right from the main frame. Go to Systems Utility and select Boot.ini. Select the Minimal Network option and you have it! With Windows 7 and Vista, the same is called SafeBoot.



windows safe mode menu



2. Use Safe Mode:



Safe Mode takes longer to load. Don’t panic. Because it only loads the essential drivers, you can uninstall a new driver from Device Manager, which should be on My Computer, under Properties. This is of course in case you know the new driver is the problem. If you don’t, you may have to navigate through different hardware that you have before deciding which has the error. This is a manual process. You may have to check each driver, and it is suggested you start from the most recently added one when you begin your detection. If you’ve been experiencing a problem only recently, chances are the bug is in your newest installation. Another way to find where the trouble is by running the anti-virus you may have. Anti viruses work fine with Safe Mode, and will probably help in easier detection!



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Tips And Tricks For Computer Security


 



If demons like a keystroke logger, and the possibility of managing to download computer monitoring software without even realizing it, do not scare the living daylight out of you, you obviously don’t realize how menacing they can be. The fact that you could download computer monitoring software to end up having a keystroke logger log every single thing you type, by doing something as trivial as clicking on an ad showcases the threat the looms every time penetrate the ‘marvelous’ world of the Internet. Computer security and ensuring that your PC wards off any probing advances of hackers is extremely important; and considering all aspects that could hamper your defense mechanism, here’s how you can shore up your rearguard effectively… 



 



Use Anti-Virus Software
It is extremely pivotal for your computer’s security that it has a new, top-drawer, updated anti-virus running, which forms the first line of defense of any device. The antivirus needs to be regularly updated, and while most of them are configured as such to automatically update themselves, but you need to keep an eye in case they need to be manually upgraded.

Use a Firewall
Firewall is your barrier between malware that creeps stealthily into your system – both your device and your brain – via the Internet. Firewall is extremely important for the safety of any Internet connection. And even if you have a dialup connection, a firewall is imperative to guard your system against Internet malware.



Install Security Patches
Software fragility is what most malware exploit, and hence they need to be regularly discovered and updated. That does not mean that all you need to do is update the Windows, and you’re safe. You should apply updates on all of the software on your system – at least on a monthly basis.



Secure the Browser
While Internet Explorer might be earmarked as the ‘devil’s den’ as far as spyware is concerned, it isn’t exactly the browser that you need to worry about. What you need to worry about, is securing your browser, and that can be done by disabling javascript for all sites – except the essential ones like your ecommerce sites. This will also get rid of those god forsaken pop ups that can be a torture for both your nerves and your PC’s security.



Monitor Emails
Emails can prove to be the up of malware, and hence you should always be meticulously prudent with regards to scanning each attachment that accompanies the email. Most worms and spam spoof the name of the sender to make a mockery out of your system’s security. Make sure you dodge that particular bullet.



Avoid P2P file sharing
File sharing networks, like Torrent, Kazaa etc, are other major source of spyware. Since they are free, users succumb to the temptation and get a dose of trojan-laden beasts instead. And since there are no free lunches, or so the cliché goes, there is no such thing as anonymous file sharing which is safe and secure.



Keep Yourself Updated on Internet Scams
Hackers are a cunning species, and the array of threats they can conjure up on the Internet is alarmingly wide. Sad stories, job offers, lottery winning news, these are all manufactured to tempt the users. Make sure you side step such drivel.
Your computer’s security defines your security. If you aren’t careful, malware like keystroke logger can easily penetrate your security and extract every single iota of data from your PC, without you finding out about it. You wouldn’t want that to happen, now would you?



Author Bio:
Natalia David, an author significantly contributes towards PC security Software, keystroke logger, computer monitoring software and spy software for blackberry. If you want to know more about Natalia you can follow her on twitter@NataliaDavid4

3CX Vs Asterisk – A Brief Comparison


 



The term VoIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol. Also known as a SIP phone or a Soft phone, this technology allows the users to make calls over an Internet. The calls in a VoIP technology are transmitted or passed through the internet instead of the conventional Public Switch Telephone Network. The calling equipment used in this technology could be a software powered Soft phone, specifically designed devices which look much similar to a cordless phone or traditional phones with Analog Telephone Adapters. There are several service providers of VoIP, but now, let’s take a look at the two competing providers named – 3CX and Asterisk. 



 



3CX:
This Windows oriented Internet Protocol is one of the most popular VoIP PBX platforms in the world. The major advantage of this platform is that, it is Windows based; it uses something that we are used to and are familiar with. Here are some of the advantages of using a 3CX platform:

Compatibility with Windows:
The compatibility feature of 3CX PBX makes it one of the favorite voice platforms. This can be easily integrated with several Microsoft applications such as Outlook, CRM, Exchange and much more.



Easy integration with Property Management software:
Property Management Software or the PMS as we know can be very well integrated with 3CX. This facilitates the front desk associates to easily track, retrieve and present the guest bills with utmost accuracy. This feature has made 3CX, a very popular in the hospitality industry.



Apps:
While, the Apps for Apple’s iOS are still under development, feature rich VoIP Apps are being offered by 3CX for Android powered Smartphone. This allows the users to make VoIP calls from their Smartphone or tablets from wherever they are.



Asterisk:
Developed by Digium, this open-source-cross-platform PBX software can run on any operating systems like Linux, Mac, UNIX, BDS and even windows. The company also deals with the sales of the peripherals need to establish a VoIP phone system. Apart from being extremely affordable, Asterisk has the following advantages:



Economical:
Perhaps, this is the biggest advantages of Asterisk over 3CX. This not only helps the corporate in cutting down their overhead costs, but is incredibly beneficial for startups and smaller firms who cannot afford to spend much in setting up a real-environment office.



No complex peripheral required:
Being an open source, asterisk doesn’t require any complex hardware to run. It can easily function on a conventional desktop or PC, but the only additional requirement will be an extension slot for attaching the Public Switch cables.



Backup:
No matter if you use an open source version or a market version, Asterisk lends its support to any people who have troubles in setting it up. Digium itself offers a comprehensive support to its offers by




  • Providing a complete online guide and tutorial of some of the common troubleshoots


  • An interactive forum where the users can query their issues and get it resolved from the suggestions of other users or developers.


  • Offering commercial help that are applicable of charges


    It would be fairer to regard this post as a summary of advantages of these products rather than regarding them as a comparison. Any software has its own strong feature, which it relies on and markets with that as spine. So, choose the one that suits your purpose and get the best out of it.



    This is a guest post by Ron Schiff of xfinityonline, a site that offers savings and current information on xfinity internet, as well as xfinity.com services



 
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