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IPVanish Updated Mac Client Release

The IPVanish team has been working around the clock to continue improving the overall IPVanish user experience for customers worldwide.  Today they released a new version of the Mac client, which comes with several improvements:

  • Improved connection status area in the main window
  • Column sorting now persists across instances of the application
  • App now includes a default list of servers on initial launch
  • Stability improvements when waking up from a long sleep
  • OpenVPN no longer requires the ability to dial home the first time a server is used
  • The combination of a closed laptop lid and interrupted connectivity no longer cause application crash
  • Stability improvements when Internet connectivity has been lost
  • Fixed several events that could trigger IPVanish to crash or pin wheel

All users will be prompted to update to the new version (1.3) once they launch the Mac VPN client.

IPVanish will continue to develop new features and improvements to give its customers the best speeds, the most secure connections, the best technical support and the lowest pricing available anywhere.

If you’re not a current IPVanish user, sign up today for as low as $6.49/month and start browsing the web securely.

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Is Privacy a Myth in the Digital Age?

Is Privacy a Myth?

For anyone who chooses to use the Facebook Home application they are essentially agreeing to give up any last remaining shred of privacy, given that the app is always on in the background.

If we think back to the days before Facebook, back to AOL’s famous “you’ve got mail” tagline, online privacy was much simpler.  The usernames that were created to simply chat with others via the Internet, most likely did not reveal the individual’s legal name or anything else that would be considered “private” but instead served as “aliases.”

But then came Myspace, and Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn and the list goes on and on of social media websites that allow users to be searched by factors such as name, email address, age, height and even relationship status.

We are always on, always connected and no longer private. The thin line that separated public from private has disappeared and what privacy we think there still is online is an illusion. 

We all leave a bright footprint online, resulting in everything anyone does being tracked.

Today, governments can learn more about a person through a virtual search than they can through a physical search of that person’s home.

Read Why VPN to find out how using IPVanish VPN can change online privacy from myth to truth.


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Using your Smartphone for Work is a Security Threat

Using your Smartphone for Work

If you’re one of the 90% of American employees that uses their personal smartphones for work, you might be putting your employer at risk. According to a recent study done by Cisco on BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) most tech savvy BYODers aren’t security-conscious.

Cisco’s study discovered:

  •  9 in 10 Americans use their smartphones for work
  • 48% don’t know about Bluetooth discoverable modes
  • 40% don’t password protect their smartphones
  • 52% access unsecured wireless networks

By now it should be common knowledge that using an unsecure wireless network is the #1 threat to cyber-security.  Just last year a popular plug-in was discovered to exploit devices connected to unsecured Wi-Fi.  So not only is your online identity at risk but also is the private data of the company you work for.

The amount of smartphone users who don’t utilize password protection is astonishing and the numbers differ between operating systems.  More iOS users about 66% use passwords while just 54% of Android users lock their device with a password.  Although BYOD gives the modern employee great work flexibility – the ability to answer work emails and use work related apps, because precautions aren’t being taken, it’s causing headaches for the IT department.

Do yourself and your employer a favor by using a VPN. IPVanish offers free Android and iPhone VPN software and 24×7 technical support.  Protect your online identity and data at Wi-Fi hotspots because IPVanish encrypts all data you send over the Internet.  All this with IPVanish for as low as $6.49/month plus you control your IPs location by choosing from 3500+ IPS on 90 servers in 41 countries.

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