VPN and Privacy news round-up August 2017

VPN and Privacy news

VPNs have been in the news massively recently. From Russia and China cracking down on VPN services to free service Hotspot Shield being exposed for possibly selling user data.

It seems you can’t turn anywhere these days without seeing some VPN or privacy related news.

As VPN services become more critical to our everyday internet use it’s important to keep abreast with the latest developments by the leading VPN providers.

In this article we’re rounding up the latest developments in August from the leading VPN providers.

So let’s find out what they’ve been up to.

StrongVPN release new Windows software

StrongVPN is one of the oldest providers in the VPN industry but something that has been lacking from their Windows software has been features.

As providers push forward to offer standards like Kill Switches and more StrongVPN has been left trailing.

This month they released a brand new updated Windows client that aims to rectify those oversights.

StrongVPN Windows August 2017

As a privacy savvy user you’ll no doubt appreciate these most important of feature additions which include a Kill Switch and DNS and IPv6 leak protection.

These two features alone are some of the most sort-after privacy enhancing features of any VPN client and we’re pretty excited to see them added – thumbs up StrongVPN.

Along with the new features there is a host of other security and bug fixes that will make the Windows experience more fluid.

If you’re interested in taking a look at StrongVPN just click the button below.

VyprVPN bust through China’s Great Firewall

China has announced a crackdown on VPN services which is expected to be ramped up in 2018.

In the meantime VPN blocking continues and many VPN providers are finding their services are inaccessible in the country on a daily basis.

VyprVPN towards the end of July and beginning of August announced that their service continues to operate effectively within China.

After blocking of the service was discovered in late July, VyprVPN spent a few hours working on the issue and resolved it allowing access for users in China again.

VyprVPN have a somewhat unique position due to their proprietary Chameleon mode. Chameleon is based on the OpenVPN protocol with disguised headers.

China uses advanced screening for VPN service such as deep packet inspection that can look for clues as to what type of usage any type of data transfer is. Chameleon defeats this by disguising the traffic so it doesn’t appear to be VPN usage.

If you’re interested in Chameleon or taking a look at the VyprVPN service as a whole, click the link below. You can also find out more about their service in our latest review.

ExpressVPN updates include new browser extension

VPN use is ever involving and browser extensions are becoming ever more prevalent.

ExpressVPN this month released their latest Windows and Mac clients that come with the built in Browser Extension feature.

The browser extension is available for Google Chrome and Firefox web browsers but installing the main ExpressVPN software is a requirement to access it.

ExpressVPN Browser Extension

Once installed it gives you access to a browser based VPN service that disguises your connection only when using the web browser. Anything outside such as your email client, torrent client or other software will use your standard connection.

Of course, users wanting full computer protection can run the standard desktop client but the browser extension gives an added dimension for quick protection.

If you’re interested in finding out more about ExpressVPN take a look at our recent review or you can visit their website by clicking the button below.