What’s going on in the VPN World: March 2016

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The first few months of the year are often slow when it comes to VPN provider server expansions and March 2016 is no exception.

While most VPN providers may not have been expanding their server locations recently they have been working on other developments from software updates from ExpressVPN to IPVanish winning awards.

VPN news away from providers themselves is always a hot topic and this month Google are showing why using a VPN is as critical now as it has ever been.

So let’s find out what’s been going on in the month of March in the VPN world.

Google search results give power to VPN users

The European “Right to be forgotten” has been marred by controversy since it was first introduced. Law within the European Union allows users to have search results related to themselves removed from the Google search engine in cases where news stories and other links may cause embarrassment to the person in question.

Google Right to be Forgotten

Previously Google enabled this on each individual localised website. For example, if you requested information be forgotten on Google.co.uk then it wouldn’t display in the search results yet a quick visit to Google.com would still bring up the results otherwise hidden on the UK localised site.

This is all about to change this coming week and rather than the removal being based on the localised version of Google used it will now be based on the user IP Address doing the requesting.

So if you’re located in the European Union with an EU based IP Address regardless of what site you make the search on be it Google.co.uk, Google.fr or even Google.com the search results will be censored relating to the right to be forgotten rule.

In a nutshell it means EU residents wanting to access an uncensored version of Google will now have to make use of a VPN service and obtain a non-EU IP Address from a country such as the US. Many VPN providers like IPVanish and ExpressVPN offer a large range of server locations around the world allowing European users to virtually tunnel out of Europe and access uncensored search results.

IPVanish wins prestigious award

IPVanish is our top rated VPN scoring the highest ever score we’ve awarded. In our 2016 review we gave them 4.4 out of 5, a score that has yet to be beaten.

So it’s not surprising that this month IPVanish have been lavished with a prestigious award.

Industry leading information security research and advisory guide the Info Security Products Guide recognised IPVanish as the Startup of the Year.

IPVanish Award 2016

After such a positive review from ourselves, we’re not surprised IPVanish are winning awards and it’s well deserved. IPVanish took the coverted award for their work against data retention legislation especially in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia.

Congrats IPVanish!

To see why IPVanish is our highest scorer and an award winner check out their service by clicking the link below.

ExpressVPN launches v5.0 of their PC Client

Last month ExpressVPN launched a semi-redesigned update for their Mac Client.

This month the benefits of the Mac client have now come to the PC client as they release v5.0 of their custom software for Windows users.

ExpressVPN desktop software has always been extremely easy to use in the past but in the new release it’s been made even easier and more aesthetically pleasing.

To indicate the connection status in a more simple form a huge padlock has been added to the main screen. A red unlock padlock shows when you’re not connected and as you may have guessed a green locked padlock is displayed when connected. For users who are extremely new to the VPN world this is a great little visual addition.

ExpressVPN PC 5.0

In addition to the visual updates, the client also boasts some important features. ExpressVPN introduces their new Network Lock feature which is essentially a Kill Switch.

A Kill Switch works by turning off all network traffic should the VPN connection drop. ExpressVPN is actually really reliable but should the connection drop for whatever reason the Network Lock jumps into effect when enabled and turns off all traffic. The beauty of this is it stops data leaking outside the VPN connection.

For example, if you were downloading a torrent and the VPN connection dropped then the Network Lock would ensure the download didn’t continue via your normal home connection.

If you’re interested in checking out the new software or the ExpressVPN service the click the link below.

LiquidVPN launches DNS leak test site

LiquidVPN has often been at the forefront of VPN advances introducing unique and quirky technologies.

This month LiquidVPN launched their very own DNS leak test website known as CryptoIP that amongst other things allow users to test to ensure their DNS settings aren’t leaking private information.

LiquidVPN Large Logo

Both a Standard and Advanced test are available and open to all users including those who use other VPN services.

Additionally, CryptoIP extends the usual DNS leak feature set to include a unique option to check your BitTorrent IP address. Those who download torrents will know that BitTorrent software can be unreliably leaky and when it comes to your download habits it’s something you may want to keep private.

The “Check your BitTorrent IP” on the CryptoIP website will ensure that your real IP Address isn’t leaking when you’re downloading.

A great new site worth checking out by clicking here or visit LiquidVPN by clicking the link below.

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Christopher Seward

Author: Christopher Seward

After 25 years of using the internet, Christopher launched one of the very first VPN comparison websites in 2013. An expert in the field his reviews, testing and knowledge have helped thousands of users get the correct VPN for their needs.

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