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Summary: Australia has been clamping down on internet freedom and the 2011 Australian Communication and Media Authority act (ACMA) blacklisted over 500 websites.
Accessing certain content such as streaming services is difficult and protecting your privacy is vital.
A VPN allows you to bypass these content restrictions and also connect through an encrypted server so your activity cannot be monitored.
Using a VPN is not only cheap and easy, but it enhances your privacy online and provides a large amount of security.
If you want to get around content restrictions in Australia and also remain anonymous then get Express VPN now.
Australia is currently “under surveillance” from Reporters Without Borders due to some of the internet legislation that has been passed in recent years.
Even though Australia is fairly free of censorship certain websites are blocked and this includes some p2p and file sharing sites.
Also accessing streaming services that are available in other countries is not possible with an Australia IP address.
If you use a VPN, you not only connect to the internet through an encrypted server but you can access content that is blacklisted by the Australian government.
When you use a VPN you are basically doing two things.
The first is hiding your identity on the internet and the second is using a new IP address so you can bypass geo-restrictions on content.
For Australia this means that you can ensure that your activity is not monitored. When you access a website or streaming service you will appear to be in a country where this content is available in.
So if you need to access the BBC iPlayer in Australia for example then you simple choose a British server from the VPN software.
A VPN provides protection, anonymity and also lets you access content that you normally wouldn’t be able to with an Australian IP address.
Below, we review 3 top VPN companies and we show you what you can expect from their service.
There are really two basic things you need to look for in a VPN: connection speed and customer service. Express VPN beats the competition at both of these.
When I use Express VPN, my internet speed doesn’t drop at all.
I can still enjoy the same speeds as I did before I rerouted my connection through one of their servers however the difference is that my connection is now encrypted.
This means I can download files, watch high quality video and browse the web with my normal internet speed.
They also use a 256 bit SSL secured encryption with servers located in 97 cities around the world.
Express VPN can also boast to having the best customer service team out of my 3 recommendations.
When I first signed up to Express VPN my login details were sent to me instantly.
From entering my details onto their website, paying my fee and being encrypted and anonymous online took about 10 minutes.
I had to contact their support staff when I forgot my password. They responded to me literally in minutes and they couldn’t have been more helpful!
Aside from great speeds, encryption and customer support with Express VPN you can connect through numerous devices at once. There is no need to take out several subscriptions.
In fact you can get a year’s subscription to Express VPN from as little as $8.32 per month.
They provide a 30 day money back guarantee so you have plenty of time to see if the VPN is for you as well.
Their referral program means that you can get 30 days subscription completely free of charge if you refer a friend to their service!
If you want a VPN for Australia that not only performs but has helpful staff on hand that can be contacted 24/7 then get Express VPN now.
IPVanish can also be used to remain anonymous in Australia and bypass geo-restrictions on content.
Express VPN offers a 30 day money-back guarantee compared to IPVanish’s 7 day, but they do have servers located in many countries.
The big problem with IPVanish was reliability and speed.
I found that the connection to an IPVanish server kept cutting out. This meant that I had to keep reconnecting and it got very frustrating after a while.
While Express VPN provided great connection speeds for downloading and streaming in Australia, IPVanish didn’t seem as fast.
Downloading one file that would have taken 2 minutes with Express VPN took nearly 10 with IPVanish.
You can find IPVanish here for more information.
Finally, HideMyAss is another VPN that can encrypt your connection and let you bypass restrictions on accessing content in Australia.
When compared to Express VPN, HideMyAss can’t really match up either in internet speed or customer service. Their speeds seemed much slower than Express VPN.
While IPVanish took 10 minutes to download a file that would take Express VPN 2 minutes, for HideMyAss the same file took 15 minutes.
The support staff at HideMyAss was very slow in responding to me as well.
Express VPN got back to me right away, whereas HideMyAss took hours. They have a 24/7 live chat facility like Express VPN but I don’t think it is monitored round the clock.
HideMyAss is here.
You can prevent your online activity from being monitored and bypass geo-restrictions in content by using a VPN in Australia.
Express VPN is the best choice out of the three recommendations.
By using Express VPN you not only get 256 bit SSL secured encryption but also:
For the best protection of your privacy and to enjoy services that are not available in the country, Express VPN now.
How It All Started
Kaspersky Labs, an industry-leading developer and retailer of security software, has recently been tied to Russia and the Russian mob. Kaspersky, which is a major retailer of antivirus software, is a Moscow-based company that in 2013 ranked sixth in revenue compared to other similar companies. During that year, Kaspersky reported earnings over $650 million. Kaspersky’s software is well known and respected, and a quick review on websites like Best Buy and Amazon shows users give the software high reviews.
One little known fact, until recently, was the company’s Founder – Eugene Kaspersky – used to work for the Russian secret service, also known as the KGB. In 2007 the company even used a marketing scheme titled “A Specialist in Cryptography from KGB”, but that idea was quickly scrubbed when the company’s headquarters learned about it.
Stick With Friends
Additionally, although the company used to recruit managers from the US and Europe, the most recent trend is to put people into those jobs with ties to Russian military and intelligence services. Sources from the company, who spoke anonymously and only in private for fear of reprisals, said some of the managers with ties to Russia continue to aid investigations by Russian intelligence agencies.
The sources even went so far as to say the managers help the investigations into activities that range from the Ashley-Madison hacking scandal to the recent iCloud activation lock bypass by using data from Kaspersky customers who use their software. These close ties don’t stop with mid- and senior-level managers. Kaspersky himself is known to meet weekly with a group of friends in a social gathering that includes Russian intelligence officials.
Only Report on Adversaries
Another interesting data point is the research and reports put out by Kaspersky Labs. In recent years Kaspersky has published reports about hacking and cyber espionage by the UK, Israel, and the US. Notably lacking though, is any published information about the same type of activities from Russia.
What they have published, in a great level of detail, is a report about a hacker group known as the Equation Group, which has targeted Russia and countries like Iran and Pakistan that are known to politically cuddle up with Russia. Reports about attacks on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Europe? Sorry, you won’t find any of those coming out of Kaspersky Labs. This isn’t necessarily a smoking gun, but it is another possible sign of ties between Kaspersky and Russian intelligence.
It should also be noted that Kaspersky is not alone in how they appear to be closely tied to a country’s intelligence agencies. Other major security firms are known to work with US spy agencies in some capacity. Of course, this makes marketing a product in the global market tougher than it would be for a company with no ties to intelligence or spy services.
In today’s environment, with more and more information becoming known about privacy issues and spying, this is certainly an issue companies must consider. This is certainly the case for Kaspersky Labs, which has struggled to get into the world of lucrative US government contracts because of their reported ties to Russia.
What’s It All Mean?
All this information is interesting and will most likely raise some eyebrows, but it shouldn’t be all that surprising. Every country wants to get ahead and maintain their national security and interests. The best way to do that is to know what your adversaries, and sometimes your friends, are doing. What better way than to have ties with a major security software company that has their software on millions of computers around the world, right?
This doesn’t mean Kaspersky Labs, or any other company for that matter, is actively spying on anyone. But with all their technical and personnel assets, it does make one wonder just how close the ties are between one of the most well-known software security companies and the intelligence services of a country known to make use of cyber warfare.
Shocking News Out Of China
In a shocking turn of events, China recently admitted they have forces dedicated to carrying out cyber war activities. Not only did China admit they have military and intelligence forces whose purpose is to wage war in the battlefield of ones and zeros, but the amount of forces is also staggering.
Although not normally admitted or proven in public, China has long been known to take part in hacking activities, particularly when it comes to US military and technology secrets. China routinely and publicly denies any such allegations. However, one need only look at China’s stealth fighter, the Shenyang J-31, which looks remarkably like the F-35 stealth fighter developed and produced by America, to see the possibility of Chinese forces stealing information. Coincidence? We’ll let you decide.
How We Learned About It
The specific admission of Chinese forces dedicated to cyber warfare, is contained in an edition of “The Science of Military Strategy”, which is published by the top research arm of the People’s Liberation Army. This admission marks the first time the Chinese government has acknowledged what they have long been suspected of conducting – cyber warfare and hacking. The admission is also sure to cause issue with relations between the US and China. The next time there is an incident that involves stealing data from a US company or citizens, and the activity is tied back to China, the Chinese government will not be able to stick to their usual story. If they do, US politicians can simply hold up an edition of “The Science of Military Strategy” and ask if the Chinese diplomat wants to reconsider his or her response.
You probably don’t want to hold your breath waiting for China to start admitting to cyber warfare type activities though. In fact, in February 2015 they denied having any type of cyber force or command. Even after the US indicted five Chinese military officials for stealing proprietary information from US companies, the Chinese government continued to deny any involvement. This indictment was an unprecedented action by the US and shined an even greater light on activities China had longed been accused of conducting.
China’s Cyber Warriors
For an in-depth study and understanding of Chine’s cyber forces, check out “China’s Evolving Military Strategy” by Joe McReynolds and set to hit book stores in October 2015. In his book, McReynolds describes how China has divided their cyber forces into three categories. First, they have specialized network warfare forces whose mission is to conduct network attacks and defense. China also has an organization of civilian experts who have the authority to carry out attacks. Lastly, they have forces dubbed “external entities” that are outside the government but can be mobilized for cyber war.
Although all this information is coming to light recently, the information has been available for some time. What complicates the release and understanding of the information is how often China releases information. Couple that with the obvious difficulties in translating Chinese, and then double and triple checking information, and it is not hard to understand why the information is slow to make it into the mainstream.
Everyone Does It Though, Right?
Of course, China is not the only country with cyber forces. The US, Russia, and UK are well known for their cyber forces and spy agencies. Even other countries like North Korea and Iran are suspected of taking part in cyber warfare activities. What makes the information about China so interesting and shocking, is how they publicly and adamantly deny any involvement, even in the face of damning evidence and information. Perhaps none of this should shock us though, since almost every government has been known to deny some activity at one time or another, only to later be proven “guilty”.
This information about China will certainly complicate political dealings between the Chinese and other countries like the US and UK. Only time will tell though, if the revelations will have any impact on the dynamics of the political environment and the cyber warfare activities that go on every day, behind the scenes, unbeknownst to many of us.