Internet safety. It sounds a bit like an oxymoron sometimes. Nowadays there are so many things we have to take into consideration when visiting a websites; things like digital footprints and cookies, malware, spyware, viruses and Trojans. When you think about it, the Internet’s quite frightening. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) knows everything that you’re doing online, websites track you, apps harass you and games offer you discounts on natural male enhancement… I guess that’s what you get for searching ‘snail male’. That tiny typo really screwed up your web experience, and that was more than a month ago!
The web sucks. It spies on you and lets strangers know where you live and what you’re doing. People living on the other side of the world know your phone number and address and what colour underpants you’re wearing. How? Because you updated your status using a social media website and forgot to set the right privacy settings.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was something you could do to defend against ghosts and spies and bugs while keeping your searches and locations private? Heck, while we’re at it, why not throw in some super-duper encryption and maybe even a little something to help save on bandwidth! That would be awesome, wouldn’t it?! It’s too bad nothing like that exists. Nothing easy, anyway. I mean, accomplishing something like that could mean installing several strange programs, taking hours and hours to figure out how they work and even longer to try and configure them properly. Then there’s the inevitable bill! More money, more dishing out your credit card numbers, more downloads and bugs and spies and… Wait. What’s this?
Can it be? A… a solution? A simple, no-fuss, dummy-proof, FREE solution? This must be a dream. Somebody pinch me! I… I think I just creamed my… uh-oh.
Spotflux! Spotflux, is that you? Are you for real?! *touches Spotflux in the pants*
It is! It’s so… so slick. So real. So super-duper sexy!
Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to a solution! May I introduce you to Spotflux!
We’ve all heard of proxies and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), but those are a dime-a-dozen, and the good ones cost more than they’re worth. Spotflux is a new, exciting up-and-comer in the League of Awesome. It’s a new service that goes above and beyond the call of duty, or perhaps it’s one of the first to realize what people really need: Privacy and security.
Spotflux is a free program that’s super-easy to download and install, and it’s available on Windows, Mac and (coming soon) the Android app store! But what does it do?
The first thing Spotflux does is secure your Internet connection by taking all of your web traffic and encrypting in through its VPN service. This helps you by hiding your IP address and preventing the outside world from knowing what you’re doing online. To your ISP, you’re connected to Spotflux. That’s what their records will say. While you’re connected to the network, you can be watching videos on YouTube or posting updates on Facebook. And still, your ISP sees you as being connected to Spotflux. No YouTube, no Facebook. On the other side of things, both YouTube and Facebook don’t know that you’re Bob, who lives in Chicago. They think you’re Anonymous, living in Spotflux. Unless, of course, you sign in. Then they’ll obviously know who you are, but your physical location is still unknown.
It’s true, there are many services that provide such things, but this is where Spotflux really gets your attention:
While connected to the Spotflux service, everything that you’re viewing and downloading is scanned for evil cookies and malware. If something dangerous is found, it’s weeded out before it even makes its way onto your computer, potentially saving you from an infestation of crippling viruses and malware. Of course, nothing’s foolproof, so don’t stop using your anti-virus programs and firewalls. Think of Spotflux as an added layer of protection.
You have to admit, that’s really cool. Genius, even. But I think we deserve more. It’s not being greedy, it’s being smart and forcing the world to evolve with the times, to keep up with the ever-growing demand for something better, stronger and faster.
Spotflux does this.
While connected to the service, not only are you able to surf the web privately and in a safer environment that doesn’t slow down your viewing pleasures, it also helps you save on bandwidth, which can help save you money!
Everything you do while connected to Spotflux is taken through the network’s cloud service. In the process of encrypting, scanning and anonymizing, it’s also compressing everything before it’s sent to you. Better yet, all of this is done without slowing you down! The result means you’ve saved on the amount of kilobytes, megabytes or gigabytes you’ve downloaded. This is especially useful if you’re using precious monthly data on your phone or mobile device. Overage fees really suck.
So if you’re at all interested in keeping your location private, defending yourself from nasty bugs, want to save on bandwidth or just like playing with cool, new toys, you can check out Spotflux at: http://www.spotflux.com/
To get Spotflux up and running on your computer, simply follow these three steps:
1) Visit http://www.spotflux.com/ and download the appropriate version (Windows, Mac, iOS – Android is coming soon)
2) Install Spotflux on your computer (There is an offer to try a program called Dashlane, which is a password manager. It’s checked by default. Uncheck it if you don’t want it.)
3) Enable Spotflux: Once enabled, all of your web traffic, like email, surfing, downloads, etc. will run through the SpotFlux network.
That’s it! You’re now ready to go. Simple, right?
WARNING: Spotflux is new and still in constant development! There have been some reports of problems from users using Windows XP. In some cases, resulting in a “Blue Screen of Death”. Dun, dun, dun! However, I have tested this on Windows 7 and 8 without any problems. If you are using Windows Vista, and have tried SpotFlux, please share your experience. Likewise, some Mac feedback would be wonderful.