proXPN VPN clients updated with new server

With our ongoing goal of providing the best International VPN service to our members, proXPN is pleased to announce we have updated our multi platform VPN clients, Windows, IOS, and Android platforms with another secure server located in Atlanta, Georgia USA. Please update your clients at your earliest convenience. proXPN thanks you for your patronage.

Free Talk Live and Edgington Post interview Mike Strouse

Mark Edge of Edgington Post hosted and interviewed ProXPN CEO Mike Strouse about the history, creation, and best uses of ProXPN for everyday use to protect your online internet experience.

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proXPN unveils CloudXPN for developers

proXPN is proud to unveil the latest evolution of their industry leading VPN service. CloudXPN is a secure, private but fully functional network that aims to give users unrivaled peace of mind. It’s effectively a private corner of the Internet, only accessible to users while they are connected to proXPN.

While working to create their extraordinary free VPN service in 2009, the team at proXPN met with numerous Internet security experts and developed plans for CloudXPN, a super secure access and private subset of the Internet. Over the past four years their product plans have been carefully developed and the resulting service will launch soon. The team at proXPN is very proud to announce CloudXPN, a private network only accessible while connected to the Internet with secure access proXPN’s VPN.

Mr. Jon Ingle, a senior technician at proXPN, describes CloudXPN as, “A uniquely secure access and private Internet within the Internet.” It supports the same Internet technologies as the public Internet but CloudXPN’s private Internet is not public Internet accessible.

“When you log on to a public Internet site like Gmail,” says Mr. Ingle, “all data between your device and the proXPN server is encrypted and secure. But once past the proXPN server you’re talking about the public Internet. proXPN hides your IP, prevents people from sniffing packets on your Wi-Fi network, and even stops your ISP from keeping logs of your activity, there’s still a step between the proXPN server and Gmail that’s open and public. CloudXPN eliminates that gap.”

The proXPN development team is issuing an open call to developers who’d like to work in the new CloudXPN environment. Secure email, instant messaging, and file storage are all excellent candidates for new CloudXPN Apps. As all hosting is on the CloudXPN network users will enjoy an unprecedented level of secure access.

CloudXPN App developers will benefit from integrated billing systems tied directly to proXPN user accounts. Developers will also have direct access to proXPN’s existing user base of over two million individuals via exposure in the CloudXPN Marketplace, a showcase of CloudXPN available via proXPN for Mac and Windows as well as proXPN.com.

Developers can build secure access websites with CloudXPN’s new XPN.me domain. Those sites look and function exactly like sites on the open Web, but are accessible only through CloudXPN. While on an active proXPN connection, users can access secure XPN.me websites such as helloworld.xpn.me, a site meant to demonstrate the possibilities of the XPN.me network. Users without a proXPN connection are blocked.

About proXPN:
Founded in 2009, proXPN is a leading VPN provider. Unlike other services they offer free accounts. Unlike the SaaS standard practice of time-based free trials, a proXPN free VPN account lasts for life and is limited only by connection speed. proXPN Premium account users enjoy unlimited connection speeds as well as advanced features such as PPTP compatibility for mobile devices and VPN Guard™, proXPN’s method of cutting all data transfer should the VPN connection fail, ensuring all data is encrypted during transmission even if there’s a system error. proXPN’s firm stance on the importance of individual privacy and security online mirrors public sentiment expressed during debates over SOPA and PIPA.

proXPN increases capacity of Texas data center by 100%

Leading freemium VPN service provider proXPN has just announced a 100% increase in bandwidth capacity at its popular Dallas, Texas data center.

proXPN provides thousands of new VPN accounts to users everyday and the Dallas data center is one of the most popular points of connection. Because of the excellent internet infrastructure in Dallas VPN users from throughout North America and all around the world find proXPN’s datacenter to consistently offer excellent speeds while connected to their secure virtual private network.

“Our Dallas data center is an interesting case,” says Mr. Jon Ingle, a senior technician at proXPN. “It provides virtually all users with excellent VPN connections, particularly those who want an American IP address. However, because it’s so fast it also tends to carry one of the highest usage loads. It’s important for us to maintain the speed our users expect.”

Coming just days after an extensive and similar upgrade to proXPN’s New York City data center, the February 2013 Dallas upgrade is yet another step in proXPN’s ongoing efforts to provide the highest performance possible to VPN users across the world.

“We know speed is one of the most important things for our users and we take the task of delivering beyond their expectations very seriously.”

About proXPN:
Founded in 2009, proXPN is a leading VPN provider that stands out from other services by offering free accounts. Stepping away from the SaaS standard practice of time-based free trials, a proXPN free VPN account lasts for life and is limited only in the connection speed. proXPN Premium account users enjoy unlimited connection speeds as well as advanced features such as PPTP compatibility for mobile devices and VPN Guard™, proXPN’s method of cutting all data transfer should the VPN connection fail, thus ensuring all data is encrypted during transmission even if there’s a system error. proXPN’s firm stance on the importance of individual privacy and security online has echoed the growing public sentiment in 2012 during debates over SOPA and PIPA.

proXPN announces increase in New York capacity

Today proXPN announced a substantial upgrade to its VPN data center in New York City.

Leading freemium VPN service provider proXPN has just announced a 100% increase in the available bandwidth at its popular New York VPN data center.

Demand has grown substantially in the past 3 months for secure VPN connections to New York City, primarily from proXPN’s rapidly expanding base of Canadian VPN users. Canadian proXPN users typically prefer connecting to the New York City data center because of its close proximity to Canada as well as receiving a USA IP address once connected.

“I rely on an American IP for a lot of the sites I visit,” stated Mr. Kurt Berrington, a long time proXPN user. “I’ve tried the other servers in the US but New York consistently gives me the best speed.” Many Canadians rely on attaining an American IP address in order to access content they ordinarily wouldn’t be able to reach.

The way proXPN’s servers work is to provide the user with an IP address in the same region as the datacenter. In the case of the proXPN New York City data center, whether a user is physically located in Canada, Germany, Tibet, or anywhere else the websites they visit will always see them as being located in New York City.

Due to the substantial increase in demand for VPN connections to New York City, proXPN has doubled the bandwidth capacity of its data center. Users will be able to enjoy more responsive web browsing, faster file transfers, and less buffering while watching streaming video.

Plans have already been announced for another upgrade in the available bandwidth at proXPN’s New York City data center in early Q2 2013.

About proXPN:
Founded in 2009, proXPN is a leading VPN provider that stands out from other services by offering free accounts. Stepping away from the SaaS standard practice of time-based free trials, a proXPN free VPN account lasts for life and is limited only in the connection speed. proXPN Premium account users enjoy unlimited connection speeds as well as advanced features such as PPTP compatibility for mobile devices and VPN Guard™, proXPN’s method of cutting all data transfer should the VPN connection fail, thus ensuring all data is encrypted during transmission even if there’s a system error. proXPN’s firm stance on the importance of individual privacy and security online has echoed the growing public sentiment in 2012 during debates over SOPA and PIPA.

proXPN releases version 2.5.2 for Windows and Mac

 proXPN has released a new version of it’s popular free VPN client software for Mac OS X and Windows.

proXPN version 2.5.2 for Mac and Windows features general performance improvements, improved connection speeds and more stable connections for certain locations, and a new Map feature.

The new proXPN Map feature is an excellent addition to free VPN software. This new feature maps proXPN locations for the application so it can find them more quickly and easily. Users can expect even quicker connection times and improved stability.

proXPN 2.5.2 was released for Windows on January 1st, 2013. This was followed by proXPN 2.5.2 for Mac on January 11th, 2013.

proXPN works constantly to provide the absolute best feature set and performance of any free VPN provider in the world and has dedicated considerable resources to providing a quality free application that fulfills the needs of the informed consumer demanding personal privacy and security online.

About proXPN:
Founded in 2009, proXPN is a leading VPN provider that stands out from other services by offering free accounts. Stepping away from the SaaS standard practice of time-based free trials, a proXPN free VPN account lasts for life and is limited only in the connection speed. proXPN Premium account users enjoy unlimited connection speeds as well as advanced features such as PPTP compatibility for mobile devices and VPN Guard™, proXPN’s method of cutting all data transfer should the VPN connection fail, thus ensuring all data is encrypted during transmission even if there’s a system error. proXPN’s firm stance on the importance of individual privacy and security online has echoed the growing public sentiment in 2012 during debates over SOPA and PIPA.

proXPN Announces Over 600% Growth in Canadian Users in 2012

When proXPN launched in May of 2009 they had a goal of giving everyone the ability to protect their own privacy online and provide freedom of choice in the media they consume. That goal has proven to be in line with the growing needs of internet users in Canada.

The proXPN.com team recently ran reports to determine which countries have posted the highest growth in both free and Premium accounts over the 2012 calendar year. To date, Canada tops the list with over 600% growth in Premium accounts since January 1st, 2012.

After conducting interviews with a wide sampling of Canadian customers proXPN was able to determine the top three reasons Canadians use the service as well as why they chose proXPN over other VPN services.

The top reason reported for using proXPN was to unblock videos ordinarily restricted to people in the USA. Netflix was their primary interest, followed closely by Hulu. “Netflix is definitely a popular service for our Canadian users,” added Mr. Ingle, a senior technician at proXPN. The second most popular reason for using proXPN was to access other types of region-restricted content, while the third was the desire to secure their personal privacy online using proXPN’s encrypted connection.

The majority of customers in Canada stated that their primary reason for choosing proXPN over other VPN services was the free software download and account creation process. This was followed by ease of installation and use, and lastly that with data centers in New York City and Seattle, Washington proXPN’s connection speeds consistently beat out those of other VPN services.

Despite enjoying growing popularity in social media and on class-A websites such as MakeUseOf.com, the majority of the growth proXPN has seen in Canada has been through word of mouth.

In 2013 proXPN intends to work closely with Canadian customers on continuing to enhance the service to best serve their needs.

About proXPN:
Founded in 2009, proXPN is a leading VPN provider that stands out from other services by offering free accounts. Stepping away from the SaaS standard practice of time-based free trials, a proXPN free account lasts for life and is limited only in the connection speed. proXPN Premium account users enjoy unlimited connection speeds as well as advanced features such as PPTP compatibility for mobile devices and VPN Guard™, proXPN’s method of cutting all data transfer should the VPN connection fail, thus ensuring all data is encrypted during transmission even if there’s a system error. proXPN’s firm stance on the importance of individual privacy and security online has echoed the growing public sentiment in 2012 during debates over SOPA and PIPA.

Online Identity Theft Spikes 300% In Two Years

IJmuiden, The Netherlands — A recent report by one of the three major credit bureaus, Experian, has found that online identity theft increased by 300% during the past two years as evidenced by a sample taken between January and April of 2010 and the same period during 2012. The report, referenced by the BBC, identifies one of the primary causes of online identity theft as easily-guessed or otherwise weak passwords in conjunction with the average online user having 26 accounts with only 5 unique passwords between them. The result is a three-fold increase in compromised personal data leading to fraudulent acts.

“Online services are becoming increasingly easy to sign up for, especially due to tighter integration with social networks such as Facebook through their Open Graph platform. It may only require someone gaining access to your Facebook account to see or manipulate sensitive data that’s linked to it. That and the fact that most people use the same password for many different services makes it too easy for those that intend to commit these acts. If one account is compromised, that’s the ballgame for a lot of people,” says Kevin Cook, President & CEO of proXPN, an industry leader in virtual private networking (VPN) technologies and an advocate for online privacy.

The problem is being exacerbated by organized hackers acquiring and subsequently dumping large amounts of customer account data onto the general internet. For example, Google, Yahoo!, and South Korea’s KT Corporation have all recently suffered security breaches that have left millions of consumers’ personal data open for all to see. Hackers also leverage software-based exploits called “malware,” which are usually installed inadvertently and run as a background process on a victim’s computer without their knowledge. These programs have a wide range of capabilities from logging a user’s keystrokes to taking control of the computer’s operating system.

Aside from common sense measures such as using a different password for each individual account, changing them regularly, and utilizing either built-in or third-party anti-virus and anti-malware programs, consumers have several options at their disposal to further mitigate the risk of their personal information turning up in the wrong hands. One such widely-accepted line of defense to strengthen your Internet connection and prevent hackers from capturing your passwords and other sensitive data over a Wi-Fi network is the use of a VPN (virtual private network). A VPN service encrypts your Internet connection with a government-grade security layer, making the data that you send and receive – including passwords, banking details, and even instant messages – completely inaccessible to hackers. proXPN is one such provider and is ranked amongst the best in the world with some of the most advanced VPN technology on the market.

“Hackers can be anyone these days. Ten years ago, hackers were defined by a unique and rare skill set. Today, anyone with a laptop or mobile device, an open Wi-Fi hotspot, and a motive can easily “sniff” your passwords right out of the air. This happens most often at hotels, coffee shops, and airport gates – places where you’d find yourself on a communal wireless network. If you’re on such a network without protection, you’re asking for problems,” says Cook.

For more information about proXPN and online security, privacy, and freedom, visit http://www.proxpn.com.

About proXPN 
Since 2009, proXPN has secured the internet connections of more than 1 million people worldwide on both desktop and mobile devices. Using industry-leading 512-bit encryption, proXPN prevents governments, hackers, and even internet service providers from monitoring, intercepting, or logging its user’s online activity. proXPN is offered completely free with functionality restrictions or for a low monthly fee inclusive of a more robust feature set.

CISPA working its way through Senate; could CALEA be the real threat?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — According to a new report by Declan McCallaugh at CNET, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations is now lobbying top technology providers and social networks to allow for more direct access to user information and communications through sanctioned backdoors.

U.S. government officials, specifically in the field of counterterrorism, cite the need to keep pace with current technological trends in order to effectively monitor communications that are moving off of otherwise traditional mediums.  While phone calls and even emails are subject to government wiretapping under CALEA (the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act), popular platforms such as Facebook and Skype have no legal precedence.  Authorities view access to these properties as imperative to U.S. national security, as terrorist elements could theoretically utilize their internal messaging features to coordinate and conduct operations both inside the United States and abroad undetected.

Kevin Cook, President & CEO of proXPN: “Not that this is the first that we’re hearing of it, but the fact that the U.S. has a National Electronic Surveillance Strategy should trouble any U.S. citizen reading this article.  Though no one is arguing against the mandate of government to keep its people safe, some would argue that this safety should be assured ‘at any cost.’  We need to be careful how much latitude we give our elected officials in making our information accessible for the benefit of the special interests or policy camps they represent.  At the end of the day, this isn’t about foiling terrorism plots – that’s simply the song and dance.  This is about using the specter of terrorism to fast-track legislative amendments that give unquantifiable powers to various law enforcement and intelligence gathering agencies relating to our online communications.”

Much has been made of CISPA (the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) in the press as of late, resulting in a public outcry that has all but derailed the bill’s passage.  Though the Obama administration has stated its intent to veto CISPA should it pass the Senate, CALEA is already law. Passed in 1994, the original intent of CALEA is to require telecommunications carriers and manufacturers of telecommunications equipment to modify and design their equipment, facilities, and services to ensure that they have built-in surveillance capabilities. This gives U.S. law enforcement easy access to all information being transmitted and logged over these mediums.  The Justice Department is now considering an amendment to CALEA that would require these same surveillance capabilities – or backdoors – to be added to and built into everything from Facebook and Twitter to Skype and Xbox Live.

“proXPN’s ultimate goal is to elevate public discourse around online privacy, be it in the United States or elsewhere.  CISPA has received the intense media scrutiny it should, but existing legislation can often be amended quickly and quietly.  Should an amendment to CALEA pass, our privacy will be hard to reclaim.  Laws never get thrown out; language is only added, implicitly meaning more room for interpretation.  Anyone familiar with Washington will immediately recognize the perils of allowing its inhabitants to interpret anything.  It’s our job as technology providers, enthusiasts, and end-users to get the word out” says Cook.

For more information on proXPN and online security, please visit: http://www.proxpn.com.

About proXPN
Since 2009, proXPN has secured the internet connections of more than 1 million people worldwide on both desktop and mobile devices.  Using industry-leading 512-bit encryption, proXPN prevents governments, hackers, and even internet service providers from monitoring, intercepting, or logging its user’s online activity.  proXPN is offered completely free with basic functionality or for a low monthly fee inclusive of a more robust feature set.