UPDATE: NY VPN node back to normal.

Some of our users may have noticed that our New York location has been live for a few days now; we just wanted everything back to 100% before we gave the all-clear.  Hurricane Sandy has been one of the most costly natural disasters to affect the northeastern U.S. in history.  To help those impacted by this storm, we recommend donating to The Red Cross @ http://www.redcross.org.

Thanks for your patience, and we again apologize for any inconvenience.

Best,
Team proXPN

ALERT: NY VPN node down due to Hurricane Sandy.

To our users –

Earlier today, our hosting provider in New York City was forced to evacuate staff from its Broad Street datacenter as the location took on an enormous amount of floodwater.  Thankfully, no one was injured, however, the datacenter itself has been severely compromised.  This, of course, has resulted in our NY VPN node going offline, and due to the conditions on the ground, we are unable to predict when it or any other similar provider in the region will be available again.

We ask that you utilize one of our other VPN nodes in the meantime, and we will update you as soon as we have actionable information.

Best,
Team proXPN

Network World review of proXPN (4.5 out of 5 stars).

Thanks to Keith Shaw for reviewing proXPN for Network World! Take a look at the rundown here.

Vote for proXPN in Lifehacker’s Best VPN Review!

To our members –

We need your support!  A little over a year ago, we were named one of the top five VPN providers by Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/5759186/five-best-vpn-service-providers). It’s time for a new ‘Best VPN’ review, and we want you to post your feedback to Lifehacker so we can be named in this group again!

It’s simple: just go to http://lifehacker.com/5935307/best-vpn-service-provider and post a new comment with “VOTE: BEST VPN SERVICE PROVIDER: PROXPN” at the top of your review. If you like, please expand a bit on why you believe proXPN to be the best!

As always, we appreciate your support, and we’ll continue to reciprocate by providing you with the most comprehensive VPN solution on the market.

Sincerely,
Team proXPN

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.

UPDATE: Netherlands location back online.

Hi proXPN users –

We’re pleased and relieved to announce that the Netherlands location is now back online after a brief downtime.

We’d like to thank all of our users for their patience.  If anyone is still having problems connecting, please proceed to our support desk at http://support.proxpn.com

Sincerely yours,
Team proXPN

ALERT: Netherlands location is offline.

Dear proXPN Users –

We are having equipment problems at our NL location and it is currently offline.  We expect it to be resolved and working within 24 hours.  We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and advise our users to utilize our other locations during this period.

Thank you, and hang tight.

Team proXPN

UPDATE: UK location back online.

Our UK location is now back online at 100% and serving all Premium users.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all of our users who showed patience and understanding during this outage.

All the best,
Team proXPN

UPDATE: Temporary UK location online.

We have a temporary server set up for UK (London) PPTP and OpenVPN. The client app may show a LAN IP when connected to the VPN, but if you check on http://checkmyip.com  you will see the real VPN IP.

We’ll keep you updated.

Sincerely,
Team proXPN

UPDATE: UK location outage persists.

To our valued users –

We are having equipment problems at our UK London location and it is offiline.  We expect it to be resolved and working within 24 hours.  We apologize for the inconvenience and advise users to use our other server locations during this period.

We thank you for your patience.

ProXPN Team