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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

It's National Cyber Security Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Hey folks! Whether you were aware of it or not, it’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

That’s right. For all of October, you’re encouraged to batten down the hatches on your network and help others learn how to do the same.

But, and you might be expecting us to say this, every month is cyber security awareness month at FlashRouters. So, as usual, we’ve got some practical advice for keeping yourself safe online.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

First, a little background on National Cyber Security Awareness Month…

It’s officially the eleventh year that we’ve been celebrating National Cyber Security Awareness month, as the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security alliance first collaborated on this idea back in 2003. The idea is basically as simple as it sounds: people can celebrate this month through a series of suggested behaviors centered around promoting online safety.

This year’s theme is “Our Shared Responsibility”, and the organizers have a whole bunch of recommendations about how you can participate (taken from the DHS website).

Week One: Oct 1-3
Promoting Online Safety with the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign
Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and everyone can take a few simple steps to make the Internet more secure. This week will also highlight efforts related to Executive Order 13636 to strengthen the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure.
Week Two: October 6-10 Secure Development of IT Products Building security into information technology products, including the phones, tablets, and computers we use every day, is key to enhanced cybersecurity.
Week Three: October 13-17
Critical Infrastructure and the Internet of Things
Highlights the importance of protecting critical infrastructure and properly securing all devices, including household items, that are connected to the Internet.
Week Four: October 20-24
Cybersecurity for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Entrepreneurs
Showcases what emerging and established businesses can do to protect their organization, customers, and employees.
Week Five: October 27-31
Cyber Crime and Law Enforcement
Working with law enforcement to combat cyber crime and educate the public on how to protect themselves from online crime.

Now, obviously, we’re publishing part of the way through Cyber Security Awareness Month, but you can still catch up! In fact, we’ve got a few ideas ourselves below…

Celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month w/ a VPN & a FlashRouter

Best VPN Service Providers

FlashRouter-Ready VPNs

FlashRouters has a fairly simple protocol for staying safe online: we keep our passwords varied and recorded somewhere would-be identity thieves cannot access.

But the centerpiece of our cyber security plan, and any good cyber security plan , is a trustworthy VPN.

VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, create a safe way to do everything you want to do online without worrying about compromising your security. When you log into your VPN, all of your online info is tunneled through encrypted servers set up all over the world by your VPN service. Send sensitive e-mails and enter your credit card number without fear, all thanks to VPNs.

And at FlashRouters, we’re affiliated with some of the best of the best. Check them out on our official supported provider list, and find the VPN that best suits you.

Best FlashRouters for VPNs

Of course, if you want to get the most out of your VPN, then you’re going to need a FlashRouter.

What’s a FlashRouter, you ask?

As the video explains, a FlashRouter is a surefire way to revolutionize your network. Any one of our DD-WRT or Tomato-flashed routers is guaranteed to improve your network’s speed, power, and versatility.

When used in conjunction with a VPN, there’s no limit to what you can do. Save your old router, and use our popular dual router setup, which allows you to switch back and forth between one dedicated VPN and your normal, day-to-day network with incredible ease. If you’re subscribed to any VPN service on our official supported provider list, your FlashRouter will show up ready to work with your VPN service. No tricky VPN installation processes necessary.

As we said above, you can’t go wrong with a FlashRouter, but if you’re looking to whittle down the best choice for you from our extensive list, we recommend checking out our recent best-sellers. There’s certain to be something there for you, from sleek, economy models with speed to burn (like the Linksys E1200 DD-WRT or the E2500 Tomato) to towering networking behemoths that crush every competitor in sight (like the unstoppable Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT, or the Dark Knight itself, the Asus RT-N66U Tomato), and plenty in between (like the recently added Asus RT-AC68U DD-WRT).

Celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness month today and every day by joining the FlashRouters family and future-proofing your network!

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How to Fix Bungie Centipede Error & Unblock Destiny on XboxOne

Fixing the centipede error for Destiny

Bungie Centipede Error for Destiny

If you’re a college student who purchased Bungie’s recently released shooter, Destiny, you’re probably really angry, and you’re not alone.

It seems there are a few external issues that Bungie didn’t take into account when releasing Destiny to the gaming public, one of which being whether college students would be able to enjoy it at all.

In fact, the college student issue with Destiny is so common that it has it’s own name: the Bungie Centipede Error. There’s even a #fixcentipede hashtag floating around Twitter. Learn all about it below, and find out how you can get around it.

What Is the Bungie Centipede Error?

Well, it’s pretty simple: Destiny is an online game reliant on servers that some colleges block for reasons completely unrelated to gaming. If you’re on one of these campuses that blocks the necessary servers for playing Destiny, you’ll find yourself yourself face to face with an error code dubbed Centipede.

That’s the whole story.

How to Fix Bungie Centipede Error & Unblock Destiny for XboxOne

The very first thing we recommend trying is going to the Help page for the Bungie Centipede Error and opening the ports that they recommend opening, if that is possible for you.

Of course, since the majority of those affected are on college campuses, this may not be a viable option, as college campuses don’t exactly make those ports available to every student that wishes to access them. So we have a backup plan…

FlashRouters

The FlashRouters Support Routers Advantage

A FlashRouter used in conjunction with a VPN service is the perfect way around these sort of network restrictions.

A college wired network can’t stop you if you have a top-notch device like a FlashRouter that also utilizes the VPN services ability to circumvent geographical restrictions and improve your online security. A DD-WRT or Tomato FlashRouter will give you the speed and power you need to play Destiny any time you want without any worries about bandwidth. You can even determine how you’d like your bandwidth allocated and prioritize your gaming activities with a FlashRouter.

Of course, where would you be without the VPN service? Stuck behind your college’s network blocking systems, that’s where. If you subscribe to any VPN service on our official supported provider list, we can send your FlashRouter ready to work with your VPN subscription right out of the box.

We do recommend you refer to the rules of your university as using a VPN and your own router may not be allowed even though it can be very beneficial.

Want to know which FlashRouter is right for you? Maybe you should check out our recent best-sellers list or our Routers for XboxOne post to find out which routers are rocking our customers’ worlds right now. There are lean and mean economy models like the Linksys E1200 DD-WRT & the E2500 Tomato, booming networking behemoths like the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT & the Asus RT-AC66U Tomato, and everything in between. Just what you need to create the perfect gaming experience.

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Asus Autumn Savings Weekend – 15% off All Asus Wireless Routers

Asus WiFi Discount DD-WRT & Tomato USB
As the leaves get ready to fall, FlashRouters has decided to let our prices fall with them if only for a long weekend. 

Now through Monday Oct. 6 Tuesday Oct. 7, get some of our best pricing ever on our complete line of Asus DD-WRT & TomatoUSB upgraded routers. To receive the 15% off Asus Autumn Savings:

  1. Add any Asus Router to the cart including VPN Provider Models.
  2. Click View Cart & Checkout.
  3. Enter the coupon code asus & click Apply.
  4. Get ready for an enhanced networking experience!

That’s all you have to do to save up to almost $60* on our best-selling brand of wireless routers.

Best Asus Routers in 2014

With the latest iPhones launching with Wireless-AC, the demand for Wireless-AC will only increase from your devices so get ahead of the curve and upgrade to a more powerful network with a new Asus, our best-selling brand of wireless routers

Need help choosing the best Asus wireless router to supercharge your network security, privacy and capabilities with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware enhancements? We have you covered!

Asus RT-AC56U - Top Wireless AC DDWRT Under $200

Asus RT-AC56U – Best Wireless AC DDWRT Under $200

Top Overall Asus Routers

Asus RT-AC68U DD-WRT Router$379.95 $322.96

Asus RT-AC66U TomatoUSB / DD-WRT$299.95 $254.96

Best Wireless-N Asus RouterRT-N66U TomatoUSB - $249.95 $212.46

Best Wireless-AC Under $200 (With USB 3.0!) – Asus RT-AC56U AC1200 DD-WRT$199.95 $169.96

Economy Options $150 & Under

3 External Antenna All Time Classic – RT-N16 TomatoUSB or DD-WRT$159.95 $135.96

2 External Antennas – Asus RT-N12 N300 DD-WRT$89.95 $76.46

1 Ext Antenna – Asus RT-N10P N150 TomatoUSB  $99.95 $84.96

No Ext Antenna/ 1 USB – Asus RT-N13U DD-WRT – (Open Box Only) $84.95 $72.21

 

*This offer cannot be combined with any other coupon codes or be applied to previous orders. Discount will only apply to Asus products in the cart through 10/07/2014

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Is DD-WRT or TomatoUSB Affected By the Shellshock Bug?

Shellshock Bug

The Shellshock Bug: Does it Affect DD-WRT & Tomato?

Another day, another threat to your online security, this one coming in the form of a bug named “Shellshock” by Security Researchers.

Naturally, we want to give our users a comprehensive sense of this new threat and provide some information and assurances about our software. So please read on to learn more about Shellshock and why FlashRouters are as safe as ever.

What Is the Shellshock Bug?

Expectedly, the explanation for the bug is dry and technical, so we’ll direct you to this invaluable Engadget article for a more specific answer and give you the important details:

Shellshock, presumably so named because it affects shells, is a bug that, well, affects shells. Shells are software that helps your computers and assorted devices interpret text so that you can understand the text and actually use the device the software is on.

And here’s where the dangerous part comes in: if an attacker requests any information from your router, security camera, or smart device that is using a BASH (Bourne Again SHell) shell, then the attacker can then add malware, allowing them to access sensitive files, activate your devices, use them, delete things, basically anything you can do on your own, and certainly things you wouldn’t want a stranger doing.

So yes, the Shellshock bug is a bit scary, so of course we take it very seriously.

Are FlashRouters Affected By the Shellshock Bug?

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FlashRouters Tomato & DD-WRT Routers

Short answer: No.

Okay, maybe you deserve a little more: according to our in-house testing and multiple DD-WRT & TomatoUSB community reports, we have found that the Shellshock vulnerability will not work on a DD-WRT or TomatoUSB installed router.

As we mentioned above, the vulnerability is based on the Bourne Again Shell (or BASH), but DD-WRT & Tomato firmware use BusyBox which is confirmed to not have this issue.

That said, if you’re using Optware on your DD-WRT router,  it is recommended you turn that feature off, as that implementation is BASH based. Other than that, take comfort, FlashRouters users: as ever, our devices stand up to the test where others fail.

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Best VPN Routers & VPN Service Providers of September 2014

FlashRouters Best Selling VPN Routers - Cisco LInksys, Asus, Netgear

FlashRouters Best Selling VPN Routers and VPN Setup Requests – September 2014

There are plenty of good reasons to upgrade your router these days: there’s streaming NCAA football, baseball, and even new iPhones, all of which would be unbelievably frustrating to experience through a tired old router.

FlashRouters is here to help. We’ve got plenty of top-of-the-line devices, certain to future-proof your network and give you wireless service you never dreamed of, and we’re affiliated with the best VPNs around, ensuring your security in these uncertain times.

Benefits of a DD-WRT or Tomato Upgrade

 

As our title indicates, we take high-performance routers and improve upon their firmware by “flashing” them with superior firmware.

Our firmwares of choice are DD-WRT and Tomato. With a DD-WRT or Tomato router, the speed, power, and versatility of your router is increased immeasurably. Here’s a few of the many new features you’ll find on a router flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato:

  • Built-in OpenVPN, PPTP, & L2TP Settings which allows you to utilize your VPN subscription with multiple devices as well as popular streaming players like Rokus while saving you the trouble of installing the VPN connection on each single device!
  • Dual WAN and 3g/4G USb Failover options.
  • Major security holes removed like WDS and manufacturer backdoors.
  • Advanced Networking Modes for WDS, Repeaters & Client Bridges
  • Advanced QoS (Quality of Service) which lets you take over the process of allocating your bandwidth for VOIP, streaming service & popular websites.
  • Extendable wireless range

Like we said, that’s just a small sample of the features of DD-WRT and Tomato! If you want a router over which you have absolute control to do anything you might dream of, a FlashRouter is the way to go!

Most Popular Wireless VPN Routers of September 2014

The Dark Knight FlashRouter

The Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight

An old favorite reclaimed the top spot this month. Maybe it’s the debut of “Gotham” that’s got folks in a Batman mood, but the ol’ Dark Knight has once again claimed the hearts and minds of FlashRouters users, with the similarly intensely powerful Netgear Nighthawk staying strong at number 2.

And we may see some shakeups next month, now that we’re introducing our new budget Wireless-AC model, perfect for users looking for AC upgrade on a medium budget. With Wireless-AC speeds and a USB 3.0 port, rest assured, we’re expecting to see the Asus RT-AC56U DD-WRT on this list next time.

  1. Asus RT-N66U N900 Dark Knight Tomato WiFi Router – Most popular Tomato VPN Router.
  2. Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT Router - Our highest powered router, best router for gaming.
  3. Netgear WNDR4000 Rangemax N750 – The “throughput thoroughbred of the 5GHz brand” according to PCMag. We concur.
  4. Asus RT-AC66U Tomato OpenVPN Router - For those looking for next generation Wireless-AC support with full OpenVPN support, meet the lone Wireless-AC Tomato router
  5. Linksys E1200 N300 DD-WRT Router - Our economy, do-it-all model. Popular as a wireless repeater or client bridge.

Most Popular VPN Service Providers of September 2014 – By User Request

Top VPN of September 2014

Private Internet Access

Once again, the great PrivateInternetAccess held on to the top spot, fending off hugely popular VPNs like HideMyAss and Overplay, and even up-and-coming upstarts like CyberGhost.

But things may change soon, especially when you find out that IPVanish is offering 3 months free when you sign up for a 3 month or 12 month subscription and you use the purchase coupon code “FLASH90″. Overplay, never one to be outshined when it comes to great service and great deals,  is offering a yearly special 20% off coupon, which is emailed to you when you purchase an Overplay Router.

Anyway, on to the VPNs!

  1. PrivateInternetAccess – Best budget VPN service.
  2. IPVanish - Offers some of the fastest L1 server speeds worldwide, & popular in the Middle East.
  3. HideMyAss – Top overall US & UK server choices.
  4. Overplay – Easiest setup for your DD-WRT router and utilizing OpenVPN.
  5. CyberGhost – A premiere EU-based VPN service that takes your privacy and security extremely seriously.

The FlashRouters Difference

The FlashRouters Guarantee

The FlashRouters Guarantee

Since our routers are so feature-heavy, getting the most out of your FlashRouter isn’t necessarily the easiest thing in the world. But whether you’re a tech-novice or an expert, we want you to experience every last iota of the network-boosting power a FlashRouter provides. That’s why every FlashRouter comes with:

  • An extensively tested version of DD-WRT or Tomato firmware will be flashed on your router.
  • Personalized Custom Configuration & Setup Guide: A FlashRouter configuration specialist will personally contact you to tailor your new router to your networking plans if you don’t tell us in your order comments.
  • Dual VPN Router Network Setup - Your router will be configured to work by itself or in tandem with your current service provider modem/router out-of-the-box so that you can establish a VPN dedicated router/access point.
  • Free VPN Service Integration: We offer setup guides for just about every VPN service, including: OverPlayVPNHide MyAss, IPVanish, PrivateInternetAccess,  CyberGhost, ExpressVPN,VyprVPN, plus many more.
  • Fast, affordable worldwide shipping via USPS. That includes overnight and international express shipping.

Contact us by opening a support ticket or e-mailing us any time, no matter how big or small the issue. We pride ourselves on our friendly support staff, which is always there to answer any and all of your questions.

For more DD-WRT & Tomato VPN routers, as well as VPN Service Provider updates, product updates, and limited-time specials, follow us (@flashrouters) or like us on Facebook.

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