Protect Your Privacy Against Australian Data Prevention Laws

A while back we were sounding the alarms about Australia’s new data retention laws. These laws require Australian Internet Service Providers to collect and retain the metadata produced by all their customers. The data can include personal information like your name connected with the account. The laws also requires the storing other things like the type of communication, your location, who you were talking to, etc.

Unfortunately, these laws have started to take to effect. However, there are steps you can take to protect yourself though. With all the news lately regarding this and the recent news about similar ISP issues in America, you may have heard of one such option. It’s called a VPN Service or Virtual Private Network.

Protect Your Privacy Against Data Retention in Australia

A VPN service allows you to hide the IP address of any device connected to it. When logging into a VPN network, all of your online data is tunneled through encrypted servers set up all over the world, making you and your sensitive information (e-mails, browsing histories, credit cards) virtually untraceable.

FlashRouters has been paid close attention for many years Internet privacy and VPN issues in Australia providing VPN tips and tricks, as well top performing VPN services providers. One of the most popular options for customers in Australia is NordVPN. They have 400+ servers in 47 countries and counting. They also offer 24/7 customer support and keep no activity logs.

When used in conjunction with a VPN Router, it creates an entire VPN network protecting you entire home in one setup. This means that all of your devices connected to the FlashRouter will go through the VPN and have their IP address hidden. If you rely heavily on a VPN or want to start protecting all of your traffic with one, a powerful wireless router is a must. This will enable you to use all the devices throughout your home with the router for much needed privacy.

ExpressVPN is another popular VPN service advertising unlimited bandwidth as well as a highly rated customer support. They also have a custom series of popular plug and play VPN WiFi Routers.

Recommended VPN FlashRouters for Australia

Firmware enhancements can increases integrated router security options such enterprise-level wireless security, VPN integration, and stability. For this reason, part of the FlashRouters process is extensively testing each build released for each device offered for integration consistency and performance.

All FlashRouters come with DD-WRT or Tomato open-source firmware out of the box. Furthermore, flashing a router with open-source firmware allows for an array of benefits including advanced security features. Accordingly, this includes Virtual LAN configuration as well client bridge and wireless repeater to extend the shelf life of the device.

Recommended VPN Router Setups

Our team has worked with thousands of individuals looking to customize and tweak their networks for security, privacy, and performance. At any rate, that is how we can offer an array of specialized wireless and wired network setups recommended for most users including in our support services.

The most popular for Australian VPN users is the setup known the Dual Router Setup or cascading routers. Ultimately, the Dual Router Setup allows you to use your old router in conjunction with your new router to simplify your VPN experience.

Plug and Play VPN Router Privacy

Use your current router to connect to your local network and the FlashRouter as a dedicated VPN router. In addition, switching back and forth from your VPN to your local network is a breeze with the dual router setup. Popular users for this setup is that

  • Certain streaming services and banking institutions block VPN users.
  • Avoid VPN For Work Conflicts – Some users use a VPN for work so they can’t double VPN when trying to access this work content.
  • The desire to keep some devices off VPN i.e. wanting Roku does not use VPN but the Amazon Firestick does.

As a result, having this side by side option allows you to seamlessly switch your connectivity at any moment. A FlashRouter is configured to work plug and play to secure your network alongside another router or ISP modem/router from Australia broadband providers like

  • TPG
  • Optus
  • iiNET
  • Primus
  • Extel
  • Spirit Telecom
  • Devoted NBN
  • Skymesh
  • NuScope
  • and more!

High Performance VPN Routers

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The Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 DD-WRT FlashRouter

 

Furthermore, if you are looking for a great all around, high-end, and VPN capable router then look no further than the Netgear Nighthawk R7800 DD-WRT Router. Running on a 1.7 Dual Core Broadcom processor along with 4 high powered external antennas, this is our go to choice for users looking for premium VPN tunneling speeds and security.

Want a great user-friendly Tomato model with a lot of WiFi range? Then how about the Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter with fantastic Wireless-AC3200 range from 6 external antennas plus a powerful 1 Ghz processor?

Still want more options? Take a gander at out our latest Bestselling VPN Routers & VPN Services List.

VPN or VPN Routers Questions?

Wondering if a VPN or VPN Routers would benefit you in protecting yourself from the Australian Data Retention Law? Reach out to our friendly and helpful sales staff and we’ll provide whatever expertise to help you find the best solution for you.

Would VPN Service Benefit Me? (FlashRouters FAQ)

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Since our inception, our customers have enjoyed the ability to combine high-functioning, versatile, open source routers with the cyber-security benefits of VPN service providers. As our company has grown, so to has the list of VPN service providers we can support.

In the face of increasing online security challenges and Internet censorship around the world, the necessity of a VPN service is clear. But maybe you’re not sure if it’s something that suits you. Maybe it strikes you as too technical, or maybe the upsides seem too hazy.

So we decided to explain just how vital VPN services are in this day and age and why you should subscribe as soon as possible.

VPN Service Benefits

People choose to invest in a VPN service for a multitude of reasons. So while we acknowledge the variety of circumstances that lead people to choose VPN service, we thought we’d focus on some of the more universal ones. To start…

1) Increased Cybersecurity

This is the big one, and also the primary reason we recommend VPNs so forcefully. Major hacks and the exposure of sensitive online data has become so common that we maybe hear about a quarter of them. Being online is just not as safe as it used to be.

That’s why VPNs are so urgently important. When you log into your VPN, all of your information is tunneled through encrypted servers set up all over the world. This is the best way to available to protect your e-mails, credit card numbers, and other sensitive data from would-be cyber-criminals. Many journalists depend on VPNs to keep the government out of their work.

It’s simple really: VPNs mean vastly improved cybersecurity. There are other good reasons (which we’ll get to shortly), but this is number one.

2) More Internet Freedom

As we mentioned above, all of your online activity is tunneled through encrypted servers set up all over the world when you log into your VPN. There are other benefits to this process than increased online security.

US Congress Privacy Rollbacks

For US users, the removal of safeguards from Internet Service Providers is enough to make anyone stop in their tracks and think about their personal Internet Privacy protection plan.

We don’t want to harp on this topic too heavily as it has been heavily covered of late but the potential outcome is truly nefarious and horrifying. What these Privacy Rollbacks will do is remove the protection of data collection barriers from ISPs so that the companies already charging you for Internet access can sell your activity to any advertiser or partner it chooses without any repercussions. To some this would be like removing the essential principle of the separation between church and state from the US Constitution. Sounds fair to us. :/

Bypassing Regional Restrictions While Traveling or Working

Pick an encrypted server set up in, say, London, you’re now assigned a London-based IP address. This means that every device on your VPN is operating as though it were in London. Consequently, you can stream anything Internet-based and limited to the UK.

You see where we’re going with this, right? Basically, this enables you to shake off the shackles of geographical Internet censorship. Live in a country than bans VoIPs like WhatsApp? VPNs are your friend. Just log in and pick a country with no WhatsApp restrictions.

3) Online Privacy

A good VPN is one that keeps no logs of activity. That would totally undercut the purpose of a VPN, right?

Freedom House released their latest findings on Internet freedom late last year, and here’s part of their assessment:

  • Internet freedom around the world declined in 2016 for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Two-thirds of all internet users – 67 percent – live in countries where criticism of the government, military, or ruling family are subject to censorship.
  • Governments are increasingly going after messaging apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, which can spread information quickly and securely.

VPNs allow you to escape the purview of unusually invasive governments and their surveillance laws. Your time online is yours, and not data to be eventually passed off to the first investigative agency that comes knocking. Secure your Internet and roam it in peace.

FlashRouters VPN Integration Experts

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FlashRouters and VPN Service Providers

Like we said up top, FlashRouters partners with a great deal of the best VPN service providers around. If you’d like to purchase one of our supremely powerful DD-WRT or Tomato routers with VPN service pre-installed, then it better be featured on our supported provider list.

The benefits of combining VPNs and FlashRouters also go beyond getting your router with VPN pre-installed. FlashRouters offers all kinds of alternative VPN setups, which simplify your VPN experience and make it considerably more effective.

If you’re wondering where you should start in your VPN search, here’s a sample of some of our current customer favorites:

  1. ExpressVPN  Now offering the easiest to use custom plug and play VPN router solutions. Top performance in Asia and Australia.
  2. IPVanish  Level 1 server speeds worldwide & popular in countries like Saudi Arabia & the UAE.
  3. NordVPN – Top service for users in the EU.
  4. PrivateInternetAccess  Always a VPN service budget favorite.

These are all terrific choices. However, should none of these appeal to you, there’s a whole supported provider list waiting to assist you.

Again, VPN service is a must in this day and age. Therefore, the time has come to act. Protect your wireless network. Protect your sensitive data with a VPN.

Bestselling VPN Routers & VPN Services – March 2017

Spring is finally here. It’s time to get to know some of our top VPN routers and VPN service provider requests. Forget Spring cleaning, with all the news about the US Senate Privacy Resolution and recent activity from the CIA, it’s time secure your network this season with a FlashRouter.

Open Source Firmware Advantages

Before we dig into our customer’s favorite choices, perhaps you’d like an explanation as to what makes a FlashRouter so special. Take 90 seconds and find out:

As the video explains, a FlashRouter is a powerful device that is improved further by removing the faulty stock firmware and replacing it with open source third party marvels, DD-WRT and Tomato. Suffice to say, these replacement firmwares massively boost the functionality and versatility of your WiFi network.

How, you ask? With features like these…

And that, my friends, is just an abbreviated list of open source’s many virtues. As we were saying, these enhanced performance firmwares are the preferred backbone of any good WiFi network that prioritizes security and privacy.

Most Popular Wireless Open Source VPN Routers

  1. Linksys WRT3200ACM DD-WRT – Our most recent powerhouse with an ultra powerful 1.8 Ghz Marvell Processor and 4 external antennas.
  2. Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Tomato – Our most popular Netgear router, and preferred as a top router for online console gaming. Also available in a Tomato version with a Selective VPN option.
  3. Linksys WRT1900ACS DD-WRT – If you are looking for a high-end router for gaming, streaming, video calls, or general improvement on your VPN use, look no further.
  4. Asus RT-AC56U Tomato – Blazing fast AC wireless speed and customized open source firmware installation at an amazing price.
  5. Asus AC5300 DD-WRT – Our most high end model with 8 external antennas for maximum WiFi range.

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Privacy ALERT: US Senate Privacy Resolution Means ISPs Can Now Share Data With Advertisers

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The US Senate Privacy Resolution has passed. Internet Service Providers will now be able to collect location, financial, browsing, and healthcare data from customers. As a result, our privacy is at stake. What do we do?

US Senate Votes To Share User Private Data: What Do We Do?

On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, the US Senate voted 50-48 to pass Senator Jeff Flake’s Congressional Review Action resolution.

This resolution allows Internet Service Providers like Verizon and AT&T to obtain customer data for advertising and internal marketing on top the fees they already charge users for often subpar Internet service. Furthermore, this customer data includes information on children, health, finances, and web browsing history.

In October, the FCC sought to give Broadband consumers increased choice over their personal information. However, the new FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, is against these regulations.

Make Your Voice Heard Against The US Senate Privacy Resolution

As Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and other ISP providers now have free-range to scoop your data, it is time to start taking precautions. A first step towards solving this issue is to contact your House representative. Make your voice heard and tell your representative Internet security matters to you. However, there are additional measures one can take.

UPDATE (4/4/2017): President Trump has signed this repeal into order. It is official: Internet Service Providers can now take private information and sell it to other companies.

How To Protect Yourself From The US Senate Privacy Resolution

At any rate, if you are like most Americans, you more than likely do not want the government or corporations snooping on you. FlashRouters has already shown our readers how to protect routers from the CIA. Now, we will show you how to protect your router from the latest Congressional Joint Resolution.

Using a Virtual Private Network will allow you to encrypt your traffic. Moreover, when using a VPN, you tunnel your traffic from one location to another. With a VPN, any outside intruder- be it government or anyone else- will not be able to see your data. You can even appear as if you are in another country.

While nothing can be a pure solution, think of your network like you would home security. Would a thief be more likely to steal from a house with no security system, unlocked doors and open windows with no cars in the driveway? Or a gated house with guard dogs, complicated locks, security cameras and motion sensors.

Using VPN or a boosted security router is like the latter. When there is an option, hackers will always default to the path of least resistance so make sure that’s not you and your WiFi network.

Plug and Play Dual Router VPN Setup Solution

Verizon, Comcast supply their users with a combination modem-router. If you are using a modem-router supplied by your ISP, you will have to keep it in place to secure an Internet connection. However, this does not mean you have to use their product and kowtow to data retention.

Incorporating a VPN at the router level will allow you to encrypt all connected devices- regardless of if they have native VPN capability or not. Looking for a VPN router? FlashRouters can help by making this configuration as easy and plug and play as you want it to be while offering hands-on expert US based tech support if you run into any issues.

Using a Dual Router Setup, you will be able to keep your current router in place and use a FlashRouter alongside it. The routers will be on two segmented networks, and with this, they will operate without interference from one another. As a VPN will always slow your network to a degree (due to tunneling), a router with a high-end processor like the Linksys WRT3200ACM DD-WRT (pictured below) will help prevent slow down.

The Extra Security of a VPN Kill Switch

Concerned about the VPN connection failing andexposing your privacy? FlashRouters can pre-install and implement a VPN Connection Fail Safe or VPN Kill Switch.

Using a VPN Kill Switch, if your VPN connection drops, the entire Internet connection will drop. This is a surefire solution for which will sure your connection stays encrypted.

A FlashRouter plug and play configured with a OpenVPN client connection will serve as a barrier to prevent any creeping intruders. Here are some of our most popular VPN service providers:

VPNRecommendation
ExpressVPNPopular premium VPN provider with top performance in Asia and Australia.
IPVanishOffers some of the fastest Level 1 server speeds worldwide & popular in countries like Saudi Arabia & the UAE.
NordVPNOne of the most affordable and reliable VPN providers.

How To Stop a DDoS Attack with a FlashRouter

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A distributed denial-of-service attack is a type of attack where multiple compromised systems are used to target a single system. Specifically, denial-of-service attacks disrupt a network by flooding it with useless traffic. These types of attacks can cause serious damage to a network. Moreover, hackers are always thinking of new methods for employing DDoS attacks. Looking for some methods on how to stop a DDoS attack? FlashRouters is here to help.

The Dyn DDoS Attack of October 2016

Over the last year, DDoS attacks have made the rounds on the news. A notable attack occurred on Friday, October 21st. On this date, bogus traffic hit targets belonging to Dyn, a company which provides DNS services to other companies. A DNS, or Domain Name System, sends users information requests to the correct website.  Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, Tumblr, Spotify, and many services use Dyn as a DNS provider. As a result of the attack, these services and many others were not accessible for several hours.

The 10/21 attack was able to happen through the direction of bogus traffic towards Internet of Things devices. The Internet of Things is comprised of “smart” devices. Smart devices are everything from baby monitors to refrigerators. Essentially, any device that uses WiFi is a smart device. In our current age, nearly everything is a smart device.

Moreover, one can attempt to prevent DDoS attacks through the use of strong passwords on devices. A DDoS attack can also be prevented by disabling UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) and updating security patches as soon as they become available. However, there may be a more surefire solution…

How To Stop A DDoS Attack With a FlashRouter

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Asus AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter

At any rate, using a router flashed with Open Source DD-WRT or Tomato firmware is your best bet for securing your network. A router with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware voids the vulnerabilities that come with factory firmware. Furthermore, there is no chance one will encounter a factory installed backdoor. Additionally, one will not see a firmware bug from a manufacturer update using alternative firmware.

On the other hand, dealing with the specific question of how to stop a DDoS attack, integrating a Virtual Private Network at the router level will secure all Internet of Things devices. If you use a DD-WRT or Tomato router like the powerful RT-AC5300 Asus FlashRouter and integrate a VPN, all connected devices will be going through the VPN server.

As most IoT devices have no native VPN support, using a router with alternative firmware is the only way to encrypt them. Furthermore, if devices are encrypted, they will be safe from DDoS attacks.