Protect Your Privacy From The New Swiss Surveillance Law


The New Swiss Surviellance Law

Ah, democracy. The form of government most heralded in the Western World. Broken down to its original Greek, the word means “rule by the commoners.” This is the opposite of a plutocracy, a “rule by the rich.” Or a kleptocracy, which translates to “a rule by thieves.”

Now, a rule by the commoners is preferable to a rule by the rich or a rule by thieves, correct? One would think so.

This is not to say democracy is not without its flaws. The principle flaw of democracy, as Plato notes, is that it can lead to a “mob rule”. The rule of the commoner can be swayed by the mobile vulgus– “the fickle crowd.” Consequently, the hopes and desires of the everyday person on the street may not be what be what is best for the commons.

Direct Democracy and the New Swiss Surveillance Law

Switzerland, unlike the United States, operates under a direct, as opposed to a regulated, democracy. Within Switzerland, the citizens of the state directly vote on the issues. To some, this may seem like a great idea. In many ways, it is, as the popular opinion of the people can have a stronger root in reality than the wishy-washy worldview of bureaucrats,

However, as democracy is not a perfect system, its flaws will inevitably reveal itself. On Sunday, September 25th, 2016, the people of Switzerland voted 65% in favor of state surveillance.

What is the Swiss Surveillance Law?

Until the passing of the new Swiss Surveillance law, security services in the Alpine nation had relatively limited power. Tapping in on phone calls and e-mail conversations, commonplace actions for the NSA in the United States, were banned in Switzerland.

However, a shift in both the operations of global terrorism à la ISIS and the mismanagement of the migrant crisis has led to an increasing sense of fear in many Western European nations.

Simply put, the people of Switzerland would rather be “safe” than “sorry.” The Swiss would prefer their government snoop through their private affairs. There is a hope this surveillance will protect them from potential terrorist attacks.

Protecting Yourself From the Swiss Surveillance Law

One may be able to rationalize the voting decisions of the Swiss population. However, this is not to say Swiss citizens should surrender individual liberties to the government. This is especially the case for Swiss citizens who did not vote their privacy away. These people can protect themselves by using a Virtual Private Network.

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Using a VPN allows users to change their geo-location. The process is simple: sign up for a VPN service and then access a VPN server. Connecting to a VPN server encrypts the devices on which one has downloaded the VPN client. If one is located in Switzerland, and connects to a server in Germany, snooping government officials will see their connection as coming from Germany.

Using a Router Alongside a VPN Provider

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However, using a VPN has its limitations. Many VPN providers have connection limitations and not all devices have native VPN capabilities. Using a router flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware will allow you to tunnel your activity through a Virtual Private Network on a more extensive level.

For starters, you will only need one VPN connection, which will be the connection through the router. All devices, regardless of their native VPN capability, connected to the router will be going through the VPN. This applies for both wired and wireless connections.

Looking to protect your home from unwanted intrusion by the State? Get yourself a high-powered router like the Netgear Nighthawk R7000. The R7000 (pictured above) uses a high-powered 1 GHz processor, which will help avoid any potential slowdown in connecting to the VPN. If you want to use an even more powerful device, the Asus RT-AC5300 uses a 1.4 GHz processor alongside eight external antennas, offering amazing range. For a more affordable option, the Asus RT-AC56U is a popular and well-regarded router.

Of course, that is just the beginning. You can see the full fleet of top-of-the-line routers here.

Open Box Open Source Router Discounts from FlashRouters!

Open Box Discounts Are Back and Easier Than Ever!

Bargain hunters rejoice!  FlashRouters is once-again offering our best router deals through our open box program. Visit the new Open Box FlashRouters Section to find exclusive, limited quantity deals at deeply discounted prices.

What Is An Open Box Router?

Open box routers are returns that have been inspected by a team of advanced configuration specialists. Cosmetic defects such as light scratching may be present, but it’s what’s inside that counts! The FlashRouters team rigorously load-tests open box routers for functionality and connectivity and flashes them with the latest in DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. By the time you get one, an open box router is in near-perfect condition.

How Do I Set Up an Open Box Router?

Upon purchasing an Open Box FlashRouter, you will receive the same FlashRouter support that comes with any other router sold on our website. This includes full support for Internet, wireless, and VPN connection client setups for ANY VPN SERVICE providers that we support. In addition, FlashRouters will include all of the necessary accessories you’ll need to get your router up and running.

What’s it all mean? It means you’ll get the same internet speeds and network security you’d get from any other FlashRouter for pennies on the dollar. If you’ve had your eye on your dream router but didn’t want to pay full price, this is the deal for you! You won’t want to miss this chance!

How Do I Get An Open Box Router?

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An open box FlashRouter can be yours by simply going to the open box router page. However, supplies of open box routers are limited, so act quickly to get your dream router at a bargain price! Even many of the high-end FlashRouters will be available for a fraction of the price, such as the Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT and the Netgear R8000 DD-WRT. Make sure to keep an eye out for new deals and new routers!

Open Box items must be returned within 30 days from the date you received your router based on official tracking information in order to receive any refund. You can find this information on our Warranty and Return Policy page.

FlashRouters Halloween Guide to Streaming Horror Movies


It’s the most horrifying time of the year. Actually, it’s more like Christmas if you’re a horror movie fan. Streaming horror movies is a year-round activity if you’re a proper aficionado, but it’s easier to convince people to watch them with you in October.

So FlashRouters has taken the initiative to compile all of the best streaming horror movies on assorted streaming channels. We hope you discover some new favorites. Or, at the very least, we hope to clue you in to where your favorite horror movies are available. Dig in!

But First, Improve Your Streaming With a VPN FlashRouter

We’ll keep this brief, because we’re as eager as you are to get to the streaming horror movies.

Your Halloween streaming marathon could be vastly improved if you have a FlashRouter. Our networking expert work tirelessly to test and configure routers with premium open-source router firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato.

Installing these aftermarket firmwares adds a large array of advanced/business-class features and has a tremendous effect on the stability and performance of your home Internet connection. Head to our recent open source router and VPN bestseller list to see some of our most popular device options.

Take a look at our top partnered VPN services while you’re there too. In addition to adding additional layers to your online security, VPNs can offer improved streaming site access that may be blocked for one reason or another around over the world. Believe us. You’ll be glad you have a VPN if you’re stuck out of the country and want to access your HBO Go account to watch Game of Thrones.

That’s all. Make your network safer with a VPN. Make it faster and more powerful with a FlashRouter. Let’s keep it nice and simple. Now let’s get to the movies!

FlashRouters Halloween Guide to Streaming Horror Movies

Generally speaking, we are not trying to have the most eclectic list. It’s a lot of classics, new classics, and maybe the occasional under-the-radar or oddball choice. Around this time of year, it’s best to stick to what works, don’t you think?

Top Streaming Horror Movies on Netflix

FlashRouters Halloween Movie Guide - The Babadook

The Babadook – Streaming Horror Movies (Netflix)

Netflix Horror Classics

Corpse Bride – First of all, let’s start with one for the kids. Unless you’re also itching to satisfy your Tim Burton jones early in your horror marathon. In that case, it’s time for Corpse Bride, the stop-motion-animation musical from the increasingly hit-and-miss auteur. Fortunately for you and your kids, Corpse Bride finds Burton in hit mode, spinning a fun and creepy tale about a young husband-to-be who ends up on the world of the dead.

Re-Animator – Time for your Halloween streaming marathon to hit one of those great, needlessly gory ’80s classics? Then there’s no better candidate for your dollar than the hilarious, fiendish, and perfectly over-the-top Re-Animator. The plot is about a medical student who tries to reanimate dead tissue (echoes of Frankenstein), but it’s really just an excuse for a lot of bloody fun.

New Horror on Netflix

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night – Did Re-Animator turn off your horror marathon crowd? Want something a little more eerie and artsy? In that case, you can’t do much better than A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour sets this immaculately shot black-and-white vampire movie in the fake Iranian town Bad City, and it’s about as cool as horror movies get. Give it a fully attentive view or throw it on in the background of your Halloween party for mood.

The Babadook – This one, released in 2014, falls squarely in the new classic category. A mother haunted by the death of her husband is barely maintaining her sanity, and her deeply troubled child isn’t making things any easier. That’s enough for a compelling movie in and of itself. But things go from bad to worse when a supernatural demon out of a children’s story begins tormenting the family.

The Invitation – Netflix is hiding some seriously unnerving gems in their library. To wit, The Invitation, which is destined for a cultish devotion after an inauspicious release. A man is invited to a dinner party at his ex-wife’s house and quickly starts suspecting that his hosts have ulterior motives. Then again, a recent trauma might just be the source of his paranoia. Not convinced yet? The Invitation also features a perfectly mysterious performance from the great John Carroll Lynch.

Streaming Horror Movies on Amazon Prime

Horror Classics

An American Werewolf in London – That great mixture of deadpan humor, absurdity, and genuine spookiness that so many horror films attempt to achieve? John Landis absolutely nailed it with An American Werewolf in London. Suffice to say, the title tells you everything you need to know about the plot. Just dig in and enjoy.

Misery – That Rob Reiner would direct one of the most suspenseful Stephen King adaptations is, to say the least, surprising. But what can we say? Misery is a thoroughly tense and entertaining movie, starring James Caan as a writer abducted by his most, shall we say, fervent fan (Kathy Bates, in an Oscar-winning role).

Let The Right One In _streaming Horror on Amazon

New Horror Gems on Amazon

Let the Right One In – If you’re in the market for artisanal horror, then the lyrical, elegantly spooky Let the Right One In is the movie for you. The plot is this; a shy young Swedish boy develops a friendship with a new neighbor girl. Innocent enough, right? Now’s probably the time to mention that the girl is a vampire tormented by her condition. Another visually arresting horror movie that works just as well as background entertainment as for seated, attentive viewing.

Under the Skin – This is the closest we come to fudging the intent of this list to add a movie we love, but it is one of the more unnerving movies of the century. Under the Skin stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien (?) sent to lure men off the streets and kill them for a reason never made clear. Not strictly a horror movie, but it’s not strictly any kind of movie. We’ll say this: it’s sterile sci-fi visuals, uncomfortably real scenes set on the streets of Scotland, and utterly nightmarish score from Mica Levi make it a fantastic off-kilter choice for Halloween.

The Witch – Amazon Prime added The Witch a month ago. Here’s what we said then.

One of the year’s best and most chilling movies…The Witch is a remarkably detailed, patient, and thoroughly unnerving horror movie set in 17th century New England. The film follows a family living in isolation and potentially beset by deadly forces. And there may or may not be (SPOILER) an evil goat.

We’ve re-watched since and are only more convinced of this movie’s mastery.

Streaming Horror Movies on Hulu

Halloween streaming horror movies guide

The Silence of the Lambs – Streaming Horror Movies (Hulu)

Horror Classics on Hulu

The Others – The Others ingeniously stacks the deck with horror movie cheats: stately mansions, pianos in echoey rooms, pale children with allergies to the sun. That none of it feels like a cheap list of tropes is a testament to the skill of writer/director Alejandro Amenábar. And, of course, Nicole Kidman’s shivery performance as a damaged woman who may be just as much of a threat to her children as a protector deserves a shoutout.

The Silence of the Lambs – The iconic characters, quotes, scenes, etc. in The Silence of the Lambs have been so fully picked over by audiences that it feels redundant to describe them. We all know them: Jodie Foster’s Clarice Starling, Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lector, Ted Levine’s Buffalo Bill. We’ve probably already conjured enough horror just listing the characters. Tells you all you need to know about why this should be included in any good horror marathon.

The Blair Witch Project – The Blair Witch Project was fairly controversial when it was initially released. Some appreciated the filmmakers ingenuity in making an unconventional horror movie on the cheap. Others objected to the lack of traditional scares. Whatever your opinion, there’s no denying the affect it had on the horror filmmaking landscape, as found-footage films are undeniably common. Give it a stream and decide for yourself.

Carrie – People largely remember Brian De Palma’s Carrie for its bloody final act. Allow us to remind you what a creepshow it is up to that point. Carrie (Sissy Spacek) is psychologically tortured by her fellow classmates and physically tortured by her nutjob mother (Piper Laurie), to the point that Carrie’s murderous revenge practically feels like a relief. Carrie is more than just a memorable ending, folks.

Newer Streaming Horror Movies on Hulu

The House of the Devil – Ti West’s 2009 throwback horror filmThe House of the Devil is already a classic in some circles (among my friends). It’s easy to see why. The film is a masterful exercises in extended tension building. A college student (Jocelin Donahue) takes an incredibly fishy babysitting gig because she badly needs the money. That’s all you get. Okay, one more detail. Tom Noonan plays the man who offers the job. Surely now you understand why taking the job is a bad idea.

Streaming Horror Movies on Showtime / HBO/ Starz

Now let’s check in with a few premium cable movie channels to see what we can’t scare up for a stream.

Halloween Horror on Starz

The Evil Dead/Army of Darkness – There’s something obvious missing from this dual entry. So whatever you must do to fill in the gap left by Starz featuring The Evil Dead and Army of Darkness but not Evil Dead 2, do it. In the meantime, start with the comparatively austere, but still wild, original. Then find the brilliant, gonzo sequel (which is basically a remake). Close out with hilarious and fun Army of Darkness. If you’re up for it, Starz is also the home of Ash Vs. Evil Dead.

Stream Scary Movies on Showtime


The Descent – Is your horror movie marathon lacking badass, capable women? How about movies in terrifyingly claustrophobic settings? In that case, The Descent is what your Halloween needs. A group of friends go spelunking in an unexplored cave. They soon discover that it’s full of assorted horrors. Anything more would spoil the fun.

It Follows – One of the finest entries in the emerging great-new-horror-movies-set-in-Detroit genre (see also: Only Lovers Left AliveDon’t Breathe), It Follows is a slow-motion nightmare. Essentially, a teenager (Maika Monroe) is passed a supernatural sexually transmitted curse. She has to pass it along or be killed by slow yet utterly relentless ghosts. Inventive and haunting.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – For sheer unrelenting terror and a lifetime of nightmare material, it doesn’t get any better than The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Again, the title spells out the whole plot. But the title doesn’t clue you into Leatherface, the hulking, masked butcher who wields the instrument of death of the title. The sight of him twirling around with his chainsaw in the early morning light is maybe the iconic image of horror moviemaking.

Willow Creek – Bobcat Goldthwait’s foray into found-footage horror tells the story of a couple who head into the woods to discover evidence of Bigfoot. Willow Creek takes a while to get going, but when it reaches it’s lengthy final act, it finds an unbelievably tense and scary gear.

Best Horror Movies on HBO

28 Days Later – This isn’t the place to get into the are-they-or-aren’t-they-zombies debate that always comes up during a discussion of 28 Days Later. Except to say they definitely aren’t. London is beset by rampaging humans infected with a contagious rage virus. Watch it again and we’re sure you’ll agree.

Poltergeist – What movie comes to mind when you hear the phrase, “they’re here”? Either you said Poltergeist or you’re messing with us. Tobe Hooper’s 2nd entry on our streaming horror movies guide is the gold standard in the family-moves-into-the-wrong-house genre. You’ll never look at TV static the same way again.

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FlashRouters Halloween Spooky Savings

Look, we’d like to display some dignity and avoid campy Halloween buzzwords while discussing the FlashRouters Halloween sale. We’re adults and that sort of faux-macabre goofiness should be beneath us.

But the problem is that our deals are genuinely spook-tacular, and we’d be doing you a disservice to pretend otherwise.

FLASH SALE: From now until Monday (10/24), use the coupon code BOO to take $20 off any router over $250.

FlashRouters Halloween Sale – Free Chromecast With Purchase Over $299

You read that right. FlashRouters is getting into the Halloween season with a monstrously good deal. Rack up $299 any way you want in your FlashRouters shopping cart, then you can add a free Google Chromecast for your trouble.

Get yourself a $224.99 Asus RT-AC56U AC1200 DD-WRT FlashRouter, combine it with a $59.99 TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender and a $15 6′ HDMI Cable, and you now qualify for a free Google Chromecast. Or pick up the amazing Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 Tomato FlashRouter to get over the $299 mark and you qualify for the free Chromecast. However you decide to get to $299, you’ll have a free Chromecast waiting for you on the other end.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will need to add the Chromecast to your cart in order to get the deal and your cart must total $299 prior to adding the Chromecast to your cart. There is a limited supply so hurry to take advantage of this unprecedentedly awesome deal.

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So why all the hubbub about a free Chromecast? What makes this streaming device a better option than any other?

As we’ve mentioned in our store, a Chromecast brings the following advantages into your streaming experience:

  • Adds Internet Streaming on Any HDTV
  • Connect Your Chromecast Through a FlashRouter VPN Network for Secure Streaming and Access to the Content You Desire

Plus with your FlashRouter, you have the best solution for using a VPN service on your Chromecast right out of the box. So get a more secure, unblocked, Google Chromecast for free with any $299 purchase.

That’s a lot of value for your streaming experience, particularly if it costs you nothing. So what are you waiting for? Head over to the FlashRouters store and get these ghoulish deals!

What Is NVRAM? – FlashRouters FAQ


Among their many virtues, FlashRouters devices feature high RAM (Random Access Memory) speeds. Take one look at the FlashRouters that make up our bestsellers lists and you’ll see plenty of devices offering best-in-class RAM. RAM allows you to access any byte of memory randomly, without traveling through the previous byte. FlashRouters prioritizes RAM in our devices because users require the most responsive RAM to give them the most responsive wireless network.

All that said, today we’re not talking about RAM in general. Rather, we’ll focus on a specific version called NVRAM and demonstrate how it helps your network run.

What Is NVRAM?

First of all, the technical answer. NVRAM is short for “Non-Volatile Random Access Memory”. Got that?

So what makes the difference between normal RAM and Non-Volatile RAM? Because NVRAM is non-volatile, the memory is stored on your device whether the power is on or off. Basically, the startup configuration of your computer depends on NVRAM, because a lack of NVRAM means a lack of stored settings. So when you turn off your computer or printer or router and turn it back on, it’s NVRAM that brings your permanent settings back to life.

NVRAM is associated with flash memory, because flash is also a non-volatile form of memory. So if you’ve transferred files from one device to another using a jump drive (which operates on flash memory), then you have NVRAM to thank.

The Benefits of Powerful NVRAM

To start with, NVRAM is considerably faster than volatile memory. That’s why NVRAM is the memory of choice for antilock braking systems. If you need a computerized action to kick in quickly, NVRAM is what you need.

Better yet, NVRAM doesn’t require as much power, as it’s not dependent on moving parts. That’s why you can depend on it to last.

NVRAM Downsides

Honestly, the bad isn’t really that bad in the case of NVRAM. In the past, NVRAM’s main issue was that a lot of its applications, like jump drives, were battery-powered. Batteries kept low levels of power running to your devices so that startup settings were never erased. But batteries require replacement, and too many rewrites on a flash-memory-based device would eventually cause the device to deteriorate.

Fortunately, the technology has improved, and stronger forms of NVRAM with more durable batteries have largely replaced the old. Versions of NVRAM like Ferroelectric RAM (FeRAM) and Magneto resistive RAM (MRAM) make information storage considerably more reliable.

As mentioned above, FlashRouters places a premium on devices with powerful levels of RAM. Check out some of our top performing wireless router, and experience how a network’s memory can vastly improve your connectivity and performance.

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