How To Secure Torrent Downloads with a VPN Router

Torrent downloads are a popular way of users sharing bits of a larger file in order to enable fast download speeds. Users around the world download torrents of music, movies, video games, and a host of other media files every day for disseminating their favorite content.

Secure Torrent Downloads - Top Torrent Safety Solutions

In the early days of torrenting, centralized services like Napster and Limewire offered users access to a universe of downloadable content. Legal battles lead to the demise of both services.

Currently, the BitTorrent protocol is the most popular method for downloading torrents. BitTorrent is a decentralized protocol providing the means to share torrent files and magnet links. While BitTorrent is a completely legal means of sharing files, torrent tracker sites like KickassTorrents and ThePirateBay find themselves in a legal gray area.

KickassTorrents and ThePirateBay function like search engines for torrent files. However, much of the content on these sites is copyrighted. While downloading torrents is legal, downloading copyrighted material is not. In order to avoid unwanted legal issues with your ISP while downloading media, utilizing a service that focuses on encrypting these activities is of the utmost importance.

In 2017 alone, 367 file sharing cases found their way into U.S. district courts. In order to protect yourself from potential legal issues, encrypting your downloads is mandatory.

Below are the best methods for securing a home WiFi network to ensure you and your family avoid legal issues while downloading music and movies online.

The Legality of Torrenting

Torrenting is not illegal in and of itself. However, downloading unsanctioned copyrighted material is illegal. Knowing what content is legal to torrent and which isn’t can be confusing. Filtering traffic through a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is an ideal solution to hide activity download history from ISPs, government eyes and copyright trolls monitoring torrent networks.

A VPN protects the network by tunneling any traffic to a remote server and back.

With this in mind, using a VPN is a secure method to encrypt your torrenting. However, not all VPNs support torrenting. Here are the best VPNs for torrenting.

Best VPNs For Torrenting

In deciding the best VPNs for torrenting, it is important to select a VPN Service that has a no logging policy, fast speeds, and strong encryption.

Here are three recommended VPNs for torrenting:

   



ExpressVPN
- Customized ExpressVPN firmware
- 30-day money back guarantee
- 24/7 customer service

IPVanish
- 1,100+ VPN servers in 60+ countries
- Owns and operates their own servers
- 3 months free with subscription



NordVPN
- Strict no logging policy
- Military grade encryption
- Award winning customer service

VPN Router To Protect Torrent Downloads

Using a VPN on the router level means one can send all their online traffic through the secure tunnel. The Internet Service Provider can view the traffic from outside the tunnel but not what the traffic is. Devices like Playstations, Xbox, Rokus and Smart TVs have no native VPN support available otherwise which makes a VPN Router a must have.

To use a router level VPN, a router flashed with open source router firmware is required. Default manufacturer router firmware is frequently laden with backdoors and firmware bugs and oftentimes lacks advanced features like VPN integration.

FlashRouters expertly implements and modifies our routers for VPN prior to shipping every order. An exclusive addition including with every FlashRouter is the FlashRouters Router Privacy App – a user-friendly interface for all things VPN!

Here is an image of the Privacy App in action:

One advantage of using a VPN router for torrenting is the “kill switch” feature. With a VPN kill switch, the router’s Internet connection will drop if the VPN falls over.

This is important for anyone looking to keep their torrent files hidden from their ISP and copyright trolls. These files will no longer be exposed to an unencrypted Internet connection during a drop out. Instead, the router’s Internet connection will drop altogether, preventing any outside snoopers from seeing what is happening on your network.

Top VPN Routers For Torrent Downloads

Best DD-WRT Wireless-AD Compatible Netgear Router - R9000 Nighthawk AD7200Using a router with a high-end processor like the Netgear Nighthawk R9000 above can help keep speeds up for downloads.

In order to add this security, a VPN connection tunnels to a remote server and back. The downside is a VPN will always involve some level of a slowdown in speeds. A high-end processor router can help alleviate his slowdown and offer users stable speeds while downloading torrents.

Have any questions about using a VPN router and the best VPN for torrenting? Send us a message.

Other recommended VPN routers for torrenting include:

Linksys WRT1200AC AC1200 Netgear R6400V2 AC1750 Linksys WRT1900ACS/AC v2 AC1900
Wireless-AC1200 Mbps
1.3 GHz Marvell Processor
2 External Antennas
Great for Small and Medium Homes
Wireless-AC1750 Mbps
1 GHz Broadcom Processor
3 Ext Antennas
Top Economy Router
Wireless-AC1900 Mbps
1.6 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Great for Streaming
$199.99$199.99$299.99

 

Improving Family Internet Safety With VPN

The average American family has five network-connected devices. These devices allow users to do everything from stream Netflix and Hulu to check sensitive private information. In this hyper-connected age, it is more important than ever to make sure all of your devices are protected, to ensure family Internet safety.

Recent privacy breaches at Uber, Macy’s and Facebook have shown the reality of cyber threats. While families are powerless to stop corporate security hacks, they can take steps to ensure that their home networks are protected. Leaving networks and network devices unprotected can lead to hacks of family networks.

The recent repeal of Net Neutrality has made many re-examine family Internet safety. Net Neutrality legislation was meant to protect private consumers and their data. With Net Neutrality repealed, Internet Service Providers have few limits on what they can do with your data. Users will have to take steps on their own to ensure safety for their families online.

While total anonymity on the Internet is impossible, families can protect their online privacy with a VPN.

Using a VPN for Family Internet Safety

A Virtual Private Network encrypts data by tunneling the connection through a secure server. Using a VPN, your original IP Address is hidden. With a VPN there is no more data mining, no more snooping and no more tracking from any of your network devices.

Families make use of the Internet for nearly every aspect of their lives. A VPN can help make your family safer in all of their online endeavors.

Protecting Your Family On Vacation

For families traveling abroad, access to the Internet is crucial. Whether it is for looking at train schedules, buying last minute tickets, or keeping up with friends back home, an Internet connection is becoming more and more mandatory. While some families may opt to use LTE or other forms of data connection, these options can be expensive and often offer slow speeds.

With this, many families on vacation end up using public WiFi, whether it be in hotels, cafes, or anywhere else. However, using public WiFi is a gamble. Public WiFi opens the door for hackers to snoop on your data, compromising your family Internet safety. Here are a few of the most common dangers associated with using public WiFi:

1. Man-in-the-middle attacks

This is the most popular form of attack by hackers. When a computer connects to a network it sends data back and forth between the device and the server. A hacker can sit inside the network and intercept the communication between a user’s computer and a network, making it no longer private. Essentially, this is the cyber equivalent of eavesdropping.

MitM attacks are inexpensive and require little technical expertise.

2. Sniffing and Snooping

These types of attacks are more complicated. Hackers buy software kits allowing them to track users on networks.

Using this method hackers can get more specific information when eavesdropping on their victims, including specific page visits and logins.

3. Malicious code and Malware

All software operating systems have security vulnerabilities. When your family logs on to a public network, hackers can exploit these vulnerabilities and leave malware or malicious code. This code can track user Internet movements long after they get off public WiFi.

4. Fake Hotspots

Even scarier is the possibility of connecting to a fake network. Hackers can set up their own account with an innocent-sounding name. For example, instead of “Hilton WiFi” they might call it “Hilton Hotel WiFi”. Both of these network names sound equally plausible, but while one is real, the other is a fake network.

Once users connect to a fake network all of their data can be tracked and stolen.

However, with a VPN you can avoid these problems with family Internet safety when connecting to legitimate public networks. As your data is encrypted, no one can spy on your or your family’s activity.

And, here at FlashRouters, we partner with some of the leading VPN providers, so you can be sure that your family is secure:

   



ExpressVPN
- Customized ExpressVPN firmware
- 30-day money back guarantee
- 24/7 customer service

IPVanish
- 1,100+ VPN servers in 60+ countries
- Owns and operates their own servers
- 3 months free with subscription



NordVPN
- Strict no logging policy
- Military grade encryption
- Award winning customer service

Avoid Data Snoopers With a VPN

Another way that a VPN can help increase family Internet safety is by hiding your information from data snoopers. These snoopers take many forms, including your Internet Service Provider.  While ISPs may not have malicious intent when tracking their customers’ usage data, it may still be an uncomfortable thought for many, especially when children are involved.

ISPs make money by selling your data to marketers and advertisers. As your ISP provides you with an Internet connection, they can see all of your traffic. This may be embarrassing to some, as private searches could result in targeted ads of a private nature.

Using a VPN fixes that problem. Since your data is encrypted, the ISP can’t see the sites that you are visiting. They can see the ISP tunnel, but no specific data on what is traveling through the tunnel. This means no more targeted ads and no more information being sold to the highest bidder.

However, while VPNs are an excellent solution to improving family Internet safety, not all devices are VPN configurable. Some devices, like Xboxes or PlayStations, cannot have a VPN configured onto them.

This is where FlashRouters can help!

FlashRouters Family Internet Safety Benefits

A FlashRouter is a customized wireless router upgraded with highly customized open-source firmware.

Our router experts continually check routers for the newest builds, test them, and configure them onto your unique product. FlashRouters also configures the router to ensure optimal configuration for your home environment.

Benefits of FlashRouters

Upgrading to a FlashRouter provides added network stability, increased range, and enhanced security.

And, while VPNs also work for individual devices, VPN subscriptions only extend to specific devices and have limited connections per account, usually far below the number of connected devices that the average person has. However, with a FlashRouter you can cover all your devices with one VPN connection.

You can take a look at some of our most powerful and popular routers that can help guarantee family Internet safety with a VPN.

Linksys
Linksys WRT32X AC3200 Netgear R6400V2 AC1750 Asus RT-AC5300 AC5300
Wireless-AC3200 Mbps
1.8 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Top Gaming Router
Wireless-AC1750 Mbps
1 Ghz Broadcom Processor
3 Ext Antennas
Top Economy Router
Wireless-AC5300 Mbps
1.4 GHz Broadcom Processor
8 Ext Antennas
Great For Large Homes
$349.99$199.99$499.99

Access Geo-Restricted Materials and Improve the Shopping Experience

One of the biggest additional benefits to using a VPN or a VPN-enabled FlashRouter is accessing restricted content. Many streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc. geo-restrict their content. The shows or movies that you watch in your home country may be unavailable in a foreign country. People in Germany may only have access to German shows and not the hottest US shows, or vice versa. Going over to another country should not restrict you from watching the content you did at home.

To fix that you can use a VPN. By using a VPN you can change your location to back home and access a variety of streaming options. Whether you want to watch the latest series or show your kids their favorite programming on PBS, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, or the Disney Channel, accessing them outside the United States is rather difficult. Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, all either limit or show different content in different regions.

While some may opt to stream or download that content illegally, this can undermine family Internet safety. Since many of these sites are illegal, it is important to understand how they make money. Very often, these sites make money by selling user information. Even worse, accessing these sites can expose users to malware, spyware, and other viruses that can do irreparable damage to Internet networks.

With a VPN connection and VPN-enabled, users can connect to a server in the United States and access their favorite content. With the FlashRouters Privacy App, that process is easier than ever. Just choose the server you want from a drop-down menu and click (as shown below with IPVanish).

Additionally, using a VPN can help improve your shopping experience. Online retailers change the prices of objects depending on location. With a VPN, users can change their location and compare prices in other locations to ensure that they get the best deals on the products they buy.

That’s important for many families, as money saved means more money that can be spent on vacations, college savings, or retirement.

Regardless of whether you’re a small family or a large one, improving family internet safety is crucial in today’s connected world. With a VPN and VPN-enabled FlashRouter families everywhere can do just that.

Have any other questions? Feel free to contact us. 

Shipping Routers to Countries with Import Restrictions

FlashRouters ships around the world. Currently, people in over 75 countries use a FlashRouter to connect to the Internet. However, many countries impose import restrictions or bans on electronic devices, like routers. As such, we cannot ship to these countries directly.

FlashRouters is committed to providing network protection for anyone with an Internet connection. For people who live in a country with shipping limitations, we have to options for you: look into a freight forwarding service or take advantage of our one-on-one FlashRouters Remote Support Plan.

Benefits of Using a FlashRouter

For those unfamiliar, a FlashRouter is a wireless router flashed with customized Open Source firmware. Upgrading to a FlashRouter provides added network stability, increased range, and enhanced security.

And unlike most default configuration routers, a FlashRouter can be configured with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPNs work by tunneling your data through a secure tunnel, preventing outside snoopers from spying on your activity. Meaning that with a VPN, you can keep you and your family’s data secure.

Recommend VPN service providers include:

   



ExpressVPN
- Customized ExpressVPN firmware
- 30-day money back guarantee
- 24/7 customer service

IPVanish
- 1,100+ VPN servers in 60+ countries
- Owns and operates their own servers
- 3 months free with subscription



NordVPN
- Strict no logging policy
- Military grade encryption
- Award winning customer service

While VPNs also work for individual devices, VPN subscriptions only extend to specific devices and have limited connections per account, usually far below the number of connected devices that the average person has. However, with a FlashRouter you can configure your router with a VPN and cover all your devices with a VPN.

For a look at some recommended routers:

Linksys
Linksys WRT32X AC3200 Netgear R6400V2 AC1750 Asus RT-AC5300 AC5300
Wireless-AC3200 Mbps
1.8 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Top Gaming Router
Wireless-AC1750 Mbps
1 Ghz Broadcom Processor
3 Ext Antennas
Top Economy Router
Wireless-AC5300 Mbps
1.4 GHz Broadcom Processor
8 Ext Antennas
Great For Large Homes
$349.99$199.99$499.99

If you are interested in purchasing a VPN-configured FlashRouter, but live in a country that has import restrictions, read on to learn how Freight Forwarding can help!

Using A Freight Forwarder

For shipping to a country with import restrictions, a freight forwarding service is a great option for bringing a router to your door. A freight forwarding service does not actually ship the package, but instead acts as an intermediary between the shipper and various transportation services. In other words, freight forwarders handle logistics for the shipping of goods between one international location to the other.

Managing these shipping logistics requires extensive knowledge of shipping routes, trade regulations, and customs. Keeping track of all of these would confuse most people or small businesses looking to send a package overseas.

Thankfully, freight forwarders make this seemingly improbable task probable.

The Freight Forwarding Process

The freight forwarding process begins when a package is sent to the freight forwarder’s warehouse. There, the package receives clearance to leave its country of origin and is unloaded, inspected, and validated against its booking documents. Afterward, authorities check the package’s customs paperwork. Finally, the package is transferred from the import warehouse to its destination.

During this process, a host of documents must be filled out. These documents include the commercial invoice, Bill of Lading contract, certificate of origin, inspection certificate, export license, export packing list, and the shippers export declaration document. The documents always follow the product and are checked at each point in the shipping process.

Freight forwarders manage both sides of the shipping process. They plan the route, fill out the paperwork, and deal with customs. And, because they are able to legally bring in goods into territories with import restrictions, there are no legal implications.

Shipping to Countries With Import Restrictions

Countries with restrictions on importing routers include Israel, Cuba, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Lebanon, Malaysia, Yemen, Russia, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and countries in Africa with the exception of South Africa, Morocco, and Egypt.

All of these countries have specific reasons for not allowing packages from the United States. Let’s go down the list for some of our most asked about restricted shipping countries and see why.

Shipping a VPN Router to Israel

Israeli law has very strict import policies regarding the import of telecommunications devices, which includes wireless routers. The purpose of this law is to protect local industry. While Israel and the United States do have fairly robust economic relations, sectors like agriculture and technology include significant import barriers.

Israeli customs checks all packages upon entrance and customs agents have final jurisdiction over what enters into the country. Using a freight forwarder to ship a FlashRouter to Israel solves this problem. Here is a list of shipping agents to choose from in Israel.

Open Source Routers in Cuba

In 1962, the United States government imposed a strict embargo against Cuba. Since then, aspects of the embargo have softened. However, telecommunications devices (including routers) have harsh restrictions.

Despite the change in policy, the existing legislation banning investment mentioned above is still in place. Meaning, exporters to Cuba could potentially face legal challenges. And, goods can still be seized by Cuban customs, so shipping directly to Cuba is very difficult. As such, shipping a router to Cuba would require a freight forwarding service. Crowley is one such service customers can use.

Using a VPN Router for Russia

The Russian Government places extreme restrictions on the import of technological goods from the US, including routers.

Following Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, including its role in shooting down a Malaysian air jet, the US and the EU imposed sanctions on Russia. In turn, the Russian government imposed several rounds of bans on many products from the US, most recently in mid-2018.

These restrictions make it nearly impossible to transport technology into the country. However, parcel services like MyUs are a potential way to ship to Russia. Services like MyUs will handle paperwork and customs.

To avoid dealing with the hassle of understanding import restrictions customers can also purchase a FlashRouters Remote Support Plan.

Best DD-WRT Wireless-AD Compatible Netgear Router - R9000 Nighthawk AD7200

While using a freight forwarding service is one way to receive a FlashRouter, it is not the only way to do so. There is always the option of purchasing the router locally and having the FlashRouters Support Team flash it remotely.

To do so, customers can purchase a FlashRouters Support Plan. Purchasing a subscription to the FlashRouters Support Plan grants you access to a support session with one of our trained technicians will flash your router from a remote location. This is an option perfect for anyone who already owns one of 50+ compatible routers we support.

The FlashRouters VPN Setup Plan installation also includes the latest open source firmware as well as integration of our custom VPN Router Privacy App. The app includes a variety of simplifying features to increase your network controls and enhance your privacy.

In addition, having a subscription to the Support Plan also means you will have access to the FlashRouters Support Team for any questions about your network configuration or VPN integration.

Have any other questions? Feel free to contact us. 

Top 3 Reasons For A Wireless Router Upgrade

 

Assuming that a wireless router is a set-it-and-forget-it device is an increasingly bigger security risk. If you are truly interested in the best performance and maximum privacy, vigilant monitoring of your home network is a must.

Older wireless routers are often the culprit when network security or WiFi performance problems arise due to unfixed manufacturer flaws or outdated hardware performance.

When issues are consistently occurring, a wireless router upgrade can be the cure!

The Importance of A Wireless Router

A wireless router is the centerpiece of any home network. Every device that uses a connection to the Internet takes advantage of the network created by the router to get online. For more information, FlashRouters has a comprehensive overview of what a routers actually does.

Single Router Setup

A powerful wireless router provides connected devices with the speed and performance to keep activities, like Netflix streaming and online gaming, working optimally.

The speed of a wireless connection is based on a variety of factors, starting with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) package. ISPs offer various subscription packages which are differentiated by bandwidth limitations. Economy subscription packages offer slower connectivity, as ISPs incentivize subscribers to purchase advanced plans for greater bandwidth.

The second factor affecting the speed of the wireless connection of devices is the distance from the router. Simply put, devices that are closer to the router will have a stronger connection to the router’s wireless network.

Furthermore, the make and model of the router affect how fast data is processed. The number and size of antennas, the speed of the internal processing unit (CPU), and the amount of flash memory embedded in the router all affect performance.

Still unconvinced? Here are the top reasons to upgrade:

More Devices Covered

According to research, the number of devices connected to the Internet of Things will jump from nearly 27 billion in 2017 to 125 billion in 2030. Having the proper wireless network infrastructure to support more devices is critical.

Enter MU-MIMO. MU-MIMO technology (Multiple User Multiple Input Multiple Output) reduces competition between devices on the WiFi network. With a MU-MIMO router such as the Netgear R7800 DD-WRT or the Linksys WRT3200ACM, multiple devices communicate with the network at the same time.

Before the introduction of MU-MIMO, routers used SU-MIMO technology (Single User Multiple Input Multiple Output). Devices connecting to networks using SU-MIMO technology compete for connectivity, as the network processes requests on a first-come, first served basis (as shown above).

In other words, devices form a line, like people entering a theater through one door. No one can enter the theater before the previous person enters. Likewise, device requests are processed only once the router processes the preceding device’s request. Consequently, if a network has many bandwidth-hogging devices, congestion can occur. This can lead to slow speeds and subpar performance.

A router using MU-MIMO technology, meanwhile, fixes this problem by breaking up bandwidth into streams. The router processes individual streams simultaneously, allowing for more devices to connect concurrently, thereby decreasing congestion. It is as if the theater above opened two, three, or four doors, instead of one. That allows for greater speeds and better connections.

Upgraded WiFi Standards

A wireless router upgrade can help your network stay up to date with the latest wireless standards. Check out the chart below to see how some of the older wireless standards compare.

 Wireless-GWireless-NWireless-ACWireless-AD
Max Throughput (Speeds):54 Mbps900 Mbps5300 Mbps7200 Mbps
Max Wireless Range (Radius):75 Ft200 Ft500 Ft500 Ft
Wireless Channel Widths:20 Mhz20/40 Mhz20/40/80/160 Mhz5/10/20 Mhz
Wireless Bands:One 2.4 Ghz (Single Band)One 2.4Ghz & One 5 Ghz (Dual Band)One 2.4 Ghz & Two 5 Ghz (Tri-Band)One 2.4 Ghz, Two 5 GHz Bands, & 60 GHz Bands (Quad-Stream)

As shown above, newer wireless standards allow for more device connections thanks to additional wireless bands. Wireless-AD expands on Wireless-AC by adding another wireless band. The new 60 GHz band allows for short range, powerful connections, reducing the load on other bands. Less load means that devices have a longer lifespan, saving you money.

Upgrading to a router with a newer wireless standard will extend wireless range considerably. Newer wireless routers come with more external antennas for better range and connectivity. Case in point, the Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT VPN FlashRouter. This customized Open Source router takes the top spot for range with eight external antennas, ensuring that any house can be covered by the network.

Better Security

Upgrading your wireless network also helps deal with the number one issue: security. Older routers are less likely to have updates and therefore have more vulnerabilities. Newer routers are more commonly updated and have better security protocols. However, even they are not free from trouble.

Recent router attacks like VPNFilter have shown that regular routers and stock router firmware are still full of security flaws and vulnerable to hacks. Plus, manufacturers are slow to respond to known flaws. So where does that leave you?

Luckily there is a open-source firmware solution like DD-WRT. It is constantly updated, ensuring that there are minimal issues and if issues do arise, they are resolved quickly. However, installing DD-WRT is difficult, time-consuming, and could leave your brand-new router nonfunctional. That’s where FlashRouters comes in! We’ll take the hassle out of upgrading your wireless network and let you enjoy your upgraded wireless network experience.

Upgrading To A FlashRouter For Maximum Performance

A wireless router upgrade is a great start, but upgrading to a FlashRouter is a more complete solution. A FlashRouter is a customized wireless router upgraded with highly customized open-source firmware. Upgrading to a FlashRouter provides added network stability and performance, increased range, and upgraded security.

Our router experts continually check routers for the newest builds, test them, and configure them onto your unique product. We then help you configure the router to ensure the optimal configuration for your environment. Check out some of our Wireless-AC FlashRouters below:

Linksys
Linksys WRT32X AC3200 Netgear R6400V2 AC1750 Asus RT-AC5300 AC5300
Wireless-AC3200 Mbps
1.8 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Top Gaming Router
Wireless-AC1750 Mbps
1 Ghz Broadcom Processor
3 Ext Antennas
Top Economy Router
Wireless-AC5300 Mbps
1.4 GHz Broadcom Processor
8 Ext Antennas
Great For Large Homes
$349.99$199.99$499.99

Interested in upgrading to the ultimate home networking centerpiece? Check out the Netgear Nighthawk R9000 X10 AD7200. It boasts a powerful 1.7 GHz Quad Core Processor and 4 high powered external antennas will provide a powerful bedrock for any wireless network.

Best DD-WRT Wireless-AD Compatible Netgear Router - R9000 Nighthawk AD7200

Bonus: VPN Protection

Upgrading to a FlashRouter allows for additional capabilities and upgrades to an already powerful wireless router, such as making it compatible for a VPN.

Furthermore, each one of our DD-WRT FlashRouters comes with our free FlashRouters Privacy App. The FlashRouters Privacy App revolutionizes and simplifies using a DD-WRT router with a VPN. With the Privacy App, users can:

  • Switch between locations with the tap of a button (as seen below using IPVanish)
  • Manage which devices go through the VPN and which don’t
  • Change VPN Providers with a few clicks on the same device

Want better support for your entire network? The FlashRouters Privacy App is here to help.

Any questions or concerns? Feel free to send us a message!

How To Use Tails And VPN To Increase Privacy

If you’re concerned about your Internet privacy, you’ve probably heard about Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) and Virtual Private Networks.

Here is a rundown on how to use these tools to help protect your data.

What Is Tails OS?

tails-and-vpn

Tails is a Linux-based, live operating system that you can boot up on almost any computer from a USB drive or DVD. Tails runs independently of the computer’s operating system, leaving no trace unless you explicitly ask it to.

The goal of Tails is to preserve your privacy and anonymity and to help circumvent censorship. It includes several applications pre-configured with security in mind. These include but are not limited to: web browser, instant messaging client, email client, office suite, and many more.

Tails uses the Tor anonymity network to protect your online privacy. Tor works by bouncing your connection around a volunteer-based network of relays around the world.

Using Tails And VPN To Increase Privacy

The best way to use Tails and VPN in unison is by placing the VPN connection before the connection to Tor. This setup yields the most benefits, including but not limited to:

  1. The Tor network thinking you are the VPN server.
  2. If the Tor network is compromised, they must also get past the VPN server.
  3. If your ISP blocks the Tor network, the VPN allows access to the Tor network.

This configuration enables Tails to operate exactly as designed but with a VPN server between your computer and the Internet. This can be easily achieved with a VPN FlashRouter.

What Makes a FlashRouter Different?

A FlashRouter is a custom wireless router with VPN capabilities, allowing for easy connection to your favorite VPN provider. This set up allows for perfect connection from your Tails computer, to your VPN provider, to the Tor network, enabling multiple layers of security.Best DD-WRT Wireless-AD Compatible Netgear Router - R9000 Nighthawk AD7200

Have any questions on which FlashRouter to choose? Check out our most popular models or contact our support team for more assistance!