The Australian Data Retention Laws Are Coming…
International lawmakers are tightening the noose on ISPs and their customers’ privacy yet again, folks. Come October 13, 2015, Australian carriers and ISPs will be forced to keep their customers’ data, as reported in The Register.
According to Edward Snowden on ZDNet,
Under mandatory data retention, Australia would share its stored data under the Tempora Program, Snowden said, which is a “roving internet buffer” used by authorities to collect data in advance of crimes being committed.
‘This is called pre-criminal investigation. And what this means is they are watching everybody all the time, they’re collecting information, and they’re just putting it in piles that they can search through not only locally, not only within Australia, but they can then share this with foreign intelligence services, such as the United States national security, the United Kingdom’s government communications headquarters, and they can troll through these communications in the same way, and this often happens beyond any sort of court oversight,’ Snowden said. ‘The ultimate result there is the fact that regardless of whether or not you’re doing anything wrong, you are being watched.’
Mr. Snowden was right before and we don’t see any reason to doubt his understanding of the situation.
Australian Data Retention Law Deadline
While October 2015 is fast approaching, mobile carriers and ISPs (Internet Service Providers) will be able to apply for an 18-month extension, which they should receive if they’re able to demonstrate how the extra time will allow them to be compliant. Still, it’s not too clear how ISPs and carriers will be able to access the government money that allows to build huge rigs for storing massive amounts of customer data, so there are still some major details to be worked out.
Nonetheless, this is a major blow to online privacy for our friends down under. But there are definitely some measures worth looking into to prep yourself, your loved ones and your data from this unsightly invasion of individual privacy.
The Cure for the Australian Data Retention Law = VPN
So it seems Australian citizens who are eager to avoid having all of their online information stored indefinitely have one option: keep their online information out of the hands of Australian carriers and ISPs.
How do they achieve that? It’s quite simple, really. Protect network traffic and devices with the encryption of a VPN service.
VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, are a must have to secure all of your online information and keep them out of the hands of hackers and snooping governments. 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. They even have the added benefit of allowing you to access geographically restricted websites from US Netflix Instant Streaming to Hulu to NFL Football to Amazon Instant to UK’s iTV!
Top VPN Providers for Australia
At FlashRouters, we support and work directly with the best of the best VPNs. Looking for the best VPN providers from our vast experience? Check out these worldwide customer favorites to see which works for you!
- ExpressVPN – Offers great a service for Australians, with servers in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Malaysia.
- IPVanish – One of the most highly regarded VPN providers supported by FlashRouters and is a great choice for top speeds for Australian VPN users.
- HideMyAss – The top choice of many privacy lovers with their huge pool of shared IP addresses for maximum personal protection.
Encrypt All Your Devices with a VPN Router
If you’re going to be relying heavily on your VPN to keep you safe in Australia, a powerful wireless router to share that VPN connection is a must to make it work as smoothly as possible. That’s where FlashRouters enters the picture.
Our team upgrades already powerful wireless routers and boost their functionality by replacing their faulty firmware with superior open source alternatives, namely the widely-lauded open source DD-WRT and user-friendly TomatoUSB. This wireless router firmware upgrade allows users to access advanced security features from VPN, advanced wireless router modes like client bridge and wireless repeater to extend the shelf life of the device, MAC filtering to VLAN integration for multiple segmented wireless networks on a single router options, and monitoring who’s accessing their network and controlling how their bandwidth is allocated.
And if you’re a VPN user, having a FlashRouter on your side offers even more benefits. For one, if you’re subscribed to any VPN on our official supported VPN service provider list, we can send your router ready to work with your VPN right out of the box. No tricky VPN installation processes necessary for you. We’ll gladly take care of it.
Then there’s our popular dual router setup…
As the picture above illustrates, the dual router setup allows you to use your old router in conjunction with your new router to simplify your VPN experience. Use your old router to connect to your local network and your brand new FlashRouter as a dedicated VPN router. Switching back and forth from your VPN to your local network is a breeze with the dual router setup.
Did we neglect to mention the included free tech support including remote Teamviewer assistance, a custom setup guide and a best-in-class open-source warranty? Now we didn’t.
Best VPN Routers Australia
Our selection is the widest variety of open-source VPN routers on the net. From terrific, thoroughly affordable home devices like the always popular Wireless-N favorite Asus RT-AC3200 AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter and earth-shakingly powerful devices like the Netgear R8000 DD-WRT FlashRouter, which offers Tri-band (!) AC2300 speeds that will leave your head spinning.
Looking for a wider range of options and model comparisons? Our Best DD-WRT Routers List has the perfect options to prepare your network for the upcoming Australian Data Retention laws and enhance your privacy immediately, as it should be.