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Comcast blocking Torrents?! – here’s a solution

I noticed I could no longer download anything from my favorite torrent client FrostWire.  Upon further research, it appears Comcast is implementing technology to block this traffic.  Sparing you the technical details, you can use a  VPN service for working around this.

A VPN service connects you to a service so all your traffic is passed thru a new IP.  That means while you are on the internet thru that new IP only, all traffic you generate on Comcast’s network only seems to go to/from that VPN IP.

VPN is normally associated with a company network so you can get to your work files.  Similar in concept, but this is good for anonymous web surfing or while using anything on Tor network (not the same as torrents!) and now needed for Torrents apparently.

I use TorrentPrivacy, and my torrents are now downloading again.  Here’s a good write up to find your own VPN Service.

 

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Email is NOT Secure- Here’s why…

Email is the most ubiquitous method of communication on the Internet – maybe even on the planet. It’s built into almost everything, from phones and tablets to traditional computers to gaming devices – heck, even connected home appliances and cars can do email. More importantly, being “on the Internet” means having an email address (or dozens of them); they’re our IDs, how we sign up for things, how we receive notices, and sometimes even communicate with each other. Email is the original “killer app.”
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40 Educational iPad Apps for Kids

Adults are obsessed with the iPad, but have you ever thought about sharing your new toy with your kids? Just like online education games provide kids with fun outlets for learning, iPad apps help your kids review basic skills, improve critical thinking and decision-making skills, and even learn to read. Hand over your iPad this summer, and take a look at these 40 amazingly educational and fun iPad apps for kids.
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Apple iCloud

The following is a repost from PC World magazine regarding Apple iCloud that we find interesting.  The full article is found at http://www.pcworld.com/article/237086/apple_icloud_what_it_is_and_what_it_costs.html#tk.hp_pop:

With Apple revealing iCloud price details along with the beta version of iCloud.com, now seems like a good time to explain what the service is to anyone who missed Apple’s announcement in June.
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PPTP VPN Connection Fails; Known Issue with Samsung 4G LTE Hotspot (firmware)

We recently came across an issue with a client we support that uses a PPTP VPN that we setup to connect remotely to their server.  The hardware being used to establish this connection is the Samsung 4g LTE Hotspot.  When the PPTP VPN connection attempts to establish a connection with the remote server, (PPTP VPN from Windows 7 to a Windows Server 2008) fails to complete the connection.  Prior to this, the client was able to tether succesfully using the Verizon Thunderbolt or other Verizon USB Wi-Fi Continue Reading