What is Shadowsocks and why is different than VPN?

Tech solutions are brought to light and continuously improved by high-skilled programmers. And just like the Transylvanian legends, the ones that make an impact will last through the decades, gaining more and more popularity. The great thing is that tech solutions are as real as possible and available for all internet users.

For the sake of all the legends written in the mystic land of Transylvania, today, we are bringing out to light the story of Shadowsocks, a tech solution developed for people living in the shadow of the Great Firewall of China (GFW).

Therefore, if you’re wondering what is Shadowsocks, what is the difference between a VPN and Shadowsocks, and what are the advantages of Shadowsocks, activate your curious mood, and let’s proceed.

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Is Wireguard faster than OpenVPN? We tested 114 VPN servers.

One question regarding WireGuard seems to be more prominent than others: is WireGuard faster than OpenVPN? We answered it by performing more than 100 VPN tests using 5 different VPN providers.

WireGuard seems to be the future of VPN protocols due to its simplicity and performance. Several VPN providers were involved in testing and supporting the development of WireGuard during the last few years. And now, WireGuard is ready to conquer the World of VPN. But, is it faster than OpenVPN? Let’s find out!

WireGuard vs. OpenVPN speed test results [Summary]

  • WireGuard was the fastest in 58.8% of the download tests.
  • On average, WireGuard was 14.6% faster than OpenVPN on UDP and 56.1% faster than OpenVPN on TCP.
  • The average speed loss was 19.1% for WireGuard, 20.6% for OpenVPN on UDP, and 58.1% for OpenVPN on TCP.
  • There were significant differences between VPN providers regarding WireGuard performance.

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How to set up PPTP VPN on Windows 10. Manual setup, use a VPN app, or set it up on the router.

This short tutorial helps you set up PPTP VPN on Windows 10 devices. It also explains why PPTP is no longer considered a safe VPN protocol, how to set PPTP up on your Windows machine, and what alternatives you should consider.

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What is a VPN for China and how does it help you catapult over the Great Firewall?

Close your eyes! Imagine a field of flowers, the birds chirping, the warm air gently touching your face, the sun spoiling your skin, and the crickets jumping around through the raw-green grass. And then you’re suddenly in the shadow of something big. That, my friend, is the Great Firewall of China, holding China’s residents in the shadow, away from what the Internet means for all the rest of us, privileged Internet users, with Netflix and BBC iPlayer subscriptions and Spotify accounts, as YouTube’s no longer cool enough.

Besides The Great Wall of China, the Chinese Government was able to develop another wall called The Great Firewall of China (GFW). Even if this one is not visible from space, Chinese citizens are aware of its existence. GFW is a combination of technologies and legislative actions developed by the Chinese Government to control and regulate internet traffic. Therefore, this solution is mainly used as an internet censorship technique not only to block access to certain websites but also to slow down cross-border internet traffic.

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How to set up VPN split tunneling on Mac

This short tutorial explains how to set up and use VPN split tunneling on Mac. It also explains why to use split tunneling on macOS, presents the available options, and lists VPN client apps that offer access to this feature.

How to set up split tunneling on macOS [Summary]

Setting up VPN split tunneling on Mac may be either very simple (if you install an app capable of turning split tunneling on and off), or a little bit complicated as it requires some command-line skills, and patience.

As your goal is to set up an advanced VPN connection on macOS, I suggest that you first read our article on how to install a VPN on Mac. `You will learn what are the available VPN options on macOS.

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Complete list of WireGuard VPN providers [August 2020]

The goal of this article is to list (almost) all WireGuard VPN providers and present their approach toward offering access to the WireGuard protocol.

WireGuard seems to be the future of VPN protocols due to its simplicity and performances. Several VPN providers were involved in testing and supported the development of WireGuard in the last few years. And now, WireGuard is ready for broad-scale adoption.

You may test the new VPN protocol yourself by subscribing to one of the WireGuard VPN providers listed below.

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What is Kill Switch and why it is a must-have VPN feature?

Sometimes we need a little magic, don’t we? A magic wand, an enchanted switch, or Harry Potter’s invisible cloak would prove to be more than helpful for turning invisible when you have a really bad hair day, for completing your tasks as fast as a ”hocus pocus”, or for avoiding unpleasant situations in a blink of an eye.

The magic is all around you, and you just have to find it. No, you won’t find magic wands hanging on trees, or invisible cloaks at the mall, but you will find things and persons who will do magic for you. And, folks, I have the best example – a VPN Kill Switch.

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How to install and use WireGuard on iOS. Step-by-step tutorial.

Looking to use WireGuard on iOS? You may get started easily by installing the WireGuard iOS client or by using a VPN app from a service that offers access to the WireGuard protocol.

WireGuard iOS setup [Summary]

Using WireGuard on iOS devices is simple as it consists of installing an app and, in the case of the WireGuard client app, it needs to set up the connection parameters. Here are the available options:

  • Option 1: Install and use the WireGuard VPN client for iOS.
    • Step 1: Install the WireGuard app.
    • Step 2: Import the configuration or create a new tunnel.
    • Step 3: Connect to (activate) the WireGuard tunnel.
  • Option 2: Get a VPN client from a VPN provider that offers access to WireGuard.
    • Find and subscribe to the VPN service.
    • Download the VPN client.
    • Enable the WireGuard protocol.
    • Connect to VPN.

As your goal is to install WireGuard on iOS devices, I suggest that you also read our bat-iful article on how to use a VPN on iOS. `You will find out what are the available options and what VPN providers we recommend for your iPhone or iPad.

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How to use a VPN on Firefox. The story of a fox fur.

Mozilla Firefox is in the front row of the online privacy battle and the Firefox browser is the company flagship. However, extra caution is always recommended: a VPN on Firefox helps you be anonymous and more secure while using the Firefox browser.

By their nature, web browsers share some information (your public IP address, information about your device, your browser, etc.) to the websites you visit. And, as you probably know already, many sites track you and expose you to various vulnerabilities.

In this article, I explain why you need to consider using a VPN on Firefox, what are the differences between VPN apps and VPN add-ons, and what are, in my opinion, the best VPN services for Firefox.

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What is gaming VPN according to Transylvanian researchers?

Let’s take a moment to think about childhood, shall we? I can bet that most of the memories that come to your mind are play-related. And that’s great, because playing helped us develop our creativity, imagination, dexterity, and it clearly contributed to our emotional strength.

While growing up, we switched from playing hide and seek to playing Uno, Catan, or Beer pong while in college. With the Internet’s incontestable expansion, we switched from playing to gaming. And guess what! The online gaming industry is now bigger than movies and music industries combined! No wonder why games are now released on a conveyer belt.

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