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Virtual Private Network (VPN) Services

A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, such as the Internet. It enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network, and thus are benefiting from the functionality, security and management policies of the private network.


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Cisco RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall

The Cisco RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall would make a very good investment for a small business that needs an easy VPN solution for remote employees.

By 28 June 2011

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Quickly create a VPN with the Hotspot Shield browser extension

Access blocked content and protect yourself at public hotspots with the Hotspot Shield extension for Chrome or Firefox. It's free, easy and effective.

By 24 September 2015


How to choose a VPN

With terms like 'privacy' and 'data retention' in the minds of more and more Australians, you might be considering subscribing to a virtual private network service. Here's what you need to consider.

By 28 April 2015


VPN blocking, Net neutrality knocking and 'sleazy' pirates rocking (Girt by CNET podcast 24)

HBO Now says "no thanks" to paying Aussies, the spectre of net neutrality looms in Australia and Village Roadshow asks "won't somebody think of the children" when it comes to piracy.

By 24 April 2015


HBO Now locks out Australian VPN users over unauthorised use

When HBO launched its online streaming service, "Game of Thrones" fans welcomed the chance to stream the show direct from the source. Now, they're being told their accounts will be deactivated.

By 20 April 2015


2K Australia studio closes, VPN use rises and Net Neutrality looms (Girt by CNET Podcast 23)

Australia loses the last of its AAA gaming studios, VPN usage skyrockets in the wake of privacy (and piracy) concerns, Netflix regrets its data-free deals and Samsung launches a new TV range with nary an OLED in sight.

By 17 April 2015


VPN use skyrockets in Australia amid privacy concerns

With data retention now in the law books and rights holders given the green light to chase individual pirates, VPNs are more popular than ever with Australians looking to cover their tracks online.

By 14 April 2015


Netflix VPN access locked down for overseas users

Despite claims from Netflix that it hasn't changed its policies, overseas residents trying to access the US Netflix service via VPN may soon be locked out.

By 5 January 2015


ISIS calls Anonymous 'idiots,' offers tips to elude hackers

Islamic terrorist group trades jabs with the hacking collective that vowed to banish it from the Internet after the deadly attacks in Paris.

By 18 November 2015


"It's like Uber but for taxis": Data retention, Telstra TV and the ihail app (Girt by CNET podcast 46)

Data retentions laws are now in effect, much to the confusion and bemusement of many. Telstra TV is ready to hit the shops, but a new taxi app was told to hit the streets by the ACCC -- and not in a good way.

By 16 October 2015