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Multi-deal Monday: VPN, MFP, EPUB and other things with letters

In case you don't speak geek, these deals are all about Web privacy, multifunction printing, e-books and more.

I like big deals and I cannot lie... Ah, sorry, you know how songs get stuck in your head?

Anyway, today I bring you four -- count 'em, four! -- deals to start your week off right. One is expiring very shortly, so get reading!

VPN Unlimited


Connecting to public Wi-Fi networks is insanely handy, but it can also be a risky proposition, as you're effectively making your data accessible to any hacker with half a brain.

As noted in CNET's handy tips for staying safe on public Wi-Fi, a virtual private network (VPN) utility is one of the best lines of defense in these situations. For a limited time, StackSocial is once again offering a three-year subscription to VPN Unlimited Premium for $19. Regular price: $60. It protects not only your PCs, but also your mobile devices. Even better, score a lifetime subscription for $39!



To me it makes no sense to buy a printer that's not also a scanner and copier. Likewise, it absolutely positively should support all forms of wireless printing.

Epson is running a pretty sweet deal on one of its newest MFPs: the refurbished WorkForce WF-2630 all-in-one printer for $59 shipped.

Normally $99, it prints, scans, copies and faxes; supports both AirPrint and Google Cloud Print; and features a 30-page auto document feeder. All this and a surprisingly small footprint.

I bought one of these myself a couple months ago (for a higher price, grumble, grumble), and my only complaint is that third-party and remanufactured ink cartridges aren't yet available. (Many sites list them as "coming soon.") Yeah, that was some bad planning on my part.

E-book DRM = :(


When you buy an e-book from, say, Amazon or Barnes & Noble, you own that book, right? Sorta. Most titles come saddled with DRM, aka copy protection, that severely limits what you can do with them.

For example, if you switch from one e-book ecosystem to another, do you then have to re-buy the books you already bought? Not if you use a utility to convert them. Like this one: Epubor is offering a free lifetime license for its Epubor Ultimate (for Windows) e-book converter.

The program can remove DRM encryption from most major e-book formats, convert the files to other popular formats, automatically download cover art and more. The only caveat (if you can call it that) is that the giveaway doesn't include program updates. Update 6/2/15: The developer has, to my chagrin, changed the terms of the giveaway. It's now good for only a one-year license, though you do get updates.

Games 4U

Game time! The Saints Row series is known for its over-the-top open-world insanity -- it's like the Grand Theft Auto series without the measured restraint and good taste.

If you've never had the pleasure, IndieGala's Saints Row Bundle gives you three full games and tons of downloadable content (DLC) for $13.75. To put that in some perspective, Saints Row IV usually sells for $19.99 all by itself. The deal ends in just a few hours, though, so hurry up!