Why you need a VPN

Imagine that you have a box in your house. In that box, you have passwords to your bank accounts, email addresses, your personal information, all the private things in your life. Would you let other people easily steal the contents of the box and use them against you?

This box may be computer/phone/tablet, when you connect to Internet there is a great chance people out there are listening to everything that goes in and out of it.

If you could somehow scramble the information as it goes in and out of your computer so that those who are out there listening can’t make sense of it, your privacy would be protected, you wouldn’t be opened to the possibilities of identity theft, credit card fraud, and the content that you consume online and which only concerns to you would remain private.

You want this information far from the hands of someone that could use it against you, some examples of this are:

  • Your medical searches and how these could affect your career, or insurance costs.
  • Banking information, which could even put you at the risk of being kidnapped in many countries.
  • Your identity.
  • Your sexual preferences in countries where society isn’t as open as you’d wish.
  • Your political preferences, which in the future might be used against you when you need to switch jobs, gets a loan, etc.
  • Information about informants or delicate sources if you are a journalist, lawyer, policemen, judge, witness to a crime.
  • Financial/Corporate documents that could be used against you, someone else or against a company.

Your dreams and fears are at stake if you are connected to the internet openly, a vanilla internet connection is not the way you want to be online.

Protect your privacy

How can you protect yourself? How can you encrypt your connection to the internet, so that even your Internet Service Provider can’t be snooping on what you do, thus respecting the basic human right to privacy?

You need a VPN. A VPN or Virtual Private Network connects your computer to a private network across the public internet through a “tunnel”, an encrypted tunnel on which only your computer and the receiving end can make sense of the data being exchanged. The VPN computer on the other end is used as a proxy for every internet request you make, and it forwards you the encrypted responses back.

According to our friends of LifeHacker,”the most important thing you need to know about a VPN: It secures your computer’s internet connection to guarantee that all of the data you’re sending and receiving is encrypted and secured from prying eyes”.

How to buy a VPN service anonymously.

If not only you want to protect your privacy, but also you want to protect your anonymity we recommend a VPN service called Private Internet Access (PIA), it’s impossible to guarantee anonimity online, but with PIA you can create an account without ever having to register your name in the process.

Private Internet Access only asks for an email address (you can create free disposable temporary email addresses at mailinator.com or 10minutemail.com) and they accept Bitcoin as a form of payment, which is in short, the equivalent of electronic cash, Bitcoin payments are not associated with people’s names, they’re just associated to account numbers and there are also ways to obtain Bitcoin anonymously.

How does it work?

You have to sign up for a VPN service and obtain a username and password for authentication. You then download and install a very tiny piece of software that, upon a sign in, lets you choose a location of where you want to connect to. Your computer then connects to servers in that location and those servers then pass on the connection to wherever you wanted to go. Your destination website will see your connection as coming from the VPN servers and your identity will not be revealed. More here.

Stay at home employees can connect to their company’s servers as if they would in the office. International marketers or researchers can use any website or service as if why would be in the country of research, making the content available to them as it would have been to locals.

On a flip side, you can access the content you are used to at home the same way when traveling. In addition, your connection is secured when using public Wi-Fi spots, which is especially important if you use online banking of sensitive information transfer during that time.. Most of all, your connection is always encrypted and secured so your personal information, including your IP address, is never revealed.

Does FrostWire work with VPN services?

FrostWire, both for Android and for Desktop, works seamlessly with most VPN services. This means that however you connect to the internet – with or without the VPN – FrostWire will still search and download without any adjustment in settings on your part.

We strongly recommend you to use Private Internet Access – as a very fast & trustworthy (they keep no logs) service provider.

More information at frostwire.com/vpn

FrostWire for Android expands its Mobile Offerings

Preview’ & ‘Play As You Download’ Now Available

MIAMI, FL (AUGUST 12, 2015)FrostWire, a BitTorrent Client & YouTube Downloader that makes it easier to search, download, play and share content from the BitTorrent network & cloud sources, all in one place, announced today its new ‘preview’ and ‘play as you download’ capabilities for Android phones and tablets.  The new preview feature not just enables users with a more convenient way to find and discover content, it makes downloading optional in some cases.

Preview Before Download

Available today only for FrostWire Plus* (v1.6.1+), the ‘Preview before download’ feature allows users to stream YouTube and SoundCloud content directly from search results.  This convenient (and free) feature lets users determine if they want to download the file for offline access, move on to another search result or simply play it without keeping a copy on the device.

Play As You Download

Because of how file pieces are shared on the BitTorrent network it’s not possible to offer instant previews the same way it can be done for cloud sources.

However, with the new ‘Play as you download’ feature available through both FrostWire Plus and FrostWire Basic**, users can listen to music or watch videos as they are being downloaded.

With nearly 3 million active Android installs, FrostWire is excited to provide their users an experience every media lover will appreciate. This new update will allow Android users to make better choices when selecting files to download from the hundreds of often closely named search results, saving them both time and bandwidth and getting them exactly the files they want.

What Is FrostWire?

FrostWire is the only BitTorrent Client and YouTube Downloader for both desktop and Android, featuring built in torrent & cloud search, preview functionality and integrated media player. For artists looking to share their content and consumers looking to access new content, FrostWire’s software is an easy-to-use gateway to the world of torrents, file-sharing and peer-to-peer content distribution.   

Featuring a BitTorrent client, YouTube and SoundCloud downloader & Music Player, FrostWire is available as a desktop client or an Android application.

The fully featured FrostWire Plus app, is available for a free download at the official website frostwire.com/android

The FrostWire Basic app available on Google Play is mainly a BitTorrent Client and does not provide YouTube and SoundCloud support due to Google’s Developer Terms of Service.

Our latest FrostWire for Android release (6.1.4) has been the most stable ever

Thanks to our jlibtorrent library, a multitude of crash reports sent by you and a lot of personal feedback loops, our developer team has managed to produce the most stable FrostWire for Android release so far.

We’ll always have crashes, but our quality has improved dramatically with the jlibtorrent library. As you can see the graphic below, during these last weeks even though we have more users using the app daily the number of crashes reported has been kept to a minimum and every day we fix the new crashes that come in.Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 12.45.09 PM

number of daily crash reports since August 2014

Featured image licensed under CC0 Public Domain
Created by savanzijlstra0

Como instalar o FrostWire no Kali Linux 2.0

Video

João Santos Vieira Junior has made a video in Portuguese language about how to install FrostWire on Kali Linux 2.0. It’s a useful video for our Brazilians friends. Thanks Joao!

If you have made any video about how to use or install FrostWire, please send it to us so we can share it on our social network channels

New FrostWire for Windows, Mac and Linux (v6.1.4)

Download FrostWire 6.1.4 now absolutely free

The new FrostWire for Desktop release is available for download. On this release we updated the libtorrent/jlibtorrent and made updates to that fixed recent issues with YouTube search.

We fixes a lot of issues like the some torrent settings not being applied correctly, the TorLock search and the YouTube search. So now you will not have any problems searching for content on FrostWire.

Also, the search source processing is faster, because we did a totally new search engine.

Changelog

frostwire (6.1.4) stable; urgency=high
* libtorrent/jlibtorrent core update (v 1.1.0.5).
* Torrent settings issues fixed.
* Fixes TorLock search.
* Considerably faster search source processing (new regex engine).
* Fixes YouTube search.

What is FrostWire?

FrostWire, a BitTorrent Client & YouTube Downloader that makes it easier to search, download, play and share content from the BitTorrent network & cloud sources, all in one place, announced today its new ‘preview’ and ‘play as you download’ capabilities for Android phones and tablets. The new preview feature not just enables users with a more convenient way to find and discover content, it makes downloading optional in some cases.

A New FrostWire for Android is ready for download (v1.6.2)

Important fixes on this new release of FrostWire for Android.We’ve updated the YouTube search to address issues that arose this morning, and fixed multiple crashes related to the audio player.

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Full Changelog

 - Multiple crash fixes on audio player.
 - Updated jlibtorrent library to version 1.1.0.5.
 - Improvement of file type selector look, better layouts for tablets.
 - FrostWire Plus YouTube search fixed.

What is FrostWire?

FrostWire, a BitTorrent Client & YouTube Downloader that makes it easier to search, download, play and share content from the BitTorrent network & cloud sources, all in one place, announced today its new ‘preview’ and ‘play as you download’ capabilities for Android phones and tablets. The new preview feature not just enables users with a more convenient way to find and discover content, it makes downloading optional in some cases.