Updated: July 28th, 2013
As a result of the The Six Strikes Law, a ton of people are looking for BitTorrent VPN services and proxy support to avoid getting in trouble with their Internet Servie Provider.
Let’s face it, the online world is changing and online privacy is a big concern. The recent implementation of the Copyright Alert System (CAS) better known as the “Six Strikes Law,” is definitely a cause for concern. The new system is of course funded by the five major American ISPs, the Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA), and the Recording Industry Association of American (RIAA).
Basically what this means is that after a series of six alerts, a cable customer could have their home internet connection significantly slowed down or even cut off. Those accused can in fact file an appeal but good luck winning!
Verizon and Comcast have already updated their terms of service as of Wednesday, and each informed customers of their participation in the “six strikes law” on their websites.
Charlie Douglas, a Comcast spokesperson, did however confirm that if a Comcast user were to be using a VPN, the company would not be able to see potential violations.
Below you can see what a Copyright Alert from Comcast will look like should you receive one.
It seems that the base way to ensure that you are not going to be in violation of the Six Strikes law is to make sure you’re using a personal VPN. This will keep your browsing information safe and secure. You certainly cannot get into any trouble for maintaining a VPN connection as you’re perfectly within your legal rights to seek out internet privacy and security.
What’s more is that a personal VPN just makes sense now that internet privacy is become more of an issue. I’d highly recommend investing in a monthly VPN subscription through a company like Hidemyass VPN (http://hidemyass.com).
I did take the time to contact Hidemyass to ask them about the privacy of their person VPN service.
Here is a direct quote from a company spokesperson.
“…we don’t report activity as we don’t log what users use our network for.”
My personal experience with VPNs is a little bit different than what you’re probably used to. Personally I never thought I’d have to use a VPN but after moving to Budapest, Hungary in the fall of 2011 for work, I found myself missing my American IP address. In Hungary, I couldn’t stream movies on Netflix, I couldn’t listen to Pandora.com, and I certainly couldn’t watch television shows on Hulu.com.
I must also confess that I’m not a very “technical person.” I understand things better when they’re explained to me in plain English. So, after realizing I needed to find a way to change my European IP address to an American IP address, I panicked a little.
I decided to be a little adventurous and look for solutions on my own. I played with proxy sites but this didn’t help. I also experimented with a ton of VPN clients but many weren’t reliable or great.
I finally bit the bullet and signed up for Hidemyass VPN and I cannot say enough good things about this company.Instead of doing a log winded review (I already did that here Hidemyass Review) let me cover a few highlights.
1) The Hidemyass support team responds almost immediately to any question you ask. This is extremely helpful for a non-technical person like myself.
2) The software is so easy to use once it’s installed (installation only takes 2 minutes). Once you’ve opened up the application, all you have to do is insert your username and password! (below you can see the login).
3) Hidemyass works on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. You can even access the web through the VPN connection on your iOS and Android device!
4) Hidemyass has over 350 VPN servers in 53 countries giving you over 42,000 IPs. This means you get a ton of choice and fast download speeds. I’ve never had trouble with quality or download time!
5) Hidemyass is by far one of the fastest VPNs I’ve ever used. They also offer “load balancing” which means they’ll recommend the best server to connect to for optimum download speeds. Awesome, I know.
Here’s a screenshot of what the software looks like on my Mac operating system.
Below you can find the pricing of the Hidemyass Pro VPN service. If you prepare for the year you get unlimited access to service for only $6.55 / month which, if you ask me, is an insane deal!
If you’re in the market for a VPN, Hidemyass is one of the most respected brands in the space. I recommend it to all my friends and family. In light of the whole Six Strikes rule, I’d highly recommend everyone in the US look into signing up for a VPN provider.
The Six Strikes policy is an overreaching attempt to access your internet activity. Regardless of who you are or what you’re doing online, it’s your right to protect yourself and the best way to do that is through VPN technology.
Thanks for reading and leave a comment below if you have questions or concerns about using a VPN to protect yourself from the Six Strikes rules.