Reusable Face Mask

As the Wuhan Virus, or Corona Virus spreading, fear emerges throughout the whole world. Everyone started monitoring the situation in China tightly. Most of the people started comparing Corona Virus with SARS that happen in 2002.

Because of the fast and wide spread, face mask is difficult to get. Everyone safe keep for themselves, and China stop exporting. They even have difficulties meeting the demands for themselves.

Therefore, the best solution right now is reusable Face Mask. It’s exactly as N95 mask, except you can wash and reuse, which make it the best alternative for disposable face mask.

So keep you and your family safe. Start ordering the Reusable Face Mask while there’s stocks here.

Hotspot Shield review

The last time I extensively tested Hotspot Shield’s Premium VPN service, it fared okay, but was still a long way from being considered a top-rated provider.

Prominent issues included a poor privacy policy, a limited number of server locations, and inability to unblock Netflix.

Since then, the company has been revamping its service, including expanding its network and honing its proprietary protocol.

But have things changed that much?

I’m eager to see exactly how far this VPN has come. To help you decide if it’s worth throwing your money at, in my 2019 review, I’ve been thoroughly testing the Hotspot Shield VPN service.

Before we get into the details, here’s an at-a-glance look at key data and scores logged during my assessment of Hotspot Shield. Note that although Hotspot Shield offers a limited free version, I’ll be focusing on the Premium (paid) service in this review.

I’ve been using Hotspot Shield day-to-day over the past couple of months to see how it stacks up against other VPNs I’ve tested. Aside from using it to browse the web, I’ve put the service through my usual rigorous testing including:

  • Speed tests
  • Streaming capability
  • Leak tests (WebRTC and DNS)
  • Customer support competency and speed
  • Privacy policy and terms of service checks

…and much more!

When it comes to speed, Hotspot Shield claims to be the fastest in the industry, but of course, many competitors make similar claims. I like a challenge and wanted to get to the bottom of whether or not the claims are really true in this case.

In addition, I set out to answer the following burning questions:

  • Has Hotspot Shield improved its privacy policy?
  • Can I use it to unblock streaming sites like Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and Amazon Prime Video?
  • Does Hotspot Shield offer value for money?
  • How do Hotspot Shield’s security features compare to those of other top-rated providers?

…plus lots more about this popular service.

I used Hotspot Shield on both mobile and desktop to ensure I got the whole user experience and to provide you with all you need to know about the service. Check out my overview and pros and cons summary below if you just need to quickly find out if this service might be for you.

Hotspot Shield overview

Hotspot Shield is a secure VPN ideal for streaming. It has a ton of location options, is great at unblocking, and pegs very fast speeds. This provider has a questionable logging policy, so may not be the best for torrenting. It might be a good option for users in China.

Hotspot Shield pros and cons

Here are some of the key advantages and drawbacks I discovered while using this service. You’ll find more detail about each below.

Pros:

  • Excellent speeds
  • Expansive server network
  • Unblocks Netflix and other sites
  • Connect 5 devices simultaneously
  • 45-day money-back guarantee
  • May work in China

Cons:

  • No support for Linux or routers
  • Lackluster customer support
  • No cryptocurrency payments
  • Past privacy issues

Speed: How fast is Hotspot Shield?

Hotspot Shield’s tagline is “The Fastest Most Secure VPN Service.” I’ll get to the security part later, but first, let’s see about this speed claim.

Before I reveal my test results, it’s worth noting that VPN speed tests should be taken with a grain of salt.

My usual test method uses a virtual machine. However, this doesn’t work with Hotspot Shield’s proprietary protocol, so I had to settle for using an online speed tester. This is used by most VPN review publications, and will still provide a good idea of Hotspot Shield’s speeds as compared to those when not using a VPN.

I used a 60 Mbps connection in North America to measure the download speeds of various servers. I tested three VPN server locations—United Kingdom, United States, and Hong Kong—at three different times during the day. The test times were a minimum of four hours apart.

So how did Hotspot Shield measure up?

As you can see, Hotspot Shield fared pretty well in the speed tests. It had an average speed of 29 Mbps, which is only 7 Mbps slower than the average speed when not using a VPN. The one anomalous result occurred when connected to a UK server around 2 PM BST where the speed was only about one-third of the control speed. That’s not unusual to see, especially with servers that are geographically distant from the test location.

Perhaps most notable is that a couple of tests showed speeds faster than the control. This means that connecting to Hotspot Shield actually improved my connection speed (albeit very slightly) in some cases.

This seems implausible given that speeds should, in theory, slow down while connected to a VPN server. After all, traffic must be encrypted and pass through an extra server, so the laws of physics suggest that a speed up would be impossible.

According to Hotspot Shield, it comes down to the company’s proprietary protocol, Catapult Hydra. This is the only protocol offered within the service, and while it’s not open source, it is used by several reputable cybersecurity companies including McAfee and Bitdefender.

So you can safely sign up with Hotspot Shield.

A Review of Sucuri

One common misconception about website security is that only high-traffic, popular websites are targeted. From my experience with my clients, I can assure you that this is absolutely not true. On the contrary, the likelihood is that popular websites have a team of experts behind them who ensure that security precautions are in place. Thus, hackers would need craftier hacking skills that need to be carried out by a human. Sure, the prize is more lucrative – but the effort to hack big sites is greater.

Now think about the fact that there are close to 70 million websites running on WordPress alone. How many of those website owners have taken those extra precautions of hardening their WordPress sites? Many of them would have even left their administration username set to the default ‘admin’. And this is just for WordPress alone. There are thousands of websites running on less-popular content management systems (CMSs), some of which were even hand coded by the website developer, which are far more vulnerable. Not only can these types of websites be hacked more easily but they can also be hacked on a large scale through the use of bots.

So is WordPres security something that I can do myself? This is a tough question. I guess the right answer is “yes and no” because it depends on a number of factors – crucial to which is your level of technical expertise. First of all, you can take precautions (and you must!) to ensure the security of your website. Unfortunately though, while some of these precautions can be implemented by a non-technical user, the (often more effective) hardening of the core files require more expertise.

Most CMSs such as WordPress have several plugins that can improve the security of your website. Careful consideration which is based on reading reviews and testing plugins to install is a must. After installing them, you would need to closely monitor them (as well as news about them) to ensure that they are doing their job effectively and that they are not vulnerable themselves.I had passed through this stage and I can assure you it is a lengthy, tiring process. I must admit that there are some truly excellent WordPress plugins out there – and most of them are free. However, one of the main problems that I experienced was that these plugins were, very often, conflicting between themselves and I did find myself locked out from my WordPress site. Other times, I was blocking genuine users and search engine bots.

Another limitation of WordPress security plugins (especially the free ones) is that you would need to download several plugins in order to cover all the security vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, this is not a case where more is better. Some plugins are likely to conflict. Also, the more plugins you have, the slower your website would be and (ironically) the more vulnerable too.

Why should I choose Sucuri as my WordPress Security Solution?

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There are a million reasons why I would recommend Sucuri. The company offers a website monitoring, malware removal and all the related website security services that you would need. In short, these guys are the superheroes who monitor the web and will save the day of any website owner. Here are my top 8 reasons why I think Sucuri are awesome:

1. They Support Several Website Platforms

Sucuri’s products and services are not just for WordPress. They support websites running on Joomla, Drupal, PHP, .NET and even good old HTML.

2. Website Security Monitoring

The Sucuri sitecheck scanner automatically scans your website to ensure it is clean of malware, suspicious redirects, iframes, link injections etc. You can manually set the frequency with which the scanner runs its tests for malware and blacklisting, content changes in the core files, WHOIS changes and DNS changes. In addition to this, the security scanner also ensures that your website is not blacklisted by Google, Norton, PhishTank, Opera, SiteAdvisor, Yandex, and, of course their own Sucuri blacklist.

3. Server-Side Scanning

The Sucuri dashboard also offers a view that will enable you to monitor the activities that are going on in your web server. The system scans your web server so as to ensure that there are no suspicious files or activities going on. In addition to this, it also shows andy file changes so that you are fully aware about what is going on in the back-end of your website.

4. WordPress Security Plugin

For WordPress website owners, Sucuri offer a free plugin that you can install just like a normal WordPress plugin. This will audit all your website activities such as file changes, new post additions, user logging (and failed login attempts), file uploads etc. The plugin also ensures that your core WordPress files are intact – something which is indispensable, given that some hackers try to hide malware inside files that at first glance look legitimate. And if that is not enough, the plugin also has a 1-click hardening feature which will enable you to harden your WordPress installation with a simple click of a button!

5. Security Alerts

If the Sucuri website monitoring system detects something on your website, you are immediately notified. Sucuri offer a number of methods which you can configure with ease – email, Twitter, SMS, IMs and RSS.

6. Impeccable Support 24/7

These guys claim that on average they take less than 4 hours during their support hours (8am – 8pm Eastern time, Monday – Friday). I can totally vouch for that. Sometimes, their support staff replies within the hour. In addition to this, they still provide support outside these hours (although it takes a bit longer). Support is offered via a support ticketing system that is accessible via the dashboard. In this way, you would be able to track the status of all your support requests.

7. Malware Cleanup

Last but definitely not least, the Sucuri team will not only locate the malware but they will also clean your website for you! Their website malware cleanup service is not limited by the number of pages or the frequency with which you request it. What’s even better is that you can purchase a subscription plan even if your website is already hacked. And if that is not enough, these guys will even help you with removing your website from Google blacklisting.

8. Affordable WordPress Security!

After reading this review, you would definitely agree that Sucuri will cover all your security needs. Naturally, you would expect that this service runs into the thousands of dollars, right? NO!

The entry level Basic package, which is ideal for blogs only costs $199.99 per year or $16.66/month if billed annually and includes:

  • Malware Removal & Hack Repair
  • Continuous Malware & Hack Scanning
  • Brand Reputation & Blacklist Monitoring
  • Advanced Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection
  • Ticket-based Customer Support

If you have an e-commerce website then there is the Pro package ($299.99/year) which boasts of faster response times and more frequent scanning and monitoring. Larger businesses can also opt for the Business package ($499.99/year) which has the fastest response time (4 hours), most frequent scans (every 1/2 hr) as well as ticket and instant chat support.

Professional, yet affordable WordPress Security monitoring and malware removal starting at just $16.66/month billed annually … what are you waiting for?