Monday, 16 June 2014

HidemyAss - How to Watch British or US TV Abroad and a Tried and Tested VPN

HidemyAss is HidemyAssa VPN, which if you’re not in the know stands for Virtual Private Network.  This not only makes your internet connection more secure, a connection within a connection as it were (and most businesses use a VPN), but allows you, depending on which VPN you choose, to change your ISP to that of another country, therefore giving you the freedom to watch and stream tv shows and movies wherever you are, from wherever you want.

I’m not going to go into the other uses of a VPN, and why everyone should be using one because of the huge security benefits, you can read all about it in this article by LifeHacker, however for all globetrotters a VPN gives you a huge advantage and an end to the frustration of landing up in a country where normally you can’t continue to watch your favourite programmes on Netflix, iPlayer, Amazon Instant Video etc etc.

There are many free VPNs – read the article above, however in this case you really do get what you pay for, and after some research I decidedHidemyAss2 to use HidemyAss and haven’t looked back.  (and they have a special offer at the moment so have a look and go for it if you’re about to travel).  You are also likely to get better security, more privacy, more reach in terms of coverage and higher bandwidth with a paid for VPN.

HidemyAss is one of the fastest growing and the biggest of the VPN service providers.  I particularly like it because for a non techie like me it just took seconds to download on both laptop and tablet and is extremely easy to use.  There’s no free trial but a 30 day money back guarantee and right now they’ve slashed their prices.  Here’s the HidemyAss current pricing.  One subscription pays for two devices.

Changing countries couldn’t be easier, you just use their drop down menu, so you can ‘fool’ your device into thinking wherever you want it to.  HidemyAss ‘provides 591 Servers in 69 countries – providing a possible 73000+ IP addresses – and this number is constantly growing. They also offer the three most common protocols: LLTP, L2TP and OpenVPN and easily allows you to change between them (depending on device).’  Read the review here.

If you’re someone who travels or about to go on holiday and you don’t want to miss the latest episode of your favourite show, or simply to be able to have the freedom to watch what you do at home, then this will be a great service for you.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Facebook Page New Layout - So What's Changed?

Your New Facebook Page Layout

Whether you like it or not your Facebook Page will update to the new layout on June 14th.  Best to get a handle on it now so that your ready, and update on your schedule rather than theirs.

Layout:  Personally I think this is so much better.  How confusing was it to make everyone try and take in two equal columns - there was an outcry when it launched in 2011 and finally Facebook has listened and returned to the logical, which is one wide column for reading and taking in information and one narrower column for all the other stuff.

So out with the old:

and in with the new:

As with everything online, it's usability that matters, and from the reader's point of view this is much easier to use.

News Feed:  This only really changes so that the main update column is wider and more visible.  This is a change seamlessly affecting both mobile and desktop so that both appear the same, giving users a much more consistent experience.

Utilities/Tabs:  On the old layout, About, Photos etc were directly underneath your main cover picture with a linked photo above.   Now the layout is much cleaner, the tabs are still there without the photos.  Like this:

This is much cleaner and draws your attention to what you're really looking for.

Overall the new Facebook layout offers a much better experience for users, along with better functionality and cleaner design.  Don't wait for the 14th June.  Switch over now and play around with it.