Archive for March, 2009

Regarding free email addresses

Monday, March 30th, 2009
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As you all know our current billing partner Share-it! does not allow free email addresses while subscribing to SmartHide Subscription. It is caused by the fact that 95% of all online fraud is done using free email addresses. The list of the free emails provider is very very long and it is updated regularly as new freemail providers come and go almost on daily basis. The list is not static except for a few big players like @gmail.com or @yahoo.com.

I am able to add your free email to a white list of share-it, but you need to contact me personally so I need to be sure that you are a legit person without bad intentions.

At this moment I would like to thank you for the understanding as we all should realize that share-it! does its best to protect us from all that fraud going on around us.

Thank you for staying with us!

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SmartHide online Anonymizer

Friday, March 27th, 2009
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I would like to remind you guys, that we have a free Online Anonymizer available for all the visitors of SmartHide Homepage.

Use SmartHide online Anonymizer to quickly hide IP address while visiting a certain URL. Your SmartHide IP in this case will be DE (German)

http://de.smarthide.com/anonymizer.php

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Can I change IP address?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
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Use SmartHide to change IP address When You Need
www.smarthide.com
Use any sites that are allowed for particular IP, watch video and use social sites on your Mac, Android or PC

I received a question from one of our customers about the moral aspect of changin an IP address. The answer is:

It is absolutely normal to hide IP address like concealing any other personal information from the third parties.

  • You close your door so that nobody can come into your residence;
  • You hide your phone number if you want so;
  • You hide important credit card info because no one should see it.

Your IP address is also public accessible. If you don’t want anybody to see it, you should hide IP address.

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PayPal Subscriptions for SmartHide

Monday, March 23rd, 2009
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logonakedWelcome to the new week ;) Monday is a hard day, but the work in our SmartHide office never stops.

I have some good news for you ;)

With our current processing provider Share-it! we are not able to offer our customers the most popular way to pay for any service online – subscriptions by PayPal. For the current moment we can accept PayPal only for Prepaid licenses. That brings inconvenience to those SmartHide users, who can pay by PayPal and they have to buy Prepaid license over and over again as their card is not automatically billed. We’ve been receiving a lot of requests recently from our users asking us to implement PayPal Subscription option.

We’ve taken the call and we have already signed contracts with a Plimusan E-business platform that helps companies worldwide market, sell and distribute their digital goods and services securely online. This processor will be an alternative solution for those SmartHide customers, who are not able to pay via Share-it! due to some reason.

Right now we are in the process of setting up our account and integrating our scripts with Plimus. There will be an official announce on SmartHide Website and Community Forums as soon as we are ready to accept the payments. I just wanted for you, our blog readers, to be the first who hear about this benefit we are about to offer.

Stay with SmartHide Community!

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Summing up the week

Friday, March 20th, 2009
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We’ve made a lot of coding over the new Arovax SmartHide v. 2.2 version this week. New features, new user interface elements, new buttons – all of them are nice and neat..

On the next week I am going to send over *.ini file for the translation to all the languages we need. And we will continue to wrap up everything for the upcoming release.

Thank you for staying with SmartHide Community and have a good weekend!

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Advantages of Personal IP usage

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
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octopus1Sometimes people do not fully understand the difference between Personal and Regular Aroax SmartHide Subscriptions. In this article I will try to give you a comprehensive overview of the core differences between the two types of SmartHide Subscriptions so you could always make the right choice before you buy.

Today we are offering our customers the opportunity to use a variety of servers all over the world to maintain privacy in the net and receive the protection from the unauthorized access to personal data. One of the key directions in this field is the development of Personal IP technology. The given technology possesses a range of advantages in comparison to the usage of regular SmartHide server. Let’s take a closer look at these advantages.

1) Increased security level

One of the main advantages is that a user is assigned with a unique IP address accessible only to him/her. Due to this fact it becomes possible to increase the security level in the systems which utilize the function of “user assignment based on IP”. The essence of the function is that a user can link his account in any service to his personal IP which, in its turn, will prevent other people from accessing the account. In case if Personal IP is used in SmartHide you may rest assured that no one will access your IP. This definitely increases the general security level while using many Internet services.

2) Internet services accessibility

The usage of Personal IP considerably increases the accessibility of many Internet resources. Let’s analyze several examples below.

Internet forums

If you use regular servers for SmartHide connection the following situation may occur. Some of the Internet forums may block your account because of the forum internal rules violation, though you personally did not violate any rules. The fact is that lots of users connect through regular SmartHide servers and all of them have one and the same IP. Some of the users may naturally avoid the observance of the forum rules and regulations and as a result of the repeated violations such users may be banned from the forum based on the IP. In this case the rest of the customers, using the server which IP was banned, cannot gain the complete access to the given resource.

With the Personal IP such a situation does not occur at all – your IP address belongs to you only.

Fixed IP in any spot of the planet

If you are a frequent traveler you know for sure how cumbersome it is to change your IP address regularly. The same Internet services may become inaccessible for you because of the IP link. However using your Personal IP you have a fixed IP address no matter in what part of the world you are now. All you have to do is just launch SmartHide.

Access to file sharing services

Many of us, at least once in a life, download files from special services like  HYPERLINK “http://rapidshare.de” http://rapidshare.de. Lots of the users do not use such resources frequently and there is no sense to create a paid account there. However, a free account has a range of limitations, one of them is the volume of the downloaded info through one IP address. If you are connected to a regular SmartHide service, with high probability there may be other users downloading files from the site you need and you will not have the opportunity to use this service in the nearest future. With Personal IP this problem is also solved because your IP in SmartHide is unique and belongs to you only.

3) Settings flexibility

Personal IP Subscription offers a variety of additional opportunities one of which is the settings flexibility.

Port Forwarding

Port Forwarding is a technology allowing to address a computer in the local network behind the router, using NAT (NAPT) from the Internet. The access is performed by means of the traffic redirection of certain ports from the external router address to the address of the selected computer in a local network.

Such a redirection is necessary if you, for example, use peering networks or if you want to arrange a server with Internet access on a local computer. The redirection is also sometimes required for multi-user games.

Personal IP Subscription allows to use port forwarding in any spot of the world, provider independently. Port forwarding operates successfully even if your ISP does not support such an option.

High speed

While using Personal IP our customers enjoy higher speed of the Internet connection. We assign a limited number of users to the channel with the fixed bandwidth, thus avoiding the channel overload and, as the result, the connection speed decrease for our customers. In case with regular servers the amount of users connecting to one and the same server is not limited. This may lead to the loss of speed for users in the Net.

Functionality extension

On the basis of Personal IP Subscription we plan to introduce lots of additional useful services increasing the security level of our customers, using Personal IP. This is one of the main directions that we are working on at the moment and we do hope that it will offer considerable benefits for our customers.

At the moment you can choose among few available Arovax SmartHide Personal Subscriptions. Please visit SmartHide Register page for more details>>>

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New GUI elements for v. 2.2

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
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Hello guys!

As promised earlier, showing you the final screens of some of the newest GUI elements for the upcoming Arovax SmartHide v. 2.2.

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You can see a new Home Tab with a new icon, all elements are nicely placed and well positioned towards each other. Also you can see some important links below the main select controls.

On the screen below you can see that we decided to move Settings tab to a separate section with its own Tabs.

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I hope you like the new layout and icons. I am sure that you will find a new version of Arovax SmartHide a very easy-to-use and yet more powerful client of our top-notch SmartHide Service allowing people all over the Web to encrypt their traffic and protect their identity online.

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How to set up Port Forwarding?

Monday, March 16th, 2009
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Our Support Department receives a lot of questions from Personal Subscription owners regarding the process of setting up a port forwarding feature. So I decided to provide you guys with a comprehensive instruction. Please use the link below to read it within SmartHide Support Center Knowledgebase:
So, How to set up Port Forwarding in Arovax SmartHide Service?

Just do not forget, that Port Forwarding settings you tune inside your SmartHide Members Area will work only if you connect to Personal IP server in the list of available SmartHide servers. Just open Arovax SmartHide and choose Personal IP in the list of available servers IP. Click Make me Invisible button.
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Working over 2.2…

Sunday, March 15th, 2009
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I’ve sent the tech specs to our designer today for the new interface buttons needed for Arovax SmartHide version 2.2. Hopefully they will be ready within the next few days and I will show them to you guys. The release of version 2.2 is getting closer day by day. So stay alert! ;)

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SmartHide v. 2.2 is Coming!

Thursday, March 12th, 2009
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Coding for Arovax SmartHide v. 2.2

Thursday. 7.00 A.M. Everyone is in the office. The water is boiling and everyone wants coffee. Sounds of keyboard typing are everywhere. What is going on? The world is gone crazy?

No. It’s just SmartHide Team preparing a new version of Arovax SmartHide software: version 2.2 ;)

It’s not announced yet, but hey, it’s a behind-the-scenes blog, isn’t it? ;) So, the work is in progress and v. 2.2 is in the final stage of development and is coming out really soon, approximately in the first half of April.

This update is really minor, nothing special. The major work is done on the battlefield of SmartHide v.3.x, but it’s a different story.

So, what’s new is planned for SmartHide v.2.2? Some of the updates are listed below:

  • Vista 64-bit compatibility;
  • Improved User Interface usability;
  • “Visibility List” feature.

Few words about Visibility List. Basically, it allows you to manage a list of websites, which you want to visit directly when you are in the SmartHide “Invisible” mode. For example if you want to check the weather for your region on some website that detects your place by IP, you do not have to turn off SmartHide to visit the website directly, all you have to do is add the actual URL you need to the “Visibility List”.

Going back to work my friends. Over’n Out.

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