Archive for September, 2009

New Server in Hong Kong!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
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smarthide_logoAdfter a number of tests we are ready to officially announce the addition of the Hong Kong SmartHide Server for all the clients of SmartHide Service. You are free to use it under the IP 203.194.245.XXX available in the list of servers in your SmartHide client.

Dear SmartHide fans, I have to say sorry for the delay of the long-awaited updates and releases, but we are doing our best to prepare the upcoming historical moments of the SmartHide life. Please stay tuned and give us a little bit more time, changes are coming!

Thank you for staying with SmartHide Community!

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French Parliament adopts Internet anti-piracy law

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
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20090922-hadopi-2-mFrance’s parliament on Tuesday, 22.09.09 adopted a new Internet anti-piracy law, known as “Hadopi 2″, allowing authorities to cut off repeat illegal downloaders’ Internet access. The opposition swiftly announced that it would appeal the decision in court.

REUTERS - France’s disputed Internet piracy law, which will allow authorities to disconnect repeat illegal downloaders, was finally approved in parliament on Tuesday but the opposition immediately announced a fresh court challenge.

The bill, revised after France’s top constitutional court overturned an earlier version voted in June, cleared its last parliamentary hurdle when it was passed in the joint legislative committee of the two houses by 258 votes to 131.

The opposition Socialists, who took the previous version of the so-called “Hadopi” law to the constitutional court, said they would mount a second challenge.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has thrown his weight behind the law and has been backed by the recording and film industries, which say they have lost millions of euros through illegal Internet downloads.

Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand, who steered the second version of the bill through parliament, said the law would prevent “pillage” of works of art by “demagogues” who say that works of art should be free just because they were on the web.

“Freedom is not free licence, liberalism isn’t the jungle,” he told the committee.

But the law, which will set up a new regulatory body with the power to investigate suspected illegal downloaders and recommend sanctions, has also been heavily criticised by consumer groups as well as the opposition.

They say it will be ineffective in combating determined pirates and will impose unduly harsh punishment on ordinary Internet users.

The previous version of the law was watered down after the constitutional court rejected a text that would have created a body with the power to cut Internet access for those found guilty of illegal downloads.

The constitutional court ruled that the new body could only have the power to issue warnings and that any disconnections could only be ordered by a judge after two written warnings from the new authority.

The sanctions imposed by a judge could also include fines of up to 30,000 euros ($44,420).

The law will also oblige anyone with a wi-fi connection to block non-authorised users from using the connection.

Mitterrand said he expected the main effect of the law to be dissuasive and he expected actual sanctions to be rare.

France’s attempt to curb Internet piracy has attracted wide interest outside the country as the media industry worldwide has struggled to come up with a response to the challenge to traditional record and film sales posed by the Internet.

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SmartHide Portable for Windows v. 2.2.221 released

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
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beachWe have updated SmartHide Portable Edition to the latest 2.2.221 version! Please download your copy from SmartHide Members Area.

I would like to remind, that SmartHide Portable does not require installation! Just insert your flash card and launch SmartHide and stay protected and anonymous in the Airports Worldwide, Hotels, Cafes, Wi-Fi Zones and other places to access World Wide Web. Wherever you are - it takes just one button click to get access to the blocked web-resources around the World and gain complete anonymity and personal information protection.

Every user of SmartHide Service is now able to own a flash card or any external hard drive with a SmartHide Portable application on it. And whenever you need protection – just launch it and stay hidden, like our Octopus, who becomes hidden for the enemy when the danger occurs.

SmartHide Portable can run from a removable storage device such as a USB flash drive, flash card, or external Hard Disk Drive. It does not leave its files or settings on the host computer. This means that SmartHide Portable does not write to the Windows registry and instead stores its settings in a configuration file located in its directory.

Arovax SmartHide Portable Edition is available free of charge for all current clients of SmartHide Service and can be downloaded from SmartHide Members Area at:
http://www.smarthide.com/members/

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