VPN vs. DNS – What do I choose?

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So you’re ready to cut the cord and you’ve heard that you can access international streaming websites with VPN and Smart DNS services. Until recently, these types of services were a well-kept secret – only used by tech savvy people who can actually tell you what a computer’s CPU is. Those of us who have to call IT for a printer jam would never have dreamed of accessing US Netflix or BBC iPlayer. Not anymore! As streaming services become more widely available, even the most technologically clueless (including myself) are taking the plunge.

But what to choose? Here are the key differences between VPNs and Smart DNS, so you can choose the service that is right for you.

How does VPN and DNS technologies work?

How VPN works

A VPN is a remote network of computers linked together over the internet. It allows for a secure browsing experience because it encrypts all of your data as it goes through a private network. This means websites won’t be able to see your IP address and you can access all of their content regardless if it is geoblocked.

Just think of VPN as an invisibility cloak. A VPN will let you wander the Internet like Harry Potter wandered Hogwarts at night.

How Smart DNS works

Every computer is assigned a local IP address. When you visit a website, it identifies where you are based on your IP address. Certain websites – particular video streaming websites, block IP addresses outside its geographic region. Smart DNS technologies bypass geo-blocks by providing you with a local IP address when accessing these websites.

You can think of Smart DNS as cybertravel. One minute your computer is connecting to the Internet from the UK. The next minute, you’re virtually connecting from the US.

What do I get with VPN vs. DNS?

While VPN and DNS both help you access geoblocked content, they each have their own benefits.

 VPNDNS
WebsitesAll websitesSupported geoblocked websites
SpeedSlows down Internet speedsNo impact or minimal impact on Internet speeds
Device CompatibilityComputersAll major streaming devices
PrivacyProtects privacyDoes not protect privacy
LoginLogin each time you use itLogin whenever you want to change regions

 

OK. So what do I choose?

Choose Smart DNS if you…

Choose a Smart DNS service if you simply want to unlock international websites. It is the best for video streaming because it is faster and works on multiple devices.

Choose VPN if you…

Choose a VPN service if you are concerned about Internet privacy. VPN is also your best bet if you travel frequently since many hotels and wifi hot spots block DNS services.

 

UnoTelly offers both DNS and VPN services. Sign up for a free 8 day UnoTelly DNS trial now.

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LGBT Movies Streaming on Netflix #LoveWins

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Today the US Supreme Court ruled sam-sex marriage legal nation-wide. It is a landmark day that will be punctuated this weekend with Gay Pride parades in New York, Toronto, and cities all over the world. We’re celebrating with a list of some of the best LGBT movies that are streaming on Netflix right now.

Brokeback Mountain (2005) – Netflix Germany

Set against the sweeping landscapes of Wyoming and Texas, this epic love story tells of two young men — a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy — who meet in the summer of 1963 while driving cattle on a mountain range. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. RT: 87%

Love is Strange (2014) – Netflix Canada

After Ben and George get married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing — a situation that weighs heavily on all involved. Starring John Lithgow & Alfred Monila. RT: 94%

The Kids are All Right (2010) – Netflix US

Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their father into their family life. Starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening & Mark Ruffalo. LRT: 93%

But I’m A Cheerleader (1999) – Netflix Canada

Confident and opinionated, 17-year-old Megan is far too strong-willed for her unsuppportive parents, who begin to worry she is a lesbian. Their solution is to send Megan to ‘True Directions,’ a “rehabilitation camp” run by homophobic counselor Mary Brown. RT: 34%

Milk (2008) – Netflix Begium

In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. Harvey Milk changed the very nature of what it means to be a fighter for human rights and became, before his untimely death in 1978, a hero for all Americans. Starring Sean Penn & Josh Brolin. RT: 94%

The Single Man (2009) – Netflix US

An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his long time partner, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles. RT: 85%

To Be Takei (2014) – Netflix US

Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star’s playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love. RT: 91%

Philadelphia (1993) – Netflix Denmark

When a man with AIDS is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. Starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. RT: 78%

Paris is Burning (1990) – Netflix US

A chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality. RT: 100%

Boys Don’t Cry (1999) – Netflix Mexico

Based on a true story, this drama was adapted from the life of Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon, a woman who chose to live her life as a man and suffered tragic consequences as a result. Starring Hilary Swank. RT: 88%

Grace & Frankie (2015) – Netflix Original

Two nemeses become bonded jilted wives after their husbands reveal they have been having an affair with each other since the 1990s and now plan to get married. RT: 50%

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How to Remove Unsecure DNS Codes from your Devices

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With the rising popularity of Netflix, so is the well-known practice of using DNS servers to get around geo-blocks. Because of this, many new DNS Servers are being released onto the the internet with the promise of giving you access to US Netflix outside of the US for free with your Netflix account. These DNS Servers, often referred to as ‘DNS Codes,’ are usually released in forums and social media sites without a company name or a trusted source to allow you to access US-only titles for free. Using such untrusted “DNS Codes” might pose danger to your network security.

For those of you that don’t know, DNS Servers translate a domain name such as www.netflix.com into it’s equivalent IP address so your device knows where the site is located. Practically every website you go to on the internet or any service you use relies on the DNS servers setup on your computer to tell it where to go. DNS servers are often overlooked by most people, but they play such a crucial part in the security of your network that you should never, ever, use any unknown DNS servers on your devices.

Using an unknown or untrusted DNS server can not only allow someone to monitor your DNS lookup traffic, but the server can be used to redirect you to unsecure or fake sites posing as legitimate websites to steal your information. This is known as Phishing. The same servers can be used to inject different content into your traffic such as ads, effectively causing a program to break, or in this case replace Netflix images with their own ads.

Now, if you have been seeing weird behaviour such as your Netflix images being replaced by ads or you’re being redirected to suspicious sites automatically, the first thing to do is remove the DNS servers from your devices.

You can find instructions to remove unknown DNS servers and reset them to ISP default settings in the videos below: below for many popular devices.

How to remove DNS settings from Windows:

How to remove DNS settings from Mac OSX:

How to remove DNS settings from PS3:

How to remove DNS settings from PS4:

How to remove DNS settings from Xbox 360:

How to remove DNS settings from Xbox One:

It is imperative for your safety and security online to use DNS servers from trusted sources rather than ones posted online, especially when they promise you free access. Like Milton Friedman said, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Check out our previous article about the risks of using free services here.

Why Isn’t UnoTelly free?

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If someone walks up to you on the street and offers you a free sandwich, would you be skeptical about it? I would. However, our attitude toward “free” in the digital world is different where we would not only frown at “free” but demand it.

 

There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

– Milton Friedman

 

Don’t get me wrong, we at Unotelly love free things and use many great open-source systems to power our services. However, “free” often comes with a catch. Let it be Google or Facebook, you can bet the price tag of “free” is your personal information.

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The real price of ‘Free’

 

Recently, users of a “free” browser plugin called Hola learned the true price of “free”: their personal internet connection.

 

As reported by The Verge, Hola has been accused of piggy-backing users’ internet connection and reselling it as a commercial VPN service via their Luminati brand. Unfortunately, this crowd-sourced internet was used by hackers to launch an attack against a website called 8chan.

 

In layman’s terms, when you use the Hola plugin, you allow Hola to share your internet connection with other Hola users and give consent to Hola to sell your internet connection to anyone via the Luminati brand. Think of Hola as crowdsourcing internet connections and then reselling it.

 

What is the implication of sharing your internet connection with just anyone?

 

First, you might reveal sensitive information to unauthorized parties.

Your internet connection will transmit sensitive and personal information – banking details, private photos, business trade secrets, etc. Would you want to invite another third party who will resell the access to your internet connection to just about anyone? Even Google and Facebook don’t have the same level of access to your internet connection as Hola.

 

Second, your internet connection could be linked to illegal activities.

When you use the Hola plugin, you give consent to Hola to resell your internet connection to others. In other words, anyone could pay a fee to Luminati and use your internet as the middleman to perform various activities. Your internet includes a unique IP address to identify where and who you are. When you let someone else “borrow” your internet connection, and this person uses your internet connection for illegal activities, your unique IP address will be linked to those activities. Potentially, your IP address could become part of an active police investigation. The chances of police knocking on your door is extremely low, but why risk the headache?

 

Finally, you might have to pay for additional internet data usage to your ISP when sharing your internet connection with Hola.

Sharing your internet connection with others will consume your bandwidth, and if you have a bandwidth cap on your connection, you are actually paying an indirect cost to use the Hola service – you don’t pay Hola but you pay your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for using additional bandwidth.

 

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5 Great Films our Users Recommend

Last week we had a flash giveaway where we asked our users

We asked our users to recommend their favourite films since the people sometimes know just as much as the critics :). Here are some of their recommendations and the rating from Rotten Tomatoes:

City of God

A Brazilian film about a young boy who’s passion for photography keeps him away from the drugs and crime that surround him in the Rio de Janeiro slum he lives in. RT: 90%

Submitted by: Justa Tupa

Battle Royale

Before there was the Hunger Games, there was Battle Royale, a Chinese film based on a similar premise – where young people are sent out to an island to battle it out. Only the winner survives. RT: 86%

Submitted by: Martin Schneider

Special 26

A gang of thieves robs famous businessmen and politicians by posing as income tax officers. iMDB: 7.9/10

Submitted by: Afin Duha

Chef

A chef loses his restaurant job when his ex-wife suggests he starts up a food truck. The adventures he experiences driving his gourmet food truck across the country with his family are priceless RT: 86%

Submitted by: Chantal Marie-Laurence Edouard-Betsy

The Babadook

This one was named the scariest movie of 2014! It’s about a single mother who’s young son is terrified of a ‘monster’ living in the house which may not be his imagination after all…RT:98%

Submitted by: Stephen Bauer

 

Thanks to all our users who participated! Stay tuned for our next flash giveaway and happy streaming!

 

 

5 Great Films to Stream on Netflix on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is approaching us, and what better way to spend it than watching a fantastic, heartwarming film that makes both of you smile. :) Check out our top picks for Mother’s Day 2015 that you can stream on Netflix US (I’ve included the ratings from Rotten Tomatoes):

Barbara

In 1980’s East Germany, a doctor is accused of trying to work in the West and her punishment is to work in a small hospital in the country. RT: 93%

20 Feet from Stardom

This documentary about backup singers won the 2013 Oscar for best documentary! Incredible story-telling and inspiring women throughout! RT: 99%!

Terms of Endearment

This 1983 Best Picture winner portrays a beautiful relationship between a widow and her daughter as they deal with relationships and hardships. RT: 88%

The Kids are Alright

This moving story is about a lesbian couple who’s artificially inseminated children seek out their biological father and invite him to be a part of their lives. RT: 93%

Walking and Talking

This is a film about two close friends  who deal with love and jealously. RT: 86%

 

Movies and TV shows coming to Netflix US in May

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A new month means a new list of movies coming to Netflix. I previously wrote about the list of movies leaving Netflix in May, so get those in before they are gone. Here are the movies/TV shows coming to Netflix US in May, and I’ve highlighted a few of my personal favorites! Enjoy!

May 1

  • “Beyond Clueless” (2014)
  • “Jimi: All Is by My Side” (2013)
  • “The Last Waltz” (1978)
  • “Legally Blonde” (2001)

Who hasn’t seen Legally Blonde? Here is the trailer:

  • “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde” (2003)
  • “Longmire” Season 3 (2012 series)

Based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson about the sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo.

  • “No No: A Dockumentary” (2014)

A great documentary about baseball pitcher Dock Ellis.

  • “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio” (2005)
  • “Shameless: Series 10″ (2004 series)
  • “Underclassman” (2015)
  • “Witnesses” Season 1

May 2

  • “Lalaloopsy: Festival of Sugary Sweets” (2015)
  • “LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: Amazing Word Explorers” (2015)

May 3

  • “Anita” (2013)
  • “D.L. Hughley: Clear” (2014)
  • “Royal Pains” Season 6 (2009 series)

May 5

  • “A Few Best Men” (2011)

May 6

  • “The Longest Week” (2014)

May 8

  • “Grace & Frankie” (2015 series, Netflix original)

I haven’t seen this Netflix original yet, because it premiers on May 8, but it is a show about two women who’s husbands reveal they are leaving them for each other. Yikes!

  • “Puss in Boots” Season 1 (5 additional episodes)
  • “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” (2013)

May 9

  • “Jinn” (2014)
  • “The Liberator” (2013)

May 12

  • “Extraterrestrial” (2014)
  • “Fruitvale Station” (2013)
  • “Magical Universe” (2013)

May 13

  • “The Identical” (2014)

May 14

  • “American Restoration” (2010 series, new collection)
  • “Counting Cars” (2012 series, new collection)
  • “Dance Moms” (2011 series, new collection)
  • “Duck Dynasty” (2012 series, new collection)
  • “Hoarders” (2009 series, new collection)
  • “Modern Marvels” (1994 series, new collection)
  • “The Universe” (2007 series, new collection)

May 15

  • “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” Season 4 (2013 series)

Watch this enigmatic man travel the world, experiencing incredible cuisine and having conversations with fascinating strangers.

  • “Cyber­Seniors” (2014)
  • “Dawg Fight” (2015)
  • “Give Me Shelter” (2014)
  • “Granite Flats” Season 1-­3 (2013 series)

May 16

  • “First Period” (2013)

May 17

  • “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast” (2015)

May 19

  • “Before I Disappear” (2014)
  • “Girlhood” (2014)

A great film about a young girl who joins an all-girl gang in Paris.

  • “Zombeavers” (2014)

May 21

  • “Between” Season 1 (2015 series)

May 22

  • “H20 Mermaid Adventures” (2015)
  • “Inglourious Basterds” (2009)

A Quentin Tarantino masterpiece. A film based on Germany’s first year occupying France and a whole slew of intertwining characters and plot lines will keep you on the edge of your seat

  • “Jen Kirkman: I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” (2015)
  • “The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir” (2014)
  • “Richie Rich” Season 2 (2015 series)
  • “Transporter: The Series” Season 1 (2012)

May 23

  • “Antarctica: A Year on Ice” (2013)
  • “The Boxtrolls” (2014)

May 24

  • “Love and Honor” (2013)
  • “Welcome to the Punch” (2013)

May 26

  • “Graceland” Seasons 1-­2 (2013 series)

May 27

  • “Before I Go to Sleep” (2014)

May 29

  • “Hot Girls Wanted” (2015)
  • “Mako Mermaids” Season 3 (2013 series)

Movies Disappearing from Netflix May 2015

 

Get these in before they’re gone! These films will be disappearing from Netflix US in May. I have highlighted a few of my recommended favorites :)

Expiring May 1

A Knight’s Tale
Airplane!
Airplane II: The Sequel
Along Came Polly
All I Want For Christmas
An American Haunting
BASEketball
Boys Don’t Cry
Cecil B. Demented
Deuces Wild
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (expiring May 5)
Fantastic Voyage
Finding Forrester
Friday the 13th: Part 7: The New Blood
Funny Face

A nice love story starring Audrey Hepburn.

Ichi the Killer

A ridiculously gorey (borderline hilarious) Japanese thriller about a psychopathic young man going on a killing spree after his boss is taken hostage by an assassin. If you’re not squeamish, check out the trailer on YouTube (Warning: very violent)

Life Is Beautiful

This film is an absolutely beautiful tale of a soulful man who is taken to a concentration camp with his son. To protect him, he convinces him that all the brutal happenings are all part of a game. Winner of 3 Academy Awards – and for good reason!

RoboCop

Romancing the Stone

Don’t know how to begin to describe this great classic. Just watch the trailer. Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito are brilliant!

Sabrina
The Accused
The Brothers Bloom
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II
The Jewel of the Nile
The Secret of NIMH
Valkyrie
6 Bullets

Expiring May 2

Flight

Denzel Washington is incredible in this film about an alcoholic pilot who manages to crash land a plane and saving all the passengers. The resulting criminal investigation into his state during the flight and budding relationship with a recovering heron addict leads to an insightful and suspenseful plot.

Expiring May 3

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Skyfall

Expiring May 12

Robot & Frank (expiring May 12)

Expiring May 16

Fun Size

Expiring May 17

Bridezillas

Expiring May 19

Red Dawn

Expiring May 18

The New Guy

Expiring May 23

Silent House

Expiring May 31

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (expiring May 31)

How to Get Around the NHL Blackout

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Cut the cord without missing a game!

If you’re a fan of hockey, you’ll want to purchase your Gamecenter Live subscription so you can catch every single game from anywhere you like! Gamecenter is a live streaming sports service that allows you to watch every out-of-market regular season game from a variety of devices.

Unfortunately, if you want to watch your local team at home, you will be subjected to blackouts, where you will be prevented from watching their live games in their applicable television territory.
UnoTelly lets you travel virtually to another city, so you can watch live games from your favorite team from the comfort of your home without an expensive cable subscription!*
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Here is how to get around the NBA blackout:

1. Sign up for a free 8-day UnoTelly trial:

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2. Set up UnoTelly on your preferred device by following this link: Devices

3. Purchase your Gamecenter subscription: Subscriptions

4. Sign in with your login credentials to watch your local teams play! Sign in through here

Enjoy!

*Important Update: Due to the new Rogers licensing, NHL Gamecenter accounts will need to be created outside of Canada and the regions where the games are televised to get around blackouts.

In order to lift blackouts, you will need to cancel any existing NHL Gamecenter accounts and subscriptions and purchase a new subscription with a new account using an international IP. If you are within 5-days or purchasing NHL Gamecenter, you should be able to call them and cancel the service as we were able to do so here.

We will be releasing a method to purchase international NHL Gamecenter shortly, but in the meantime you can use either Germany or Netherlands VPN to purchase the international Gamecenter. UnoVPN is included with the UnoTelly Gold package.

If you currently do not have a Gold Package, here is a 3-Day trial of UnoVPN.

Please use this link: UnoTelly VPN login

 

VPN Instruction:
1. This trial will give you 3 day access to our UnoVPN.
2. An e-mail confirmation with the VPN credential will be sent to your after the checkout process.

You can also log in to your account to check for your VPN credentials and account status.

3. The device set up tutorials: Tutorials

**Please note that only televised games will be available to watch online.

5 Off-the-Wall Comedies on Netflix!

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If you’re anything like me, you’ll have some trouble finding a good comedy. Silly antics and cliché jokes just don’t do it for me! I like a smart comedy with some substance, so I’ve compiled a list of 5 great comedies streaming on Netflix US right now:

Sightseers

Chris and Tina go on a road trip to expand their horizons and strengthen their relationship. But her mother, noisy teens and a whole slew of annoying encounters sends Chris over the edge and he ends up killing everybody. It’s ridiculous and wonderful. Not your typical rom-com ;). RT: 85%

In The Loop

One of the sharpest political satires you will ever watch. It’s from 2009 but still highly relevant. Must-watch! RT: 94%

In A World…

A hilarious indie flick with a strong female lead (!) about a female vocal coach trying to break it into the male-dominated voice-over world, competing against her own father and his main rival for a role. RT: 92%

Fargo

If you haven’t heard of the Coen brothers, it’s time to listen up! This fantastic film is about a pregnant police chief (another strong female lead!) investigating a series of murders in Fargo, North Dakota while trying to track down a man who have hired two hilariously criminals to kidnap his wife. Classic. RT: 94%

Sleepwalk With Me

Comedian Mike Birbiglia stars in this film about a standup comic who’s anxiety over his career and his commitment to his girlfriend lead to hilarity and a sleep disorder. RT: 84%