There’s no question that public Wi-Fi has made it easier than ever to stay connected when you are traveling. But what most people don’t realize is that free, unsecured Wi-Fi comes with its own set of risks, and that your personal information can be compromised if you’re not careful.
Case in point. A few months back, my wife ordered some shoes from an online retailer while at a coffee shop, never giving it much thought. But a few days later, she got a fraud alert from her credit card company, as someone was trying to use her credit card to buy a bunch of stuff.
Being that she didn’t use this credit card very often, it wasn’t too hard to trace this back to the coffee shop, and the fact that she was connected to their unsecure Wi-Fi network. For hackers, this is all it takes to them to access your bank info, passwords, and more.
Scary stuff, right? But luckily, there’s an easy way to protect yourself. Hotspot Shield secures your devices from hackers, allowing you to send encrypted data over previously unencrypted networks (like public Wi-Fi networks). But that’s not all it does.
In addition, Hotspot Shield protects your privacy by making your online activities anonymous. Your ISP can’t see what sites your visiting, and no one can share or sell your private data. And Hotspot Shield provides unrestricted access to the internet from anywhere in the world, so you can stream shows or access social media even while abroad.
The folks at Hotspot Shield recently invited me to try out their service and share my thoughts on it. As someone who travels quite a bit for work, I’m constantly putting myself at risk by trusting the hotel’s public Wi-Fi with my various passwords (Gmail, Facebook, Comcast, etc), so I was only too happy to test this out for myself.
First impressions? Hotspot Shield is super easy to install, and in just a few steps, I was up and running. To ensure that it was working correctly, I went to WhatIsMyIP, and it displayed my masked IP and fake location rather than my real info. Afterwards, I ran a Speed Test to see if there were any effects on my connection, and it came back plenty fast. Nice!
It would have been handy to have Hotspot Shield last month when I was traveling overseas, as I found myself geo-blocked from sites on more than one occasion. But with Hotspot Shield, I would have been able to click on the “Browsing from” tab and choose a server in the United States, “tricking” the sites into thinking that I was somewhere else entirely.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier with Hotspot Shield, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who wants privacy protection, Wi-Fi security, unrestricted access to content, and much more. Over 650 million users in 200 countries access the Internet securely with Hotspot Shield, and if you want that peace of mind in knowing that your connection is secure, then you should too!
Visit www.hotspotshield.com for more information and to get started for free today.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Hotspot Shield.
Amazon Turns Up The Heat This Holiday Season With Free Shipping For All
This holiday season, Amazon wants you to skip the crowded malls and stores and instead shop for your loved ones from the comfort of your home. And for the first time ever, they’ve rolled out free shipping, not just for Prime members, but for EVERYONE!
In the past, if you wanted free shipping from Amazon, you would have to spend a minimum of $25, which usually meant adding something else to your cart that you really didn’t want/need. But in light of growing competition from Walmart, Target, and other e-tailers, they’re offering free shipping with no purchase minimum on orders that will arrive in time for Christmas.
“This holiday, customers can enjoy free shipping with no minimum purchase amount on orders that will arrive in time for Christmas, including items from Amazon’s expertly curated Gift Guides across electronics, fashion, home and toys,” said Doug Herrington, Senior Vice President of North American Retail at Amazon.
Plus, tens of millions of Prime members can shop with FREE Same-Day Delivery, which is now available on more than three million items; the largest same-day selection in the US including the best gifts like toys, electronics, home, fashion and everything you need this holiday.
Can’t decide to get that special someone on your list, you can never go wrong with an Amazon Gift Card. Right now, you can receive a $15 promotional credit applied to your account when you purchase at least $50 in Amazon Gift Cards, which is a pretty awesome deal.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro Is One Sweet Phone.. Too Bad You Can’t Buy It
If you’re in the market for a smartphone packed with all of the bells and whistles, your choices are the iPhone XS, Google Pixel 3, Galaxy Note 9, or the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Unless you live in the United States that is, in which case you can scratch that last one off your list, as the Chinese smartphone maker isn’t welcome in the US anymore.
And that’s a shame, because Huawei makes some great phones. So much so that after nearly a decade of iPhone loyalty, I made the switch earlier this year to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and I couldn’t be any happier with my decision. The phone takes amazing pictures (which is most important to me), and it comes packed with cutting-edge features.
Now, Huawei is raising the bar with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, with an even greater focus on AI, a Leica Triple Camera, a new 7nm chipset, a larger 4200 mAh battery, wireless charging, and an in-screen fingerprint scanner. This phone features a 6.39-inch curved OLED screen with a 3120 x 1440 resolution (19.5:9 aspect ratio).
Perhaps the most noteworthy feature on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is that Leica Triple Camera, which houses a 40 MP main camera, a 20 MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8 MP telephoto camera. Together, the trio of lenses supports a wide range of focal lengths (equivalent to the performance of a 16-270 mm zoom lens), enabling it to mimic the results from professional cameras, while still small enough to fit in your pocket.
In addition, the Mate 20 Pro features the Kirin 980 processor, which gives a huge improvement in both speed and power efficiency over the outgoing model (which was no slouch itself). It also allows the phone to step up it’s AI efforts. Real-time image processing can be done on video now, not just photos, while real-time object segmentation is more precise.
Besides superb performance, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro also features some big improvements on battery life. The smartphone’s large, high-density 4200 mAh battery supports SuperCharge, giving the device a 70% charge in 30 minutes. It also supports Wireless Quick Charge, along with Wireless Reverse Charge – where the phone acts as a power bank for other devices. Neat feature if you need to charge up your Bluetooth headphones or something.
Much like Face ID the iPhone XS, the Mate 20 Pro gets facial unlocking, which can be used not only to access your phone, but for specific software too. App Lock will allow you to secure individual apps, while File Cabinet will do the same thing but for files. In addition, the Mate 20 Pro gets an in-display fingerprint sensor, allowing you to press your fingertip against a certain part of the screen to unlock your phone.
All in all, the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro sounds like quite the phone, at least based on its specs. But seeing as how we can’t go to our local Best Buy or AT&T store to play with it for ourselves, it’s an expensive gamble to order one from Amazon sight unseen. And therein lies the rub.
What do you think of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro?
The GoPro HERO7 Black Makes Shaky Videos A Thing Of The Past
Like many of you, I’m rocking a GoPro that’s more than a few years old, and seeing as how it still works just fine, I haven’t found the need to upgrade to the latest model.. until now.
The GoPro HERO7 Black was just introduced, and let me tell you, it’s a total game changer, setting the bar for video stabilization with its standout feature, HyperSmooth.
HyperSmooth is the best in-camera video stabilization ever featured in a camera. It makes it easy to capture professional-looking, gimbal-like stabilized video without the expense or hassle of a motorized gimbal. Don’t believe me? Just watch this video and see for yourself.
Pretty incredible, right? GoPro really knocked it out of the park this time. And it’s not all. The HERO7 Black introduces a radical new form of video called TimeWarp, applying a high-speed, ‘magic-carpet-ride’ effect to your videos and showcasing longer experiences in short, flowing videos that are compelling to watch and easy to share.
And when it comes to sharing, there’s no faster way to do it than live. HERO7 Black is the first GoPro to live stream, enabling users to automatically share in real time to Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, Vimeo and other platforms internationally. The result is an exciting and convenient way to share life’s more interesting, on-the-go moments.
“HERO7 Black is the GoPro we’ve all been waiting for,” said GoPro founder, Nick Woodman. “With HyperSmooth video stabilization, HERO7 Black is a camera anyone can use to capture amazingly smooth, professional looking shots of their activities. And they can do it live.”
HERO7 Black Features:
- HyperSmooth Stabilization – Gimbal-like stabilization without the gimbal
- Live Stream – Automatic sharing as you live it while saving your streamed videos to your SD card in high definition
- TimeWarp Video – Super-stabilized time lapse ‘magic carpet ride’ videos of your experiences, up to 30x speed
- SuperPhoto – Intelligent scene analyzation for professional-looking photos via automatically applied HDR, Local Tone Mapping and Multi-Frame Noise Reduction
- Portrait Mode – Native vertical-capture for easy sharing to Instagram Stories, Snapchat and more
- Enhanced Audio – Re-engineered audio captures increased dynamic range, new microphone membrane reduces unwanted vibrations during mounted situations
- Intuitive Touch Interface – 2-inch touch display with simplified user interface enables native vertical (portrait) use of camera
- Face, Smile + Scene Detection – HERO7 Black recognizes faces, expressions and scene-types to enhance automatic QuikStory edits on the GoPro app
- Short Clips – Restricts video recording to 15- or 30-second clips for faster transfer to phone, editing and sharing. Great for new users and kids.
- Photo Timer – Countdown timer for convenient selfies and group shots
- Stunning Image Quality – 4K60 video and 12MP photos
- Ultra Slo-Mo – 8x slow motion in 1080p240
- Rugged and Waterproof – Waterproof without a housing to 33ft (10m), goes everywhere your phone can’t
- Voice Control – Verbal commands let you go hands-free in 14 languages
- Auto Transfer to Phone – Your photos and videos move automatically from camera when connected to the GoPro app for on-the-go sharing
- GPS Performance Stickers – Track speed, distance and elevation, then highlight them by adding stickers to videos in the GoPro app
- Touch Zoom – Frame your photos and videos with just a touch
The GoPro HERO7 Black is currently available for pre-order for $399. And for those of you who don’t need all the bells and whistles, the HERO7 Silver ($299) and HERO7 White ($199) offer a lot of bang for the buck as well.
What do you think of the GoPro HERO7 Black?