Tech note – StrongVPN vs TunnelBear vs my native connection – speed tests — 2 Comments

  1. I’ve been please with Private Network Access, but it’s also kind of a pain to set up. It’s easier now than it used to be, but probably not a good choice for the novice user. One aspect of it that I particularly like is that they have many access points all over the world, and you can either let the app chose (which gives you the currently fastest one from your location) or choose a particular access point. Sometimes the allegedly fastest one is not actually the best choice, so I like having options. I presume that feature is also handy for getting around some of the silly location-based controls for movies and whatnot.

  2. For yesterday’s class the purpose was to let it appear the students were in the U.S. for the purpose of setting up the new Google Photos app.

    If you are in the U.S. when setting it up the “group people” feature is available in settings, and is even set by default.

    But if you are out of the U.S. the feature isn’t available at all.

    Once you’ve set up you can turn the VPN off and you can make use of the automatic people recognition feature on all your devices, and the web, without using VPN again. It’s a trick people are talking about the help forums.

    For myself, I usually use StrongVPN so I can watch U.S. Hulu and Netflix.


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