Tuesday, 14 March 2017

VPN Internet security for mobile use

Black oval to the right of the laptop is a Keezel – mobile VPN in-a-box
Credit: Tom's Hardware

Public WiFi networks are far from secure.1 Free WiFi at that coffee shop may not be the bargain it appears. A VPN represents a substantial security upgrade.2

Keezel is mobile VPN-in-a-box for WiFi networks – with single button operation.

HitchHiker's Guide 2 Tech – “Keezel: easy-to-use privacy & security for every online device, everywhere”

Indiegogo crowd funding closed on 23 August 2015. Estimated delivery at that time was December 2015. As of this date, few have been delivered. Contributions are still being taken, with delivery estimated as April 2017.

In the interim, there have been a number of changes, including:
● battery upgrade, from around 5,000 mAh to 8,000 mAh+
● announcement of VPN provision by PureVPN, proXPN, & Le VPN

While Keezel have been making little apparent progress, alternatives have appeared.

InvizBox Go

Ars Technica – “Invizbox Go aims to make mobile privacy painless over any Wi-Fi”

InvizBox was crowdfunded through Indiegogo & Kickstarter. They can still be ordered on Indiegogo, with a range of VPN support packages provided by IP Vanish, ranging from 2 months ($US99) to lifetime ($US399).

Interesting point, a small VPN support package can be updated to lifetime after the InvizBox is delivered, if the supporter likes the device. Check this exchange in the comments earlier in March.

Darrylstp 12 days ago
Hi. Pledged Early Bird last night. Is there a potential upgrade route to lifetime or extended length if I find I really like the product, or do I have to buy Lifetime up front?

Paul Canavan [Campaigner] 11 days ago
@darrylstp – You can upgrade later. Just drop us a line!

Indiegogo Project – “InvizBox Go - Privacy.Security.Stream.Extend.Block”

Kickstarter – “InvizBox Go - Privacy Made Easy”

InvizBox manufacturer Web site


Betterspot is different in a few ways

Keezel & InvizBox were built by engineers who then had to go looking for other organisations to provide their VPN backend – Betterspot was built by Betternet VPN as a mobile front end for their existing VPN service

● in addition to WiFi connections to the Internet & the user's device, Ethernet is also available

● no internal battery – powered by USB – for mobile use, a powered USB port on a laptop, or an external battery is required – this may be better in the long run, as the batteries in Keezel & InvizBox are not replaceable

BestVPN – “Betterspot VPN Router Review”, https://www.bestvpn.com/betterspot-vpn-router-review/

Indiegogo – “Betterspot: A Smart VPN Router for All Devices”

Kickstarter – “Betterspot: A VPN Router for All Devices & Platforms”

1 Digital Trends: “How dangerous is public Wi-Fi? We ask an expert”, http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-dangerous-is-public-wi-fi/

2 “A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, allows you to create a secure connection to another network over the Internet.” – How to How-To Geek: “What Is a VPN, & Why Would I Need One?”, https://www.howtogeek.com/133680/htg-explains-what-is-a-vpn/
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