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Spotflux

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Spotflux is a free encrypted VPN client that routes your Internet traffic through a series of secure servers that mask your actual IP and make it virtually impossible to trace the connection back to your computer. Unlike some VPN clients, Spotflux is easy enough for anyone to use.

Spotflux has a unique Setup wizard that offers more options than most installers, including extra software we declined to install. The first thing Spotflux did when it launched was to secure our Internet connection by changing our settings to conform to the secure network's servers. Our browser opened with our secure connection (you can change that option in the program's Settings) but it took a few reloads before we could load any Web page; in fact, we had to close Spotflux and reopen it to access Web pages with our default browser, Chrome. It's almost impossible for an Internet connection routed through multiple secure VPN servers to be as fast as your normal broadband connection, and we noticed a bit of a lag in our browsing with Spotflux activated, though it's not really a concern since even our slowest sites loaded quickly enough -- certainly fast enough that we didn't think about disabling Spotflux right away, as has so often been the case with secure VPN clients. A system-tray icon let us check Spotflux's status at any time simply by hovering the cursor; right-clicking produced a menu that let us disable Spotflux's secure connection, access the program's Settings, and Quit the program. The Settings are basic but useful, such as languages, startup behavior, and proxies. Spotflux doesn't have a Help file in the usual sense, but the program is so easy to use, and a Support tab on the Settings dialog generates Support Bundles.

Securing your Internet connection helps protect your privacy and anonymity, and it blocks Web trackers and those all-too-personalized ads, too. It even protects against infected Web sites. Spotflux made all that as easy as any tool we've tried, and it doesn't slow your browsing enough to make you want to quit it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It works Very well,But the american CIA can still track"

    April 16, 2014  |   By verytiredchris

    Version: Spotflux 2.10.3

    Pros

    It works Very well,But the american CIA can still track you & read your suff,I'm told.... :(

    Cons

    It works Very well,But the american CIA can still track you & read your stuff,etc,I'm told.... :(

    Summary

    It works Very well,But the american CIA can still track you & read your stuff,etc,I'm told.... :(

    Updated on Apr 16, 2014

    Annoying pop-up adverts come with (Free) spotflux, but they can be suppressed with Adblock extn/add-on,etc... :)

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Effective if properly configured"

    April 11, 2014  |   By neilmak

    Version: Spotflux 2.10.3

    Pros

    * Properly configured (in conjunction with a public DNS) it works well
    * Fast, with minimal disruption to web response times
    * Usually sets a US proxy (useful for non-US users):
    - can order and deliver to US forwarding addresses
    - can access Hulu etc
    * Free

    Cons

    * Have to also setup PC to use public DNS (OpenDNS, Google etc)
    * If not setup as above (if ISP is DNS server) it leaks DNS requests to local ISP
    * Have to turn-off for online banking, some payment services and uTube
    * Have to turn-off for non-US credit card orders (IP address does not match credit card country)
    * Can raise false hacking alarms with some webmail providers (because your access IP is different each time)
    * Need to test for DNS leakage after installing (cannot just install-n-go)

    Summary

    Set up carefully, combined with a public DNS server, it performs well (and for free)

    Updated on Apr 13, 2014

    Spotflux spawns annoying pop-up adverts, but they can be suppressed with Adblock.

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