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Over the past few years public awareness of VPNs has grown, but for many they are still a mystery. Traditionally, they were used by businesses to enable their employees to access a company’s internal network securely. Nowadays people use them for two main things: watching TV and privacy.

We all view catch-up TV video. Unfortunately, a lot of this is intended only to be watched in home territories. The BBC iPlayer and Sky Go, for example, are only meant to be viewed in the UK, and while Netflix is accessible around the globe, the content available varies across countries due to licensing restrictions.

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Software-defined networking is here, whether enterprises are ready or not

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Software-defined networking will enable today’s explosive data growth to continue by making telecoms more agile and scalable.

Network traffic is growing at an astonishing rate. We attribute this to video conferencing, dynamic cloud workloads and unified communications. Data traffic on the AT&T wireless network grew more than 150,000 percent between 2007 and 2015. This is only the beginning, though. New technology will continue to push bandwidth demand even higher in the future. This includes the Internet of Things, 4K video, virtual reality and augmented reality.

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PlayStation Network finally adds two-factor authentication

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Considering how much the PlayStation Network breach cost Sony, it’s kind of crazy that the service didn’t offer two-factor login authentication before now. But, that’s no longer the case. Protecting your PlayStation account is SMS-based (which has its own limitations) versus using an authenticator app, however. You can set up device passwords for the PlayStation 3 and Vita handheld, and, really, from there it doesn’t differ much than you’re used to with other apps and services.

Xbox One has had something similar for a few years, but hey, with how susceptible seemingly every service is to ne’er-do-wells these days, a late arrival for the feature is definitely preferable to never getting it at all

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Which country has the fastest mobile networkOpenSignal is back with another in depth report into the state of national mobile networks. However, unlike last year’s look at 4G LTE data, this latest report examines 3G/4G speeds and coverage together. This gives us a much better look at how countries across the globe compare when it comes to the typical consumer experience and which offer the fastest mobile networks.

The global data set was collected from 822,556 users around the world who use OpenSignal’s mobile software. Interestingly, the data also gives us a look at how much time consumers spend on their WiFi networks, which are often faster than the speeds they can achieve from 4G LTE networks.

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What will 5G look like

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Anybody with even an inkling of interest in the mobile world knows that 5G technology is coming. However, finding someone with a clear idea of what 5G technology entails and what it will look like in the consumer market is a much more difficult task. Fortunately, MIT is here to give us the scoop regarding what to expect from this world-changing network.

We often think of technological development as a gradual thing.After all, the batteries on our smartphones have been essentially the same for years, and each wave of flagship devices produces incrementally advanced iterations of their predecessors.

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Global internet speeds are on the rise, according to Akamai

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It may not seem like it when you’re waiting for minutes on end for that website to load, but as a whole, internet speeds are on their way up. According to the latest report from content delivery network (CDN) Akamai, global average connection speeds are up 12 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015, and are up 23 percent year-over-year.

According to its quarterly “State of the Internet,” the first three months of 2016 went quite well for the denizens of the online world. The average speed around the world is now 6.3Mbps, and while that may not seem like much (Starbucks offers speeds as fast as 9.01Mbps), it’s pretty impressive when you consider that these figures are a global average.

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Google working on internet speed test built into Search

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It seems Google is working on a speed test service that will be built within Google Search and can be used simply by searching for “check internet speed” or something similar.

The feature is being developed partnership with Measurement Lab (or M-Lab), who will be doing the actual testing. The test will check your download and upload speed and latency.

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Lookout uses network layer security to expand mobile protection

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The shift towards a mobile and cloud focused workplace has brought a great deal of flexibility but it’s also added new risks. How do you protect data when employees can access it at any time and from any device?

Lookout, a specialist in securing mobility, has expanded expanded Mobile Threat Protection with the introduction of Network Protection, an automatic on-device analysis of network connections to defend against man-in-the-middle attacks and ensure information is being securely transmitted.

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Could We Ever Have A Truly Free Internet

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Last week a group of eminent scholars and web pioneers, including such luminaries as Tim Berners-Lee and Vinton Cerf, met at the Internet Archive to discuss the future of the Internet.

Among the chief topics of discussion for the gathering were to envision what it might look like to “create a more decentralized web with more privacy, less government and corporate control, and a level of permanence and reliability.” But, could such an Internet ever really exist?

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The Quality of Service (QoS) was introduced in the computer networksfield to give more priorities to some data packets over others.

You can relate it to something like this — There is a counter to serve people with movie tickets. But, there is a reservation at the counter. Some people have the privilege to stand in a separate row and this way, they are also served faster than others.

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