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postheadericon Adobe fined $1 million for 2013 data breach

The financial repercussions of a data breach have been highlighted by the $ 1 million fine handed out to Adobe Systems for a 2013 security incident.

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postheadericon Most Popular VPN Router & VPN Service Providers in 2013

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VPN Router Best Sellers – 2013

2013: what a news filled year for privacy, security, and the expansion of connectivity in our daily lives.

At this point, we’re sure you’re sick of post-mortems about last year; we understand, and we are too. Nonetheless, we’d be remiss if we didn’t briefly reminisce about the banner year 2013 was for FlashRouters: we greatly improved our line with a steady stream of powerful and fast router additions,  integrated homegrown videos into our repertoire, and added VPN after VPN to our official supported provider list. Everything just clicked for us.

So while you probably don’t need anymore best-of lists clogging up your browser, we thought it necessary to highlight some of the top DD-WRT & Tomato VPN routers and VPN service providers that helped us make 2013 such a memorable one for us.

The Benefits of a DD-WRT or Tomato Firmware Upgrade

Of course, we wouldn’t miss an opportunity to tell you about what we do to make our routers are so great. It’s right there in our title.

Every router we sell is flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares that boost every router’s functionality. With DD-WRT and Tomato, a whole world of advanced options open up for the user, such as premium security features, extendable wireless range, and the ability to control the allocation of one’s bandwidth.

Let’s not forget all this:

  • Built-in OpenVPN, PPTP, & L2TP Settings which allows you to utilize your VPN subscription with multiple devices as well as popular streaming players like Rokus while saving you the trouble of installing the VPN connection on each single device!
  • Dual WAN and 3g/$ G USb Failover options.
  • Major security holes removed like WDS and manufacturer backdoors.
  • Advanced Networking Modes for WDS, Repeaters & Client Bridges
  • Advanced QoS (Quality of Service) which lets you take over the process of allocating your bandwidth for VOIP, streaming service & popular websites.

Still a little fuzzy about what a FlashRouter does? Check out this handy video (this came out in 2013 too)!

Most Popular Wireless VPN Router of 2013

No matter how many new Wireless-AC VPN Routers we added in the past year, with their dizzying speeds and tremendous performing power, it would seem nothing could unseat the much-beloved Cisco Linksys E4200 DD-WRT FlashRouter. But we think this time next year, a new king of the hill will finally be crowned.

Yes, the E4200 held strong, as did the towering Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Tomato router, but our first DD-WRT Wireless-AC router did make it’s way to the number three position (possibly because it’s been around longer). We’ll see what the coming year has in store for these excellent devices, but for now, here’s to the E4200!

  1. Cisco Linksys E4200 N750 DD-WRT VPN Router– Best Overall DD-WRT Router
  2. Asus RT-N66U N900 Dark Knight Tomato WiFi Router – Best Overall Tomato Router
  3. Asus RT-AC66U Wireless-AC1750 DD-WRT Router – Our first Wireless-AC FlashRouter with an amazing price!
  4. Cisco Linksys E2500 Tomato Router – The most affordable dual band Tomato firmware option at under $ 100.
  5. Cisco Linksys E1200 N300 DD-WRT Router – Our economy, do-it-all model. Popular as a wireless repeater or client bridge.
  6. Asus RT-AC66U Tomato OpenVPN Router – For those looking for next generation Wireless-AC support with full OpenVPN support.
  7. Cisco Linksys E4200 Tomato Router – The Tomato version of a popular favorite.
  8. Asus RT-N16 DD-WRT – The long-standing DD-WRT classic single band with external antennas.
  9. Netgear WNDR3700 N600 DD-WRT Router – A great mid-range choice for heavy users of streaming HD video.
  10. Cisco Linksys E1200 Tomato VPN Router – The newly added OpenVPN economy option.

Most Popular VPN Service Providers in 2013 – By User Request

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HideMyAss VPN & FlashRouters

As we mentioned above, we added a lot of VPNs to our supported provider list in this past year, and boy, is that reflected on the list of most popular VPN router service provider set-ups. About half of the list were not supported providers at the beginning of this year!

Nonetheless, the old guard held down the top slots. Maybe that will change in due time, but for now, people still can’t get enough of the tremendous US & UK server selection offered by HideMyAss. So congratulations to them! Here’s to a great 2014 with all of them!

  1. HideMyAss – Top overall US & UK server choices.
  2. PrivateInternetAccess – Best budget VPN service.
  3. Overplay – Easiest setup for your DD-WRT router and utilizing OpenVPN.
  4. IPVanish – Offers some of the fastest L1 server speeds worldwide, and popular in the Middle East.
  5. StrongVPN – A popular choice with those in Latin America & Asia. Excellent across-the-board router support.
  6. IVPN Top VPN service provider for privacy-minded citizens, foreign journalists, human rights activists, etc.
  7. EarthVPN – An affordable addition with excellent worldwide VPN coverage, starting around 5 per month.
  8. CyberGhost – Most popular European VPN, especially in Germany.
  9. VPNSecure.Me – Popular Australian-based VPN provider with excellent support.
  10. – A newcomer to the list, rising fast due to their excellent worldwide server selection.

The FlashRouters Difference

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As we’ve demonstrated above, there are a lot of features on our devices waiting for a user to come along and take advantage of them, but some of these features may require a bit more technical expertise than your average user necessarily has. We want our customers getting the most out of their devices; that’s why we offer:

  • An extensively tested version of DD-WRT or Tomato firmware will be flashed on your router.
  • Personalized Custom Configuration & Setup Guide: A FlashRouter configuration specialist will personally contact you to tailor your new router to your networking plans if you don’t tell us in your order comments.
  • Dual VPN Router Network Setup – Your router will be configured to work by itself or in tandem with your current service provider modem/router out-of-the-box so that you can establish a VPN dedicated router/access point.
  • Free VPN Service Integration: We offer setup guides for just about every VPN service, including: OverPlayVPNHide MyAss,  IPVanish, PrivateInternetAccessStrongVPN, ExpressVPN, CyberGhost, VyprVPN, plus many more.
  • Fast, affordable worldwide shipping via USPS.

Please feel free to contact us by opening a support ticket or e-mailing us, no matter how big or small the issue. Our friendly support staff is always there to answer any and all of your questions.

For more DD-WRT, Tomato, & VPN Service Provider updates, product updates, and limited-time specials, follow us (@flashrouters) or like us on Facebook.

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postheadericon Most Popular Netflix Instant Videos of 2013 You Might Have Missed

House of Cards - Best of Netflix 2013, Best TV 2013

House of Cards

2013 was a banner year for Netflix Instant. As more and more people cut the cord and ditched their cable packages, the streaming media service cemented their stature as one of the premium ways to consume movies and television.

Better yet, Netflix Instant also took its most noteworthy steps into the world of original programming (as the section below will discuss), garnering multiple Emmy nominations for dramatic and comedic series that premiered on their network. It’s no wonder services like Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime are hustling to demonstrate their original programming chops, having seen Netflix succeed so completely throughout 2013.

While we certainly have a lot of affection for other streaming media channels, we think it was Netflix Instant’s year, so we’re going to focus on the best they had to offer in 2013.

Best Netflix Instant Original Programming

Arrested Development on Netflix Instant- Best of Netflix 2013, Best TV 2013

Arrested Development on Netflix Instant

House of Cards – Let’s start here, since most people tend to ignore Lilyhammer’s existence and choose to believe this was Netflix’s first original show. The acting was meaty, the intrigue was over-heated, and some of the twists beggared belief, but there’s no denying that we (and many, many others) shotgunned through the first thirteen episodes of this political thriller like the time to do so might soon run out.

Arrested Development – As huge fans of the series when it originally ran on Fox, we were frothing at the mouth with anticipation when Netflix announced that new episodes would be forthcoming. Arrested Development‘s fourth season didn’t quite live up to our expectations (what could?), but it wasn’t for lack of ambition. The choppy, disjointed Arrested Development is still better (and a whole lot funnier) than the vast majority of network TV comedy.

Orange Is the New Black – Here’s one that floored us, no qualifications. Orange Is the New Black gave us a handful of interesting characters in the first few episodes, and then just kept packing more and more of them in to its confined quarters. Ostensibly the story of a privileged white woman with a wild past that belatedly lands her in prison, Orange Is the New Black slowly and patiently revealed the humanity of the initially scary characters that surrounded her, creating a universe that was a pleasure to dwell in (from a distance, of course).

Marc Maron: Thinky Pain – If you only knew Marc Maron from his invaluable WTF Podcast, you’d certainly know him as a prime, self-obsessed ranter. However, you might not have as clear of an idea about what a skilled and entertaining comedian Marc Maron is and has been for years. Thinky Pain is evidence that few in Maron’s field can tap into the humor and pathos of the constantly agitated the way he can.

Best Movies (and Miniseries) of 2013 Streaming on Netflix Instant

For this section, we’re only going to be focused on movies that were released in 2013, lest you think we weren’t aware of the many other great movies on Netflix Instant. And, of course, this isn’t a comprehensive list of our favorite movies of 2013 (we’d recommend Inside Llewyn Davis or The World’s End here, but what good does that do a person watching Netflix Instant?). Anyway, get streaming!

Best Comedies on Netflix

It's A Disaster: Available on Netflix Instant- Best Movies 2013

It’s A Disaster: Available on Netflix Instant

It’s A Disaster -Here’s something you didn’t know you wanted: a wonderfully droll comedy about the apocalypse. David Cross (from Arrested Development) stars as a man meeting his new girlfriend’s friends over their weekly brunch, which takes a surprising turn when they slowly realize that the end times have begun right outside the door. One of the great joys of this movie is watching Cross (excellent as a straight man) navigate the social minefield that is watching close friends casually snipe at each other, but the cast is uniformly excellent, making the most of a clever script.

Prince Avalanche – Director David Gordon Green used to make beautiful, lyrical, little indie movies (George WashingtonAll the Real GirlsSnow Angels) before he bizarrely moved on to big studio comedies of varying quality (The Pineapple ExpressYour HighnessThe Sitter). Prince Avalanche is his return to form, telling the almost non-existent story of two line-painters (Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch) working through a stretch of Texas devastated by fires in the eighties. Odd, philosophical, mysterious, and completely disarming.

Frances Ha – It took the winning Greta Gerwig to finally bring a light touch to Noah Baumbach’s typically mean-spirited films (we like them, truly, but woof, Nicole Kidman’s character in Margot At the Wedding…). Gerwig co-wrote Frances Ha with Baumbach and stars as the titular Frances, an enthusiastic but existentially adrift 27-year-old struggling to make it as a dancer in New York City. A sweet, funny, and insightful movie about that time of life when you feel like you should have it all figured out but you know you’re nowhere close to that goal.

Best New Documentaries Netflix Instant 2013

Computer Chess – It was a little over a week ago that we first mentioned this sleeper gem. Here’s what we had to say:

A great little curio of a movie that came out earlier this year, Computer Chess is a dryly funny, faux-documentary about a man-vs-machine chess tournament set in 1980, populated by wonderfully esoteric characters and other oddities.

And wouldn’t you know it, all of that is still true. Seek it out.

Room 237  – For huge fans of The Shining (like us), Room 237 was a great opportunity to pore over a classic and consider some of the subtextual tricks director Stanley Kubrick may have been employing. For others, it provided the chance to listen to some crackpot theories, and a few intriguing ones, about a thirty-year-old movie. Room 237‘s purpose – to explore some remarkably intricate and often remarkably strained theories about The Shining – might have seemed like a chance to laugh at a few loonies with loony theories, but it was a fascinating study about just how much people will deliberately twist their brains to make something that they really, really want to believe conceivable.

 Best New Dramas Streaming on Netflix

Upstream Color: Best of Netflix 2013- Best Movies 2013

Upstream Color: Best of Netflix 2013

Side Effects – This movie may make for a weird final note in Steven Soderbergh’s directorial career, but it’s a sleek and intelligent example of film noir nonetheless. We’ll warn you that the less you know about the plot going in, the better, but the story revolves around a depressive woman (Rooney Mara), her psychiatrist (Jude Law), and the tricky nature of treating mental health with pharmaceuticals . The twists certainly come quick and often, and Soderbergh’s usual deconstructionist eye is well-applied to this slippery tale of deceit and murder.

Upstream Color – As with writer/director/star Shane Carruth’s other movie (Primer), not knowing what’s going on in Upstream Color is part of the point. Seemingly, Upstream Color is about a woman (Amy Seimetz) whose life is turned upside down after she’s abducted and hypnotized, and the man she meets (Carruth) who may have had the same thing happen to him, but it’s such an unusually and originally assembled movie that it’s hard to commit even to that description. Nonetheless, Upstream Color is a beautiful, mesmerizing, startlingly unique science fiction drama, one that uses the confusion it causes as a necessary part of its otherworldly spell.

Top of the Lake – Jane Campion’s much-heralded (rightfully so) return was a seven-episode miniseries that cast Elisabeth Moss as a detective searching small-town New Zealand for a missing, pregnant 12-year-old girl. Moss soon finds her case intertwining with a local crime boss (Peter Mullan) and a battered women’s shelter run by a mystic (Holly Hunter). It’s a fascinatingly and patiently told tale that has a great many interesting things to say about gender issues.

Enjoy Better Netflix Streaming With FlashRouters

We would be remiss if we just shared our favorite Netflix Instant streaming options of 2013, and didn’t remind you about the ways in which a FlashRouter can improve your streaming media experience.

Our routers are designed to foster fast, powerful, and versatile wireless networks. With a FlashRouter,  you can extend your wireless range, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated, which is particularly helpful for those who want to prioritize high-volume jobs like streaming movies and television. These are just a few of the benefits of flashing routers with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares that supercharge a router’s functionality.

What’s more, with a FlashRouter, you can even improve your VPN experience, which will help you stay in touch with your Netflix Instant queue from anywhere in the world (as we’ve demonstrated many times this year). We can configure our routers so that your VPN is set to work with it right out of the box, as long as you pick one from our official supported provider list. We don’t want you messing around with tricky installation processes and accidentally bricking your router.

Take a look at some of the entries on our recent best-sellers of November list for some router recommendations (it’s also a good place to check out some popular VPNs), but if we had to spotlight a few, we’d tell you about the Cisco Linksys E4200 DD-WRT router; that fantastic device can’t seem to cede the top spot on our best-sellers lists. Of course, the E4200 may just have some serious competition, now that we’ve added several Wireless-AC routers to our line, including the Asus RT-AC66U Dark Knight DD-WRT router, it’s Tomato counterpart, and the Netgear R6300 DD-WRT router, all of which run at dizzying speeds.

And while you’re improving your Netflix Instant experience, why not head on down to our media device store and pick up a Roku or Apple TV? It’s the best way to view 2013′s best of Netflix Instant.

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postheadericon Bing shares the top global searches of 2013

REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 1, 2013 — Looking back on 2013, billions of searches on Bing from around the world reveal it was a year of American songs, superhero movies, Facebook love, high-end designer brands, controversial sports stars, European getaways and fierce women. Bing search trends, found at, indicate what has most captivated people around the world in 2013, and this year the trend report includes search data from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S.

Most-searched people around the world

Ladies appeared to rule 2013, since a woman was the most-searched person of the year in eight of the 12 participating countries around the world — Beyoncé reigned in the U.S., while Miley Cyrus’ highly publicized twerking made her the top-searched person in both Australia and Canada. Former flames Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were the most-searched people in the U.K. and Germany, respectively. Actress and actors Bruna Marquezine, Wen Zhang and Salman Khan were the most-searched people in Brazil, China and India, while singers Rihanna and David Bisbal ranked at the top for France and Spain, and gorgeous TV personalities Danmitsu and Belen Rodriguez were favorites in Japan and Italy.

Most-searched person in the U.S.

With an amazing Super Bowl performance — including a reunion with Destiny’s Child — as well as a successful world tour and famous family, Beyoncé captivated Americans this year and was the most-searched person on Bing in the U.S. She earned not only the title of most-searched person, but the most-searched musician nod as well. Fellow musician Rihanna also came out near the top for 2013, earning both the No. 3 spot as most-searched person and No. 2 for most-searched musician. Newcomers to the top 10 this year include Amanda Bynes at No. 8, Madonna at No. 5 and President Barack Obama at No. 10. Taylor Swift’s busy year in the public eye helped her make the biggest jump in rankings, going from No. 10 in 2012 to No. 4 this year:

Additional top Bing search results from the U.S. and around the world are available at

About Bing

Bing is the search engine from Microsoft. It was introduced in 2009 with a mission to empower people with knowledge — to answer any question and provide useful tools to help you best accomplish your goals, from the everyday to the extraordinary. Bing continues on that mission today by moving beyond the search box to power intelligent experiences across a range of devices and services from Microsoft and third parties.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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postheadericon Microsoft Dynamics CRM Global Premiere Event kickoff and Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2013 EMEA

REDMOND, Wash. Oct. 30, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) on Wednesday announced the details of live webcasts for the Global Premiere Event for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Convergence 2013 EMEA, the Microsoft Dynamics community business conference from Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 4 and 5.

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Global Premiere Event will feature Microsoft executives and highlight how customers around the globe are using the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM release to create compelling customer experiences and bring those experiences to life. The event will also showcase the new release in action.

What: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Global Premiere Event

When: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, 5:30–7 p.m. CET

(8:30–10 a.m. U.S. PST and 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. U.S. EST)

Where: Fira Barcelona Gran Via Conference Centre , Barcelona, Spain

Live w ebcast

i nformation: The live webcast will begin at 5:30 p.m. CET. Viewers may register and access the webcast at Microsoft Dynamics CRM Global Premiere Event.

Microsoft kicks off its Convergence 2013 EMEA with an opening keynote that puts a spotlight on the amazing business transformations Microsoft Dynamics customers are experiencing using modern business solutions. Business leaders from the region will share the stage with Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president, Microsoft Business Solutions, and Jean-Philippe Courtois, president, Microsoft International, and discuss how their businesses are thriving. Tatarinov will also use the keynote to share a vision of how organizations can grow and succeed by connecting in new ways with their customers.

What: Microsoft Convergence EMEA 2013 keynote

Who: Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president, Microsoft Business Solutions , and Jean-Philippe Courtois, president, Microsoft International

When: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 9:30–11 a.m. CET

(12:30–2 a.m. U.S. PST and 3:30–5 a.m. U.S. EST)

Where: Fira Barcelona Gran Via Conference Centre Barcelona, Spain

Live Webcast

Information: The live webcast of the keynote address will begin at 9:30 a.m. CET. Viewers may access the webcast at

Transcript Information: A replay and transcript will be available within 24 hours on the Convergence 2013 EMEA website.

More information and news from Convergence 2013 is available at

Those who want to follow and engage with the Microsoft Dynamics Twitter community can do so at @MSDynamics using #ConvEMEA13.

About Microsoft Dynamics

At the heart of every successful business are the people who make things happen. Microsoft Dynamics designs modern business solutions that empower individuals with intuitive tools that allow them to do their best work. Our proactive, easy-to-use business applications adapt to the way people and systems work, enabling businesses to rapidly deploy and be forward-looking in an ever-changing world.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at

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